In 1995, the world was introduced to Japanese animation: Neon Genesis Evangelion. It was divided into twenty-six episodes and one film.
This anime is one of the most influential of all history, among other reasons, because of its history that deals with themes not even a little conventional for its time.
Pictures of Japanese animation: Neon Genesis Evangelion
The story comes in a pessimistic period for Japan, within the considered Lost Decade of 1990, a time of economic wear and tear and generation conflicts.
The creator of the work, Hideaki Anno, also went through a personal period of conflict. But these details and the context about the creation of Evangelion are the subjects of another article — and soon, we will have more content for you (try) to understand the series.
The point is that the conflicts and worries portrayed in Neon Genesis Evangelion are universal, and that’s why, even after 24 years of its original transmission, the anime remains so current and surprising for those who know the city of Tokyo-3 for the first time.
Although Evangelion seems to be an anime-only about robots and giant monsters, this is not precisely the main point.
Issues like love, family, maturation, puberty, depression, and the very human condition as a social being are at the center of the story. The anime is a full dish for those who are interested in philosophy and, especially, psychology.
Writing about this anime is complicated because its history covers several topics that can be discussed in various ways.
Its issues range from Jewish mythology, through Christianity and social criticism, to adolescent dramas. For this reason, I tried to give a particular focus on just one character.
To introduce straightforwardly: In Evangelion’s universe, the earth is being attacked by giant monsters called “Angels”.
An organization (NERV) based in Tokyo, composed of scientists and military, builds giant robots to fight this threat.
These “robots”, which are not exactly robots, can only be controlled by specific people, but this and other history details would require a text alone to be explained.
The protagonist is a 14-year-old boy who lost his mother and has lived apart from his father ever since.
In the first episode, the earth is suffering the first attack, and Shinji is called by his father (NERV commander) to be one of the EVA’s pilots.
In this episode, the protagonist is already put in extreme tension. In a snap of his fingers, the ordinary boy who only went to school and lived an everyday life is summoned to pilot a giant robot and save his city from an alien attack.