Neon Genesis Evangelion

Alt titles: Evangelion, Shinseiki Evangelion

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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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dreadful dreadful says...

Rahxephon, in terms of animation, music and most importantly the plot, is the closest anime series to  Evangelion. In fact, there are so many similarities that both series almost look like a copies of each other; both include a very nice style of animation for their time, an excellent plot and good music.

Euxinus Euxinus says...

Alot of people call this an eva clone. While this isn't true it carries many similarities to evangelion but with it's very own and distinct flair. Some persosn says this Series si what Eva should have been. Other says it's a cloen that lacks eva's depth most like booth of them...

Kasimir Kasimir says...

different storyline, but the big robots and battles are there

Seraphim Seraphim says...

Some almost call it a "retelling" of Evangelion. Many think that this series is what everything Eva should have been.

maxxdamigz maxxdamigz says...

If you like NGE, you'll like RahXephon. They are so similar it almost hurts the brain with enough differences to make it worth watching.

VRDave VRDave says...

Probably the closest thing to Evangelion there is, but the characters aren't as whiney. All-in-all the series is VERY good. There are lots of big robots and strange alien things and revelations of the end of the world of course.

sublime sublime says...

Huge mechas backed up by an excellent cast of characters and stunning artwork is how I would describe RahXephon, it's utterly stunning. A very loosley, similar based plot with Evangelion, using mecha to fight alien "invaders" although I felt that RahXephon took itself a lot more seriously and has a much better characterisation than Eva. But both series are a must watch.

nextolast nextolast says...

You will find that both of these, while deemed mecha, have "robots" that are very organic both in design and in behaviour... behaviour you say? yes, and this really sets these two apart from a lot of the rest of this genre imho. If you liked ishitori from Rax, or the way unit 01 acts in NGE, then the other series will probably be rewarding for you in the same way

kamirura kamirura says...

Huge robots and aliens trying to over take the world... a story left untold.... Just like Evangelion, RahXephon deals with a guy forced to become a pilot of a huge mysterious mecha. RahXephon deals with the same kind of problems and figths just like Evangelion. But this one is not as brain messed as Eva. This one has a really wonderful story and you will feel captured from the beginning to the end. You will love this one if you liked Evangelion.

cron cron says...

RahXephon is usually mentioned as a lighter Evangelion. It has more development on the interaction with a core cast of characters more so then Evangelion. A great series that left me less confused and then Evangelion but no less of a great story.

Tomte Tomte says...

Alot of people say that RahXephon is a Evangelion copy, in my opinion they are alot more different than other simmilar series out there. RahXephon's story is a bit more complex than NGE's, the episoeds are more interesting than the episodes of NGE but at a lager scale NGE wins. Alot of psycological stuff in both series.

klafka klafka says...

Rahxephon and Eva both maintain a similar plot and where one contains an overabundance of Juddaic mythology the other replaces it with Sumerian.

Lothar Lothar says...

Rahxephon is very similar to Evangelion, and in the beginning it might have been an evangelionclone, but it makes it better with animation and less whiney characters. Evangelion is a must-see for anime fans, and rahxephon is as good if not better. Go figure.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

I'm one who loved Evangelion, so here is the next best thing : RahXephon. By many it is regarded as a clone of Evangelion (me included), you can't disregard that fact. Unstable main character, giant robots operated by chosen people, strange creatures attack human kind... it's in both of them, so go ahead already!

himurakenshin himurakenshin says...

Very similar animes in terms of plot. The key differences between them are probably the more developed love story/stories in rahxephon and the differences in animation. Rahxephon is somewhat easier to understand, but both have very complicated plotlines full of unexpected twists and revelations. If you liked either of these animes for the winding plot or the semi-organic mech combat, you'll very likely enjoy the other.

ralphp2 ralphp2 says...

Both are bellwether mecha shows. IMO, if you watch NGE first, you'll appreciate how well done RahXephon is. But I'd recommend watching both anyway.

MaximusThrax MaximusThrax says...

These two series invite close comparison, since they both feature giant mecha fighting with neurotic teenage pilots and existential philosophy. Evangelion is one of the classic series that made anime popular in the US, and RahXephon is a newer release with high production values, including stunning music and gorgeous art.

Zadillo Zadillo says...

The influences should be clear, but both are generally great and more complex takes on the basic giant robot genre. Great animation and directing, and some great ideas that you should definitely enjoy.

Imsorrykun Imsorrykun says...

both are confuseing robot animes that you might find have hard to fallow plot themes.. mixed in with some kick ass fighting.

splattermark splattermark says...

Although the end isn't as clear-cut as RahXephon's, you can tell that RahX was inspired from this series. It has many character and plot similarities, but with much less all-consuming angst.

aboumonkey aboumonkey says...

If you liked Evangelion, you would like RahXephon because both have mecha and a very complicated, yet somewhat similar plot. Also, both emphasize a lot on character development, the psychology of the characters, and their relationships.

Bedwyr Bedwyr says...

RahXephon is highly influenced by NGE, such as the mecha idea, similar characters, and even deja vu scenes. Now you may think RahXephon is a mindless Eva clone, but don't worry - it's not. It's brighter overall, with an important love theme. Though it isn't dark and psychedelic, like NGE, it has a very mysterious plot full of unknowns.

LeaT LeaT says...

I will not refrain from saying that RahXephon did heavily borrow its inspiration from Neon Genesis Evangelion. They are both in a post apocalyptic setting where the future of the world is lying on a young boy's shoulder and both are in a way, also very beautifully done with interesting themes brought up and discussed as the story goes on.

Prettykitty20034 Prettykitty20034 says...

Both Evangelion and RahXephon have similar storylines containing giant robots and an apocalyptic theme. Both contain a well drawn cast of characters. If you've watched one and enjoyed it, I highly suggest you watch the other.

Cetonis Cetonis says...

Some say Rahxephon is and Eva clone, some say it's Eva done right. Either way, these two obviously have a whole lot in common. Mechs, foes they know almost nothing about, existential philosophy, corporate/governmental plots, and a young main character who has the world's future placed squarely on his shoulders. The list goes on. It's a bit quicker to list the few differences - Rahxphon doesn't really have the ecchi content Eva does, Ayato is a good bit more level-headed than Shinji, and Rahxephon uses a musical theme while Eva has its biblical allusions. If you liked either of these series, it should be worth your time to go watch the other.

j4c3n j4c3n says...

Both anime are filled with giants, monsters, and robots which are controlled by teenagers who fight in them.  Both anime are aimed at thinkers, and climax at the end with THE robot (Unit 01 in Evangelion and RahXephon in well... RahXephon) in the first place.

Wardenis Wardenis says...

If you liked watching NGE then you have to watch RahXephon (and vice versa) because they both are great anime with a lot of similarities in plot. And you must see both of them.

Iahel Iahel says...

Using gamer terminology, these series have the same setting: huge anthropomorphic robots save the world (or try to destroy it, according to the point of view) with a little help of brave teenagers. The formula is completed by a mere alien per episode and a big boss in the end. As a set-off against Eva, RahXephon has a great love story. By all means, those who were excited about one series will enjoy watching the other.

CapnRob CapnRob says...

RahXephon has a lot of the same characteristics that Evangelion has in plot line. The characters aren't nearly as well thought out in RahXephon. Whichever you see first, you'll feel as though the story line has been told to you before when watching the other. I personally recommend Evangelion far above the other however.

CuddlyMcTickles CuddlyMcTickles says...

Both of these anime have a lot in common. In fact sometimes it's uncanny on how similar these two are. Emotionally unstable characters, giant Mechs, plot twists, and a lot of thinking required by the reader. Those are what make these anime great.Som if you like one, you are bound to enjoy the other.

TheGiftedMonkey TheGiftedMonkey says...

Humanity's last hope lies in an angst up teenage boy. Both seem to revolve around this idea, but each seem to pull off an excelent story of their own. If you liked one, you'll enjoy the change of pace in the other.

phoenixriser phoenixriser says...

Both series target a young protagonist. Although they are slightly different in character, they both go through a similar rite of age and grow up while bearing the epic apocalyptic conflicts the world experiences. Both involve a very exclusive organization and a quest to achieve salvation. It is important to note that they diverge greatly at one point in terms of atmosphere and theme. Also, BioMech combat is abundant though not the focus.

Chobitscrazy Chobitscrazy says...

Both animes are about a guy who gets stuck piloting a robot they never wanted to in the first place. They both fight to protect what they love and both end up fighting against their parents. Both go through their own live experiences and live through extreem mind blowing events. They are both very similar almost like the same anime with different characters.

JAhU JAhU says...

While RehXephon is considered a clone of NGE by many (I don't really think thats the case), it certainly contain great improvements. RahXephon's does make sense and not to mention the ending. Well, you can expect similar characters (most NGE characters have their counterparts here), mechas (not really mechas, but you know what I mean) and story, but the characters don't have f***ed up personalities like in NGE. One could write an essay on the subject, but I'll limit myself to the stuff mentioned above.

So, if you liked Evangelion, you could check out RahXephon, but if you didn't like NGE, then you definitely HAVE to watch RahXephon.

chamomille chamomille says...

Both series are similar in many aspects. At first sight they are both about fighting against strange beings which appear on Earth, with the help of robotic humanoids..but if you try to think of it more, you find out that there are many philosophical questions in both series - about our existence, about human's emotions, about human's attitude to unknown..both series are very symbolic and therefore very difficult to understand..I am sure, that if you liked one, you would like the other.

Merryberry Merryberry says...

NGE was certainly a hit when it first came to light and while the artistic aspect has unfortunately dated a bit, it still is a good series to watch. RahXephon while a lot newer than NGE breathes new animation and storyline into the Mecha series, creating a similiar although different story to NGE. Either way, if you like one of them, then you'll most certainly be able to sit through the other.

Oehr Oehr says...

A clone/the predecessor? No, even though both series are somehow psychological, they are different: While NGE prefers an more open ending, RahXephon goes with closure. In the end, be sure to watch both or you missed something!

Sarge128 Sarge128 says...

Both series are pretty similar, they're both about Mechs on a quest to save the world whilst being piloted by childish plebs. Whilst RahXephon focuses mainly on music and song, Evangelion is more centered around the human psyche. If you like one your bound to like the other.

pollictor pollictor says...

Many people refer RahXephon as an Eva clone. It is true that they both have a lot of similarities but RahXephon takes its independance by its music and its poetry. There is a lot of phylosophy, a wonderful story, a lot of emotions. The plot is complex but a bit less confusing than NGE and makes it more understandable and enjoyable.

If you liked Evangelion, you will definately love RahXephon.

takuhii takuhii says...

Both series feature teenaged powered giant robots in them fighting a mysterious alien force. They also raise many questions about why these battles are being fought and if they are right or wrong in doing so. I you liked either of these shows, I think you'll like this one too ;)

ShiWeiLi ShiWeiLi says...

Quite frankly, RahXephon could be mistakenly subtitled 'A Neon Genesis Evangelion Tribute' and no one would question the statement's validity for a second.  There are some obvious parellels, perhaps even homages to NGE.  Both try to elevate the mecha series to something deeper than summer-action movie levels of depth, both sport pretty shocking style in doing so.  Ultimately, it is NGE that is more succesful in this endeavor, and far prior in doing so to boot, but RahXephon is still a good watch. 

noblemage noblemage says...

RahXephon are very VERY simiar in terms of plot and also characters. I think that anyone who enjoys one would enjoy the other equally. I think the one of the only differences between the two is the influence is religion present in Evangelion

Duranbeaz Duranbeaz says...

RahXephon contains everything good about the second half of Evangelion. Both contain beautiful art and music, and lovely character development. The symbolism makes you want to claw out your brain, but it's worth it. Though I found I was more emotionally invested in the characters from Evangelion than from RahXephon, I found RX to be a darker and sadder series (in a good way). If you enjoyed the thought-provoking nature of one, you'll definately enjoy the other.

shinigamidono shinigamidono says...

The similarities are endless and there is also definitely some major differences biggest one of which being that the main theme of RahXephon is music and its power to change the world (tune the world). I think of RahXephon as being very similar to NGE (at least there seems to be slightly more similarities than differences) with a much less emo male lead and a watchable ending (more than watchable actually, compared to NGE's completely unwatchable and horrific last two episodes). RahXephon is what Evangelion should have been like. NGE has a lot more fans than RahXephon, although i can't possibly comprehend why aside from the fact that NGE came first.

CrazyAce01 CrazyAce01 says...

On a more serious note, both stories are focused heavily on character development and feature plotlines that unravel slowly amid deep philosophical and psychological questions.  Most of the plot is muggy or doesn't make too much sense logically in each anime, but both are also driven by their characters and questions.  If you enjoy character development and good action, you'll certainly like the other. Oh, and both have ass-kicking giant robots that are decidedly organic in presentation relative to other series.

Overall, RahXephon is a graphically updated and less depressing version of Neon Genesis Evangelion.

ChinoXL ChinoXL says...

These are two masterpieces that the mecha genre can proudly claim as their own. They are well-animated and they have good OSTs...but the real jewel here is the 2deep4u plot/story/character development/themes. Both are quite depressing, but you will be grateful to watch this treat. It's not often you see something that change the perception of the world...of hundreds of thousands of otakus!

JessetheHill JessetheHill says...

Simply put these two animes share so many themes. I'm a huge fan of character development and challenging the notions of self-worth and individual power. The protagonists in these series are similar in the way that they feel displaced.. and the story for RahXephon has been clearly influenced by NGE. NGE is my number 1, and until view RahXephon I didn't think anything could come close. Well it did. It came close and then beat it within an inch of it's life. RahXephon and NGE are both fantastic anime series and I strongly recommend these two to anyone who loves a good Psychological anime. 

havremilk havremilk says...

bouth anime are simullary in the plot and with the huge robots. and that ther are a young boy about 15-17 and he is good at using a mecha without training when he dont think 

HasseRovdjur HasseRovdjur says...

Both mecha shows have a lot in common apart form their respective eponymous mecha. Both can be rather obdurant, making casual viewing a bit annoying, and there are conspiracies left and right, nebulous organisations and large casts full of people that really are too young to be in a military context. The mecha designs are rather similar, and the enemy designs are pretty out there.

There's a larger mystical theme (Christianity in EVA and musical terms in RahXephon) that serves to set them apart from a lot of other mecha anime — but obviously not each other. People that like one of these and want a similar viewing experience would do well to check the other one out.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

One night, Madoka has a terrible nightmare – against the backdrop of a desolate landscape, she watches a magical girl battle a terrifying creature, and lose. The next day, the teen's dream becomes reality when the girl – Homura – arrives at Mitakihara Middle School as a transfer student, mysteriously warning Madoka to stay just the way she is. But when she and her best friend Miki are pulled into a twisted illusion world and meet a magical creature named Kyubey, the pair discovers that magical girls are real, and what's more, they can choose to become one. All they must do is sign a contract with Kyubey and agree to fight witches that spread despair to the human world, and in return they will be granted a single wish. However, as Homura's omen suggests, there's far more to becoming a magical girl than Madoka and Miki realize...

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diz1776 diz1776 says...

Both of these series are deeply immersed in complex story elements and both are quite well versed in the amount of symbolism that is conveyed.

theholyduck theholyduck says...

Both are deconstructions of their respective genres, with high levels of symbolism and intresting artistic direction

MugenNeS MugenNeS says...

Visually stunning and totally different outlook on their respected genres both series are far more than watchable. Each with a complex story that starts out hard hitting and grabs you tightly until the very end.

 

hurin hurin says...

The dream of every boy and girl, pilot a giant robot or become a magical girl.  But in these cases the dreams turn to nightmares of physical and emotional abuse.

HasseRovdjur HasseRovdjur says...

Being a magical girl, transforming and using your powers to fight evil. Or pilot a giant mecha, protecting the Earth from an alien onslaught. Doesn't it sound like fun? Well, it's not really all that fun for the kids in these series. Both shows portray these genres in a much darker way than usual.

Shouldering a very heavy responsibility,  and the emotional trauma that can come from that; being different from the other children, and not necessarily in a good way; and how their newfound powers can affect the people around them: these  are some of the themes that are explored in these works. They both use plenty of symbolism, as well. If either show was interesting to you because of this you should try the other one.

Verified Verified says...

Strangely enough, both series are incredibly similar putting a darker twist on mechs and magical girls. Sporting grotesque and sometimes shocking scenes, both animes do an excellent job at immersing the viewer within the world and making them empathetic towards the main character and their situation.

On a simpiler note, both animes also sport a main character who does not want to "pilot a mech"/ "be a magical girl."

Xplayer Xplayer says...

Both series act as deconstructions, challenges to the conventions of the genre. While I found Madoka much more entertaining, both anime share the themes of cynical postmodern styles and characters who face this cruel reality of the world. They both make the viewer think deeply about what he's watching, something that few anime successfully accomplish.

Rilkar Rilkar says...

Both shows are about what would really happen if the dreams that children have about fighting in a giant robot or becoming a magical girl and how horrible it would be if they came true. If you like one you should watch the other

LilMayar LilMayar says...

While both series seem to be extremely different in their animation styles (NGE is a mecha series and Madoka is a magic girl series) they both explore the fundementals of human nature and whether humanity and dreams are worth sacrifice.

eaper eaper says...

These series each take a genre- be it mechas or magical girls- and completely tear it apart. While completely redefining and unhinging the tropes of the genre, they leave the viewer guessing what will happen next in a very dark manner.

Morwen Morwen says...

Evangelion is to Mecha what Madoka is to Magical Girls. Both series turn their respective genres on their head and twist them into something dark and sinister, both feature characters that have become seriously screwed up and have to fight against near impossible odds to stop the apocalypse. As NGE has gone down in history, so do I think Madoka will. Both are highly recommended.

Donze Donze says...

These two series are, for their own genres, a must with an approach at the storyboard original and different from any other mecha (evangelion genre) or mahou shoujo (madoka magica's one) anime.

Any stereotype of the genre is delete in these series, and even if they both begin with a usual approach they'll make you undestrand soon that you are in front of something absolutely epic and even revolutionary from the usual style used in the other series of the genre.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both Evangelion and Madoka Magica take the motif of the child soldier and apply it to a well versed genre. If dark, psychological dramas are you're thing, I suggest watching these. 

Burbot Burbot says...

If magical girl or conversely mecha animes turn you off, it is important to note these two animes are only within their respective "genres" because they use these devices to tell a story; in other words, the "theme (magical girl/mecha)" is not the story in itself like most other animes that make up these genres.  Now that the biases are set aside, these two animes are simply amazing, and if you enjoyed one of these animes already, the other will be similar in grandeur, that you will not regret watching.

outsyder outsyder says...

Both shows have a very smart sense of revelation. Each new twist in plot causes you to rethink all events up until the present. The shows are both very well written.

flaze flaze says...

Both have characters that go crazy and both are awesome series. I know I am expressing myself poorly, but trust me, they are similar. And if you don't believe me, read the reviews of other people who agree.

wildtygra221 wildtygra221 says...

Both of these shows are wonderful in their individual rights. They both start off slowly, but once the wheels turn, they both become psychologically intriguing with plots that make you think twice of classic genres (mechas and magical girls respectfully). Not only are they visually stunning, but the diverse characters and driving music further stimulate the viewer of both pieces. Both left me wanting to re-watch them again (which very few titles can accomplish for me) and even own in my library. Highly recommended for both newcomers and veterans of the anime genre as a whole.

invalid101 invalid101 says...

Thye both were game-changers for their respective genres. At first, each seems like another magical girl/mecha show, but they each go deeper and have really deep characterization.

awakenDeepBlue awakenDeepBlue says...

Thematically both are very similar, and are deconstructions of their own genre.

They both feature psychological/mental breakdowns.

OmniscientAristocrat OmniscientAristocrat says...

The know that way you feel at the end of a really good series. That feeling of emptiness and "what now?"

Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.

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Nanashi Nanashi says...

Also can be a mind trip if one so desires. If ya want something like that. ^^

GTOnizuka GTOnizuka says...

If the last episode of Evangelion made you grasp for meaning and more of it, then Lain is the series for you. You don't need to wait for the last episode to experience what Lain will give you from the get-go. Hardcore exsistence and societal questions permeate this series and it's hard to perceive Lain as anything but serious anime.

FINSahaqiel FINSahaqiel says...

If you liked how NGE made you think you have to see Lain. This is also one of those animes that you have to concentrate while watching.

shalist shalist says...

Both Serial Experiment Lain and the original ending to Evangelion do a pretty good job of messing with your noggin', and if you want something deep, you should see them both.

cron cron says...

Lain is another series that questions the characters existance in the world. Another amazing story that has to be viewed in whole before you forget any parts.

Akuma Akuma says...

Make sure you've recovered from Evangelion's mind trip, before you embark on Serial Experiments Lain. It's another fantastic series that leaves you questioning reality, and wondering if anything is really what it seems to be. Both of these series are exemplary, MUST-SEE animes.

gunslinger92 gunslinger92 says...

On the surface, these seem like very different genres. However, both of these series require a large amount of deep thinking in order to have any idea of what is going on. Don't expect to understand everything on the first run through either, and be prepared to have to watch it with your full attention if you want to get the full effect.

entheogeneric entheogeneric says...

On the surface, Lain and Evangelion appear to have very little in common. Neon Genesis is primarily focused on mecha and Lain on the life of an eighth-grade school girl. Yet they are related in a deeper context. Both anime deal with the nature and the existence of divinity.

Gin Gin says...

The existential question of identity is the basic theme throughout Lain, though it follows it to a deeper level than Neon Genesis Evangelion. If you especially liked the latter half of Evangelion, or especially the last two episodes, then you will love Serial Experiments Lain.

Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

Lain and Evangelion are intrinsically complex series. In both there is a strong presence of technology, which underlines the problematic relationship between individual existence and collective psychological archetypes of a symbolic order. These anime address topics such as the self, the body, the role of communication and the possibility of forging bonds. Lain is heavily intellectual from the outset and slow-paced through and through, while Eva only develops its conceptual core in the later episodes and is much more action-driven. Lain and Eva are prodigies of existential thought transmitted through a visual medium; and as such they go hand in hand.

chamomille chamomille says...

If you liked the psychoanalysis of the last episodes of Evangelion, you would surely like Lain. Both series are about our possible future.There are similar philosophical questions in both series. Lain is all about it..Who am I? Who is God? What is reality?

Szwagier Szwagier says...

Serial Experiment: Lain is an anime that plays with your mind. You watch it and have no idea what the hell is really going on - and even when you get the idea, you loose it a moment later. It also portrays very well psychological reaction to different situations.

Both of those statemenst can be said about NGE as well. In both series you are constantly suprised with direction the plot is taking.

Mystlord Mystlord says...

Both of these series touch on similar topics, but they do it in subtly different ways.  Both animes refer to the unconscious and, to a certain extent, human evolution, but they tackle in through various mediums.  Evangelion takes a slightly more scientific and fictional approach, through the use of Angels as mediums.  Lain explores the same themes through examining the human relationship with the Wired and how that ultimately connects us.

Omurqi Omurqi says...

On the surface, the two series don't seem to have much in common. However, they are both all about the psyche of the main character, and both become quite philosophical towards the end (especially if you're watching the original ending of NGE). They will both leave you with some material to think about.

CrazyAce01 CrazyAce01 says...

Serial Experiments Lain and Neon Genesis Evangelion are both very similar in the deep philosphy that they end up communicating.  While NGE goes in a heavy sci-fi heavy direction, SEL also has a few elements of technology that are decidedly not in our present day.  Often times monloguing and metaphorical, they touch on a variety of different subjects but share a large similarity as they question the meaning and definition of existence itself.  SEL has less of straighforward plot but says many of the same things.  If you enjoyed the journey of one of them, you will certainly enjoy the other.

Ashraf Ashraf says...

If you specifically enjoyed NGE ending then you will definitely love Lain. Also both anime have the same dark melancholic atmosphere that builds up the more you move into the series.

P.S. But in case you enjoyed NGE all way through and did not like the ending, then don't bother watching Lain

eaper eaper says...

This series both toy with aspects of philisophy, psychology and even religion. While delving into questions of self, God, and reality, they progress the series in a way that can often be slightly hard to follow (the later parts of NGE are more like this than the start, though) and question the ideals and morals of the main character while coming very close to breaking them completely down.

Asheiswaifu Asheiswaifu says...

If you liked the psychological side of Evangelion, you're sure to love Lain. Both of these are extremely dark and hard to understand, and both are amazing anime.

AnnaCupcake AnnaCupcake says...

Most of the similarities in these anime are found in the animation and existential themes.

Both are kinda old and therefore share a lot of techniques for the animation and progression of the stories. The cuts are sometimes very slow and the characters look alike.

As for the plot of both of these anime, they are similar in certain aspects. Both start of with a lot of mystery and suspense. You may ask yourself many questions while watching either of these and the end of both anime give you satisfaction to a certain extend, but also mess with your head a lot. 

I think if you like either of these anime, you will definitely like the other.

Bokurano

Bokurano

When a group of children discover a strange cave at the beach, their lives are forever changed. Inside they find a hide out filled with computers and a man named Kokopelli who gives them a curious offer: to participate in a special game in which they save Earth from fifteen giant monsters. To defeat the invaders, he will give them a powerful mecha of black armor. The children eagerly sign the contract, name their new weapon Zearth, and must now take turns to pilot it; but the 'game' is in fact all too real and the consequences of battle become the stuff of nightmares. With no option to cancel the contract, is there any way to stop the game before it is too late for all of them?

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VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

Both anime are on the sinister side of the mecha genre; they're about how riding a giant robot into battle is not in the least bit cool, but has horrifying personal and psychological consequences. There are no heroes in either series - just children forced to save the Earth without anyone preparing them for it. Add to that a similar sort of set-up i.e. kids defending a city from consecutive enemies with unique designs, and plots that are driven by totally screwed-up characters, liking one is bound to mean you'll like the other.

Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

Eva and Bokurano deconstruct the mecha genre by adding layers of extremely dark psychological content. Both are highly visceral, the action being centered around children who are forced into a conflict of literally cosmic proportions. In these series the nature of the enemy is ambiguous to the extreme, which makes the whole experience all the more poignant. Eva's latter episodes focus heavily on existential topics, which are replaced in Bokurano with a more psychological approach. The limitless situations the casts are subjected to and the depth of characterization makes these anime masterpieces, with an appeal that goes beyond the giant robot niche.

FalseDawn FalseDawn says...

Bokurano and Neon Genesis Evangelion use giant robots to explore similar emotional reactions in characters - whether it's moral obligations about saving the world, or the mystery of the enemy (leading to be ultimately somewhat more human in the end than we first realise). Bokurano, in some ways, is an extension of themes touched upon by Evangelion; while Evangelion attempts a wider philosophy than Bokurano's "personal" philosophies.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

Evangelion and Bokurano share some obvious similarities. Both have kids fighting in big robots, and both have a storyline that involves messing with the characters' heads. Whether it's psychological breakdowns or being a hero, everyone deals with the events in their own way while having to save the world. These are definitely very alike!

xzeal xzeal says...

Neon Genesis Evangelion and Bokurano both have a similar plot. Enemies coming one by one and if you don't defeat them - bye bye to planet earth. The giant robots in both series are far more advanced than the world around them which creates a similar "all or nothing" atmosphere.

CarLoSG CarLoSG says...

in both series we can see how the main characters , faces problems, which they must have very clear who they are and because they are there. overcoming problems unusual, and occasions doubt on if they are doing the right thing.

takuhii takuhii says...

This has a very NGE feel about it, special children piloting giant robots, relationships between children and parent explored between fights and a fairly good ending, if somewhat abrupt. With the negative character coming out on top.The fight scenes can get a little repetative with the children finding a sure-fire way to always win...

Omurqi Omurqi says...

The first and foremost similarity between Bokurano and NGE is obviously the Meccha tag both anime rightfully carry, they are after all both about huge fighting robots. It goes a bit further than that though. What links these two shows together, is both the psychology aspect they share, and the premise.

In both shows kids pilot these robots, constantly with their lives on the line. You are constantly confronted with the terrors they go through and how each kid deals with it differently.

Finally, in both shows the kids are forced to fight against an unknown enemy, one not from this world. They just appear out of nowhere and just have to be eliminated. Only later in the series you'll get to know what they actually are and what their reasons are.

If you liked one of these shows for the Meccha action, psychological factor or premise, don't miss out on the other.

AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

If you like your giant robot shows angsty and/or disturbing, you'd like NGE and Bokurano. Both have a bunch of mecha battles, lead characters prone to fits of angst, and an unsettling plot.

filipfkn92 filipfkn92 says...

Both in NGE and Bokurano you can see teenagers fighting against extrateresial enemy for "be or not to be" humankind. In both series there is also psychology of main characters as main topic.

TheMajor5 TheMajor5 says...

Kids forced to fight in giant robot for Earth's survival against aliens.  That sums up the relation between Bokurano and Evangelion.  Psychological break downs of the main characters as the battle wears on becomes natural and young romance blooms during the heat of battle.  The fights are cool, the battles are weary, and the kids are screwed.  Enjoy the trip down mind games lane.

Naga Naga says...

Both have very similar setup in which children fight in giant robots against the invaders to save the earth from oblivion. They feature a cast of screwed up kids with a massive responsibility unwontedly pinned on them, surreal dark psychological content and very similar grim atmosphere.  Every child is subjected to traumatizing events and they all have to deal with it in their own ways. They both massively differ from every other Mecha series with their different approach on piloting robots and with more attention given to depth of characterization and more mature themes. Which makes both of them extraordinary anime and must-watch material if you are at least familiar with one of them. 

LancerFIN LancerFIN says...

Both of these animes are about kids controlling unique styled mechas against other mechas to save the world. These shows are about psychologial aspect of having the pressure of saving the world on a young character. Emo moments guaranteed in both.

PurplePeopleEater PurplePeopleEater says...

Both of these have "mechas" but neither are actually about the mechas or action. Both focus on the character development as they deal with realistic struggles on top of the consequences of having to pilot the mechas. Bokurano has more characters and the story flows smoother in my opinion. Neon Genesis gets a little bit wacky towards the end and the plot is very typical. If you liked one, you should watch the other.

InuzukaHokami InuzukaHokami says...

Kids fighting giant unknown things with giants robots and phsychological elements in both. Also very cruel

Eureka Seven

Eureka Seven

Like most boys his age, the young Renton thinks of nothing but reffing – riding trapar waves on a board – and idolizes Holland, the leader of the renegade group of reffers named Gekko State. As an orphan of a famous hero, he lives a boring life with his grandfather until the beautiful Eureka crashes, literally, into his life. Now, with the help of his newfound friend and crush, Renton finds himself living amongst the crew of Gekko State. The errands are hard and the bullying is fierce, but with Eureka by his side, Renton just might find the courage to tough it out and even save the world!

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freakzilla freakzilla says...

Eureka 7 has a similar feel to Evangelion: both deal with human psychology and touch on themes like action and romance to keep them accessible to a wider audience. Both have a great and frightening mystery lurking - something so frightening that the characters are torn between their choices. Will they collapse and have a nervous breakdown? Or will they harden themselves and see things through?

AsukaLangley AsukaLangley says...

Eureka Seven and Evangelion are both anime about big robots and mysterious blue haired girls. Aside from that however, they both deal with the deep psychological issues of the protagonist. If you enjoyed one, you'd like the other.

tjhooker tjhooker says...

Both series center around emotionally awkard children, giant mechs, their mission to save the world and crazy underlaying philosophical references. Watch them for their similarities or watch them for their differences, just watch them.

onelasttime11 onelasttime11 says...

Teens piloting Mecha, a strong emotional story, and awsome battle really bring both these series to a level that not many anime reach. Truely fantasic.

visigoth29527 visigoth29527 says...

The plot line of both stories are similar; a rather weak boy who had for some reason lost his parents, is drawn into a conflict he doesn't really understand.  Each has giant robots (mechs), strong female protectors, dubious male influences, and strange blue haired girls.

Think of Eureka 7 as a less psychologically twisted version of NGE.

moopz moopz says...

Eureka Seven is what Evangelion should have been. They have a very similar plot, but Eureka 7 does a much better job building characters and explaining the plot. If you enjoyed this but are interested in more character interaction watch Eureka 7.

Thistledown Thistledown says...

Eureka Seven has much lighter elements than Evangelion, but both explore the ideas around human psychology fairly thoroughly. Additionally, both have a protagonist drawn into a conflict he doesn't much understand, pilots mechs, and eventually gets into quite the mental mess.

Omurqi Omurqi says...

Eureka Seven and NGE are both mecha series about a war against an unknown, "inhuman" enemy. One of the big questions in both series, is wherever the enemies they're fighting against actually are the ones being wrong and "evil", or if humanity is the one at fault. While they both have their moments of seriousness and comedy, Eureka Seven tends to be a bit comical and lighter, due to the occasional random comedy (and awesome rainbowexplosions).

eaper eaper says...

These series both feature slightly non-traditional mechas along with a view of the universe that is very interesting. They both start off as a fairly down to earth series but slowly get more and more out there. While focusing on a world fighting for survival of the human race, a few kids come to the forfront and must take everything upon themselve.

awpaperwings awpaperwings says...

Middle/high school kid pioliting a giant mecha that may just be humanity's final hope? Certianly sounds like either Evangelion, or Eureka 7. Both have a remarkably aggrivating personality, yet each show somehow lures you in to watching the next episode. Each are actually quite entertaining and have their own races of aliens, comedy and it's share of loveable (and not so lovable) characters.

JAhU JAhU says...

Eureka Seven is one of those post-NGE mecha anime, that's why it shouldn't be a surprise that it contains some themes every NGE fan is familiar with. However the story unfolds differently in Eureka Seven than it does in other anime of this kind and even NGE itself. So, if you're familiar with NGE and its numerous offspring and you have thought that nothing fresh can be introduced in a post-NGE anime, then Eureka Seven might be a pleasant surprise.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both Eureka Seven and Evangelion are about a young male character who suddenly finds himself in the middle of a war to save mankind. Both anime delve into human psychology, and so, the characters are flawed individuals with deep and intricate storylines. Both anime also take an interesting look at how the respective mecha is created/piloted. 

Rfsancho Rfsancho says...

Both shows are remarkably similar. Kids piloting contraptions that they were pretty much forced to pilot, the dark plot development, a cast full of characters that vary greatly in personality and reasons for piloting, really slick animation physics. Both great shows that the viewer should watch if they enjoyed either one.

discospider discospider says...

Both shows share many of the same major plot aspects. They revolve around boys and other who control mysterious robots that are linked to other beings that they fight. They both have lots of pyschological issues while the show deal with human origins. I would say Neon Genesis is more adult in feel compared to Eureka Seven. 

Mimori Mimori says...

Very similar feel between the two shows in terms of the larger mystery in the background of the story presented. Though I will say Eureka Seven has a much lighter feel.

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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freakzilla freakzilla says...

Akira and Evangelion are both weird series, can't say much without revealing the plot, so i'll just say this: both plots are weird. Both series also have they're share of nightmare-like moments. Definitely very alike.

Rar Rar says...

Akira and Evangelion are the two must watch introductions to anime. As well as being well made and accessible, they also deal with some of the central themes in anime: adolescence, apocalypse, authority, and alliteration. Well, not the last one.

Sangokagome Sangokagome says...

If you loved the many mental problems that the majority of the Evangelion characters were plagued by, then you'll ADORE the things going on in the head of Tetsuo from Akira! Both anime have a very serious tone, which at the end becomes very prominent as the main characters try to escape the people trying to help them.

CuddlyMcTickles CuddlyMcTickles says...

Both of these anime are considered classics and have contributed an untold amount to the anime world. Also, both Akira and Evangelion both are best in class when it comes to not having to explain everything to the viewer. It leaves a lot up to interpretation by the viewer, resulting in a more involved interaction between the viewer and the show.

razornis razornis says...

Evangelion and Akira are bouth set in a post apocaliptic world and folow the main characters who are forced to find there hidden powers. But other simularities are not that obvious and if a I try to explain them I would spoil your fun. But I can say that they have a simular feel to them and they bouth concentrate on the psihological state of the characters as well as the action.

Rocketbean Rocketbean says...

What happens if you put the fate of existence in the hands of adolescence? Both NGE and Akira center around this theme and build upon it quite nicely. If you are a big fan of government conspiracies, psychological themes, apocalypse, or MindF*ck, give any one of these bad boys a try.

SeiyaManG SeiyaManG says...

Both Akira and EVA are set in very similar worlds that put a young man center stage to try and save a world heading towards destruction. If you enjoyed the dark and mysterious aspects of one, you'll like the other.

TehCaprone TehCaprone says...

They're both great sci-fi anime with a deep meaning. Both reccomended.Akira and Neon Genesis Evangelion both wrote an important page of the Japanese animation history and are both scheduled as "masterpieces". 

ruperthetherton ruperthetherton says...

the plot of both of these animes is enthralling and the animations are spectacular. akira was my introduction to anime and evangelion was my first series - both remain favourites for their dealings with adolescence and the pressure that can put on an individual.

miko miko says...

can't argue here, as both of these are "cult classics" of their time, as I don't find neon all that great, but I have watched it, but Akira is rather interesting with a mind messing like neon.  both dealing with another time where things aren't like this "time frame"

neoji neoji says...

Chosen children, post-apocalyptic setting and a bratty kid with way too much power in his hands - yup, these two anime are very, very similar. And also very awesome. 

nyaladin nyaladin says...

both have a similar "world will end soon" vibe, dangerous above human compatibility so to say weapons/beings.

Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventures

Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventures

Kazuki Yotsuga is able to see things that others can't; in his visions, giant robots battle it out in the streets, causing massive damage in their wake. Though his visions have made him an outcast from the rest of his peers, they have attracted the attention of Ken Sanada – a physicist who believes Kazuki’s visions are a gateway into a parallel world! He places Kazuki into one of his inventions and accidentally sends him to the parallel world in his visions, where he finds himself in the middle of a war for control of the world! Kazuki must now become a pilot of one of the robots in order to join the fight for peace, all the while trying to find his way back to his own world…

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Seraphim Seraphim says...

This is a comical parody series of Evangelion.

kamirura kamirura says...

Feel like you want more mecha but is abit tierd of the dark and depressing style? Then Dual is the right one. Dual is alot brighter and more funny than Evangelion. But it still got the same rescue the world theme. Also a cute romance going on. So if you're looking for something really more cheerful and hardcore mecha then watch this one!

RG RG says...

Think of it as Evangelion Lite.Not a bad show altogether.

CheesyP18 CheesyP18 says...

The first few eps of either series, you'll think that its a complete rip off of the other. I saw NGE first so when I watched Dual!, I almost dropped it due to the rip off. But I am glad I kept watching it. While these two series are similar in many aspects, the core of each show focuses on different things. Both are equally enjoyable even though NGE probably has more publicity from it. Main things one would enjoy between these series is probably the mechas and a few philosophical and moral issues thrown into the mix.

VRDave VRDave says...

These two series are both devoted to the giant mechs and their pilots. Of course the plan is to save the world, but in Dual you are fighting another country for land, whereas Evangelion you are fighting for the future of mankind.

rdent rdent says...

Both Evangelion and Dual have similar giant mobile suits.

abbyz44 abbyz44 says...

If you liked Evangelion, you would like Dual because it's a lot like Evangelion. It's got girls in spandex and one boy hogging them all. There's lots of drama and fight scenes with robots.

styln styln says...

Both of these titles are very similar; a male main character is the only hope of winning against his enemies, and is surrounded by girls. The only real difference is that Evangelion is a lot darker than Dual.

kasharass kasharass says...

For me, Dual is very similar to NGE. The beginning of Dual is very similar to NGE (as well as the ending), and the robot designs are also similar. Dual is far less complicated to understand than NGE, and I liked that it didn't have any religious comparisons. If you liked one try the other. :)

masterbionic masterbionic says...

Both anime are very similair with both Mechs as Pilots, in both series the main character, a Guy doesn't want to fight, but only ride the mechs. then we have one girl who is emotionless and learning. and a girl who says what she thinks, and still trying to dodge a lot of questions. the mechs also look similair in both anime

JAhU JAhU says...

Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventures takes a lot of elements from Neon Genesis Evangelion, but replaces the drama with a harem. Well it is a post-NGE anime and it shows a lot. The characters in Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventures are poorly written and so is the plot, nonetheless you might want to check one of those series if you've already seen the other.

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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FINSahaqiel FINSahaqiel says...

Not as serious (if serious at all) as NGE but is gets you to think almost as much. And now I quote my friend..."my head starts to ache when I watch this".

Zadillo Zadillo says...

A different sort of take on a coming of age story, mixed with some of Gainax's trademark style and ideas. You should definitely enjoy this one.

Endo Endo says...

The artists at GAINAX do it again. If you like the mental abuse you took at the end of NGE then here are 6 more episodes of it.

aldat aldat says...

Looking from one point of view FLCL can in my opinion be seen as a kind of parody of NGE. From another point it is very brainmelting, funny and strange and certainly very different from the NGE. Still, because of the link this seems to have to NGE you might find it worth to watch. I liked them both, but then again I like many different kinds of series that have naught to do with each other at all ^_^

Rar Rar says...

It might seem at first that FLCL is a pure parody of Evangelion. The protagonist isn't forced to pilot giant robots, instead they spring from his head. The domineering and aloof father is replaced with an irresponsible and idiotic one, and slow, thoughtful animation becomes hyper and psychedelic. However, the main similarity is in the central character. Both animes are concerned with the pain of growing up, being isolated, sexually uncertain and having to face new responsibilities – saving the world, of course. Finally, watching FLCL should cheer you up again after finishing Evangelion, though possibly at cost to your sanity.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

The comparison between the 2 does not lie in the comedy, be warned ! It's just that Evangelion and FLCL both play with your mind if your not carefully :D More bizzare weird shit ahead

OhImFrozen OhImFrozen says...

Although both are by Gainex, FLCL and NGE involve many intense self thinking moments and deep visual mindf**ky stuff.

eaper eaper says...

FLCL is much like the last few episodes of NGE in the fact that... well, neither of them really make much sense. What they say is logical and all (well... mostly), but how certian events occured isn't explained at all.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both of these are Gainax at its most peculiar. Both feature fairly whiny protagonists that are usually pushed around by the women in their life. While FLCL is a bit more comedic than NGE, it still holds the "What was the director smoking?" plot.

Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor

Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor

"Are you there?" This is the question that the aliens always demand before they attack. The quiet island of Tatsumiyajima is secretly the last line of defense against mysterious invaders. In a quiet and rustic villiage, children were raised without any knowlege that they were born to pilot the Fafnirs, giant robotic war machines of terrible powers that are the only thing that can defend all they hold dear.These children's struggles will be the only thing that can hold off an enemy that attacks both our bodies and our sense of identity...

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7thMethuselah 7thMethuselah says...

Both NGE and Fafner start the same : Humans are under attack by a strange invaders. And it seems that a number of 'gifted' children are the only one standing between survival and destruction, there's the only ones capable of controlling the mecha's constructed to battle the invaders. However as the story progresses the mecha/action slowly shifts towards more psychological anime in which deeper laying themes surface: What are the invaders? What's their purpose? Both anime have a complicated yet very intriguing story, good action scenes and absolutely lovely characters!

DistMan DistMan says...

These shows might appear to be about saving the world from unknown enemiees at first. But at a closer look one will soon realise that there are a lot more to it than meets the eye. Character interraction and character development aswell as questions regarding life and it's existence are abundant in these shows. These things are shown extremely well. Definetly something for someone who wants more than just senseless action.

Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

Both Evangelion and Fafner employ mechas and monstrous creatures to develop the characters of the pilots and their inner conflicts. In addition, both series have a penchant for the philosophical: Eva tends to be darker and perhaps more confusing while Fafner is more straightforward and optimistic.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

Fafner and Evangelion go hand in hand. Evangelion is what started it all and Fafner is a newer version. Fafner picks it up and changes it slightly, it tosses out some of the bizarreness and keeps the psychological and story aspects. Don't let this fool you though, these aren't simple clones and are both worth watching!

Firesilver Firesilver says...

Fafner and Evangelion are very similar animes. Only certain individuals can use these great machines, along with fighting strange invaders who want to destroy the world. Fafner is basically an easier version of Evangelion, and less confusing. These are both great anime's, which are easy to understand, and is worth the time looking into, that's if you're a major mecha fan.

Seoman Seoman says...

If yoy like Mech's anime, and you like that it has an imporntant amount of misterious, you would like both series. Evangelion is more misterious and Fafner is a little less, but perhaps a little more dramatical. Two stories of very youngs boys that are forced by the circunstances to take control of a machine of destruction... to protect their loved ones.

Sandineyes Sandineyes says...

Fafner and NGE are really very similar series. Both have semi-post apocalyptic worlds which are hidden from the main characters, and both have enemies that are not fully understood and are basically invincible except against mechs. They also share a philosophical focus on the loneliness of indivuality, although Fafner is rather straightforward and easy-going on this matter, whereas NGE will throw your brain in a sack and beat with a stick.

kianbung kianbung says...

NGE and Fafner are like brothers born a decade apart (or close to that) - both have very similar themes and concept. Both are about fighting an unknown enemy, both have giant robots (although Fafner doesn't have purple ones), both have kids piloting the said robots, and both have people going psycho. Even in the first fight (of both anime) the protagonist was pitted against an enemy without any prior training (and then suddenly powering up to win. Plots are different in the sense that Fafner is slightly less depressing than Eva, and that Fafner has a yaoi factor going for it.

In a sense, Fafner can be said to be the younger generation's Eva (though much less epic in my opinion).

asiman asiman says...

I loved both NGE and Fafner. I had read that fafner was an eva clone and at first i thought so too... but it gets very good and interesting.

Both animes revolve around a main charakter that is a teenager with a mecha and psychological problems and are both very good.

If you liked one you'ill probably like the other.

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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OrgasmCake OrgasmCake says...

Both this series and Eva have eerie neo-religious undertones that add a twist to how many episode can be viewed. Take them simply from the Hedonistic view, and you get the picture that some humans have to be horrible people, while others feel it is necessary to save the whole world. Take the pseudo-Christian viewpoint and the hero sarafices himself for the better good; and let's not forget the eternal struggle between good and evil. Additionally, the battles in each series are always beautiful to watch, even if you prefer Progressive knives, you might just find yourself liking the sword fights instead.

Akuma Akuma says...

Escaflowne is another excellent action anime, with awesome mobile suit robots. This series is more light-hearted, but equally amazing and beautiful.

VRDave VRDave says...

Big mecha robots to fight in, and a 'save the world' theme are the same, and both have really good character development.

avidkid10 avidkid10 says...

Escaflowne and Evangelion feature some pretty messed up characters that can't tell up from down. You'll find yourself constantly asking what's wrong with a few of the characters, but otherwise the action in both keeps the stories rolling.

chamomille chamomille says...

Both series are similar in one interesting thing - the possibility to control the power of robots with the body and mind, the possibility to identify with robots. Although this can be done only by certain persons.

Lyzl Lyzl says...

Do you like crazy people in non traditional mecha? Both of these anime have got that. Actually though, the storylines are somewhat similar in their epic level of scale, emotional connections between characters, and battles for destiny.

stingreis stingreis says...

Each of these series had very odd characters that were twisted and both incorporated mecha battles into a concept of Armageddon in order to restore everything to a better more perfect design.

Both are fairly slow paced, dramatic, and deep storylines that may cause the viewer to analyze metaphysical concepts of the world

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Did someone say plot twists? Look no further than these two animes. Both of these animes have an interesting take on mechas and a rather mind-bending plot. With a heavy dose of emotional issues, the characters are also pretty similar in both animes.