How did you first get into Evangelion?

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Postby Dojyaaaan » Fri Oct 14, 2016 7:11 am

Many people were talking about this anime and how it is the best and all. Initially I was skeptical, but after watching the anime, I was blown away.
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Postby Charizard » Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:27 pm

I've been sleeping on Eva for a long time. I always knew that it was an all-time classic anime, and found some of the characters really appealing, especially Asuka.

At the end of last summer, I bought the manga for my Kindle and started reading it, but that wasn't what got me into the franchise. About a month later, I started watching Gurren Lagann - basically the anti-NGE - and really enjoyed it, so figured I'd start watching NGE itself as a sort of counterpoint.

But I'm also really into cosplay, so when my friend offered to lend me her Asuka school uniform dress for an upcoming con, my fandom of the show skyrocketed and it became my all-time favorite, even more than TTGL ever was, which only got stronger as I finished the series and EoE (I'm planning to rewatch the whole thing with the Director's Cuts).
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Postby MRND777 » Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:00 pm

I saw the anime on several lists of popular, sort-of dark-themed shows and initially, I found Shinji and Kaworu really cute. I just followed those two characters, ended up knowing who dies accidentally and decided to finally give it a shot last year.

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Postby Dildry » Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:48 am

Neon Genesis Evangelion is just a very popular anime series that I keep seeing discussed

I was exposed to it a lot in my past be it the cory in the house memes or cringe channel post where some weeb asked Asuka on a date and she said she has a boyfriend and he started crying

I watched 5 episodes of it and found it boring. Dropped it

Continued it 2 months later and gave it a 9

Then watched EOE and called the movie the greatest Anime shit I ever watched (I'm a casual newbie anime fan)

Then I watched analysis videos and I kept rewatching Asuka losing her mind and I proclaimed it the greatest anime series mankind has produced.

Eva is also the only anime that I bought. I bought Rebuild 2.0 on DVD
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Postby Tetsuo » Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:12 pm

Saw some porn of it. Fapped. I was then obligated to at least try the series at that point
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Postby ChaddyManPrime » Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:12 pm

View Original PostTetsuo wrote:Saw some porn of it. Fapped. I was then obligated to at least try the series at that point

True dat bro, true dat. It's always weird how that works.
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Postby GAP » Sat Dec 10, 2016 2:56 pm

View Original PostChaddyManPrime wrote:True dat bro, true dat. It's always weird how that works.


Agreed. I watched it through a video I got from my library when I was a teen.
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Postby ChaddyManPrime » Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:10 am

View Original PostGAP wrote:Agreed. I watched it through a video I got from my library when I was a teen.

I got into it by reading lemons, then I went straight to EoE.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:25 am

View Original PostChaddyManPrime wrote:I got into it by reading lemons
That strikes me as rather bass-ackwards. If you don't know the characters first, it strikes me that it would be like having your smut obscured by dangling references.
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Postby CommanderFish » Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:42 pm

ChaddyManPrime wrote:... then I went straight to EoE.

This also seems pretty backwards to me. What reason would one have to do this, even? "The End" is literally in the title of the film.
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Postby DarkBluePhoenix » Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:14 pm

ChaddyManPrime wrote:I got into it by reading lemons, then I went straight to EoE.

Have you watched the series yet, or just EoE? I mean weren't you missing like... I don't know, context?
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Postby ChaddyManPrime » Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:49 pm

You guys should probably read the story I wrote on here a few pages back LOL I thought I was in for sexy happy fun times. I was wrong so very wrong. I found a copy at Zia Records and was all like oh man I love that show.
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Postby Madniki18 » Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:18 am

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Postby Geometer » Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:18 am

I vaguely knew about it, when I was first getting into anime. I knew it was argued about a lot, was "2deep4u",and had a controversial ending. What got me to sit down and watch it was seeing some pretty creepy/trippy gifs from EoE somewhere. I remember GNR breaking apart, people getting tanged, part of Asuka's fight scene, and maybe some others. I just had to find what the hell was going on so I finally watched the series.

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Postby CloudlessDruid » Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:51 pm

My uncle was getting me into anime in the late 90s, when I was a kid. He would tell me all about his favorites. Turns out Eva and Ruroni Kenshin are his favorites. So I ended up watching it. Could not understand shit, and was really impressed by all the violence and sexual innuendo. But, as most kids do, even though I had no idea what it was about, I thought I loved it because it looked cool. I watched it repeatedly at least once every other year, and I ended up loving it and eventually understanding it. Nowadays I'm not even so THAT into animes anymore (I really just like FMA, Cowboy Bebop and Eva), but Eva stood out as a masterpiece for me.

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Postby Markal » Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:15 pm

First saw a model kit for an "End of Evangelion" edition of Unit-01 in a comic book shop back in my high school days. I was curious what the series was all about, so I asked a classmate of mine who was a big mecha fan. He then lent me his DVDs of the entire series (Including EoE) and I immediately jumped into the franchise with quite a bit of enthusiasm.

I must admit though, digesting and dealing with the subject matter was a bit painful.
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Postby milpa84 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:37 am

It's like you can't avoid it when you're Japanese. You definitely saw some kind of image of Rei or Asuka or 01 before you were 10, and one of your friends is bound to sing A Cruel Angel's Thesis @ a Karaoke party. So I finally started Neon Genesis in the beginning of 2016 (really late to the party) because of a feeling of obligation to watch the classic if you're an anime fan. I actually started with Sadamoto's manga: Thought it was okay. Saw the Rebuild movies: It was cool. Nice visuals. Finally saw the TV series and Eoe: I am fully invested in this cult now. It's like the more I thought about Eva, the more I became obsessed about it.
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Postby RadicalRandy » Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:25 pm

I was really bored on Youtube one day back in about 9th Grade (US). I was just finding out how much I liked playing the violin at the time, and dedicated more time to practicing and listening to anything that would appeal to me. I stumbled across this interesting Canon in D remix-duet, one acoustic violin and one electric played by two different people with strange masks. Apparently they did lots of other covers, and low-and-behold they did one of A Cruel Angel's Thesis. It was definitely something that peaked my interest, so I looked up the actual intro theme that it originated from. Hooked instantly, and without a doubt became one of my favorite TV themes without even having watched the show. It was absolutely amazing, but I never actually watched the show (or anime in general) at the time.

It took me until this past year (so 4-5 years?) to actually get around to watch the show. Yeah, really late to the party considering I knew about its existence for that long, but hey, give me a break, I didn't really like anime that much. Good thing too, I don't think 14 year old me would've been able to appreciate the show (much less have the patience to wait for the Rebuilds).
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Postby robersora » Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:49 pm

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That's a fascinating story, especially since Canon in D makes an appearance in Death! Have you watched Death yet?
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Postby RadicalRandy » Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:35 pm

Yep, it feels like forever since I watched that considering how relatively unimportant it is.

I honestly never thought about how Canon in D is in there, thanks for pointing that out. I guess a bit of NGE has been with me for longer than I thought.
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