Monday, February 7, 2011

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Psychology and the War between Heaven and Earth

  Hey guys! It's Liz here with a review on Neon Genesis Evangelion,  Neon Genesis Evangelion (or just 'Evangelion') is an anime about the war between heaven and earth in the year 2015 A.D.  Three main pilots are chosen to pilot humanity's ulitmate weapon, the 'Eva Units' to wage battle against the angels.  Nerv is the orgainization behind the Eva Series.  Nerv is connected to the United Nation's orgainization, Seele ( a German word for 'soul).  The three pilots are Shinji Ikari, Asuka Langley Soryhu, and Rei Ayanami.
 Shinji is the protagonist of the show.  He is a fourteen year old boy that pilots Unit 01, he was chosen so by his father, Gendo Ikari, the Commaner of Nerv.  Shinji doesn't want to fight, and always runs away from his problems.  Abandonned by his father after his mother died when he was little, he was resistant to accept his father's request to pilot. He has depression, and the psychology of this show delves deep into the human mind, more so than anhy other anime I have seen. 
  Now here's Asuka! Pilot of Unit 02, and boy, she is a firey red head! My favorite character of the show, actually. She is half German, half Japanese.  She lost her mother and never had a father.  She already has a college degree, despite being fourteen years old. The series delves deep into her thoughts and the problems that she has faced in the past.  She is a tsundere.  She builds up a wall to people and is resistant to let them in.  She puts on a mask to hide her true feelings.  Again, she is nonetheless one my favorite female anime characters ever! She has such a GREAT personality- but I won't spoil to much for ya :D
  Rei Ayanami is also fourteen years old, SUPPOSEDLY.  Her past is unknown,  but she will grow on you.  She doesn't really express emotions, except I LOVE episode 6, when she actually smiles! I shall not spoil it, though.  She is very close to Gendo, and develops feelings for him.  In the manga, she also develops feelings for Shinji.  She is the pilot of Unit 0.  Shinji views Rei as a 'mother' figure. 

 Gendo Ikari, Shinji's father, is at war with God.  He is, as I said, commander of Nerv.  His wife, Yui Ikari, passed away, and he is planning to destory the earth if he has to or cause a Third Impact inorder to see her again.

Basically, over half of the population of earth was destroyed in 2001 A.D. in a catastrophe known as 'Second Impact'.  However, why the angels are attacking is yet to be revealed.

 Personally, I think that Unit 01 is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! The mecha action is SUPER DUPER, and the characters really are appealing.  The series delves deep into the characters' psyche and heir personality.  I would recommend Evangelion to anyone at anytime, and I would give this show an OVER 9000 out of 10 :D

-I would also recommend BOTH the anime AND manga, because the manga is an alternate retelling of evangelion.  Both the anime and manga are awesome.  There are also Rebuild of Evangelion movies coming out in Japan.  Basically, the director of Evangelion is remaking the whole series of Evangelion into four movies.  I am getting the second movie, Evangelion 2.22 for my birthday, and, once I get it, I shall review it ^ ^
so, stay tuned! :D

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