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Neon Genesis: Evangelion's superiority. (pt1)

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a show with a legacy as complicated as its own lore. It is irrefutably one of most important anime series of all time, if not one of the most important works of pop culture for an entire generation. But it’s also one of the single most difficult to explain series in existence.
The show is a profoundly complex mix of Christian imagery, Jewish mysticism, post-war atomic paranoia and your standard-fare Japanese giant battling robot puberty allegory.
All of these themes have been compacted into 26 episodes, in which the majority are 20 minutes long, resulting in one of the most maligned endings in TV history. An ending which still has people furious over twenty years later. It can be argued that the chosen ending, focused almost entirely within the mind of series protagonist Shinji Ikari, is not only the most satisfactory way the show could have ended - but also what is fully responsible for turning a Great show into a Groundbreaking show.
It is important to acknowledge exactly why it is that people hate Neon Genesis Evangelion’s ending so much. We spend a full season with our heroes, Shinji, Rei, and Asuka as they attempt to thwart a cataclysmic invasion of angels and as the mysterious organization SEELE attempts to bring about something called The Human Instrumentality Project. But our final two episodes, as the Instrumentality Project begins and the souls of all humanity begin to merge, shifts gears to a purely internal point of view. It’s a drastic refocusing and change of narrative format, and we’re presented with a psychological profiling of our main characters in the form of internal monologues. The audience is left with questions like “What actually happens to Shinji, what actually happens to Asuka, and what… actually happens?”
The trouble is, all these questions are in a sense, meaningless. Or, rather, meaningless when considered outside the context of Shinji.