The crimson red river of sadness, isolation, and the melancholic human nature is surrounded by the banks of ambivalence leading to the sea of human psychology; such is the theme of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
A blend of ancient mythology and imaginative futuristic technology, this series has a lot to offer. For psychology intrigues, the series takes lots of concepts of the most controversial psychologist, Sigmund Freud.
Evangelion is notorious for its controversial plot and its productions. There is an original anime that began in 1995 has 26 episodes. Then, we have 2 movies, the director’s cut episodes and remakes. It is quite messy, but the good news is, this production hell does not hinder the flow of the story! It only adds more content to indulge in!
1. Release Order
- Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)
- Evangelion: Death and Rebirth (Movie) (1997)
- The End of Evangelion (Movie) (1997)
- Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone (2007)
- Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance (2009)
- Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo (2012)
3. Director’s Cut vs. Original
Episodes 21-24 have director’s cut versions with longer episodes. While there are extra scenes, they do not change the plot of the anime as a whole. If you’re watching on Netflix, it already has the director’s cut episodes.
Nonetheless, it does not make a lot of difference since both versions have their own charm. It is, however, recommended that you watch the director’s cut if you don’t feel like re-watching episodes.
4. Recommended Watch Order
- Neon Genesis Evangelion (1-24; Episodes 21-24 optional)
- Director’s Cut (21-24)
- Neon Genesis Evangelion (25-26)
- Evangelion: Death and Rebirth
- The End of Evangelion
- Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone
- Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance
- Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo
The fourth installment to the remakes had been scheduled for June 2020.
You can watch all parts of Neon Genesis Evangelion on Netflix in 2020. It is recommended that you watch all the movies and TV anime for the best experience.
However, Evangelion: Death and Rebirth (1997) movie can be skipped as it acts as a recap. All others are essential and a must-watch!
6. About Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a Japanese anime television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production. It was directed by Hideaki Anno and broadcast on TV Tokyo from October 1995 to March 1996.
This series revolves around Shinji Ikari, who was recruited by his father to battle giant monsters (called Angels) in enormous mecha suits (called Evangelion). Shinji has a hard time bearing this responsibility, and his inner conflict about these events leads to introspective episodes covering a range of religious and existential questions.