Your first thoughts on initially watching NGE.

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Postby NemZ » Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:31 am

My first impression? "Wow, this blue haired chick doesn't fuck around. What show is this?"

Friend (whips head around like dramatic hampster): "You've never seen this? It's eva."

Me: "What's Eva?"

Friend turns ep23 off, puts in tape #1, hands me a beer. "This is eva. You're going to start watching it right now, and that's final."

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Postby Nuclear Lunchbox » Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:46 am

Sounds like a darn fine way to get into the show. :wink:

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Postby BlueBasilisk » Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:54 am

I caught the first episode (sans into) on Toonami as part of Giant Robot week, and I remember thinking it had to be some kind of straight-faced parody. It hit a bunch of giant robot tropes I'd started to identify from other mecha shows on Toonami at the time, Shinji was so over the top with his whining, and Unit 01 looked so bizarre and ridiculous that I was sure it couldn't have been a serious show.

It started growing on me after a few more episodes, mostly thanks to Rei, but once Asuka showed up and the team was assembled, I was totally hooked.

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Postby Reiggae » Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:38 pm

1-6: Nice use of music. Rei is the best. Animation looks old, but I prefer it that way.
7-13: Asuka kinda annoying, but I want to know her backstory. Pretty typical anime.
14-19: Damn, this is pretty cinematic for something with such a low budget. The music is still amazing.
20: This is my favorite anime now.
21-24: Still my favorite anime, not a dull moment in these episodes.
25-26: Holy shit, I'm loving this. This is THE show, man.
Love is destructive: Still sad as hell, I love it.
I need you: This is my favorite movie, oh my god. This is the greatest thing I've ever watched.
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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:45 pm

^ I saw the filmmerks’ other works prior to Eva, and knew the director seemed to include red-head characters in prominent roles. I spent most of the OP wondering when this red head would finally appear in the show itself.

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Postby Reiggae » Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:49 pm

^
Can't blame a man for enjoying feisty red-heads.
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Postby ChaddyManPrime » Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:40 pm

My first experience with Eva was watching EoE when I was 12-14, let me tell you what I was thinking.

SPOILER: Show
BOOBIES :fap: :fap: :fap:


I also thought the kiss between Shinji and Misato was freaking hot, it's part of the reason I shipped them.

I thought it was incredibly sad, I definitely cried. Everybody was so freaking relatable it physically hurt me.
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Postby HiImAnAlien » Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:40 am

View Original PostSquigsquasher wrote:Ep 1: Aww, this kid looks sad. Maybe he needs a hug.
Ep 2: Ooh, robot fights! What? Oh, hospital, did he lose? Oh, wait, more robot fights and- HOLY SHIT WHAT ARE YOU DOING UNIT 01 CALM YO NON-EXISTANT TITS
Ep 3: Yeah, Shinji, you did good- hey, why are they beating the poor kid up? HOLY SHIT IT'S DONGZILLA. Oh shit, Shinji, get outta there! Wait, is he going to fight? Oh dear god Shinji stop screaming, it's frightening me.
Ep 4: Shinji's depressed. Poor kid needs a hug. Huh, guess those 2 weren't douches after all. Oh look, there's Kensuke! Oh god, G-men. Now Shinji's resigning. Don't blame ya kid- oh wait, he's not!
Ep 5: Oh god the Eva is losing its shit, dear god what is up with that groaning? Aww, Rei is...cute? no, maybe "disturbing" is more accurate. Still cute though. Oh shit, it's like crystal Shop da Whoop! I wonder how- Oh god the screaming again.
Ep 6: Ooh! Eva co-op mission! POW! Aww, Rei is so damn cute when she smiles.
Ep 7: Ooh, conspiracy and- Oh god what is that Staypuft Marshmallow Man thing? It's hideous, make it go away! Ha! Jet Alone is so derpy! Waddle waddle waddle! Oh thank goodness, Shinji and Misato stopped it. Ooh, more conspiracy!
Ep 8: Asuka is a bitch. The battle is cool though.
Ep 9: BEST. EPISODE. EVER.
Ep 10: HA, thermal expansion, brilliant! Ridiculous, but funny.
Ep 11: Pfft, the power's gone out. Ha, this episode is brilliant! Asuka's a bitch, but a funny one! Oh, that battle was lame.
Ep 12: Oh dear god what's going onand why is there screaming? Oh, Asuka's being a bitch again. Ha. Whoa, that Angel is UGLY. Ha, awesome battle! What's this? Gendo being nice to Shinji?
Ep 13: Shit, this episode is dark. Also, Ritsuko is a badass.
Ep 14: Laaaaaaaaaaaaame.
Ep 15: Aww, this is sad. Wait, why is Asuka molesting Shinji?
Ep 16: Did that Zebra ball just eat Unit 01? Oh god, Shinji's going insane, and- OH MY GOODNESS HE JUST TORE OUT OF IT AND NOW THERE'S BLOOD EVERYWHERE
Ep 17: Oh shit, there goes NERV US. Best get the tow-hooks out. Ooh, conspiracy, and is Touji gonna be an Eva pilot?
Ep 18: ARGH THE SCREAMING. Poor Touji, you were awesome.
Ep 19: OH MY GOD THIS IS TERRIFYING
Ep 20: Jesus Christ Unit 01 is ugly.
Ep 21: Did...Did she just strangle a toddler?!?
Ep 22: Oh dear god I can never listen to Hallelujah the same way again.
Ep 23: ...YEURGHOHMYGODTHISISHIDEOUS...Also, poor, poor Rei...
Ep 24: *sob* RIP, Kaworu, you were the boss. Also, someone give Shinji a hug.
Ep 25/26: ...I don't know what just happened, but I think I liked it. Happy ending?

EOE: ...I can never sleep again...


So yeah. Basically enjoyment and laughter followed by trauma.


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Postby Black Swordsman » Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:49 am

I watched 1.11 and 2.22 before NGE, so I'll start with them. Watched 1.11 one night and thought it was pretty damned good. Then the next day, I watched 2.22. That night, I watched 1.11. Then I watched 2.22. Then I watched 2.22. Then a week later I watched 1.11 followed by 2.22.
Needless to say, I though that it was bloody amazing and couldn't get enough of it. The first time 2.22 ended I just stared at the screen for a while. So, eager for the 3rd film, I google it. Much to my utter disappointment, the film was yet to be released even in Japan! So I waited...then it came out. I tried the camera rip but couldn't take it. So I waited for the Japanese BD release so that I could torrent it, checking every 10 minutes or so for a sub after it was released. I got it downloaded on the day of my Art exam...that made the exam so unbearably long, but I also had to wait until the end of the day for the school bus! Gah!
So, I finally make it home and I rush into my room and put 3.33 on instantly. I watched through it eagerly, and felt very disappointed at first. I watched it again a few days later and liked it a lot more, and I like it more every time I watch it. What a strange one it is.
So, after watching 3 Rebuild films and being incredibly excited for the 4th one, I look into it more. To my pleasure, a series! But from 1996? Yuck (:facepalm:) I think to myself. (Dammit you fool, younger me!). So I leave it for a while...but then I decide to just go for it out of Eva depravation. I look for boxsets and was put off by the low availability and hefty price tags, so reluctantly I torrent the series. I watch episodes 1-7 rather unimpressed, thinking the series was pretty much just like the Rebuild only with old animation and bad voice acting (dub). Then episode 8, Asuka strikes...and oh boy she did. Hilarious episode, wonderful introduction for my favourite Eva character. To this day, episode 8 is one of my favourite episodes. From 8 through to 26 I watch, realising that this is the greatest series I have ever watched. The characters mean so much more than Rebuild, that was what I liked the most.
And then comes the ending. Now, I knew to watch EoE as a sort of replacement for 25 & 26, but I watched them anyway as I was hungry for all that I could get. I watched them, rather perplexed. Then onto EoE. Oh boy. I absolutely loved it. Hands down the greatest thing that I have ever watched. I was literally unable to watch anything else for a few more days, and I had no one to talk to about it. So for a while I read through all the things I could find on the series and read the manga. The manga was damned amazing as well, anther different iteration that I expected to be just the same!
So basically, my first experience with Evangelion (Rebuild) was holy sh*t this is amazeballs I need more. My ending reaction to NGE + EoE was just amazed. It's not every day you just find your favourite thing. So that was more than a year ago that I watched NGE and just under 3 years since I watched Rebuild.
Now I have had all of my friends watch it, with all of them loving it just like me. We talk about it every time we see each other, theres always something to discuss. I have the series on DVD now as well, though the aspect ratio annoys me. I do laugh at my original thoughts on NGE, not wanting to watch it simply because it was old. What a silly person I was.

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Postby Yoshikage Kira » Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:37 pm

Yeah this is pretty good

Wait I can't stop watching

Please I have to piss please I must stop watching

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Yeah that was pretty good I would recommend but now I'm scared of everything for some reason.
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