In the year 2010, an environmental disaster has decimated the human population, leaving the remnants struggling to survive. Out of these rose an oppressive and wealthy ruling class, the Logos, who live comfortably in their special economic zones while the majority of humanity struggle and suffer in the ruins of the past. Two men, Katsuragi Jo and Tsurasawa Hitoshi, desert their military unit 'Phantom', taking with them a mysterious little girl. Why did they side with the resistance they once helped suppress, and what’s the significance of this innocent young girl?
In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.
Whilst being dissimilar in storyline, I found both of these series' have a similar feel. Innocent Venus focuses on the protection of an innocent girl from the government whereas Neon Genesis Evangelion consists of teenagers protecting their city from immensely powerful 'Angels', and both of these goals are achieved via mechs piloted by the protagonists, which have a much darker nature and pivotal role than is initially apparent. Despite IV not quite living up to NGE's depth and overall scope, they both explore questions such as the future of humanity and the nature of the psyche to different extents. Fans of either series will get a kick, or perhaps even more, out of the other.