Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most famous—and polarizing—anime ever created. And it always seems to fall into one of three categories: Anime fans love it, hate it, or love it but hate the ending. Now we are just under a month away from the release of Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo—easily the most anticipated anime of the last few years. And as a long-time fan of the series, it cannot come soon enough.
I've talked at some length about what it was like to be an anime fan back in the 56k modem era, and how difficult it was to even lay hands on anime. Because of this, it wasn't until my second year of high school that I saw Evangelion for the first time. I had heard about Evangelion for years—and by that I mean many people said it was "good." It was also thirty bucks for two episodes and not available at my local video stores. But in my second year of high school, I became friends with a Russian student who was also an anime fan. Utilizing the new-found resources of EBAY, we each imported our favorite anime on Singapore VCD to watch with each other. Mine was Record of Lodoss War; his was Evangelion.