Lost in the Movies: Neon Genesis Evangelion: the complete episode guide

Neon Genesis Evangelion: the complete episode guide

A complete guide to every episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion, the follow-up film The End of Evangelion, and the three Rebuild films

My second viewing diary featured the second-most-covered series on my site (after the episode entries, I've linked up other pieces featuring Evangelion as well). Each episode review is followed by a conversation with critic and anime enthusiast Bob Clark; eventually we were joined for many entries by the Japanese film and cultural commentator Murderous Ink.

Episode 1 - "Angel Attack"
Episode 2 - "The Beast"

Episode 3 - "A Transfer"

Episode 4 - "Hedgehog's Dilemma"

Episode 5 - "Rei I"

Episode 6 - "Rei II"

Episode 7 - "A Human Work"

Episode 1-7 Review & Historical Context

Episode 8 - Asuka Strikes!

Episode 9 - "Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win!"

Episode 10 - "Magma Diver"

Episode 11 - "The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still"

Episode 12 - "She said, 'Don't make others suffer for your personal hatred.'"

Episode 13 - "Lilliputian Hitcher"

Episode 14 - "Weaving a Story"

Episode 15 - "Those Women Longed For the Touch of Others' Lips, and Thus Invited Their Kisses"

Episode 16 - "Splitting the Breast"

Episode 17 - "Fourth CHILD"

Episode 18 - "Ambivalence"

Episode 19 - "Introjection"

Episode 20 - "Weaving a Story 2: oral stage"

Episode 21 - "He was aware that he was still a child." (director's cut)

Episode 22 - "Don't Be." (director's cut)

Episode 23 - "Rei III" (director's cut)

Episode 24 - "The Beginning of the End, or 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door'" (director's cut)

Episodes 25 & 26 - "Do you love me?" & "Take care of yourself."

The End of Evangelion Part 1 of 3 (My Review)

The End of Evangelion Part 2 of 3 (discussion w/ Bob on the film's style and story)

The End of Evangelion Part 3 of 3 (discussion w/ Bob on the film's characters)

Evangelion 1.11

Evangelion 2.22

Evangelion 3.33

Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0


Video essays

Side by Side: Neon Genesis Evangelion & Twin Peaks

The 3 1/2 Minute Review of Neon Genesis Evangelion

The 3 1/2 Minute Review of The End of Evangelion

Visual tributes (screenshots)

What Does She See? (Asuka and her Angel)
A shot-by-shot breakdown of Asuka's meltdown in episode 22

Beatific Apocalypse
The Human Instrumentality Project in End of Evangelion

The Darkness of Future Past
Episode 21

Absolute Terror: images from the battle in The End of Evangelion

Podcasts (ADDED IN 2016)

CinemaVille (on the series) w/ Bob Clark

CinemaVille (on the film) w/ Bob Clark

ADDED IN 2018-19
(I also created audio versions of my public essays for patrons here, here, and here)


Fan Culture Wars (brief thoughts on 3 fandoms) (essay)

The Favorites - The End of Evangelion (#82) (essay)

Clips embedded in 90s film clip collection (video)

Original introduction
The Neon Genesis Evangelion episode guide is rare among my viewing diaries in that all of my reviews are accompanied by lengthy chats with Bob Clark, who introduced me to the anime show a year before this viewing diary began. Unlike many of my upcoming episode guides, I had seen the series several times before writing about it; nonetheless I discovered a lot of new stuff about Evangelion on this watch-through. After seven episodes, the Japanese blogger Murderous Ink joined us to add his perspective, sometimes offering an extended commentary, at others sharing a few comments or corrections.

Also unusually, this series took a 2 1/2-year break after starting up in 2012. But here it is, finally finished and hopefully it can serve as a useful companion on your own rewatches, or - if you haven't actually seen it yet - a first viewing. It's certainly a wild ride.

Next week my next viewing diary will kick off with a review of the pilot episode of The Prisoner, the British cult classic from the sixties. I should probably get to watching it now! (So much for finishing these episode guides way ahead of time...)

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