Day 29: Your Highest-Rated Anime
Neon Genesis Evangelion. There you have it. Not beating around the bush here. It’s the greatest anime of all time. Is it my favorite? That’s up for discussion. But Evangelion connected with me in a very special way when I watched it. When Asuka went through what she did in Episode 22, I felt it at the same time as her. That’s why Asuka was my 2-time Anime Bracket Champion, and the Green Bay Packers of the Anime Bracket (the first two champions).
Evangelion is the anime every other anime wants to be. Just this week, I watched a Baka & Test episode that completely parodied Evangelion from start to finish. It had so many not-so-subtle Evangelion references that you couldn’t miss. (I highly recommend Baka & Test by the way, especially if you like pure humor anime.) Evangelion is the gold standard over 20 years later. Maybe Third Impact Day came and went without any fanfare, but so many things about Evangelion have made it into geek culture. “I mustn’t run away.” Rei Ayanami was the first “moe.” Asuka was the first you-know-what. There’s no question in my mind that Evangelion is the greatest.
Now, what’s my favorite? Stay tuned tomorrow to see the answer! (You can probably narrow it down to four right now.)