A Simple Watch Order Guide to Neon Genesis Evangelion

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The Neon Genesis Evangelion series is considered by the anime-enamored masses, but its numerous releases make it the opposite of ‘newbie friendly.’ Without taking into account the head-spinning nature of the content itself, one look at the catalogue of films and director’s cuts will have even the most seasoned viewer second-guessing their watch order. essential viewing

The Neon Genesis Neon Genesis EvangelionEvangelion series is considered by the anime-enamored masses, but its numerous releases make it the opposite of ‘newbie friendly.’ Without taking into account the head-spinning nature of the content itself, one look at the catalogue of films and director’s cuts will have even the most seasoned viewer second-guessing their watch order.essential viewing

Should you watch the original ending? Should you skip Death and Rebirth? Is the manga considered required reading? Why is the theme song so dang ? We’ve got the answers, and we’ll make it snappy. You’ve got quite a bit of content to get through.  catchy

Should you watch the original ending? Should you skip Death and RebirthDeath and Rebirth? Is the manga considered required reading? Why is the theme song so dang catchycatchy? We’ve got the answers, and we’ll make it snappy. You’ve got quite a bit of content to get through. 

A brief disclaimer before we begin: some people will disagree with this order. As you step into the fandom, you’ll note that many viewers have very strong, and sometimes very complicated, opinions on just how to consume ’s legendary works. There’s nothing wrong with that, and we wouldn’t consider any of these hyped fans wrong by any means. We’re just hoping to make it easier so you don’t get more confused by all the other Evangelion watch order guides out there, so let’s get started. Yes, where it all began… Hideaki Anno

A brief disclaimer before we begin: some people will will disagree with this order. As you step into the fandom, you’ll note that many viewers have very strong, and sometimes very complicated, opinions on just how to consume ’s legendary works. There’s nothing wrong with that, and we wouldn’t consider any of these hyped fans Hideaki Annowrong wrong by any means. We’re just hoping to make it easier so you don’t get more confused by all the other Evangelion watch order guides out there, so let’s get started. Yes, where it all began…Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Original Anime Series 

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Original Anime Series 

The original series aired in 1995 and spanned 26 episodes. Watch all of them. 

The original series aired in 1995 and spanned 26 episodes. Watch all of them. 

Yes, you’ll hear people say that episodes 25 and 26 don’t fit, and you should skip them and come back… but watching them won’t hurt you. Without spoiling anything, the final two episodes seem very different, the reason being that the company was a bit tight on funds at the time. They are very strange, and while you may not understand anything that goes on, we actually them here at OTAQUEST. Yes, really. defend

Yes, you’ll hear people say that episodes 25 and 26 don’t fit, and you should skip them and come back… but watching them won’t hurt you. Without spoiling anything, the final two episodes seem very different, the reason being that the company was a bit tight on funds at the time. They are very strange, and while you may not understand anything that goes on, we actually defenddefend them here at OTAQUEST. Yes, really.OTAQUEST

This is where it all began. Whether it’s the characters themselves, the over-the-top religious imagery or the masterful , there’s a reason that this is the series that will never die. Set off on your Evangelion journey by binging the series on . And yes, this version contains the Director’s Cut versions of episodes 21 to 24, including extra scenes not originally aired on Japanese television.  storytellingNetflix

This is where it all began. Whether it’s the characters themselves, the over-the-top religious imagery or the masterful storytellingstorytelling, there’s a reason that this is the series that will never die. Set off on your EvangelionEvangelion journey by binging the series on NetflixNetflix. And yes, this version contains the Director’s Cut versions of episodes 21 to 24, including extra scenes not originally aired on Japanese television. 

(Also, Neon Genesis Evangelion is getting a North American Blu-ray later this year, for the first time ever!) release

(Also, Neon Genesis EvangelionNeon Genesis Evangelion is getting a North American Blu-ray releaserelease later this year, for the first time ever!)

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth

We’ll make this as quick and painless as possible. Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth is a two-part film released in 1997. The first half is just a recap of the show. The second half shows quite a bit of footage left out of the original series, including Shinji’s mental state and the ever-shifting political situation. 

We’ll make this as quick and painless as possible. Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and RebirthNeon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth is a two-part film released in 1997. The first half is just a recap of the show. The second half shows quite a bit of footage left out of the original series, including Shinji’s mental state and the ever-shifting political situation. 

In 1998, they released a re-edited version, titled Evangelion Death(True). That film was combined with the next film on the list, The End of Evangelion, to create a film called Revival of Evangelion. Yes, really. We’re so sorry this is so complicated. We wish we could fix it.

In 1998, they released a re-edited version, titled Evangelion Death(True)Evangelion Death(True). That film was combined with the next film on the list, The End of EvangelionThe End of Evangelion, to create a film called Revival of EvangelionRevival of Evangelion. Yes, really. We’re so sorry this is so complicated. We wish we could fix it.

Don’t panic. Death and Rebirth is, in our honest opinion, skippable. Of course, if you’re looking for the FULL and utterly maddening experience, feel free to watch after the original series. Be warned, it’s a somewhat confusing mish-mash of what you’ve already seen. Also, the second part? It’s the beginning of The End of Evangelion, anyway

Don’t panic. Death and RebirthDeath and Rebirth is, in our honest opinion, skippable. Of course, if you’re looking for the FULL and utterly maddening experience, feel free to watch after the original series. Be warned, it’s a somewhat confusing mish-mash of what you’ve already seen. Also, the second part? It’s the beginning of The End of Evangelion, anywayThe End of Evangelion, anyway

If you want to check it out, the final version of this film is on Netflix

If you want to check it out, the final version of this film is on NetflixNetflix

The End of Evangelion

The End of Evangelion

Remember what we said about the last two episodes of the series being weird? Well, people didn’t like them when they were released. I mean, they really didn’t like them. Gainax got death threats. It was bad. 

Remember what we said about the last two episodes of the series being weird? Well, people didn’t like them when they were released. I mean, they really really didn’t like them. Gainax got death threats. It was bad. 

The End of Evangelion is basically a more grand and epic finale for the series. The film released in 1997 to epic fanfare. People were here for it: it’s got more action and wraps the plot a little better than the original TV show did. Now, whether this was better than episodes 25 and 26? That’s up for (eternal) debate. It’s also streaming on too. What a time to be a fan. Netflix

The End of EvangelionThe End of Evangelion is basically a more grand and epic finale for the series. The film released in 1997 to epic fanfare. People were here for it: it’s got more action and wraps the plot a little better than the original TV show did. Now, whether this was better better than episodes 25 and 26? That’s up for (eternal) debate. It’s also streaming on NetflixNetflix too. What a time to be a fan.

This one isn’t optional. You need to watch it. 

This one isn’t optional. You need to watch it. 

The Rebuild of Evangelion Films

The Rebuild of Evangelion Films

Evangelion has come into the new age with the most recent film tetralogy. The waves of new merch and crossovers you’ve been seeing? Thank these gorgeous movies. 

EvangelionEvangelion has come into the new age with the most recent film tetralogy. The waves of new merch and crossovers you’ve been seeing? Thank these gorgeous movies. 

The order of the films is simple enough: watch Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone, then Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance, then Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo

The order of the films is simple enough: watch Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) AloneEvangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone, then Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) AdvanceEvangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance, then Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) RedoEvangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo

In truth, you’ll be watching 1.11, 2.22, and 3.33. The films were renumbered upon home release, as these versions have some bonus scenes and reanimated shots. See? Relatively easy and painless. 

In truth, you’ll be watching 1.11, 2.22, 1.11, 2.22, and 3.333.33. The films were renumbered upon home release, as these versions have some bonus scenes and reanimated shots. See? Relatively easy and painless. 

The Rebuild films are a retelling of the original anime story, though as they have progressed, they have strayed away from that plot by this point. Some fans go as far as to call them ‘sequels’ to the original series, but that will be your decision to make. Either way, the Blu-ray releases are worth picking up on Amazon. 

The RebuildRebuild films are a retelling of the original anime story, though as they have progressed, they have strayed away from that plot by this point. Some fans go as far as to call them ‘sequels’ to the original series, but that will be your decision to make. Either way, the Blu-ray releases are worth picking up on Amazon. 

Someday, 3.0 + 1.0: Thrice Upon a Time will come out. Probably. 

Someday, 3.0 + 1.0: Thrice Upon a Time 3.0 + 1.0: Thrice Upon a Time will come out. Probably. 

Wait, a Manga Series? 

Wait, a Manga Series? 

You hardly ever hear anyone comment on the Evangelion manga series, but it’s certainly a trip. After watching the original series and accompanying flood of films, the manga seems to take on a life of its own, giving much more character backstory to some major players. It also shows what happens after The End of Evangelion! The manga series concluded in 2013, so don’t worry about having to pick up endless volumes.

You hardly ever hear anyone comment on the EvangelionEvangelion manga series, but it’s certainly a trip. After watching the original series and accompanying flood of films, the manga seems to take on a life of its own, giving much more character backstory to some major players. It also shows what happens afterTheTheEnd of EvangelionEnd of Evangelion! The manga series concluded in 2013, so don’t worry about having to pick up endless volumes.

We’d recommend saving the manga for the end of your journey through the lore. Think of it as your dessert: not completely necessary, but something that adds the perfect flourish to your very, very full meal. 

We’d recommend saving the manga for the end of your journey through the lore. Think of it as your dessert: not completely necessary, but something that adds the perfect flourish to your very, very full meal. 

If you find yourself curious, or just want these on your shelf to complete your growing Evangelion shrine, you can pick them up from Viz

If you find yourself curious, or just want these on your shelf to complete your growing EvangelionEvangelion shrine, you can pick them up from VizViz

Hopefully, you’ve taken our words to heart and are ready to set out on an unforgettable media journey through a large chunk of anime history. What are your thoughts? Nervous? Excited? Angry at the convoluted mess that this series has become? Understandable. But you’ll have a good time. Just let it happen. 

Hopefully, you’ve taken our words to heart and are ready to set out on an unforgettable media journey through a large chunk of anime history. What are your thoughts? Nervous? Excited? Angry at the convoluted mess that this series has become? Understandable. But you’ll have a good time. Just let it happen. 

Head over to our channel to chat with us and let us know how things go. Also, if you’d like to raise an objection to our layout, we want to hear your thoughts. Really. Let’s talk. Evangelion is the ultimate conversation starter.  Discord

Head over to our DiscordDiscord channel to chat with us and let us know how things go. Also, if you’d like to raise an objection to our layout, we want to hear your thoughts. Really. Let’s talk. EvangelionEvangelion is the ultimate conversation starter.