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Neon Genesis Evangelion (新世紀エヴァンゲリオン) is the most well-known of Hideaki Anno's works. It's both one of the most highly praised anime series of all time and one of the most polarizing. First released in 1995, Evangelion is a dark deconstruction of mecha anime and a sort of public self-therapy session for Anno, who was depressed at the time. Some consider Top o Nerae! Gunbuster to be a predecessor of Evangelion due to similarities between the two series.

Similarities to Gunbuster[]

  • Both were directed by Hideaki Anno and produced by Gainax.
  • Both are about young mecha pilots, more specifically focusing on three main pilots with brown, blue, and red hair.
  • Both have a major shift in tone partway through.
  • Both feature catastrophic events which happen in the year 2015.
  • Noriko Takaya is similar in personality to Shinji Ikari.
  • Both series feature a main character with daddy issues.
  • Both series feature a main character who is chosen to pilot the series' main mecha because of their father.
  • Both series feature an arrogant red-haired European girl.
  • Both series feature an adult male character with glasses that obscure his eyes who convinces the main character to be a pilot.
  • Both series feature a young male character who bonds with the protagonist before dying in the same episode in which he is introduced.
  • Both series have the main characters using their mecha to fight an alien enemy which threatens to destroy humanity.
  • In both series, the human race defends itself at the expense of the rest of the universe.
  • Both series depict bare underaged anime titty.
  • Both of the main characters are bullied at school.
  • Neither of the main characters gets laid.

Differences from Gunbuster[]

  • Hideaki Anno did not write Gunbuster.
  • Gunbuster is much shorter, with only 6 episodes.
  • Gunbuster is very distinctly an '80s anime.
  • The pilots in Gunbuster are slightly older (Noriko is 16 at the start of the series) and, While Evangelion ends in 2015, Gunbuster starts in 2015.
  • Gunbuster is not nihilistic and does not contain christian imagery.
  • Gunbuster contains a higher concentration of bare nipples.
  • Gunbuster has a much more straightforward and happy ending.
  • Gunbuster is (probably) not made out of Noriko's mom.
  • Gunbuster does not contain a masturbation scene.