After having my mind blown by the spectacle that was Pacific Rim, I kept hearing how much of the movie had been inspired by (or cribbed, or ripped-off from) Neon Genesis Evangelion. This 1995 Japanese sci-fi television series is well-loved by fans of Anime and Mecha. Well, that is right up my alley, since I was a big collector of Macross (also known as Robotech) and Yamato books and toys back in the day.

So, now I am feeling the need to catch up with the Neon Genesis Evangelion saga. As I started looking on Amazon,  I was overloaded mentally by all the iterations of Neon Genesis Evangelion that were listed. Woah, where do you begin?

Getting Started with Neon Genesis Evangelion

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Well, of course, Google is your friend. Thanks a few posts on Yahoo answers, a list on Anime Vice and some random comments here and there, I’ve found a list that tells me where to start with Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Neon Genesis Evangelion Viewing Order

  1. Neon Genesis Evangelion 26-episode TV Series, but just watch through episode 20, then get….
  2. Director’s Cut episodes – two DVDs that include the “director’s cut” and the original version of shows 21 26.
    1. Neon Genesis Evangelion – Resurrection (Director’s Cut, Episodes 21-23)
    2. Neon Genesis Evangelion – Genesis Reborn (Director’s Cut, Episodes 24-26)
  3. (optional) Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth is two separate films
    1. Death – a recap of the first 24 episodes of the TV series
    2. Rebirth – the first third-ish of “End of Evangelion”
  4. The End of Evangelion is available as a stand-alone movie, as a bundle, or in a box set or two
  5. (rare) Revival of Evangelion  (a re-work of “Death” from item 3, and “The End of Evangelion “) apparently only available in Japan on “Renewal of Evangelion” – so probably not happening
  6. Rebuild of Evangelion – not sure if this is a reboot, a re-telling or a re-work
    1. Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone [Blu-ray]  and DVD, is apparently a redo of the original DVD, known as 1.0
    2. Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance
    3. Evangelion: 3.33 Q You Can (Not) Redo
    4. Evangelion: 4.0 (due in 2013)

So, this could take a while.

Let me know if this order is right, since I am new to Neon Genesis Evangelion, I really want to get started with the right shows.

Do you agree with this getting started list for Neon Genesis Evangelion?


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