How did you first get into Evangelion?

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Postby dvdmovies123 » Sat Jul 17, 2021 1:51 am

i forget where i first knew about it from, i was planning on watching it on netflix for a while and last month i watched the tv series, death(true)2 and eoe on netflix, on a ps3, on a crt tv. it was very good (i used the Japanese audio with english subtitles) i watched it on netflix because 1. the old dvds are very expensive now and 2. we have netflix. im now waiting for more details about the gkids bluray set to appear and also waiting for the rebuild movies to go on prime video

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Postby PSIWasHere » Wed Aug 04, 2021 6:55 pm

As someone who was heavily critical of anime as an artistic medium, watching Evangelion wasn't something I was particularly interested in, despite my reluctance I watched it anyway after a friend suggested we should. After finishing Evangelion and End of Evangelion, they quickly became both my favourite show and movie, my preconceived notions of what animation and art could produce, specifically anime, were shattered. For several months now I have been enamoured with Eva, browsing Wiki's and Forum's much like this one, in an attempt to gain more of an understanding. Pretty condensed but that's basically how it happened.
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Postby Rutilia Augusta » Thu Aug 12, 2021 3:03 pm

I wonder if anyone here is in a similar boat to me:

While in college I first caught some of NGE when it was broadcast on Adult Swim in early 2006 and was quite interested in it despite entering half-way through. Thus, I then went out and bought the Platinum Collection, Death/Rebirth and End of Evangelion, and the manga volumes that were available. After graduating I bought 1.11 when it came out on DVD (watched it and enjoyed it). I bought 2.22 as well, but that remained on the shelf unwatched. Then, life, uh, got in the way, and this stuff sat in a box.

Flash forward to this summer and the announcement that 3.0 + 1.0 would be streaming in August on Amazon Prime - "Hey, maybe I should see what's new in the world of NGE after being away for a decade." Proceeded to buy and read the remaining manga volumes, re-watched the series on Netflix (and then the old Platinum edition) and 1.11, and was blown away by how much I enjoyed 2.22. I thought they handled Asuka quite well, and the ending of Shinji inadvertently causing Third Impact while trying to save Rei was fantastic. Also picked up 3.33 (good, but different), and I've got Anima on the shelf waiting to go.

When I first watched NGE I was very much in the camp that it was teens piloting robots fighting monsters interspersed with philosophy and with an impenetrable plot at the end (not to mention the gross out scene at the beginning of EoE). To that extent, I remember enjoying the manga much more than the anime. Now, coming at it from a decade later, I have a much greater appreciation for the character interactions as the centerpiece for the story that Anno was trying to tell.

Great stuff, I'm glad that forums like this (and the wiki) exist, so that I could contextualize what I was watching all over again.

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Postby ultimate5800 » Thu Aug 19, 2021 3:05 am

Well, I was born in South America, where we had a cable channel that had mostly Anime (Locomotion). I also remember my friend's brother had VHS without subs from Japan, so saw some episodes that way back in 1997. When Locomotion was ser up to start broadcasting the series, a national news magazine published like 3 pages on Eva... I was captivated and only 13 years old (1998). But my family didn't have the cable company where that channel was... after some budging couple months later we had the needed cable company services :devil:
Saw the series countless times in Spanish dub, which was quite decent. Saw Death (True) and EoE when I was around 15 (some pirated VHS with subs)
So you can imagine my excitement when the first movie was announced. I excitedly watched all movies... and waited patiently almost 9 years for 3.0+1.0
A lot happened for me in those 9 years, including me moving back to the US. When Eva released on Netflix, I was down in the dumps, but that actually gave me something to look forward to.
I had my partner watch all of the series and movies before the release of 3.0+1.0, and was stoked when Amazon announced they would be streaming the movie.
My 13 year old self was very happy last week.
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Postby RichieIkari7 » Sat Aug 21, 2021 2:01 pm

Well I started watching the first 5? episodes back in 2015, I thought it was ok, I probably found it via the many anime reviewers I watch or the theme song.

I couldn't continue the series during that time as I was busy and watching a lot of other shows at the time, but I do have a vague memory of playing an Evangelion themed dating sim game on Newgrounds


Then near the end of January 2021, I finally decided to rewatch it and complete all the episodes, (after seeing a few friends talking about it).

It was the Netflix dub I watched, I loved it, then I watched the End of Eva film and that was also incredible, I've yet to watch the rebuilds though

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Postby mutter » Wed Sep 01, 2021 6:28 am

I had seen some of the characters before and the show kept being referenced and praised everywhere including sites I frequented, so I checked out descriptions of it online and found them interesting. After delaying it for a while, I finally watched NGE right around a year ago. I was hooked, instantly related to Shinji's character and got a déjà vu-like feeling as if I had always been watching the show. A lot of the episodes left me really agitated, but I kept watching. Soon after finishing the original series, I also watched End of Evangelion and the first two Rebuilds. I watched 3.0 earlier this year and 3.0+1.0 today, actually.

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Postby rokakakaflavored » Sat Sep 04, 2021 5:28 pm

Old online friend group liked it, so i decided to give it a try to fit in. I watched the first episode in October 2020, finished 5, took a break, and completed the anime + EoE between January - February 2021


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