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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
Shinji is young, a little anti-social, and introspective. Gendo Ikari is cold and ruthless, and shows little love for him.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of fantasy violence (weapons, explosions, etc.), which leads to injuries and deaths. There's some yelling and insult-hurling, too.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some female characters are dressed in cleavage revealing, form fitting outfits.
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Products & Purchases
The series launched the lucrative Evangelion franchise, which includes merchandise, subsequent films, etc.
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.
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.
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