Neon Genesis Evangelion & The End of Evangelion: The Reason We’re All Here

Some art defies reductionism. If I say that Neon Genesis Evangelion is a science fiction mecha anime series consisting of its initial 26 episodes and concluding film, End of Evangelion, which features a group of mentally traumatized teenagers piloting giant, humanoid-robots called Evangelion for an organization known as NERV in an attempt to save the world from invading, shape-shifting beings known as Angels while examining their broken psyches, it does very little to capture the poignancy, the power, the magnificence, and the life-changing effect that the work has had on myself and many others. In a short essay I wrote in November of 2007 titled “Evangelion, My Neon Genesis: A Journey Through Darkness to Find Light” I said that “NGE wasn’t just entertainment to me. It wasn’t even art. It was a rebirth.” Over the years that I’ve spent on I’ve discovered that I’m far from alone in feeling that. Read more of this post