Gainax's post-apocalypic masterpiece is a series worthly
of watching. Set in a future where the earth is being assaulted
by alien forces known as Angels, earth's only chance to survive
is to let a small ground of young teens pilot immense robots
known as Evangelions to defeat them. While the idea may sound
common to start with, it's handled well and the development
of the story is deep and grows more and more interesting as
the series continues.
The real strength of the story is the characters - who develop
and grow as the series progresses. The relationship between
the main character, Ikari, the enigmatic Ayame, and his father
provides as a great complement to the combat and sci-fi elements.
The side-stories and character elements of this series are
great in themselves. Combat scenes are charging and exciting
and help in balancing out the story.
The religious symbolism involved with the Angels is handled
well. There isn't any heavy handed religious imagery that
makes itself overly obvious. Visually, the animation is great
and of a high quality. The cinematography is great and the
direction is top notch. Stories aren't laid out in a common,
linear pattern. The variety or story-telling really amplifies
an already great collection of work.
If you haven't had the opportunity to watch this series,
then make the effort. Evangelion is a quality piece of work.