Ive got a friend who has had little exposure to anime whos working her way through the platinum collection at the moment. I leant her Vol 4 and 5 last week so she'll be just starting on the Descent Arc so ill report back with the nightmare fuel by proxy as I hear about it.
I want to watch EoE with her just to see the reactions to the calvalcade of mindfuckery.
I also introduced a friend to Eva this weekend... Though since we live in the same college town, she can come over to my dorm and we watch them on my suitmate's flat screen.
I'm heartened that she's laughing at the black humor in the opening episodes at almost exactly the same points I was during my first watching, and Misato quickly became her favorite character. Last evening we got through the first three episodes. She likes it so far, but wants the other pilots to show up soon, and hopes they're "a lot less whiny than Shinji."
I chuckled evilly.
But yeah, EoE is going to be tough, particularly if we start it immediately after the "uplifting" end to Episode 26.
As for the most disturbing part of EoE:
I was, for whatever reason, OK through most of the first half... Maybe it was all the war movies. But then when a GIANT VAGINA EYE opened in GNR's forehead, and 01 stabbed it with the Tree of Life and it made a wet gulping "Duuuhhhhhhh..." sound and oh god was that - that IS a wet gulping sound oh god oh why why why ahhhhhhhhh
And I can't remember if it was from EoE, EoTV, or Episodes 16 or 20, but Misato and Rei's slurred, trippy "Your reeeeeeeaaalllity...." ...Holy balls.
The sound stuck in my head like a splinter and, for days afterward, would hover back up every time I let my brain run slack (ie, in the shower). Brrrrr.