Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion - Recommendations

Alt title: Shinseiki Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

If you're looking for anime similar to Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion, you might like these titles.

RahXephon

RahXephon

Ayato Kamina may seem like an average boy in a devastated world, but after being captured by TERRA, a military organization set on saving the world from the Mu, an alien race set on "tuning" the world, he realizes he is an instrument in deciding the fate of humanity and piloting RahXephon. Not only is Ayato the only person who can control the mecha, but he also has a terrible fate of his own. Holding onto memories of his old life and grasping to keep his own humanity, he must struggle in this new world and realize his true potential with RahXephon.

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Bateau Bateau says...

If you love mind boggling plots then these shows are for you. The depth of intelectual writing that went into both of these is phenominal. Both are definitely worth the watch.

sothis sothis says...

A must see if you watch Evangelion (which would be highly suggestful, considering RahXephon and Eva are extremely similar).

VRDave VRDave says...

If you haven't watched Evangelion first, do so. This is the END of it, hence the title. But the whole imagery and idea behind the End of Eva is very similar to that of the end of RahXephon.

Berserk

Berserk

Born beneath the gallows tree from which his dead mother hung, Guts has always existed on the boundary between life and death. After enduring a terrible childhood, he spends his adulthood in brutal combat, pitting his strength against others in order to build his own. Life is simple enough for Guts until he meets Griffith, the inspirational, ambitious, and beautiful leader of the mercenaries, the Band of the Hawks. When Guts loses to Griffith in a duel, he is forced to join the group, and, despite himself, finds a sense of camaraderie and belonging amongst them. However, as Griffith leads his soldiers from victory to victory, the bloody wars and underhanded politics reveal a side to him that nobody quite expected. Can Guts, a simple warrior, defend those who have come to mean the most to him, all the while struggling not to lose to the darkness he has carried with him his entire life?

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shalist shalist says...

There's the obvious--great fights filled with lots of gratutitiuos violence and blood. What really strikes me as similar though is the depth and reallism of the characters. They do not gloss over the 'darker', weaker side of the human spirit, which lends the afore mentioned touch of reallism.

VRDave VRDave says...

Berserk is another series with an unexpected ending that's just as timeless as Eva. Also quite violent, so if you liked that aspect, there is more than enough room in Berserk for you. Plus you get the added bonus of good character design, memorable music and shattered emotions. enjoy!

sothis sothis says...

I chose Berserk because it has a similar tear-your-hair-out-mindfuck type ending. Completely different plot, but similar type of ending nonetheless.

Angel's Egg

Angel's Egg

In a dark and largely abandoned city a little girl wanders in search of something – beneath the folds of her dress she carries a mysterious giant egg. While living on the streets, she encounters a lonesome warrior who has forgotten his past and his purpose and, like the girl, travels aimlessly. Now they journey together, mistrustful of each other whilst sharing in the silence of the city. But who is the little girl? Who is the warrior? And what form of creature lies sleeping inside the egg?

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Rar Rar says...

If religious imagery displayed in bizarre and confusing ways is what you're interested in, then these two certainly have plenty. Be warned, Evangelion won't make sense unless you see the series, and Angel's Egg just plain won't make sense.

Neku101 Neku101 says...

If you loved how confused End of Evangelion made you feel than Angel's Egg may be right up your alley. If you want something surreal and interpretive that also has Christian symbolism I say it's worth a shot. It is much more of an atmospheric emotional experience than anything else.

3fun 3fun says...

Animes are very similiar. Both of them have that mystery about them. You won't have formed opinion on anime right after watching it, in fact, you will have to think your a** out to understand them and to connect all the dots, to be able to have an opinion about them.

Paranoia Agent

Paranoia Agent

In the streets of Tokyo, a new menace has surfaced: Shounen Bat, a young boy who wears golden roller skates and a baseball cap, and likes to whack people on the head with a golden baseball bat. These seemingly unconnected and random attacks soon become a police investigation... but after all is said and done, is there a pattern to this chaos?

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neilworms neilworms says...

Paranoia Agent upon first glance may not seem like an obvious choice for a recommendation with End of Evangelion, yet both share a similar world view. If your extremely cynical of the otaku culture both films have something to offer you. Anno made end of Eva to savagely attack the fans of his series evangelion as his first break with otaku-ism, a similar level of criticism is held towards fandom is in Paranoia Agent as well as the consumerist society of modern Japan. While EVA is more agnsty with its 'superflat' (look the word up if your curious ;) ) oriented criticism of Otaku fetishes, Satoshi Kon takes a more satirical approach. Like EoE, highly recommended for the jaded anime fan.

foureyedalice foureyedalice says...

Individuals assessing their relationships with others, the the world around them and, in turn, themselves in context are discussed through heavily symbolic, trippy animation in Evangelion and Paranoia Agent. People's ability to create and recreate the world for themselves through the power of imagination and/or proxy-relationships with pop culture play a vital role in both stories.  

Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Adolescence of Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Adolescence of Utena

Utena Tenjou has just arrived at the prestigious Ohtori Academy, and not long after her arrival, she receives "the mark of the rose" and becomes a duelist. She is then thrust into a series of battles with other duelists to win her friend Anthy, who is known the Rose Bride. The winning duelist will not only receive Anthy, but also the revolutionary power that she holds! Utena must now do everything she can to protect Anthy while trying to figure out the secrets behind Ohtori Academy and the Rose Bride before it’s too late.

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Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

This recommendation is more based on a gut feeling than anything else. The Adolescence of Utena and End of Eva are both retellings of their respective series and in both cases the intense imagery coupled with a complex and heavily symbolical atmosphere create an utterly surreal environment that deconstructs itself at every turn. They share the same epic quality even as they delve deep into the human psyche, despite the fact that the plot may seem to vary considerably. In these movies the role of the individual in the world and the very nature of what these two entities may be is what truly is at stake.

AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

If you like picking apart symbolism, and aren't turned off by things that won't make sense at first glance, the Utena and Evangelion movies are excellent.

Akira

Akira

Following the disaster wrought upon the world by a mysterious being called ‘Akira’, Neo Tokyo is now in social and economic turmoil. In such a decaying city, feisty Kaneda and his shy friend Tetsuo survive by running around in a biker gang, chasing local rivals and generally evading the police. Everything changes, however, when Tetsuo crashes into a strange-looking boy during a bike chase and the military ends up taking him away. When he eventually returns to his friends, he’s no longer the same weak little boy they always knew – in fact, a military experiment has turned him into something beyond human imagination. While the military is intent on reclaiming its specimen at any cost, Tetsuo is sick of being bullied around and is about to show everyone, including his friend Kaneda, exactly who is boss.

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foureyedalice foureyedalice says...

Looking forward to a wacky, but interesting and imaginatively animated apocalypse?  Well, if you liked End of Evangelion's brand of sci-fi dystopia meets psychological trauma, Akira might be for you.  Akira, like EoE, presents an engaging, if somewhat horrifying, vivid and surreal presentation of both the  internal and external crises experienced by characters in dark settings and tense situations.  If you loved the latter half of EoE, in particular, you'll almost certainly love Akira.  

triplestrike triplestrike says...

Akira and end of Evangelion both deal with some dark subject matter but manage to portray it with enough charm to keep you as the viewer entertained while also thinking. End of Evangelion is the end of a series while Akira is a stand alone movie so it may be difficult to compare the two but if you've seen akira and liked it considering watching neon genesis evangelion and then end of ecangelion. If you've seen Evangelion, you may like Akira.

Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen

Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen

Himura Kenshin was a boy orphaned by the murder of his parents. Now he is the Hitokiri Battousai, the most feared and skilled killer in 19th century Japan. In the midst of a blood bath, he meets the love of his life, Tomoe. Will he continue to fight his enemies in a killing rage or will she sheath his bloodstained sword?

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VRDave VRDave says...

Both of these anime are extremely well done and very emotionally captivating. The violence in both is on the higher end of the scale as well as the enjoyability.

The Vision of Escaflowne

The Vision of Escaflowne

Hitomi was just a normal high school girl, until she was taken by the mysterious Van Fanel and dropped into a world of romance, magic and giant sword-wielding armor suits! Now Van, pilot of the famed armor suit Escaflowne; and Hitomi, whose hobby of predicting the future just became a frightening reality, must work together and fight the advanced technology of Zaibach: a force who want to shape Gaea to their visions of "peace". Follow Hitomi in her struggles against both these forces who seek to conquer this world, and her own confused heart.

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VRDave VRDave says...

Both of these series are of course giant mecha series and the main characters are factors in the future of the world as we know it. Escaflowne is a bit more medieval and eva is more futuristic, post WW3 type.

Boogiepop Phantom

Boogiepop Phantom

Strange things have been happening at a local high school... mysterious disappearances, strange powers and brutal murders all emerge amongst kids who, up till now, have been perfectly normal. Even the Shinigami (Angel of Death) herself has been sighted. What's happening? The answers lie in the mysterious creature known as Boogiepop...

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VRDave VRDave says...

If you liked the End of Eva just as it was without the rest of the series, you'd really like Boogiepop. It's got the same twisted sense of reality, mixed with personal conflict and a boot-full of mind-twisting semantics.

FLCL

FLCL

Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...

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freakzilla freakzilla says...

FLCL, End Of Evangelion, one thing they do have in common, they're both as twisted as can be ;)