For the last few months I've been slowly working my way through The Sopranos and it's been really fantastic. I've got something like 15 episodes left and I don't want it to end!
User gatotsu911 wrote on here a few years back about how the show was a Western equivalent to Neon Genesis Evangelion, and he was really spot on. Without trying to give any spoilers away, The Sopranos deconstructs the mafia genre in a similar way to how our favorite anime deconstructs the mecha genre, examining a collection of characters with their own flaws and varying degrees of mental disorders and how they deal with the immense responsibilities of their personal and professional lives. Like with Eva, there aren't any characters that are wasted and they say and do things that real people say and do. They're people who do bad things, but you can empathize with them and understand why they do these things. The show also gives us many glimpses into our main character's head, and the series' protagonist, Tony Soprano, invites as much adoration and disdain as Shinji Ikari(and they both have seriously strained relationships with their parents). And like NGE, the show is just fun and interesting to watch without needing to pick apart all of its allusions and themes.
I used to work in a factory and I was really happy because I could daydream all day -- I.C.
And thanks to EVA, I've started like myself and that has made me very happy. Mr. Anno, please keep working on EVA a lot more.
and thank you so much for everything!!