The mecha anime Neon Genesis Evangelion has a sinister twist on the classics. Ten anime with comparable topics and feelings are listed here.
Neon Genesis Evangelion premiered 25 years ago, and there is still no other show quite like it. Other anime and mainstream media have been influenced by the series. For the original anime, which premiered in 1995, there have been many features as well as short films and spin-offs.
The anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion successfully combines huge war robots, extraterrestrial forces, governments, and philosophical inquiries into the nature of life and death. However, there are many more shows that can live up to the legacy of Neon Genesis Evangelion for those who want to explore themes similar to those explored in the series.
10. Code Geass
When a post-apocalyptic planet is threatened, the only hope for survival is a young protagonist who is engaged in an internal conflict. When it comes to high-school-aged boys and large, interconnected conflicts like those found in Code Geass, it’s not hard to see why. It is Lelouch’s mission to avenge the political powers that he believes have devastated his family, even when those forces include his own family and best friend.
Mecha aficionados will enjoy Code Geass because of its robot features, but it also raises a lot of philosophical themes about life and morality.
RahXephon and Neon Genesis Evangelion share many similarities, however some fans prefer one over the other. Ayato is the protagonist of RahXephon, which takes place in 2015. An enormous, clay-made mecha robot named the RahXephon recruits the young Ayato as its pilot.
Neon Genesis Evangelion’s military engagement and philosophical themes are prominent in RahXephon as well. However, RahXephon has two distinct focuses that NGE does not: romance and time travel. With a focus on romance and a conclusive conclusion, RahXephon is ideal for aficionados.
8. Blue Seed
It’s hard to tell at first appearance, but Blue Seed and Neon Genesis Evangelion have a lot in common. While there aren’t any huge robots in Blue Seed, there are plenty of legendary undertones mixed in with the comedy and romance. When it comes to animation style and action components of the 1990s, both shows are fairly similar.
Both programs feature a broad range of characters, including persons who appear to be ordinary citizens but are in fact government employees. As the series progresses, the stories become more complex and the stakes increase.
7. Serial Experiments Lain
Since Neon Genesis Evangelion is generally considered a cult classic, it should come as no surprise that other anime have cult followings. Serial Experiments Lain is another that is readily associated with NGE. As a late-’90s anime with a very distinct visual aesthetic, Serial Experiments Lain distinguishes out. As the title suggests, the story centers on Lain, a 14-year-old girl who stumbles onto “Wired,” an internet-like communication system that turns out to be an alternate reality.
When it comes to human-technological relations, Serial Experiments Lain explores the fascinating relationship between the two.
6. Gurren Lagann
Gurren Lagann appears to be a typical mecha anime at first impression. It tells the story of Simon, a teenage boy, and Kamina, a teenage girl, as they investigate a mecha. Aside from that, the tale is anything but conventional. Upon discovering the surface world and the ongoing conflict with Gunmn, Beastmenm, and the Spiral King, the duo decides to create an alliance known as “Team Gururn”. They attempt to defeat the Spiral King and his army with the aid of others.
Themes of government and preserving mankind abound in Gurren Lagann, as they do in Neon Genesis Evangelion, although this mecha adventure series has a lighter tone.
Mecha anime tends to have a predominantly masculine cast, with the protagonist almost always being a man. It’s a different story in the 1980s mecha Gunbuster, where nearly all of the characters are female. Taking place in 2023, Gunbuster tells the story of Noriko, who is training to become a mecha pilot.
Gunbuster’s main character, like the one in Neon Genesis Evangelion, must deal with her own inner demons in order to pilot the mecha and save the planet.
4. Eureka Seven
Eura Seven is another post-apocalyptic, mecha-based anime, like Neon Genesis Evangelion, which also features other life forces. Renton, a 14-year-old from a small town in the year 12005, is the star of Eureka Seven. Humanity was expelled from Earth by a weird entity and now lives in space. Eureka, a young mecha pilot from the Coralian group, joins forces with Renton. With the help of Gekkostate, they embark on a new journey.
For lovers of NGE, Eureka Seven has the mecha and science fiction they crave in a group adventure with comic and romantic overtones.
3. Darling In The FranXX
Because of the striking visual parallels between Darling in the FranXX and Neon Genesis Evangelion, it is frequently dubbed the “Evangelion of the Darlings.” Darling’s main, Hiro, is a tall, lanky adolescent with long, dark hair. He has a similar appearance to Shinji. Another similarity between Zero Two and Asuka is her red pilot outfit.
Apart from the aesthetics, the protagonists of both anime are hampered by a lack of confidence in their abilities as mecha pilots. Darling has a more sentimental tone, but both keep viewers on the edge of their seats until the very end.
2. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Puella Magi Madoka Magica isn’t your average magical girl anime, and it shares many similarities with Neon Genesis Evangelion. Puella Magi appears to be a playful animation, but what follows is a somber examination of what it really takes to be a magical girl.
In both Puella Magi and Neon Genesis Evangelion, the darker themes are bait and switch. In spite of the superficial looks, darkness awaits those who assume they are about to go on a joyful adventure.
It’s impossible to talk about Neon Genesis Evangelion without mentioning Akira, the experimental masterpiece that before it. Set in 2021, after World War III, Akira follows the fate of a motorcycle gang member who gets caught up in an agency’s top-secret experiment and becomes a killing machine by accident.
Because of its creative tale and philosophical tones, Akira has been considered a masterpiece for more than 30 years, just like Neon Genesis Evangelion.