Best Neon Genesis Evangelion Episodes

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a brilliant Anime, that has a amazing plot with some absolutely amazing episodes! These are the ten best of them!

The Top Ten

Episode 24: The Beginning and the End, or Knockin' On Heavens Door

Kaworu is revealed to be both the first and final Angel, leaving Shinji no choice but to kill the one person who truly understands him. Up until this point, Shinji is following orders and could distance himself from the casualties. However, the pilot makes the traumatizing choice to kill Kaworu.

While not my favorite episode, it is probably the best episode. It's so emotional and powerful. It also shows that nothing will ever go right for Shinji, probably one of the saddest examples of it. It also is the only episode to feature fan favorite character, Kaworu Nagisa.

Its odd to think that they were able to fully develop Kaowru in just one episode and make it the best episode in the series.

Kaworu is the best thing ever

Episode 9: Both of You, Dance Like You Want To Win!

Asuka and Shinji work together to defeat an Angel, with the pilots needing to be perfectly in sync to take down Israfel. Shows early hints of Asuka and Shinji's turbulent romance, the final battle is one of the few rare wins.

Episode 23: Rei III

Withdrawn and enigmatic, Rei was treated as a tool by Gendo. After Armisael takes over Eva-00, she begins to understand her own emotions and makes the ultimate sacrifice to save Shinji. Rei defies orders and gains freedom for the first time.

One of my favorite episodes.
The dialogue of the mental confrontation is very beautiful.

Episode 6: Rei II

Up until this point, Shinji and Rei had maintained their distance, but defeating Ramiel mandates the two work together. The fight itself is incredibly intense and ends with a touching moment along with Rei's backstory.

Episode 11: The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still
Episode 18: Ambivalence

Bardiel infects EVA Unit-03 in an intense and crucial episode

Episode 19: Introjection

In order to save everyone, Shinji unleashes a Berserk Mode, which greatly increases Unit-01's power but takes control away from him. Shinji's victory comes at the price of losing himself.

Episode 16: Splitting of the Breast

This episode has some of everything. An awesome angel, delving into shinji's mind, great interaction between all the characters, and best of all, Unit 01 going berzerk. While it may not be the BEST episode, it's the most complete evangelion episode, and one of my favorites.

My favourite angel, and lots of other cool sci fi

Episode 22: Don't Be

Asuka's childhood past is the reason is the best episode ever so far.

EVA Unit-00 Uses the Lance of Longinus in an epic moment

Amazing episode, best psychological sequence in the series. Don't miss the director's cut, with lots of extra scenes and an extended "mind-r*pe" scene. DC version will make this your favorite episode, trust me!

Episode 26: ONE MORE FINAL: I need you.

Third Impact causes all human souls to unite with Lilith, the Second Angel responsible for creating life on Earth. A massive Rei absorbing all of humanity's souls is an unforgettable, surreal, epic sight.

The Contenders

Episode 2: An Unfamiliar Ceiling
Episode 8: Asuka Strikes!

Asuka arrives loud, threatening, and impactful, serving as a foil to Shinji's timidness.

Episode 26: Take Care of Yourself

Despite the polarizing debates, the anime's final episode provides a fascinating exploration of Shinji's psyche as the protagonist gradually grows to appreciate himself.

Episode 20: Weaving a Story Part II: Oral Stage
Episode 15: Those Women Longed for the Touch of Others' Lips, and Thus Invited Their Kisses

Asuka kisses Shinji, which nearly suffocates him

Episode 5: Rei I
Episode 4: Hedgehog's Dilemma

The first time we truly get to know about Shinji, and he starts to get relatable, this episode is so phsychologically charged and beautifully drawn, the interactions between the characters is purely human and compelling

Episode 10: Magma Diver

This is probably the least thought out episode and its kind of sticks out like an angel in your driveway.

Episode 14: Weaving a Story
Episode 21: He Was Aware that He Was Still a Child
Episode 12: She Said, 'Don't Make Others Suffer for Your Personal Hatred'
Episode 1: Angel Attack
Episode 3: A Transfer
Episode 17: Fourth Child
Episode 13: Lilliputian Hitcher
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