I was 10, in 4th grade. At the time I thought anime was stupid. I watched NGE in 19-23rd August 2014, when I was 17, and joined up here some weeks later. For a week I wanted to avoid watching NTE because it wasn't complete yet, and I assumed that, it being a then 2-year old movie, the final one would come out, at the latest, in the next year, 2015. After I did watch 3.0, initially assuming I got the wrong movie from the Nausicaa segment, as well as from randomly jumping ahead several times and thinking this was not actually Eva for some minutes (I even watched D&R first in a terrible VHS rip thinking it was required), I went to school rather annoyed at it ending the way it did, but assumed I wouldn't have to wait too much to see the conclusion. I eventually got slightly more pessimistic, as you can see:
So, for most of my life I used to have a deep hatred of anime and all-things-Japan because I thought they were silly and childish, with a few exceptions, mostly from my childhood. Then I watched NGE and it changed my life forever. Okay, not necessarily, but I never thought I'd care so much for fictional characters as I ever did before, I never spent so many days googling the hell out of everything I could think of because of a work of fiction, much less, ahem, a cartoon about giant robots.
I've watched the original series in three days, EoE and some manga the day after, and the three Rebuild movies after that. Would have done it in a shorter time if it wasn't for, you know, real life. Now I am grinding my teeth for the (likely more than a year away) end to Rebuild.
I used to think I was blessed to have been borned into the future, where so many epic shows, movie series, books, etc were long completed, as I wouldn't have to wait in desperation for all of them to come to a conclusion after confusing the heck out of me. Plus the flying cars and all that.
Now, I know that suffering.
(man my early posts were silly)