Does Evangelion ever make you depressed?

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Postby xanderkh » Thu Oct 24, 2013 2:42 pm

View Original PostElMariachi wrote:... sorry but I still don't have any idea who the black guy is! -o-;


Don't worry. :D I've done some research and checking, and apparently that's supposed to be this character from the Homestuck fandom named "Jake English"......I have no idea who he is either. -o-;
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Postby Nuclear Lunchbox » Sat Oct 26, 2013 10:59 am

The Manga's made me a little sad before, but the series has never actually sent me spiraling into depression.

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Postby Madonna » Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:19 pm

Does Evangelion make me depressed? To be honest I don't see how it can make anyone depressed, maybe sad, reflective, or melancholy, but depressed is too strong of a word.

I'm someone who has had to cope with depression, and several other disorders for many years and still am (although therapy is helping), depression is a real disorder and isn't something frivolous; don't get me wrong Evangelion impacted me significantly too but it didn't cause my depression nor amplified it, I think it was my mood that attracted me to Evangelion in the first place really.

I think having depression has been romanticized in certain circles, kinda annoying imho.

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Postby C.A.P. » Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:02 pm

Not really.
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Postby Dataprime » Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:15 am

View Original PostMadonna wrote:Does Evangelion make me depressed? To be honest I don't see how it can make anyone depressed, maybe sad, reflective, or melancholy, but depressed is too strong of a word.

I'm someone who has had to cope with depression, and several other disorders for many years and still am (although therapy is helping), depression is a real disorder and isn't something frivolous; don't get me wrong Evangelion impacted me significantly too but it didn't cause my depression nor amplified it, I think it was my mood that attracted me to Evangelion in the first place really.

I think having depression has been romanticized in certain circles, kinda annoying imho.

Well, everyone is different of course. The show can make someone really depressed or even happy. I guess it all depends on the person watching it.

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Postby Gus Hanson » Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:16 pm

Not one bit. Just reflective on my thoughts is all.

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Postby Violet Shadow » Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:11 pm

View Original PostDataprime wrote:Well, everyone is different of course. The show can make someone really depressed or even happy. I guess it all depends on the person watching it.
I wonder how can someone be happy by watching every single bit of episode 15 onwards. I'm excluding the TV ending.
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Postby Stillborn » Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:16 pm

^

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Postby Dataprime » Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:24 pm

View Original PostViolet Shadow wrote:I wonder how can someone be happy by watching every single bit of episode 15 onwards. I'm excluding the TV ending.

:chinscratch: people with zero sympathy towards the characters?

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Postby Violet Shadow » Thu Nov 07, 2013 4:39 pm

View Original PostDataprime wrote::chinscratch: people with zero sympathy towards the characters?
Well, then they'd better not watch it at all?

View Original PostStillborn wrote:^

Shadenfreude...

I believe it is Schadenfreude; thank you anyway. ^_^
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Postby SimplyMason0 » Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:48 pm

View Original PostViolet Shadow wrote:I wonder how can someone be happy by watching every single bit of episode 15 onwards. I'm excluding the TV ending.


People who really like the writing I guess out of shock at least. Or who loves trippy stuff.

I can see that happening.

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Postby Giji Shinka » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:26 am

Yep.
My minor depression began in 17th of November 2012 and It lasted about 6-8 months. -o-;

It's been almost a year since that fateful day. :exalt:
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Postby Dataprime » Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:36 am

Just a little follow up:
Since I discovered Evangelion I truly believe that it's been in fact, helping me with my
depression and many anxieties that I have. I don't know random post

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Postby Gorbatschow » Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:49 am

It's pretty odd, I watched EVA, expecting a straight-forward psychological, mindfuck, dramatic show. What I got (on the first run) was a pretty good, but not amazing Mecha-show with good characters (this changed dramatically after watching it the 2. time). The weird part is, that I was pretty down for about 3 days after EoE, although I didn't care much for the characters etc. :lol:
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Postby Grimmjow » Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:54 am

When I first watched it as a teenager, it depressed me quite a bit. Nowadays I either just watch it thoughtfully or I try to make as many dumb jokes as possible, especially during EOE.

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Postby shaleen » Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:50 pm

I watched the original TV series about 5 years ago straight through, followed up by EoE. I watched it alone, as I don't really have any anime friends. I remember feeling pretty crushed for a few days after. I don't remember the specifics of that time, but I got over it at some point.

Fast forward to this past fall (2013). I saw a random arcade game of NGE and it reminded me how much of an impact it had on me, and that "I should watch it again." In retrospect, this may have been a mistake. I jumped back into the series, then EoE, then started the rebuilds (Just saw the English premiere of 3.0 last week). I've been feeling pretty "out of it" since seeing 3.0. I don't want to use the word "depressed" lightly, but I feel that I've experienced symptoms of mild depression over this. I've spent the last week reading all the otaku stuff I can find, trying to decipher all the meaning I can, and reading forums (like this one) but I'm not sure I'm getting any better. My mood certainly mirrors some of what some of the original posters on this thread have said. A feeling of helplessness, darkness, uncertainty, etc. I've felt no joy in doing the regular things I used to love, and have no desire to do anything except study eva. I am a rational human being who has just entered his 3rd decade of life on this planet, but yet I cannot get the saga of these fictional 14 year olds out of my daily thought process. I try to tell myself that I will feel better if I could just understand it a little more...so I read and read and now I feel like I truly understand about as much as I can; the meaning, the hidden meaning, why so and so did this and why it ended the way it did. Still doesn't change the feelings I'm having in my mind. I'm a little terrified about what the 4th rebuild movie will do to my situation if it ends anyway other than what I truly want, or think I want. Call me old fashioned, but I could go for some obvious closure...even if I know that Anno never intended that to be there.

I'll admit, it is strangely comforting to know there are at least a few of you out there that share these feelings toward the franchise. Hopefully putting my thoughts out here to the interwebs will help me move past all this. Thanks.
Just trying to make sense of it all.

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Postby Princess Asuka » Thu Jan 16, 2014 5:10 pm

Last September I decided to watch the sub and dub of Eva in a 2 week period. Afterwards I was depressed for a month, I felt confused, but yet I loved this show, having only seen Sailor Moon at that time Eva was something that I didn't know what to expect. I'm fine now, but I discovered that yes, there are happy endings, but the world is a harsh place, but it's only as bad as you make it out to be. I later watched Puella Magi Madoka Magica and I have a list of anime series I want to watch.
Revolutionary Girl Utena
Mawaru Penguindrum
Princess Tutu
Wedding Peach
Trigun
Cowboy Bebop
Rebuild (once Final comes out)
Also the new Sailor Moon anime.

Eva helped me try new things, grow up a little bit, and discover the real me which was hiding, she's smart, sweet, and sexy, just took awhile to get her to come out. XD

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Postby Chainsaw Owl » Thu Jan 16, 2014 5:55 pm

Depressed? Perhaps for a bit after I finished the series, but only because I knew I'd probably never find a more enjoyable anime in my lifetime.

Many of Shinji's issues were my own when I was his age, and it certainly caused me to reflect on some harsh truths, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that NGE made me depressed.

If anything, it helped me cope.
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Postby CJD » Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:45 pm

View Original Postshaleen wrote:I'll admit, it is strangely comforting to know there are at least a few of you out there that share these feelings toward the franchise. Hopefully putting my thoughts out here to the interwebs will help me move past all this. Thanks.


EGF is a support group for this very reason. We're all here for you, bro. :huggles:
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Postby shaleen » Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:26 pm

EGF is a support group for this very reason. We're all here for you, bro.


Exactly what i was hoping for, thank you ^_^
Just trying to make sense of it all.


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