So you looked at Neon Genesis Evangelion – what now?

So you have watched all 26 episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion and the End of Evangelion movies on Netflix, but now you're not sure what to watch next. The good news is that in the more than 20 years thereafter Evangelion originally broadcast, it became a groundbreaking work of anime, and it inspired many different animators, writers, and directors. They reduced what the series did, and found different ways to explore similar ideas in their own work.


One of the EvangelionThe strongest themes are about people who make connections with each other. So much of the series is about the characters who talk to each other but don't really communicate. They struggle to tell what they feel in meaningful ways and to be open with each other. (The AT fields of the series are physical manifestations of the barriers that separate people from each other.) This causes the fall of many characters and explains why others initially pursue the Human Instrumentality Project.

The difficulty level of the connection has already been explored in different shows. But here are some more recent shows that take on more and less fantastic ways. They are worth seeing for people who are interested in EvangelionThemes and how they explore the human condition.

Sarazanmai (2019, 11 episodes)

Coincidentally, just like Evangelion press Netflix Sarazanmai is the latest series by acclaimed director Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary girl Utena, Sailor Moon). The series is about three high school boys who collide with a mythical Japanese creature called a Kappa. The Kappa turns them into Kappas and offers to make them human again after they defeat a "kappa zombie" who magically steals things from people in the city.

The show is a deliberate eccentric, confusing spectacle at the start. But in the course of the series it starts to improve the importance of connections between people. It relates to the ways in which people can do terrible things for themselves and others, because they think that's the only way to stay connected.

Streaming dubbed on Funimation and subtitled on Crunchyroll.

SSSS.Gridman (2018, 12 episodes)

SSSS.Gridman is about Yuta, a high school student in a fictional Japanese city, who one day wakes up without memories. He is found by Rikka, a girl in his class, who brings him to her house, where he sees visions in a computer of a strange robot who says that when he finishes his mission, he can return Yuta's memories . That means that Yuta transforms into the gigantic superhero Gridman to fight kaiju attacking the city. Yuta, Rikka and Yuta & # 39; s friend Sho begin to see giant kaiju frozen around their city, seemingly invisible to everyone.


The bulk of the drama in every episode has nothing to do with fighting giant monsters. It is more about the interpersonal relationships that arise when the characters learn more about why their world is as it is. Like Sarazanmai, the show slowly reveals what it is really about: how to connect and trust other people.

Streaming dubbed on Funimation and subtitled on Crunchyroll.

Kiznaiver (2016, 12 episodes)

Located in a fictional future Japanese city, the story follows seven high school students who are connected by something called the Kizna system that runs throughout the city. The system ensures that they each feel the physical and emotional pain that the others experience. The makers of the system hope that it can help people – also people with very different lives – to empathize and to commit themselves.

The series is written by Mari Okada (Anohana, Toradora, Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans) whose work often touches on themes of connecting and opening. Like SSSS.Gridman, Kiznaiver was animated in studio Trigger. But not like Gridman and the other series on this list, Kiznaiver makes this theme part of the show text instead of the subtext. Okada will investigate it differently. She is able to show more explicitly how trying not to connect or holding something painful can harm other people as much as it hurts the person holding it back.

Streaming dubbed and subtitled Crunchyroll.

Recovery from an MMO junkie (2017, 11 episodes)

Moriko is 30 and an incredibly successful career woman, but she quits her overly stressful job of living alone and playing video games all her life. She starts playing a MMORPG in which she creates a male character and befriends a high-level female character named Lily, who invites her to join her guild. In the real world, Moriko continues to encounter a young businessman named Yuta, who, unknown to her, is Lily & # 39; s player.

MMO Junkie is a rom-com with a lot of humor and drama that comes from the duality of identity, both online and personal. But it also uses those moments to investigate how connections with people online are not real or less real than personal interactions, especially as the lines between characters and players fade away.


Streaming dubbed and subtitled Crunchyroll.

My roommate is a cat (2019, 12 episodes)

Subaru is a 23-year-old retired writer who lives in his parental home only after his parents have died during an accident during a trip. While visiting their graves, he lands on a small stray cat that he takes home and names Haru. Because he doesn't know how to take care of Haru, he relies more on the people in his life and makes friends with new people.

At first glance, this series seems to be a fun show about a man and his new cat. Although it has such moments, it's really about Subaru and Haru helping each other cope with their own trauma and fears. Although they do not fully understand each other, their connection helps Subaru to make contact and open up more to the people around him.

Streaming dubbed on Funimation and subtitled on Crunchyroll.

After the Rain (2018, 12 episodes)

Akira was a star of the high school cycling team until a leg injury put her offside, causing her to fall into depression. After a doctor's appointment, she visits a family restaurant to wait for a rain shower, and the store manager, divorced Masami, gives her some coffee in the house while she waits. This act of kindness causes her to fall in love with him and she gets a part-time job to get close to him.


Although this kind of age difference in relationships can be problematic in the real world, it never develops beyond a one-sided desire here. Nevertheless, the connection of Akira and Masami helps them both get out of the rut they have fallen into and push them to reconnect with people they have neglected. Akira begins to see a life that cannot be followed and her injury, while Masami regains the confidence and self-esteem he lost after his divorce.

Streaming subtitles Amazon Prime.

A Silent Voice (2017)

When Shoya was in elementary school, a deaf girl named Shoko joined his class. Shoya and some other children bullied her, which is the main goal in the end. Shoya becomes the scapegoat class, his colleagues & # 39; s banished him and he isolates himself from guilt. This continues in high school when he runs into Shoko again. After learning some sign language since primary school, he tries to make it up to him.

A silent voice investigates contact with other people through non-verbal communication, most of which goes beyond sign language. To quote from a review I wrote then A silent voice came to North American theaters, "It also comes across in the way characters change their hairstyles to gain more confidence and be more attractive to their crushes. Or the way Shoko's younger sister takes photos. of dead animals and put them everywhere in their shared apartment. At first, that seems like a weird personality belt, but it conveys something that she tries to communicate with Shoko without really coming out and saying it. that it can be difficult to make contact with other people because communication is difficult in the best of times.

Streaming dubbed and subtitled Netflix.


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