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Neon Genesis Evangelion

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Distributor: A.D.V., Gainax
Original Story: Hideaki Anno
Volumes: 12, 8, 2, 8
Rating: Unknown (should probably be for 16+)
Anime Code: A

In the year 2000, a meteor hits Earth wiping out over half of humanity and flooding all the coastal cities and then some.  This event has been called "The Second Impact."  15 years have passed since that event, and in 2015, humanity finds itself being attacked by mysterious lifeforms known only as The Angels.  Shinji Ikari, a fourteen year old boy, has come to the futuristic city of Tokyo-3 at the request of his estranged father.  However, this request is a tall order: he must fight the Angels in a artificially-constructed organic robot called 'Evangelion.'  Shinji, along with a cast of rather colorful characters, must figure out why the Angels are here and what they have to do with an ancient prophecy found near the Dead Sea.

Review: If there was ever an anime series that was worth purchasing, Evangelion is it.  Hideaki Anno post-depression and the people at Gainax (back when they had money) have created an extremely deep anime series that goes into the very bowls of the Christian religion that not even Dan Brown will go.  Throughout the series, you will grow to care about all the characters, even the minor ones.  The original Neon Genesis Evangelion was released in 12 VHS, 8 DVDs, 2 movies, and so far, 7 volume platinum release.  Pretty good lineup.

Action Level: 4/5
Don't expect any unique kung-fu moves.  The action here is a no-holds bar robotic slug fest.
 
Romance Level: 4/5
All the characters are connected with one another in some way, shape, or form.  If anything comes from any of this, well... the jury's still deliberating.
 
Comedy Level: 3/5
There are some pretty funny scenes at the start of the series (especially with Misato and her cooking).  But they stop half-way through.
 
Adult Level: 3/5
Toothpicks, anyone?  Besides from the robotic blood and gore, you also get treated to the image of a naked 14 year old who is actually the clone reincarnation of a naked 33 year old... extremely long story.
 
Drama Level: 5/5
They went all out drama-wise.  Each character has issues with their family and with themselves.  Parents, now's probably the time to talk to your kids about how incest is illegal (another extremely long story).
 
Overall Level: 4/5
A sci-fi opera that makes Star Wars look like Sesame Street, Evangelion is worth every penny of the purchasing price.  I recommend you buy it.  The series is so detailed that you'll need to watch it over and over again to figure out all the secrets.  True, it screws the Christian religion like a Philips head but that's not very hard to do.