12 Moments in Anime: Neon Genesis Evangelion
Unfortunately, unlike most people, I consider Eva to be a horrible, horrible show.
While I am all for sticking diseased dongs into Freud and psychoanalysis (while disregarding how shallow the so-called symbology was), the thing is, I have never been so horrified in my life. The show was an exercise in seeing how much I hated myself. This is even worse than reading about failed LSD experiments being shrugged off and people bing blasted with Barney music 40,000 times (Yes, those really happened. There was a Newsweek article on it. And this book is now a major motion picture.).
Halfway through the show I had to stop watching it.
Personally, I like enjoying what I watch. Even if it’s nothing but titties, asses, panty flashes and the like. The Japanese, for some reason, like to trivialize things like incest, making it seem like nothing. And then you have Eva, where the concept was so depressing, so horrible, that even the staff themselves were NOT enjoying the production run, above and beyond what is normal for an average production.
However, the only good thing about Eva was that it spawned Ebichu, which, for some reason, is a joy to watch, in the sick, perverted manner one reads about the wacky things the USAF has done and approved of.
I really, really tried to like Eva, but 13 episodes in, I asked myself if I actually hated myself. I promptly switched to Gurren Lagann and that was the end of that.
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