Ever since coming back from Japan, Tegan and I have had a renewed interest in anime. I used to watch it more as a kid growing up, but putting myself through the slog of Naruto and Bleach fillers didn’t exactly do wonders for my enthusiasm.
But there’s nothing like a holiday to recharge the batteries. So over the last few weeks, we’ve been rediscovering an old favourite of mine: Neon Genesis Evangelion.
I don’t think Evangelion was my first exposure to anime – I’m sure I caught a few minutes of Ghost in the Shell or Bubblegum Crisis on SBS first – but it was the first series that I mainlined back to back. I was lucky enough to have family friends who recorded the series on VHS, which I watched religiously. It was cool in a way other cartoons on Australian TV weren’t. Dragon Ball Z had a similar thing going, but I always had to catch the bus well before that aired on Cheez TV.
Rewatching the series will also give me an opportunity to rewatch the film remakes, which I haven’t seen. Tegan hasn’t seen any of the series bar a few episodes, and this:
It’d be like if your first exposure to Dragon Ball was Dragon Ball Abridged. I’m not sure you’d be able to watch the series properly after that.
What’s your favourite anime of all time?