At first look it seems like a typical mecha anime. Shinji Ikari, a young boy, is tasked to pilot an Evangelion, which is supposed to defeat the Angel ravaging the landscape.
The Angel also reminded me of the monstrous looking enemies of older mecha series–like Voltes V, except that they’re organic. The face looks like a Hollow lol. I also get reminded of Rahxephon’s first episode. Although it may be said that Rahxephon may have similiar elements of NGE. It only smacks of weirdness. I think Rahxephon was able to exude more mystery about it. I haven’t seen anything after episode 1 of Rahxephon though. I might make time for it, after I finish Turn A Gundam, which I will watch in turn after finishing Evangelion. Still a long way to go for me, I guess.
I wanted to throw something at Shinji’s father too. I don’t know if the father-son relationship changes later on, however. But I do hate him for now.
The reluctance of Shinji to pilot the mech was understandable though. His change of heart is believable too. But my seeming lack of enthusiasm after watching episode one might be because of the “I’ve seen this all before” refrain. An unwilling and initially clueless boy is thrust into a battle to save the Earth, Earthlings, or to fight for survival. I’ve seen it in the original Gundam, in Gundam Seed, Dual! Parallel Adventure, etc etc. Hence my original impression of a typical mecha anime. It can also be pointed out, though, that Gundam Seed and Dual were made after NGE. So it could be my fault. 🙂
All this would mean that I would have to see more ‘unique’ elements if this anime were to impress me a lot. My friend said that this one was controversial, and I’d like to see how. But I guess the fact that I’m watching this mainly out of curiousity (and for credit purposes too hehehe) is a big minus already.
I guess that’s it for my first impressions of NGE. But I decided that I won’t blog NGE again until after Honey and Clover and BSM are finished. I think that 2 shows per week is my limit for per-episode posts. And besides, I should be studying already instead of watching more anime (although blogging about FLAG is so tempting now since a subber has apparently picked it up). So expect posts to slow down after August, and perhaps I can post more frequently later in December, I hope.