Neon Genesis Evangelion

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Classic anime series is violent, introspective.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 33 reviews

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Positive Messages

The series is about saving the world from an apocalypse, but also presents larger universal themes about the meaning of life, the transcendence of humanity, etc. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Shinji is young, a little anti-social, and introspective. Gendo Ikari is cold and ruthless, and shows little love for him. 


Lots of fantasy violence (weapons, explosions, etc.), which leads to injuries and deaths. There’s some yelling and insult-hurling, too. 


Some female characters are dressed in cleavage revealing, form fitting outfits. 


The series launched the lucrative Evangelion franchise, which includes merchandise, subsequent films, etc. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Neon Genesis Evangelion is a classic Japanese anime series credited with relaunching the genre in 1995. There’s lots of discussion about apocalyptic events, lots of violent moments (some resulting in injuries and death), and some form-revealing outfits worn by female characters. It also contains lots of visual references to Judeo-Christian and other belief systems. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJohn Corrigan May 16, 2020

Great show!

I think that this is appropriate for a 9 year old but i would wait until your child is 11 before letting him the the movie(End of evangelion). Essentially the d... Continue reading
Adult Written byKotaro Minato July 31, 2019

One of the greatest phycological animes of all time!

Neon Genesis Evangellion is great. The characters are realistic, and sure, some people may call Shinji a crybaby, but he's a very realistic character. The... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old August 20, 2019

Amazing but not to little children

It's has a little too much blood and a lot of eva and angel fights, but Shinji Ikari actually is a great character having to go through people dissapointed... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byJuliaNoodle December 27, 2020

A Really Good Watch!

I watched this show with my father, since we are both into sci-fi and I heard that Evangelion was good. He hadn't watched much anime beforehand, that was m... Continue reading

What's the story?

Create by Hideaki Anno, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION (1995-1996) is a post-apocalyptic Japanese anime series about a teenage boy, his father, and saving humanity from alien beings. It’s 2015, fifteen years after a catastrophic global event known as the Second Impact, destroyed most of planet. But a group of aliens called Angels returned to Earth in hopes of destroying it. As part of his efforts to fight them, Gendo Ikari, the callous Commander of NERV, a secretive military organization, has NERV officer Misato Katsuragi bring his teenage son Shinji to the fortified city of Tokyo-3. Once there, Shinji learns that he is to join other young pilots in operating giant bio-machine mechas known as Evangelion to fight them off. Throughout it all, Shinji and the other pilots attempt to uncover the truth behind what is driving the project, while engaging in a journey of self-discovery. 

Is it any good?

This iconic series, which is credited with reigniting the anime industry in the mid-1990s, uses elements from various religious and mystical belief systems to create a world in which humanity is introspectively explored. While it contains many of the familiar narratives and mythological elements anime is known for, it also spends considerable time exploring the psyche of the individual characters -- explorations that were not particularly well-received at the time. But it was still popular enough to lead to a lucrative franchise, including several films in which the controversial storylines were reworked. Dedicated anime fans will want to tune in, and may enjoy comparing Neon Genesis Evangelion to more contemporary series. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the history of anime. When was anime first created? When did it start enjoying global popularity?

  • How did Neon Genesis Evangelion set itself apart from other anime series when it was first released? What made it different? Where there moments when these differences pushed the envelope a little too much?

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