Neon Genesis Evangelion centers around a young boy, Shinji Ikari, who his father summoned to the city of Neo Tokyo 3 after several years of separation. He didn’t know he was accepting the task of becoming the pilot of a giant robot named EVA01 and that at the age of 4, he was supposed to protect the world from enigmatic invaders known as “angels.” Sinji questions his decision to heed his father’s call and doing so helped him accept himself. But why the angels are attacking and what his father’s intentions are, remain a mystery to him.
The series references mystical traditions in Judaism and Christianity, with others such as Midrashic literature and Kabbalah being threaded liberally. It also has elements of esotericism and mysticism of the Jewish Kabbalah, including the angels, which have common features with angels in religious traditions. Neon Genesis Evangelion was interpreted as a personal expression of creator Hideaki Anno’s own depression, as he became interested in mental illness and psychology during the production.
The complicated themes in Neon Genesis Evangelion garnered domestic and international acclaim during its initial broadcast, with critics claiming it a cultural touchstone for Japan. It shows a harrowing exploration of depression, making the series an epic about angels and inner demons.
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