How did you first get into Evangelion?

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Postby randommixer » Thu Jan 28, 2016 7:14 pm

First post here, woo...

I discovered Evangelion while looking at Gainax's TV Tropes page. Since the series held such a substantial role in the company's history, I was interested in learning a bit about it. So I did what any other troper would do and threw a tab to the side for later only to ultimately forget about it while doing something else.

A month or so later I woke up one night and decided to see what was on Adult Swim. I had jumped into the middle of a movie I didn't really understand, but was nonetheless interested in. This film turned out to be Evangelion: You are (not) Alone. After seeing the movie half sleep I forgot it's name and was disappointed. Then I start recognizing the giant purple robot on the internet and realized that what I had previously searched on TV Tropes for, Evangelion, was the movie I saw. On to secret Netflix to watch Evangelion: You are (not) alone.

From there I began on a journey watching the Rebuild series, the original series, and looking into spin-off material. All of this took place when I was sophomore in high school three years ago.
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Postby Sicarius VI » Thu Jan 28, 2016 7:33 pm

^Wow what a similar story to mine. The summer before Sophomore year is when I got into Eva.

By this summer it would've been 2 years ago now.(Holy Crap).
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Postby Negi Springfield » Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:29 pm

I don't think I've talked about this, either on this website or anywhere else. Here goes nothing. I think I got into Neon Genesis Evangelion in my move from stuff like Dragonball to more "complex" stuff. I'd also discovered the website 4chan and hung out on /a/ a lot. Just browsing that board got me a lot of great anime and manga experiences. A lot of the people who would post about Eva were ok, but some were a bit more annoying than others. There were two kinds of annoying people - deepfags and people who attacked others for being them. Most of the people who enjoyed a bit of analysis of Eva did it in a casual way. No discussing the subject as if it was for a Uni class or something*. The rest of the fans pretty much would get stuck between those two camps. That made every Eva thread a minefield to be navigated with care and caution. Also a lot of people got into full blown shitfits about who was the best Eva girl - Rei or Asuka. That was another cause for damn near civil war every time a thread was made. Shinji hate. That was the least of the problems, but it was still annoying to see people not understand his character.







*Speaking of that, I do know people might have actually done that. It's just a metaphor.
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Postby Arcadia's legacy » Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:37 pm

Reminds me of when i was apart of Eva's Reddit page
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Postby Negi Springfield » Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:47 pm

View Original PostArcadia's legacy wrote:Reminds me of when i was apart of Eva's Reddit page

That sounds awful. You have my sympathies. Still having flashbacks?

Reddit is a mixed bag of good and bad, but they haven't made much change. It's almost getting as bad as...Tumblr. Just you wait and see.
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Postby Arcadia's legacy » Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:54 pm

I did have some good discussion moments on Reddit, however it wasn't enough after an overabundence of character hate, NTE hate, shipping wars, overanalyzation, lack of understanding and mature attempts at reason devolving into immature flame wars
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Postby xtr00kvltcorex » Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:10 pm

I first encountered Eva when I was 11 (1998) and saw an ad for the VHS releases in a Godzilla magazine. Watched a handful of episodes shortly after though I didn't encounter the full series until I was in high school during Toonami's Giant Robot Week and then later the series in full on Adult Swim. Obsessed since.
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Postby Arturokun951 » Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:27 pm

let's see....

This is a strange one because not only did the Song Sakura Nagashi got me into the Eva series, but it got me back into anime altogether. That time was a fan of the Kingsom Hearts Series as well as the music especially from Utada Hikaru I remember it was November 23 2013 when I search up her music through iTunes. Sakura Nagashi came up first on the list and when I heard the sample it sounded so touching, beautiful and nostalgic (for some strange reason) I had to buy it. then I looked up the song on wiki finding out this song was specifically made for Evangelion 3.33 finding out it was a Mecha genre anime,I was always into all sorts robots from films and other media. that is when Eva caught my interest and began to watch the films first (which I should've done second) and I enjoyed the crap out the first 2 films but was confused as hell when I saw the this film, then I decided to watch series and EOE for a one night marathon and holy shit was mind fucked and depressed (was already depressed to begin with) and I fell in love with the series. I enjoy the crap out the story and its characters and is still one of my top anime series to this very day.

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Postby chaosakita » Thu Feb 18, 2016 1:36 am

Next time you should try google forms or instant.ly. I really like the latter because it's surveymonkey but free
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Postby Shark Knight » Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:35 am

I saw the show when I was in 4rth grade, well a few episodes to be frank. I remember perfectly the one where Shinji is at the movies and is looking at the couple making out in front of him. I also remember the one where Misato takes them for steak and Rei states that she doesnt eat meat and where Shinji and Asuka are going to kiss - well they do kiss duhh. I had a fascination and horror towards Eva since I am and was raised a catholic so I was scared of the tones and the visuals and all of that stuff. It wasnt until I was more grown up and assured of what I belived and all that I just stopped caring and just went for the ride.

I never watched the series completely after much later and I am damn glad I did otherwise I would have had very bad memories lol, specially since EOE it's quite violent " I was into jurassic park and all that kind of movies since I was 4 but when I saw such things on animation it was just way more scary. To me animation was supposed to be a safe heaven and not a reminder of cruel reality.

The moment I stopped watching eva was when I saw a commercial of many scenes flashing and one of the movie Akira flashed where "Tetsup/Kaneda cant remember which one" is hallucinating and drops his guts on the floor. I assumed it was eva so I dropped it. But I wanted to pick it up again but I just never really got to do it.
Many years later when 2.22 came out, many friends of mine where hyped as hyper active battle bunnies, posting gifs and stuff so I checked it out.

A few weeks ago I finally got to marathon and watch ALL of Eva and so here you have me.
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Postby robersora » Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:29 am

View Original PostShark Knight wrote: To me animation was supposed to be a safe heaven and not a reminder of cruel reality.


Instilling terror, while actually trying to form a dialogue is one of the key conflicts of Eva on a meta level.


So, how was your most recent ride on the Eva train? I infer you might have liked it, or are very confused, still looking for answers.
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Postby Shark Knight » Sat Feb 27, 2016 12:30 am

View Original Postrobersora wrote:Instilling terror, while actually trying to form a dialogue is one of the key conflicts of Eva on a meta level.


So, how was your most recent ride on the Eva train? I infer you might have liked it, or are very confused, still looking for answers.


Well my most recent one was as a grown up and a cinephile that had seen a lot of stuff. I must say I quite enjoyed it and even regretted not having the guts for checking it out before altought I am kinda glad since I believe I would not have been prepared to do so before.
I got all the answers I needed at EOE, I am already used to ambiguos stuff so it felt like I was at home altought I must admit I ended being surprised many times on how ballsy Anno was during EOE.

I think I identified with Shinji on how impotent and cowardly I was when I was his age. Wanting affection from a girl, really liking one but being too shy and lacked spine and was too naive to actual get to her. Even tought many years later to my disbelief I learned and figured out that she (or even they) liked me and where attracted to me, so I had many many failed oportunities of finding that company that I so much seeked. Perhaps that is why I am sometimes a hopeless romantic and why I have a soft spot for that stuff in media? "Altought I dont like cheesy romance, giuck"

I also had a shitty relationship with my father since I was 6, my folks split up and I was utterly terrified of him until I was like 15 but through my whole life my father figure has been quite abscent almost to the point of none existant. So I kind of get how Shinji feels towards his dad, how he was hoping to get a better relationship with him etc..
I like the message of "go out there and make awesome bonds with people" I also liked how feral and alien the Eva's are it's literally something I had never seen before and I am a sucker for good animation too.

EOE was really hard to watch in the sense of all the brutality and how Shinji's loved ones where falling one by one. How he exploded towards his frustrations and I really liked the last scene which for me at least was very powerful and even intimate. Thus this is why I am hoping for another intimate scene between Shinji and Asuka on Rebuild Final altought not as ambiguos and apocalyptic. Hopefully more tender.

Also all the judeo christian imagery just kept tingling and I really tought "whoa! this symbolism it's amazing!" but then I remembered that Anno just did it cause it looked cool and thus my hype was gone, altought its a shame that maybe he doesnt even realise how he built an amazing puzzle without even being aware of it"simply cause he tought it looked cool."
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Postby robersora » Sat Feb 27, 2016 4:03 am

Thanks for sharing, it's always interesting to read about experiences with Eva other people had watching it.

View Original PostShark Knight wrote:Also all the judeo christian imagery just kept tingling and I really tought "whoa! this symbolism it's amazing!" but then I remembered that Anno just did it cause it looked cool and thus my hype was gone, altought its a shame that maybe he doesnt even realise how he built an amazing puzzle without even being aware of it"simply cause he tought it looked cool."


Anno said he chose the name because it was cool, so they still might have put some thought into it afterwards. But even if they didn't it's perfectly fine to apply meaning to it for yourself afterwards.
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Postby Shark Knight » Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:18 pm

View Original Postrobersora wrote:Thanks for sharing, it's always interesting to read about experiences with Eva other people had watching it.



Anno said he chose the name because it was cool, so they still might have put some thought into it afterwards. But even if they didn't it's perfectly fine to apply meaning to it for yourself afterwards.


At the contrary, thank you for listening. :)
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Postby CarlosIXA » Sun Mar 06, 2016 4:42 am

Back in 2009 or 2010 (can't really remember when), I was an avid fan of the whole Channel Awesome thing, and basically consumed the stuff made by every producer there. There, I stumbled on a list called the Top 10 Anime Openings and Endings (which has been lost due to the change in site and the shutdown of Blip), which included entries from Tenchi Muyo, Fist of the North Star, Ranma 1/2... And Evangelion. The opening, A Cruel Angel's Thesis, was the first time that I was exposed to Evangelion.

However, this experience ended up being forgotten shortly after, as it slept in the back of my mind, dormant, as I went along with my life, unconcerned for it. At the time, I didn't really have that much fascination with Anime (the only one I had seen by that point, I had no clue they were even foreign productions until way later on) at the time, so it just became a small part of my memory for the time being.

The summer of 2011, however, ignited a still strong interest in the medium with Gundam bringing me back to it (I had grew up watching Gundam SEED on TV and with vague memories of it floating in my mind), and I had been searching the corners of YouTube for episodes (since they were still up before Bandai shut down its America division that same year, I think) and the openings. That's where I managed to stumble upon A Cruel Angel's Thesis again, in its entirety, with that video made for the DVD releases (at least, that's what I keep hearing that's where its from) accompanying it.

I was still a burgeoning consumer of Anime, with only a handful of titles under my belt, and with no knowledge as to where I could watch the original series in its entirety, I kept it on my personal planned to watch list for sometime, leaving it there for sometime (probably to stagnate like a corpse left without much care or attention towards it). Late 2011 was when I had moved, and where I had resided in the house where I finally watched something Eva-related... The Rebuilds, or at least half of the quadrilogy that was available. Out of what I feel is just sheer obliviousness, I didn't bother to watch the 1995 anime, feeling that the two Rebuild movies were enough to make me a fan of Evangelion. This was around the same time I had started up a sort of presence on the site Wikia (because I had wanted to put my ideas somewhere that wasn't on paper, for all to see).

Before I continue, I know I may be expanding beyond where I got introduced to Eva, but to hell with it, much better to talk about the road I took in order to actually watch the original in some fashion. Sounds much better than saying I got introduced into what Eva is via a Top 10 list, wouldn't you agree?

Anywho, Wikia. The summer of 2011 got me into Gundam Fanon (under the name CarlosIXA, which is still in use, as you can see here), where the most shameful stuff I've made used to be hosted. From trying to mix Gundam with my warped view on what Evangelion was, to just poor writing skills, I practically alienated every user there with my antics and general disregard for the rules. Significantly shameful time in my existence on the internet.

Two months later, with very little experience under my belt, I had the nerve to actually start up a fanon site for Evangelion on Wikia (still stands to this day, though very little has happened on the platform for a long time, only two edits by me just a few days ago on its .css). Again, with very little experience, I had crafted a place that now lays rotting in its own filth. Again, my writings were the stuff nightmares were made of for writers; littered with typos, inconsistent continuity, characters who were basically shallow in every sense of the word, and overall terrible prose that couldn't be save even with a face lift.

Eventually, on YT, I had found the End of Evangelion and, due to not having context as to what was happening in the film, I could only look at it and give a confused "huh". Because I had not bothered watching the series, most of the emotional scenes which would completely overwhelm most Eva fans simply left me in this state of "okay". "Alright, okay, huh" are the three words that were muttered from my lips as I watched the EoE for the first time, with very little context, as I keep mentioning.

To skip ahead to the Eva-relevant parts, we get to 2013, where I got around to watching Rebuild of Eva 3.0, where my excitement for the movies was killed firmly like a beast ripping into a carcass with its bare fingers and devouring the exposed gore like it was dying of hunger. It was at this point where watching Eva reviews which cited the whole franchise and story of Eva was completely atrocious and not worth all the praise it had garnered since 1995 began to twist my views on Eva. Having only seen the Rebuilds at that point, and my experience with EoE, I couldn't help but agree with this sentiment. Doesn't help that, at the time, I was easily influenced by anything that came my way.

2013 through 2015 were spent ignoring Eva as I looked at the continuing deterioration of the Gundam franchise, with the final release of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn leaving me angry and frustrated with the OVA in its entirety, Build Fighters marking the beginning of a small footnote in Gundam history which left me confused about where the franchise was going, Try being ultimately a disappointment in its quality, and Reconguista in G leaving me even more pissed off than I already was. Soon, I turned back to Evangelion and finally watched the original series in its entirety.

I didn't know what had kept me from watching this, as it expelled all the anger I had built up and left me in this state of amazement as episode after episode past me by, leaving their distinctive mark on me as they did. Episode 25 and 26 being the highlight of the series and where the message of the piece became clear enough to see in its entirety, especially after rewatching the End of Evangelion immediately afterwards. It felt like I finally understood what the film was attempting to communicate with me, and I was finally able to appreciate how masterfully it portrays itself and the story its telling.

That basically sums up how I finally, after so long, got into Eva for what it is. Sorry for the elongated length, once again. I just felt like this sounded much better than saying that a Top 10 list introduced me to this large franchise. I have not experienced much outside of the animated productions of Eva (I've read bits of the manga, but that's about it), and I don't really plan to do so for the time being. I'm just happy knowing I now have Evangelion under my belt.
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Postby lily liver » Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:48 pm

when i was 13 or 14, i might have even been 12 (i'm 22 now), my family was on vacation in oregon. we stopped at some grocery store on the way to a motel. i was looking at the magazines and saw one with Asuka and Rei on it and i liked how they looked, so i asked my dad to buy it for me. when we got home i found the dvds for the show at the library and watched it all for the first time and it blew my mind. i don't think the way i found it was special, i would have found it eventually because eva is so ubiquitous in anime communities online, but i am glad i discovered it at relatively young age rather than later on. i look back on how little of it i understood at the time, but still, somehow it resonated with me despite that and its been not just my favorite anime, but my favorite media thing since then. i still have the magazine after all these years.

i don't want to say it "changed my life" because that sounds hokey, but it definitely made me see human interaction in a new way. i would probably be a different person if i never found it, and i would definitely be more out of touch with my own insecurities, which i have a lot of.

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Postby Fuyutsuki_Fan » Fri Mar 11, 2016 6:23 pm

I first got interested after watching the first two episodes as a child in February 2003. Immediately hooked, I was impressed by the story, action, and scifi/religion elements. Since then I've gone to enjoy the manga, watch the series in it's entirety, and see all the movies released thus far.

Plan on going to Evangelion World one of these days and also see that 4D movie.
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Postby mammaluser » Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:11 pm

A friend knew it very well and once he invited us to his home he had a Asuka and Shinji figures, so i asked him from where were those characters, he said evangelion, so when i got home i searched on internet (this was like 9 years ago) and watched NGE and then i discovered the rebuilds and subsequently i watched them up until now that i rewatch the series now and then when i have the time or because i simply want.
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Postby Sicarius VI » Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:52 pm

So NGE at like 10 or 11? I mean hey you may have been oblivious to all the fu*k up stuff going on.
I'd say that age is a bit to early tho, but everyone had to start some where I guess.
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Postby lily liver » Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:02 pm

View Original PostFuyutsuki_Fan wrote:I first got interested after watching the first two episodes as a child in February 2003

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