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Neon Genesis Evangelion

Alt titles: Evangelion

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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.

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Yoshiyuki SADAMOTO Character Design
Hideaki ANNO Director
Yutaka SUGIYAMA Producer
Noriko KOBAYASHI Producer
Akiko ODAWARA Producer

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In the early 21st century, insectoid organisms are invading the galaxy, searching for new stars to house their young. Mankind's only defense lies with space cadets such as Takaya Noriko, daughter of a celebrated admiral killed in battle, and Amano Kazumi, the top of her class. With their skill and the power of the mecha known as GunBuster, the girls must help fight to protect the galaxy from total annihilation...

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Another great mecha series by Gainax, exciting and just plain fun to watch. There are some years between this one and NGE, but it's still one of the greatest. Check it out!
Another Gainax take and reinvention of the basic giant robot genre...... both are groundbreaking in their own way for taking the basic formula and adding some interesting new ideas and unique style to them.
Evangelion and GunBuster have more in common than just mechas (and that isn't the reason why i recommended this). Both have an incredibly intense and epic feel, with strong emphasis on the characters and their psyches. In addition, the storyline is just incredibly in both. I really think you'd like one if you like the other.

Gunbuster and Evangelion are both anime featuring giant robots directed by Hideki Anno. The style and feel of both are very similar. The protagonists of both series deal with their issues in similar ways as well.


You can feel that both series have the same father. Some of the characters have similar issues (Noriko and Shinji both unsecure and lack of confidence in themselves, Jung Freud is like a prototype of Asuka Langley Soryu). It looks like Gunbuster layed the foundation to Neon Genesis Evangelion.


Both are among the darker and melancholic mecha shows I've seen with heavy focus on the characters and their development as opposed to the fights (though none of them are lacking in that department). If you liked either of them do yourself a favour and check out the other.


Evangelion and Gunbuster are mecha titles starring young adults. Aside from focusing on the giant robots and the battles, each series also equally explores the emotional turmoil of the characters and the effect that such a big responsibility has on them. Also both series put me to sleep, but that is rather more indicative of my distaste for the genre than the quality of the shows.


Both Evangelion and Gunbuster are very emotional-based, psychological mecha series that throw a lot of scientific terms around. The feel of these two anime are very similar, being directed by Hideaki Anno. The main character struggles with self-doubt throughout the anime. There are also similarities amongst the rest of the casts. 

Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied

For Kouta and Yuka, finding the bloody naked young girl on the beach would change their lives forever, for better or for worse. Unable to speak or function as a normal human being, she is named Nyu by the duo, and taken into their home in an effort to save her. But what neither teenager knows is that this innocent young girl is actually a killing machine -- an experiment gone terribly wrong -- and it is only a matter of time before the murderer in her awakens again...

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Evangelion and Elfen Lied are both emotional, have characters which you will love, and they will make you cry.


Sure, Evangelion had some pretty cool mecha, but one of the most amazing things about it was the amount of gore (especially in the movies). If that was one of your favorite aspects of Evangelion, then you'll love the equally gory Elfen Lied. Of course, the wonderful fanservice provided in both anime is great to boot. ;)


You thought that, NGE was the most f***ed up anime ever made? I'm glad to prove you wrong. Considering that Elfen Lied begins the way NGE ends (nude girl taking part in a bloodbath in a military base), it can only get "better", right? I'm not going to spoil you the all the "fun" of watching Elfen Lied, but if you don't mind a mindless sluther here and there along with some rather disturbing echii, then you might enjoy it as well.

P.S. There was more reasons for this recommendation, but I forgot :P


Both of these series feature similar themes and traits although the story greatly differs.. I think that its the morals in both these series that make them a good match for me, but I just generally think that if you liked one, you'll like the other. NGE is more of an action based mecha with an unwilling protaganist and Elfen Lied is more of a story based series. Oh and both feature a lot of gore..


To be accepted, to handle rejection, to love, to hate... It can be said that, in some ways, both shows have these strong feelings in considerable doses. The 'dumbness' in senses after finish watching both were kind of similar to me. If one could not get too impressed about gore (elfen lied) or fantastic plots (evangelion), what remains is some really touching characters: imperfects, imatures but struggling to be happy. In their own way.


Both of these anime involve gore and the "child soldier" motif. A lot of psychological drama is played out in both anime, including the frequent use of flash-backs. 


Both are about the psychological effects of violence. How it shapes us, how it manipulates us and how it eventually breaks our identity if we let it control us.

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Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy

In a futuristic world almost barren of life, mankind is confined to mechanized domed cities where A.I.’s control all aspects of life. In this world, humans are no longer born, they are manufactured in a production line; and alongside them live androids known as autoreivs. Within one of these domed sanctuaries named Romdeau lives Re-l Mayer, one of a few citizens who aren’t entirely prevented from thinking. Her grandfather's prominent position and the affection of the scientist Daedalus have left her more free will than is normally allowed, but Re-l has started to question the sanctity of the city and the citizens' perfect way of life. With mysterious beings known as proxies causing havoc and a man named Vincent causing great influence on her life, Re-l must travel outside of the city to find the answers she seeks and discover the mystery behind "the awakening".

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Like Evangelion, Ergo Proxy has a plot that makes you think and wonder through each episode.


With a strikingly similar post-apocalyptic theme, aliens to judge Mankind, well developed characters with interesting introspective themes and with great flicks of mystery, suspense, action, of course science fiction and most of all, drama, I doubt the viewer who enjoys any of mentioned genres will be let down by neither Ergo Proxy or Neon Genesis Evangelion.


Both of these anime's occur in a post apocalyptic environment, and both involve a lot of psycological/philisophical idea's.

Evangelion brings a new light to religion as we know it, taking the bible and turning it upside down, and ergo proxy takes numerous philisophical ideas and analyzes them within the show in comparision to the particualar episode.

If you enjoy an anime that makes you think, and you enjoyed this one, you will enjoy the other as well.


Both series are very dark and the main character in both animes have many problems.

There is also a strong female character in both series that sort off bosses the main male lead around and of course there is some humour in both, even though both of them focus more on the psychological aspects of fighting and traumatic pasts.


At first sight it might appear that NGE and Ergo Proxy are very different. For example, Ergo Proxy doesn´t have the mecha element and NGE is not as dark looking. However, if you watch a couple of episodes you will find a lot of similar elements. They both deal with profound topics, such as the meaning of life, the end of humanity, and complex human relations. There are many other commonalities: protected cities, angels/proxies, religious issues, philosophy, etc. Anyway, all of these elements make for two compelling animes, but the thing that really makes them worth watching is the fact that they both have a deep and interesting plot that will keep you hanging until the end.


The most striking resemblance between Ergo and Evangelion is the plot structure. Both of them start off as darkly themed sci-fi shows set in post-apocalyptic worlds, but, as expected of the genre, they each have a healthy dose of action and a certain amount of mystery.

In contrast to the beginnings, the endings to both of these series are far more intricate. If you enjoy puzzling out deep, symbolic meanings and piecing together various facets of a show's plot, then you will undoubtedly enjoy the finale of each of these shows. They are not light-hearted, thoughtless viewing experiences.


These series both deal with the question of god and existence while fighting to find the truth. These series both have several episodes near the end that aren't explained at all. These series are both post-apocolyptic and ask many of the same questiosn about reality.

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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for. One day, in the middle of a terrorist attack, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds. Can he use his new power to fight for freedom, or will his hatred twist his good intentions into mindless acts of vengeance?

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Both shows have larger than life dramas with "mechas"; howver, they both also concentrate heavily on the personal relations between characters, allowing for viewing experiences that are never stale. The major theme within each show also revolves heavily around collective conscience versus individuality.


Each sporting their own unique type of mech, both Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion and Neon Genesis Evangelion are excellent transitions.

A show with giant robots can always end up being a huge bust because of just that. However, you find a nice balance between both animes that gives the mech an important supporting role, but ultimately the story and action lies with the characters and the storyline.

I enjoy a good head twister with an abundance of "oro" moments. Predictable animes that rely on the "cool" factor easily burn out. Neither of these anime sport such plots with the story leading you in all directions.

The last note is that for some reason, a good majority of animes have "the couple that cannot be." These two are no exception as they each strive to show the emotional sides of the characters. Call me a sucker, but I love any good story that makes me want something from a character real bad whether it is to realize a love, act on a love, or forsake a love. Whether or not the character makes the choice I want him/her to most of the time I am satisfied, and if you liked either NGE or CG:LotR you will most certainly be satisfied with the latter.


Code Geass and Neon Genesis Evangelion give you kinda like the same feeling while watching it. Both contain fights with some sort of robots (CG: Knightmares // NGE: Evas). Also they share some psychological aspects and definitely the "WTF moments". If you like one of them you'll surely like the other as well.


Both stories are great and epic, hard to see two anime of this kind!

Mecha are very well involved in both stories, but still they aren't the only base the story is made on.

What about characters? Very different in one anime from the other but for sure the same way deep as only a few of other anime series have.


Both of these anime take place after the destruction of Japan (whether literally or politically). Both involve the use of Mecha to fight, usually in large-scale battles. Both anime also involve school-age kids piloting the mecha while dealing with teen-angst.


A conflicted protagonist with father issues . . .

A mysterious girl . . .

A hot-headed girl who pilots a red mecha . . .

The protagonist's father with dubious morality . . .

Assimilation plot . . .

Yep, there's no denying these similarities between Shinji and Lelouch, Rei and C.C., Asuka and Kallen and of course Gendo and Emperor Charles.



Two major world powers have constructed the most dangerous weapon on earth: Tactical Armor (TA), an elite fighting mecha with extreme agility and fighting strength. Yushiro Gowa is the top TA pilot and captain of the Japanese Self-Defense Force, an orginization that uses the TAs to try and bring honor back to Japan. Yushiro must make a hard decision and face the truth about his past and the secrets of the Gowa family, who will use their adapted spiritual powers to summon Gasaraki and unleash terror on all of mankind.


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Another serious series. There are forces at work here that we dont know much about.
Lots of similarities. Neat looking mecha, unknown technology, pilots caught making tough decisions, you feel like a pawn in a large chess game.
There are a number of similarities, but you should especially enjoy the mix of mecha, warfare and religion combined with an ultimate conclusion.

Both Neon Genesis and Gasaraki use mecha as a backdrop for their story in a less conventional way. The mecha are more than what you would normally expect. The plot revolves a lot about discovering what they actually are about.


Simple put both these anime are mech anime but with a deep meaning behind them, which to some may be confusing but to others will truly entertain them with the intense plot and characters with there deep rooted backgrounds and family relations.


Evangelion and Gasaraki are Similar in a lot of ways, especially the spiritual themes and conspiracy plotlines