I'm afraid to watch this

Topic started by shamroll on Dec. 19, 2010. Last post by darkclaw 4 years, 1 month ago.
Post by shamroll (6 posts) See mini bio Level 8
I've heard two things about this anime.  It's great and it's super messed up.  I've seen individual episodes late at night when they use to air this on Adult Swim on Cartoon Network but that's all. 
I have seen Elfen Lied and School Days, so I've seen dark animes but i did watch them back to back  and doing so made me dread watching Evangelion.   I have this sense that if I watch Evangelion I'm going to just jump out a window or not be able to sleep for a while. 
I don't like dark animes but everyone seems to say that this is such a masterpiece that I feel I have to watch it.  So should I bite the bullet and watch Evangelion, or can I skip it??
Post by sickVisionz (4,332 posts) See mini bio Level 24
When they say messed up I think they mean messed up like all of the religious symbolism in the art direction and the story, which gets crazy and goofy with it's explanations for a lot of things, or the film which always chooses weirdo pseudo-religious visual metaphor over story comprehension. 
Good series though.  If it counts for anything, I've seen and enjoyed School Days and Elfen Lied and really enjoyed Eva despite the stuff I listed earlier. 
PS, did you like School Days and Elfen?  You say you're trying to ween yourself away from those types of shows but if you ever get back into them and want something that's gonna leave you feeling blue when it ends or can be depressing along the way, I think you'd love shows like Saikano, Bokurano (I'd rec the manga>anime for somberness) or Myself, Yourself.
Post by shamroll (6 posts) See mini bio Level 8
 Thanks for the reply.  I liked the story in Elfen but the level of cruelty and viscousness that some of the characters displayed really disturbed me.  As for School Days, I went into it blindly thinking it was more of your standard male protagonist, school themed anime, and it was in the beginning.  But the way the character acted in the end and ended itself kind of made me ill to think about it.  I felt School Days was a good opposition to the numerous happy ending school animes but not something I'd sit down to on a free weekend and watch again. 
I've always been a bit soft when it came to psychological animes but if I take it slowly, maybe I can get through it with the least amount of damage.    
Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,747 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Watch it. 
I found it in the same style as Akira or Ghost in the Shell, though to me it far surpasses them. 
Post by Black_Rose (1,204 posts) See mini bio Level 11
I wouldn't say Eva is the kind of anime that will turn you into a depressive/suicidal maniac, I don't think any anime qualifies into that. Buet yeah, Evangelion is dark and depressing as hell, specially towards the last episodes and the End of Evangelion will not only depress the hell out of you but also mindfuck you in ways you won't recover very soon. So my advice is watch a couple of comedy series to clean your mind from Elfen Lied and School Days and then watch Eva. 
Post by darkclaw (29 posts) See mini bio Level 7
has a wonderful art style and a good story it can sometimes be depressing but totally worth it
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