Neon Genesis Evangelion: legendary anime
For many, Neon Genesis Evangelion (Shin Seiki Evangelion) is one of the favorite and most controversial series in Japanese animation. Back in 1995 when it debuted, it was groundbreaking in story, where character development got just as much play as robot battles. Its plotlines caused audiences to grasp for secrets the way fans of Lost do today. The show was also groundbreaking in the way “anime” was marketed. Since then, many have tried to mimic the series success, seeing as how the show continues to rack up sales worldwide. Problem is, almost none of the copycats have ever figured out how to do what really made the show popular – create a quality product. Here’s a link to an interesting interview with the producer of the series (in English).
Though I’m not as rabid as many, I am a big fan, and consider this series one of the genre’s milestones. You gotta love any animated action series that ends its run with a musing on existentialism.