Just out of curiosity, Maya, how long did it take for you to recover from EoE?
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Well, I was around 7 when I actually watched the whole thing. I DID WATCH THE WHOLE THING. I remember crying (lol) because I didn't want to die, and after that I began disliking Eva. During this time I was in-and-out of the hospital a lot - which made the experience much more intense. I feel like Eva has made me stronger though.
I didn't recover for quite a while, I just grew out of it , however I soon found out that everyone could come back if they desired too, and LCL was everywhere, not blood, so it became more appealing to me.
I love EoE.
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My brother had bought a figure of Asuka and I rember that was the first time I had ever seen or heard of evangelion. Then up unit a few months ago I watch the entire series and movie and honestly I want more!! such a great series
After .hack//Sign I looked for more Anime-goodness. And so I stumbled over Eva, because it was re-released in the Platinum-Edition here in Austria at that time... It did not appeal to me at first, but many people on the Internet recommended it, also the first two Volumes were reduced on Amazon, so I decided to go for it. I really started liking it when Rei was smiling, but it really got me when Asuka was introduced. It was so thrilling!
My first encounter with Evangelion in memory was in my high (or was it middle?) school Japanese class, some of my classmates were laughing over a series of funny, nerd-related pictures on their computer. One had a girl with a bandaged eye and the caption, "BUKAKKE, It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye." Of course I wouldn't realize that girl was Rei until years later, after I started watching the series. It's kinda a strange thing to remember after so many years...
My first knowledge of Evangelion came while I was browsing a Lost forum, 4815162342.com. This must've been in high school, sometime after Episode 5 of Season 3 had aired. (That episode was titled The Cost of Living, by the way, and was Eko-centric. I didn't even need to look that up.) So this must've been sometime after November 1, 2006. (I looked that up.) In the episode, Eko sees the monster, which appears as a cloud of black smoke. Locke asks Eko what he saw, and says that when he saw the monster, he saw a beautiful white light.
On that forum, I wrote a theory that there were two monsters, one which was made of black smoke, which we had seen, another which was made of bright light, which was yet to be revealed. As with most theories, it would turn out to be way off the mark. (They never really explained why Locke saw a white light during his previous encounters with the monster, presumably his first encounter with the monster. In Episode 16 of the same season, Left Behind, the monster flashes a bright light at Kate and Juliet, and there are always little flashes inside the monster, but I have a suspicion that Locke's comment had some connection with the Light coming from inside the Heart of the Island, which was, of course, where the Man in Black first transformed into... Um, yeah.)
Another user on the same forum had a theory that the monster was based off of the description of jinn from Arab folklore and Islam. Of course, jinn were described as being made of smokeless fire, not fireless smoke, but disregarding that, there were some interesting similarities. This user incorporated my theory into his. He said that, if there was a light monster, then whereas the smoke monster would correspond to jinn, the light monster would correspond to angels. Because where jinn are described as being made of smokeless fire, angels are described as being made of light.
Here's the Eva connection. This user says something like this. When you hear the word "angels," don't picture babies with wings. He has a picture of cherubs. (Or, more specifically, putti, the depiction of cherubs as naked babies with wings.) Then he says to picture Adam from Neon Genesis Evangelion. He has that picture of Adam in his Giant of Light form, from the opening. I thought Adam looked cool, so I looked up Neon Genesis Evangelion on Wikipedia.
Sometime in the past few months I went to that forum and saw a thread asking whether or not Lost was the greatest TV series ever. I saw that user post, "Neon Genesis Evangelion. 'Nuff said." I was like, "Oh, hey, I remember you mentioning Evangelion in that thread like, years ago, and how it was the first time I had ever heard of Eva. Cool!"
I just tried to find that guy's thread on 4815162342.com, but the whole forum is unavailable. Bummer. I would've been able to see the date it was posted and thereby get some idea of when the first time I'd heard of NGE was. And, the first time I'd heard of NGE, you know that has to be a pretty important date in the history of my life. But now, the vital information on that forum is lost. No pun intended.
I suppose Lost and NGE both have similar appeals, don't they? An elaborate sci-fi mythos that gives way to character drama. Gratuitous, mostly meaningless references to religion, philosophy, and psychology. They're both incomprehensible... Theory. The Island is the topmost point of the Black Moon. DHARMA is a puppet of Seele. The monster is an Angel, Samuel.
Was that the first time I'd heard of NGE? Something is telling me I'd heard the name before, but either way, that was the first time I explored it. And honestly, exploring NGE's Wikipedia pages without actually watching the show was interesting in its own right. Trying to figure what the show was about with only words and a few pictures of various Angels and Evas... I remember thinking it seemed cool, but also very creepy. Especially the description of Lilith. Yeesh. A white giant crucified deep underneath this UN military base, with tiny human legs growing out of its torso, that all life originated from? These alien-things that can take any form, some huge, some microscopic, some geometric shapes, that aren't really aliens but instead share 99% of human's DNA and are some kind of alternate evolutionary line? And one character says we're the last Angel? Robots that were cloned from Adam, even though they're... robots? The series ends as the young pilots become more and more crazy, and then there's a movie, where everyone dies? Huh.
There were a lot of holes in my understanding of the show, since I only read Wikipedia pages and all, but that just made it all the more mysterious and interesting. But I didn't try to watch it. Whether it was because I wasn't that interested, or because I didn't know where to go to watch anime, I can't remember.
Then, in the Fall of 2010, I started watching Pokemon Best Wishes online, in Japanese, sometimes with subs and sometimes without, as a futile attempt at practicing listening to the language (and perhaps to retreat back into my childhood). Somehow that got me to NGE, through its TV Tropes page. My memory is fuzzy on how I got from A to B. My interest was rekindled, until I finally figured I should watch it through the same channels I'd used to watch Pokemon. I knew I wanted to watch it after watching Mayasuki's Full-Length Opening on YouTube. I watched the first half just before New Year's Eve, then the second half and EoE just after it. Then the two Rebuild movies in the days following. Besides Pokemon and some Miyazaki films, this was my first real experience with anime. (Cowboy Bebop, Death Note, Gurren Lagann, FLCL, Eureka Seven, and some others too embarrassing to mention followed.)
And almost exactly a year later, yesterday, January 3, I found the Platinum DVDs on my doorstep. The end!
The tl;dr version: I first heard about NGE because someone mentioned it in a Lost theory, then started watching it a year ago because of Pokemon and its TV Tropes page.
I saw evangelion as a kid when it was airing for the first time here, i was all like ''Oh shit look at dem robots and fucking mutants'', watched it, didn't give a shit about character development and cared about robots kicking ass exclusively, forgot about it after a year or so.
A couple of years later, for whatever reason, i remembered this EoE AMV with a girl kicking ass with an awesome red robot, i spent a couple of weeks looking for the name of the anime until i finally found it.
I actually thought ''The girl in red'' would be the MC
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I was browsing /a/ one night something like a year and a half ago when a storm blew in about how LOST had ended, and how it had somehow related to Evangelion.
I never watched LOST, but I knew it was full of mysteries and suspense, both of which I'm a sucker for. So I went on /tv/ which was renamed with a big ol' sticky and what not, and there were dozens of threads saying "Congratulations!" and "GAINAX ENDING". At the time, my only experience with Gainax was TTGL, so I didn't really know about their reputation.
I was talking to two of my friends on Vent as this was going on and I told them how everyone was saying the ending was like Eva. They asked me if I had seen it and I was like "Nah", so they started trying to get me to watch it.
Now, at first they told me it was 12-13 episodes, which was why I agreed, because then I could just watch it all in one night and still get to bed around 4-5. (For the record, I streamed it). Needless to say it wasn't 12-13 episodes, and when my one friend logged on that morning I called him a liar and said I was still watching it. They were surprised when I said I liked the ending (because I love open endings), but whatever.
I then watched Death and Rebirth, or one of the versions of it at least that they had on the site, and put off watching EoE for some time (maybe a few days, maybe a week or two, I don't recall), because I didn't know what the deal with it was. I eventually watched it and that was that.
Of note, this was around the time 2.22 came out, so threads about that were spammed. I remember putting the Rebuild movies off for a few weeks, because I thought they were nothing more than remakes like the TTGL movies. Well, boy was I mistaken.
In the end it's funny, because the closer of the two friends (I'm not sure whether the other has or hasn't) had never seen EoE, he thought it was a recap movie too, and he hadn't seen Rebuild either. So even though he saw the TV series years before me, I saw EoE and Rebuild before him, and I managed to point out some mistakes he had and clarify some things for him. Little did he know Eva would become my favorite anime.
Anyway, after that I started taking his recommendations more seriously, and then he recommended me Eden of the East which I found utterly boring, so no more of that going down.
I discovered it a few years ago on Adult Swim. It was always such a great anime to watch on Saturday nights. I remember that it totally ensnared me from the first episode to the last. Even now, out of all the anime I've seen, no anime compares to Evangelion.
My friend simply would not stop talking about it, so I tried to see what it was all about, and simply watched it through the very standard way of finding new anime, but I never really managed to find a decent way to watch it, so at least three months after I first met him, I borrowed his Eva boxset and watched it in a good 2 days, and enjoyed it, as much as you can enjoy an anime about giant robots piloted by mentallly ill teenagers fighting off the apocalypse or something like that.
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My college library had the complete Platinum Collection as well as EoE. I had heard things here and there, but I have never really liked any anime before. Still, I had heard SO MUCH that I thought I would just listen to the dialogue as I painted.
How silly. By the first episode I was hooked, and burnt through the whole series and EoE over Thanksgiving. I cried, I laughed aloud, and really related to what I saw. Evangelion is now a major force in my life and that's not changing soon.
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I was hanging out with a friend who had rented Collection 0:1 and 0:2 from the local video store. He started watching it while I was reading some of his comics. Eventually I joined in around the second half of episode 4, and stayed on for episode 5 and 6. At this point I was hooked.
The next day I watched all I hadn't seen of Collection 0:1 and 0:2 along with him. After we returned the DVDs to the store, I tried to see if they had rest of the series available for rent or purchase, but I could only track down Collection 0:3-0:5. Really wanting to see how it all ended, I finally decided to order the entire series and EoE over the Internet, and I watched all the remaining episodes the weekend it arrived. That sure was a ride.
Now I remember that another reason I wanted to watch Evangelion was that I was a big fan of Arthur C. Clarke. Before watching Eva, I'd seen 2001: A Space Odyssey and read Childhood's End, The Fountains of Paradise, and this giant collection of over 100 short stories called The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke. Clarke's TV Tropes page mentioned that he influenced Eva, so that was what made me look into again. The significant work (with regards to Eva) is Childhood's End, particularly the ending. When I got a glimpse of the bright crosses covering Earth from EoE's Instrumentality in the Full-Length OP, I thought, "Hey, that's the Overmind!"
I had been meaning to watch the show for a long time, but it was not until I visited a friend of mine at his college that we started talking about different shows and stuff. He asked me, "Have you ever watched NGE?". I said no, but I want to. So he did some digging in his closet and pulled out the box set along with EoE and gave them to me to watch.
My brother let me borrow one of his old computers and one day in my boredom I decided like looking through his anime folder that he had on it. Saw nge and had heard people talking about it for a long time so I watched it all and really liked it so it only took like a day or 2 for me to finish
I'm kind of embarassed when I think back to how I was introduced to EVA. It's such a simple and ridiculous story, I wonder if anyone here went through the same process.
Back when I was about 10 years old, there was a Pokémon event in Montréal where they would distribute Mew and a bonus Pokémon comic issue (from Viz comics). On the back of the comic I got was this picture:
I remember being amazed by how pretty I thought she was. Since I had no idea what EVA was or what the story was about, I simply imagined she was like Samus, wearing a battle-suit of some sort and fighting creatures/robots in a sci-fi setting. Not being familiar with anime at all, she reminded me of the ''crush'' I used to have on Sailor Venus as a kid. XD
I didn't look into it until a couple of years later (2001) when I finally got the internet at home. A friend sent me this picture for Christmas:
I was stunned; I knew I had seen this character somewhere before! I looked through my old comics and there she was! ''Neon Genesis Evangelion''. ''Genesis?'' The name just evoked my old Sega console... ;P I decided to look it up on the internet, determined to find out who this beautiful character was. Slowly I managed to put the pieces together; Asuka Langley, pilots some giant robot called an Evangelion, post-apocalyptic setting, Angels, NERV, Rei, Shinji, and so forth. It all seemed so exciting, it was like nothing I'd ever seen before.
Next thing I knew, the friend who sent me the picture said the manga was available at a nearby bookstore. I bought the first volume, was hooked, downloaded a couple of MIDI files and eventually I bought the other volumes (all the way to 6, which were the only ones available back then). Since my internet was so slow, watching the anime was impossible online. I only had a few AMVs (I think I'm a clone now and Engel) and screenshots to give me an idea of what it looked like.
Finally, on a hot summer day, my friend took me to Montréal's china town and here it was: the complete ADV VHS collection of Evangelion. I got it and watched it all in one sitting. The rest is history.
(My first watch of EoE is something to remember as well, but that story is for another day. XD This turned out to be quite a long post, I doubt much would find it interesting but it was fun to share. =))
As cicadas screeched a tune of loss and desolation?
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Asuka: founder of “The Sync Ratio is Too Damn High!” Party
"It's defiling my mind! It's defiling m- ooo, coffee cups with Rei and Asuka on them!"
"They are intensely similar. Komm Suesser Tod is essentially Hey Jude with a smattering of A Whiter Shade of Pale, stirred together and baked at a hundred and fifty degrees until the lyrics are nice and suicidal." ~Ramiel
Lured by Asuka into Eva? I guess you did not regret it after all, so I think I should give you this This is one of the sweetest stories I ever told of people first getting into Eva...
_________________ I never thought I would come back to Evangelion after EoE,
But I discovered Re-Take (or it found me?) and
now here I am.
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