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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Season 1 (1995-1996)



Critic Consensus: Neon Genesis Evangelion, both a cultural touchstone for Japan and an uncompromising auteurist vision by creator Hideaki Anno, doubles as an enthralling apex for the mecha anime genre and as a harrowing exploration of depression -- making for a wholly singular epic about angels and inner demons.


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Post-apocalyptic animé adventure featuring specially trained pilots battling forces of evil for Earth's fate.

Critic Reviews for Neon Genesis Evangelion: Season 1

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Combining elements of science fiction, mythology, philosophy and religion, Neon Genesis Evangelion explodes in a lively, garishly colored animated series with hip, contemporary characters that are both thought provoking and entertaining.

February 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Evangelion's greatest lesson: life can be confusing -- even terrifying -- but there's joy in being alive to experience it.

February 20, 2019 | Full Review…

It is ultimately a show about depression, about the depths and reach of loss. And it does justice to these heavy topics with a maturity and originality uncommon in Western television. It's not a happy show, but it is a phenomenal one.

February 19, 2019 | Full Review…

The post-apocalypse is a backdrop so often taken for granted in sci-fi entertainment that to see something treat such a premise this starkly is startling.

February 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Classic anime series is violent, introspective.

July 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Few pieces of mass-marketed media have ever relayed as many specific truths about humanity as Evangelion does while still ripping as a gloriously dorky robot saga.

July 3, 2019 | Full Review…

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