Neon Genesis Evangelion: Season 1 (1995 - 1996)

Season 1
Neon Genesis Evangelion

Critics Consensus

Neon Genesis Evangelion, both a cultural touchstone for Japan and an uncompromising auteurist vision by creator Hideaki Anno, doubles as an enthralling apex for the mecha anime genre and as a harrowing exploration of depression -- making for a wholly singular epic about angels and inner demons.



Critic Ratings: 28

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User Ratings: 0
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Air date: May 13, 2001
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Critic Reviews for Neon Genesis Evangelion Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (4)

Combining elements of science fiction, mythology, philosophy and religion, Neon Genesis Evangelion explodes in a lively, garishly colored animated series with hip, contemporary characters that are both thought provoking and entertaining.

Feb 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Evangelion's greatest lesson: life can be confusing -- even terrifying -- but there's joy in being alive to experience it.

Feb 20, 2019 | Full Review…

It is ultimately a show about depression, about the depths and reach of loss. And it does justice to these heavy topics with a maturity and originality uncommon in Western television. It's not a happy show, but it is a phenomenal one.

Feb 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Classic anime series is violent, introspective.

Jul 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Few pieces of mass-marketed media have ever relayed as many specific truths about humanity as Evangelion does while still ripping as a gloriously dorky robot saga.

Jul 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Audiences marveled at the thought of piloting giant mechanical beasts, but Studio Gainax and writer/director Hideaki Anno had another idea -- what if piloting giant mech wasn't cool, but instead downright terrifying?

Jun 19, 2019 | Full Review…

If it speaks to you, then that's wonderful, and welcome to this shared understanding of such a weird and moving piece of art.

Jun 25, 2019 | Full Review…

While Netflix's release of Evangelion is by no means perfect, the series itself is a masterpiece and a rite of passage for anyone who watches anime.

Jun 24, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Evangelion is a frightening, violent, and brutally sad series, whose end, while insanely unexpected, is quite uplifting, above it all -- just not in the gung-ho friendship-and-love way that traditional mecha anime series usually are.

Jun 24, 2019 | Full Review…

The show introduces a brilliant chicken-and-egg conundrum: Do humans define machines, or do machines define us?

Jun 21, 2019 | Full Review…

So far so pulpy, right? That's exactly what the show wants you to think... Neon Genesis Evangelion even indulges this for a good five or six episodes. Then it gets weird. Then it becomes a masterpiece.

Jun 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Evangelion stretches its conflict across these three generations, which emerges from the show's visual appeal of meticulous mecha combat and lithe characters in body-hugging jumpsuits.

Jun 19, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Neon Genesis Evangelion: Season 1

  • Apr 10, 2019
    Arguably, the best anime series ever made!
  • Mar 26, 2019
    really good enjoyed it
  • Jan 15, 2019
    Powerfuul great and interseting anime
  • Dec 16, 2018
    must watch, nuff said
  • Nov 30, 2018
    I love this so much because it have a lot of fan service so pervert and I love mechas :3

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