How did you first get into Evangelion?

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Postby cody727kirby » Mon Apr 27, 2015 4:29 pm

AMV Hell 3 actually. A lot of the clips that included Eva I really enjoyed or liked the art style. So I went to the credits, saw the title, and decided to give it a watch. The rest is history.

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Postby jcmoorehead » Mon Apr 27, 2015 4:37 pm

I might have told this story on here before but because I've came back to the boards after being away for so long it's probably gotten lost.

I was in my 2nd year of college, I had just that year started to get into Anime/Manga and I was also in the beta for something called the Amazon MTurk system. It was this idea where you'd do some basic image naming for them and get like 3cents per image and somehow I managed to save up over $100 of stuff. So I looked on Amazon.com for what Boxsets were on there. The cheapest one was this show called Neon Genesis Evangelion, it was the platinum collection boxset and I looked at the synopsis and thought "Oh mecha and cute girls this should be fun..."

Finally I got the boxset in my hands, and it got to about episode 14/15 and that feeling of "Oh this is fun" suddenly changed to "What... what are you doing? What is happening :(."

I finished the show just before Christmas, for my Birthday I bought End Of Evangelion and like became obsessed with the show. I delved into fanfiction, forums, bought merch and my first ever cosplay was Shinji Ikari. A cosplay I aim to do again this year.

It probably sounds weird but Evangelion is one of the things I credit for how my life turned out, alongside the Grand Theft Auto series. Evangelion was the first thing I was outwardly passionate about, getting involved in this community made me some friends who I loved talking to sharing theories, and writing with. Writing fanfiction allowed me to gain confidence in my writing abilities, I went on to run a video games review website for a number of years and had an article in the Guardian. Without being into Evangelion I probably wouldn't have the job I do now so huge credit to it for helping to shape my life.

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Postby Watericekiller » Sat Jul 18, 2015 9:13 pm

A friend strongly encouraged me to watch Evangelion. It took me awhile to actually get to watching it, but once I did it was easily my favorite anime, and still is to date.
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Postby Folk Devil » Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:01 pm

I'm actually pretty new to the game. I had been aware of Evangelion for a long time but I was never really much into anime, like I liked it but I probably hated about 9 out of ten shows I saw. I tried on about three or four different occasions to watch it on a recommendation from some friends but I could never really get into it. It just seemed like another mecha anime to me, the whole concept of "giant robots" (I didn't know what Evas actually were at the time, remember) turned me off a lot. I thought the angel designs were cool but that was about it. I don't remember how exactly I found out Toji was gonna be the fourth child but that seemed stupid to me (because I didn't really understand how the selection process worked, I thought it was just random chance, so it seemed to me at the time like they were just pulling it out of their ass.) I quit after that, writing the whole series off as "overrated."

Then about a year ago I said "I'm gonna marathon the damn thing, and give it another chance." Can't remember what exactly spurred me to do it but I delivered some chicken wings and watched it all in about three days. EOE really affected me, which is weird since I had been spoiled on a lot of the plot points. It probably stuck with me more than any other movie, and I haven't really been able to stop thinking about it.

It's now a yearly tradition for me. A few weeks ago was the second annual Feast of Evangelion, held every July, which consists of a marathon viewing and traditional meal of chicken wings.
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Postby r1cepurin » Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:39 pm

I started watching NGE for the first time ever, starting yesterday.

So basically....I've been on this site for 2 years and never watched a single episode of NGE. I'm only on this hell ride because my boyfriend dragged me here and I happened to make friends before joining, who use this site frequently and watch the show. Before, I only enjoyed it through the memes and fan art, also the merch. I'm up to episode 7 so far. Honestly though, I feel way too disorderly to enjoy this show to the fullest. I keep pausing it and doing something else because my attention span sucks. on episode 4 I was watching it while drawing pictures of pokemon in ms paint. Am I too dumb to watch this show? It's okay if that's the truth that's why I watch Anpanman and Pokemon, because I'm a womanchild shitbaby.

Anyway, yeah! Hooray for me. I'm probably gonna end up watching the whole series and being incapable of explaining it to someone.
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Postby Alaska Slim » Sat Aug 01, 2015 3:06 pm

View Original Postr1cepurin wrote:I started watching NGE for the first time ever, starting yesterday.


NGE was a partial inspiration for Digimon Tamers. Someone here before theorized that the Evas inspired Omnimon's design.

Just sayin'.
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Postby r1cepurin » Sun Aug 02, 2015 12:43 am

View Original PostAlaska Slim wrote:NGE was a partial inspiration for Digimon Tamers. Someone here before theorized that the Evas inspired Omnimon's design.

Just sayin'.

lol I only watch digimon for fanservice purposes. I often think about
how sexy leomon and exveemon are
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Postby Alaska Slim » Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:40 am

View Original Postr1cepurin wrote:lol I only watch digimon for fanservice purposes.

Digimon Frontier I think would have a better supply. Very few shows, however, can compare to G Gundam.
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SURVEY: How and when did you get into Evangelion?

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Postby The Eva Monkey » Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:30 am

At Otakon, I conducted a variant of that wedding game where they have all married couples on the dance floor, and then eliminate them by years to find out who's been married the longest. Only in this instance, we were trying to see who'd been a fan the longest. To my surprise, there were something like 4 people who had been fans all the way back to 1995. Carl Horn sent me an email afterwards, expressing how he wish there was hard data with those numbers, so I thought I would put together a simple survey to get a general idea of how and when people got into Evangelion. Please take the time to fill it out. It's very short, and I'd love to hear from as many people as possible. If you have any friends on Facebook or Twitter who are also fans, please feel free to share it with them.

Thanks!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K5B9G8K

EDIT: As it turns out, Survey Monkey is free, but only allows for 100 responses to a survey before it throws all additional data behind a paywall. It's a minimum of $228 for an account to get the rest of the data and continue to collect responses, so I went ahead and closed it, rather than waste peoples' time filling out a form with a response that would never be seen.

Thanks for filling out the form if you did, I'll post the results later, though they won't quite be as revealing as they could have with a limited sample set.
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Postby ChaudSept » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:03 am

Done.

You didn't want to add more demographic infos, such as age?
I always get myself interested in the audience's age.
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Postby The Eva Monkey » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:12 am

Eh... well, the main purpose of the survey was when, and to see if there was strong correspondence with certain things, like the Toonami airing, the Platinum release, Rebuild, and so on. Age would probably have been a good thing to add, but, ah well...
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Postby Reichu » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:16 am

Sex/gender would've been another good one, what with EGF being a massive sausage party and all.

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Postby The Eva Monkey » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:54 am

Yeah, this really isn't a census, and every extra question makes people less likely to fill out, when I'm really just interested in how/when. This is also not for EGF, it's for the fandom in general, I've shared it in a few other places.
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Postby Reichu » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:56 am

I'm specifically curious about whether the fandom in general is less of a sausage party. Hard numbers would've been nice. :tongue:

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Postby Mr. Tines » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:48 pm

Nothing stopping you launching your own survey.
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Postby amitakartok » Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:24 pm

So... it's kinda a long story.

I first heard of the name Evangelion around 1998, when my sister noticed the title on the TV guide and pointed it out to me. It was the German dub broadcasted on RTL II, which we've been pirating on a satellite dish (mostly so that my sister could watch Sailor Moon; she recorded thirty-something hours of footage on VCR, most of which we still have to this day).

Episodes 23 and 25 were broadcast, back to back, at around midnight. Having been seven years old at the time and not speaking German (I still don't), I couldn't stay awake to watch all of it, nor did I understand a word of it. I forgot all about it rather quickly. My sister did show some interest in it, though; she even got a few fanfics downloaded and printed out by someone.

Sometime around me starting high school (2005), I accidentally stumbled upon Wikipedia's article of Evangelion and read all of it, but that was it. Then around 2006-2007, I was a member of the Facepunch forum and a regular in the official topic of Garry's Mod Spacebuild Model Pack (later renamed to Spacebuild Enhancement Pack). Someone brought up Evangelion and gave me a glowing recommendation of it. That was when it finally grabbed my interest: the guy who recommended it to me gave me a link to a site where I watched a bootleg version online. Shortly afterwards, I grabbed a bootleg download, which is still sitting on my external hard drive right next to me.
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Postby The Eva Monkey » Wed Sep 02, 2015 6:44 pm

View Original PostMr. Tines wrote:Nothing stopping you launching your own survey.

If you do, use something other than Survey Monkey. See my post edit above.
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Postby ChaudSept » Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:23 pm

Google do a pretty cool survey thing. I bet it's free.
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Postby Sailor Star Dust » Thu Sep 03, 2015 12:35 am

Wow, closed already. Hope you got the data you needed! I'm curious if you included any questions about hearing of the show prior to watching it (my case, though I watched it a good 2-3 years after hearing about it).
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Postby Alaska Slim » Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:42 am

First saw scenes of EoE in '99 thanks to a cousin, but I only realized this in hindsight. Saw the first episode during super robot week, was left wanting more, but I don't think it'd be right to call me a "fan". That didn't happen until the AS 2005-06 broadcast.

Mind, I didn't wait for the broadcast to finish; I downloaded some crappy On Air dub versions, and finished the series that way. I recently recovered those video files; the pixelation, background distortion, and other artifacts brought along from its VHS source is what makes it Evangelion. It's the only way to watch it. :tongue:
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