by Luv Mehta
In 1995, Neon Genesis Evangelion, a Japanese animated show based on an original script and running for 26 episodes, represented a seismic shift in the form and format of storytelling not just in anime, but in multiple forms of media all over the world, to the extent that even modern US animated shows have multiple references to its imagery.
In 2021, the final Evangelion movie, Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon A Time, was released theatrically as the final piece of Evangelion storytelling. While it's possible that the studio might make spinoffs of varying quality and scope in the future, this is the final end of Evangelion (funnily enough) as a story told by a singular vision.
In 2010, I watched Neon Genesis Evangelion for the first time and felt five emotions all at once upon finishing it - disappointment, wonder, catharsis, anger and confusion - and all those intensified upon watching its followup theatrical movie, The End Of Evangelion. Since then, Eva has had a tight grip on my psyche and tastes, being the one piece of media I've always called my eternal obsession.
Over twenty-two years later, I've watched the final Eva movie and I have a lot of thoughts, and I'm struggling to put all of them into words. But let's try anyway.
(Heavy spoilers for all of Evangelion follow here)
Deconstructing the Holy Grail War
by Sucheto Nath
‘The time has come. Seven magi will be participating. These “Masters” will employ the use of familiars from seven separate classes called “Servants,” and kill each other for the one and only Holy Grail. That’s... the Holy Grail War.’ - Kotomine Kirei, Fate/Stay Night TV Reproduction
by Luv Mehta
Once upon a time, the world had one of the greatest animation directors it would ever receive. This man, Satoshi Kon, delivered unto us stories of depressing nihilism and unbridled optimism, relentless realism and frequent fantasy, dichotomies sharing screen space to tell us tales of the downtrodden, the sad, the demented, the wistful and the hopeful. And then he passed away, and the world was a slightly darker place.
But during his lifetime, he would make exactly one anime series. The ultimate expression of reality and fantasy being one and the same, a series that pulled no punches when it came to its themes and characters.
And as that title implies, Paranoia Agent has never been more relevant to the world than today.
by Radhikaa Sharma
I had been thinking of writing about this for ages. I kept putting witty-sounding lines together in my head, thinking of them faster than I discarded them, without ever putting a word on paper.
I kept putting it off.
College, and exams, and more college kept getting in the way, and when I finally began to write about the series that made me fall in love, I realised it had been ages since I had last watched it. So when I sat down to finally write, I began watching Monster for the third time.
by Srijon Mukherjee
Why are we here, and what are we really? This is a question we’ve all asked at some point in our lives, and are quite frankly bored of not being able to answer. Here’s another question: We’re human, but are we humane, and if we are, what separates us from animals, besides the lack of claws, and our supposedly superior intellect?
Why An Astroboy Will Endure While An Ash Ketchum Will Die - An Ode To The Legacy Of Astroboy
by Devanjali Banerjee
Astro Boy, or Mighty Atom, is a long-running and beloved story of Japan’s very own superhero who is actually a robot with a heart of gold (this may just be literally true, take heed.) Written by Osamu Tezuka with the intention of educating children about science, technology as well as socio-moral questions, this Japanese comic series has amassed global recognition.
So let’s cut to the origin story.
by Luv Mehta
I do not like Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. In fact, it's one of the most disappointing anime series I've ever seen.