Neon Genesis Evangelion

TV review by Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Classic anime series is violent, introspective.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 41 reviews

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age 18+
This show is good for 18 and up.
age 18+

Devastating, existential experience about human connection and self hatred. ADULTS ONLY.

If you think anyone under the age of 18 can watch this, I’m praying you haven’t finished the series as a total (which includes the movies). Neon Genesis starts as a generally run of the mill 90s mecha anime. However, around episode 20 is where it makes itself apparent that this is not an average viewing experience. I have met grown adults who have had complete mental breakdowns upon finishing this show. It should definitely not be given to teenagers who are still mentally undeveloped, and I wouldn’t even give this to any stable adult if they had depression. Neon Genesis contains on screen depictions of decapitation, disembowelment, suicide, and more. And that is the main series. The tie in movie and canonical ending, The End of Evangelion, (spoilers below) is what makes it so devastating. Spoilers. Everybody dies. Complete genocide of the human race. Except for two of the main characters. It ends with them laying on a beach, as one attempts to choke the other out. He fails and lays next to her, sobbing, and it ends with her calling him disgusting. That’s it. Everyone is dead. This show takes on the topics of suicide and self loathing, religion, human extinction, and more. Please listen to me. Do not hand this to your kids. It is devastating emotionally. It left me in a three month existential crisis before I gave into the deep depression and acknowledged that life is meaningless.

This title has:

Too much violence

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