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Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

TV Tokyo 1995

At the turn of the century, the Angels returned to Earth, seeking to wipe out humanity in an apocalyptic fury. Devastated, mankind's last remnants moved underground to wait for the day when the Angels would come back to finish the job. Fifteen years later, that day has come... but this time, humanity is ready to fight back with terrifying bio-mechanical weapons known as the Evangelions. Watch as Shinji, Rei, Asuka and the rest of the mysterious shadow agency Nerv battle to save earth from total annihilation.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion - S1E19

#1 - Introjection (Season 1 - Episode 19)

Enraged over Toji's near-death at the hands of his own Eva, Shinji refuses to pilot an Evangelion again and prepares to leave Tokyo-3 for good. He is forced to reconsider that decision when an immensely destructive new Angel attacks just as he is about to leave...

The episode was rated 8.70 from 306 votes.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion - S1E18

#2 - Ambivalence (Season 1 - Episode 18)

Evangelion Unit-03 arrives from the United States. However, its activation experiment brings out Nerv's worst nightmare when it turns out to have been infected by the Thirteenth Angel. The other Evas are dispatched to battle the Angel-infected abomination...even at the risk of killing its helpless pilot.

The episode was rated 8.55 from 312 votes.

Neon Genesis Evangelion - S1E16

#3 - Splitting of the Breast (Season 1 - Episode 16)

Shinji beats Asuka in a synch test, much to her annoyance. Not too long after, the Evas are dispatched to deal with a mysterious apparition, and Eva-01 is sucked into a shadowlike blackness that materializes out of nothingness from under it. While an emergency operation to rescue the captured Eva is concocted, Shinji goes on a trip into the depths of his own consciousness...

The episode was rated 8.49 from 318 votes.

Neon Genesis Evangelion - S1E20

#4 - Weaving a Story 2: Oral Stage (Season 1 - Episode 20)

Shinji achieved an unprecedented 400% synchronization ratio with Eva-01 during the battle with Zeruel, to horrible effect. With the Eva having ascended to the status of a living God and Shinji absorbed inside it, Ritsuko unsuccessfully attempts to recover him. In the meantime, Shinji makes contact with the resident soul of the Eva- his mother, Yui Ikari.

The episode was rated 8.11 from 299 votes.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion - S1E6

#5 - Rei II (Season 1 - Episode 6)

Continuing from the previous episode, the Angel Ramiel is drilling down into the GeoFront to attack Nerv HQ directly. After Shinji barely survived a direct confrontation with it, Misato devises a plan to have Eva-00 and Eva-01 defeat the Angel by sniping it from a distance using a positronic rifle which requires the total electric output of Japan to power up.

The episode was rated 8.11 from 364 votes.

Neon Genesis Evangelion - S1E24

#6 - The Beginning and the End, or "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (Season 1 - Episode 24)

Too frightened to face Misato or Rei, Shinji runs away yet again, only to meet and strike a friendship with Kaworu Nagisa, the replacement pilot for Eva-02. Kaworu's openness and friendliness provide much-needed comfort for the disturbed Shinji. However, suspicions abound over Kaworu's incredible synchronization abilities, and when he reveals that he is the Seventeenth Angel, Shinji must battle his newfound friend or face the threat of world annihilation.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 305 votes.

Neon Genesis Evangelion - S1E23

#7 - Rei III (Season 1 - Episode 23)

Asuka sinks into deep depression after Arael's mental probing, and is unable to pilot when the new Angel Armisael arrives. Armisael begins physically fusing with Eva-00 and threatens to do the same to Eva-01, prompting Rei to sacrifice herself to save Shinji, only to appear alive soon afterwards. Under threat by Misato, Ritsuko opens the door to a room in Terminal Dogma to reveal the dark truth about Rei Ayanami.

The episode was rated 8.06 from 297 votes.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion - S1E2

#8 - The Beast (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Shinji wakes up in the hospital, with no memory of defeating the Angel the night before. Rejected by his father, Misato decides to take Shinji with her to live in her apartment. Later that night, memories of the battle against the Angel come flooding back to Shinji.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 480 votes.

Neon Genesis Evangelion - S1E9

#9 - Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win! (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Asuka joins Shinji’s class at school, and moves in with Misato and him in their apartment. As Asuka adjusts to Japan (or rather, everyone else adapts to her...), a new Angel attacks which is capable of splitting itself into two identical copies. Eva-01 and Eva-02 are defeated, and Nerv is publicly humiliated. With the Angel in a week-long regeneration period after an N² Mine attack by the JSSDF, Asuka and Shinji must learn to "synchronize" with each others movements combat, in order to defeat it once and for all.

The episode was rated 8.04 from 341 votes.

Neon Genesis Evangelion - S1E21

#10 - He Was Aware That He Was Still a Child (Season 1 - Episode 21)

Kozo Fuyutsuki is kidnapped and interrogated by Seele, who are horrified over the results of the last encounter with an Angel. He recounts his past, providing flashbacks into the creation of Nerv. The pasts of Misato Katsuragi, Ritsuko Akagi, Rei Ayanami and Yui Ikari are also revealed. Ryoji Kaji, meanwhile, decides to find out the truth, no matter the cost.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 302 votes.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion - S1E22
#11 - Don't Be
7.95
Season 1 - Episode 22

Asuka's synch rate is on a downward spiral after her defeat at the hands of the Fourteenth Angel, Zeruel, and her frustration with Rei, Shinji, Misato and (unknown to her, dead) Kaji is on the rise. Angrier and more disturbed than ever, she is forced to relive her dark, traumatic past during the encounter with the Fifteenth Angel, Arael.

The episode was rated from 302 votes.
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Neon Genesis Evangelion - S1E8
#12 - Asuka Strikes!
7.93
Season 1 - Episode 8

Misato brings Shinji, along with Toji and Kensuke, to a massive UN naval convoy transporting Evangelion Unit-02 and its fiery German pilot, Asuka Langley Soryu, to Japan. Escorting Asuka is Misato's old boyfriend, Ryoji Kaji. After some awkward introductions and reunions, the fleet is attacked by a massive aquatic Angel. Asuka powers up Eva-02, and decides that she will defeat the Angel by playing "hopscotch"...

The episode was rated from 346 votes.
Neon Genesis Evangelion - S1E15
#13 - Those Women Longed for the Touch of Others' Lips, and Thus Invited Their Kisses.
7.91
Season 1 - Episode 15

It seems like it's an important day for nearly everyone at Nerv. Misato and Ritsuko are going to a wedding; Shinji and Gendo are visiting Yui's grave; Asuka has a date. However, important things will spring from these seemingly mundane events.

The episode was rated from 309 votes.
Neon Genesis Evangelion - S1E3
#14 - A Transfer
7.89
Season 1 - Episode 3

Shinji begins attending his new school in Tokyo-3, and has a difficult time dealing with the fame of being an Evangelion pilot. Toji Suzuhara, who's little sister was injured in Shinji's fight against the Angel, is angry at Shinji. A new Angel appears, and Shinji must once again pilot Eva-01 to defeat it.

The episode was rated from 427 votes.
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Neon Genesis Evangelion - S1E13
#15 - Lilliputian Hitcher
7.86
Season 1 - Episode 13

A routine test involving the Eva pilots turns into a struggle for survival when a wholly new type of Angel appears and spreads inside Nerv HQ. This new, computer-like angel threatens to set off the self-destruct for the entire facility, leaving Dr.Ritsuko Akagi in a race against time to save the GeoFront and destroy the Angel.

The episode was rated from 318 votes.
Neon Genesis Evangelion - S1E12
#16 - She Said, "Don't Make Others Suffer for Your Personal Hatred."
7.82
Season 1 - Episode 12

Misato has been promoted to Major, but the celebration does not last long. A monstrous Angel appears in Earth orbit right when Gendo and Fuyutsuki are away, leaving her and the children to deal with a colossal kamikaze threatening to drop itself right on top of Tokyo-3.

The episode was rated from 328 votes.
Neon Genesis Evangelion - S1E11
#17 - The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still
7.82
Season 1 - Episode 11

Tokyo-3 comes to a standstill when sabotage knocks out all power, and the personnel must scramble to launch the Evas manually when an Angel appears in the middle of the blackout.

The episode was rated from 323 votes.
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Neon Genesis Evangelion - S1E1
#18 - Angel Attack
7.76
Season 1 - Episode 1

Shinji Ikari is summoned to Tokyo-3 by his estranged father Gendo, commander of the special agency Nerv, to defend the city from a giant Angel by piloting the only weapon capable of battling the monster: Evangelion Unit-01.

The episode was rated from 543 votes.
Neon Genesis Evangelion - S1E5
#19 - Rei I
7.76
Season 1 - Episode 5

Eva-00 is finally repaired, and Shinji tries to get to know its enigmatic pilot, Rei Ayanami, better. However, he is confounded because she is extremely insular, has no friends at all, and the entire record of her past has been erased. In the midst of this, a very powerful Angel, the floating monolith Ramiel, attacks Tokyo-3.

The episode was rated from 381 votes.
Neon Genesis Evangelion - S1E7
#20 - A Human Work
7.76
Season 1 - Episode 7

Ritsuko briefs Shinji on the real nature of Second Impact, the Angels, and the Evangelions' mission to defeat them. Misato and Ritsuko attend the public demonstration of a new Angel-fighting robot, Jet Alone, built by a rival defense contractor to Nerv. However, the nuclear-powered robot quickly runs out of control, and Shinji must use Eva Unit 01 to load Misato onto Jet Alone so she can she can enter in its automatic shutdown code, before it melts down in a nuclear explosion.

The episode was rated from 349 votes.
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Last updated: dec 04, 2022

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_Neon Genesis Evangelion_ is (not) “that anime”… (not) about robots/monsters/etc… (not) an entertainment… it’s more than that—it’s a work of art… _Evangelion_ is about human… human relationship, life… truth. Do (not) try to understand it… feel it. Images, sounds (and music), time… sets the moods. How to watch (the original) _Evangelion_: “Angel Attack” (1) – “Take care of yourself.” (26) ➝ “He was aware that he was still a child. (New Production Cut)” (21’) – “The Beginning and the End, or ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ (New Production Cut)” (24’) ➝ “Love is destructive.” (25’) + “I need you.” (26’) = _The End of Evangelion_ ➝ “Do you love me?” (25) – “Take care of yourself.” (26) ➝ “Love is destructive.” (25’) + “I need you.” (26’) = _The End of Evangelion_. >To my father, thank you. To my mother, farewell. And to all the children… Congratulations!

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Don't get put off by the first episodes if you think they're weirdly paced or whatever, this show really relies on getting to know you before you start to really like it which is exactly what it is trying to do. This show is extremely smart and uses a number of visual and audio techniques to manipulate your emotions to what it wants to get across. I don't even like anime shows but this one is pretty great.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion: The most influential anime of the 90's, and arguably of all time. This anime entirely changed the rules regarding what an animated series could convey and how it could convey it. Virtually every anime released after 1995 draws at least some inspiration from NGE, meaning that the anime industry itself would not be what it is today without the not-so-simple simple tale of a quiet boy named Shinji Ikari.

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