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