My Anxiety for Evangelion

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My Anxiety for Evangelion

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Postby VUX » Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:45 pm

I first watched Eva when I was 15 or 16 years old, and my first experience...wasn’t the best.
I originally vowed to never watch the show again, because it made me almost depressed.
So for awhile, I tried to forget that the show even existed, and focused on other things.
That was, until this year, when I watched the Rebuild films.
My love for Eva re-emerged, and I now enjoy it.
The problem is that when I think about or watch it, I get this pit in my stomach, a feeling that takes days to go away, and frustrates me greatly.
I just want to be able to enjoy the show without feeling this way.
Has anyone ever felt this feeling before, and if so, how do you get rid of it?
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Re: My Anxiety for Evangelion

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Postby Blockio » Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:34 pm

I do actually get that feeling from time to time when I rewatch/replay a show/game that is either quite dark/serious or very dear to my heart. I guess it comes from some sort of nervousness along the lines of "But what if your favorite show isn't all that great" or "what if the show is actually just a misery compilation".
To get rid of it I usually just have to go ahead and watch the damn thing, so all those little details I had forgotten about come back to me and refuel the love for the show/game
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Postby Zoop » Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:06 am

I saw NGE around the same age, and had the same feeling.
But I thought it was awesome. Never before was a movie/series able to hit me that hard.
Especially EoE, I felt it in my soul, it changed me, and at first I hated it.
After a while, I noticed I couldn't help but to keep thinking about it, little details popping up "what was that about".
Starting watching it again to see if I missed things, which I did, a lot!

Eventually it faded away, but for some reason it popped back up, don't remember why, but I decided to activily start searching for answers wtf that series was about, and thats how I found EvaGeeks.
The more theories I read, the more it intrigued me. The ending still sucked, but it all started to make more sense until I could finally appreciate and accept the ending.

And now, all of this is starting over again for NTE and I'm so excited for the final movie. It doesn't really matter how it will end, could be contrast to NGE and have a decently happy ending, or just go the same way and brutally dismember our most favourite characters on screen. I don't care which way it goes but I know I'm gonna watch it a hundred times paying attention to every detail.


So yeah, I get where you are coming from. But I think it's awesome that such a surreal fictive story could hit me that hard.
It's not a feeling I'm looking to get rid of, I'm a bit masochistic in that way.

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Postby Celepito » Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:02 pm

Yeah, I feel the same anxiety.

I think the reason why I feel this is that I like the characters, and during the course of the show, they suffer. So it feels like I am torturing the characters I like by making them go through the whole thing again.

At least, thats my take on it anyways. I haven't really found a way to combat that, my sister wants to watch NGE and NTE with me (her first watching), and I have been putting it of for nearly two weeks now because of this. :sweatdrop: (Though the current plan is to watch tomorrow.)


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