I’m a big fan of Eva, so I’m interested to hear everyone’s thoughts!
Fun fact, I first watched Eva in 2015! In fact, I think I finished around the middle of summer, which is close to the time when… bad things happen at the end.
Also, I hope the Wapoints crew can talk about the Rebuild of Evangelion at some point! I think they often get dismissed by fans, which is a shame because they’re a great reaction to the original Eva, and in fact further expand upon some of it’s ideas. Especially the third film, it’s pretty great!
Of course, as many people have already mentioned, I can’t in good faith recommend Eva if you’re not comfortable with sexual fan service of women and girls (14 year olds) and other creepy moments (such as the beginning of The End of Eva). There’s also some ■■■■ shaming, and other sexist attitudes throughout. There’s no shame in skipping it if that’s not something you’re able to tolerate, there are plenty of other works that one can find helpful and entertaining. But if you’re able to roll with the punches, I do think it can be a deeply personal experience that, while often grueling and traumatic, is ultimately very uplifting and encouraging. I know it’s a point of reference in my mind whenever I start spiraling into self loathing.
And if anyone is curious about a watching order, this would be my recommendation:
Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995, on Netflix, all 26 episodes)
The End of Evangelion (1997, on Netflix, watch out for the beginning)
Wait a few days or weeks, then:
Evangelion 1.11 (2007, available to buy at online retailers)
Evangelion 2.22 (2009, available to buy at online retailers)
Evangelion 3.33 (2012, available to buy at online retailers)