Neon Genesis Evangelion episodes ranked

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1. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: Sekai no Chuushin de Ai o Sakenda Kemono (1996)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Takes place in Shinji's mind, where he tries to find ways to feel better about himself and other people, while thinking about a solution to his many problems.

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Spike Spencer, Megumi Hayashibara, Allison Keith

Votes: 1,176

Episode 26: The Beast that Shouted 'Love' at the Heart of the World/Take care of yourself

2. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: The Beginning and the End, or 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door' (1996)

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Action, Drama

A despondent Shinji encounters a kind-hearted boy named Kaworu, who quickly becomes his close friend. However, Kaworu (selected earlier as the replacement pilot for EVA-02) is soon revealed to be the final Angel. This turn of events leaves Shinji with a cruel dilemma: saving humanity will mean he must kill his only true friend in the world.

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Spike Spencer, Megumi Hayashibara, Allison Keith

Votes: 1,143

Episode 24: The Last Cometh/The Beginning and the End, or 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door'

3. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: Introjection (1996)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Shinji, furious at his father for the orders given in the previous battle, resigns from NERV. But as an Angel lays waste to the Geo-Front and the other Evangelions, he begins to reconsider his hasty decision.

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Sue Ulu, Amanda Winn Lee

Votes: 1,302

Episode 19: A Man's Battle/Introjection

4. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: Ambivalence (1996)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

The activation of EVA-03 goes awry when an Angel takes control of the unit. With EVA-03 itself re-designated as an Angel, Shinji is faced with the moral dilemma of terminating the rogue ... See full summary »

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Sue Ulu, Amanda Winn Lee

Votes: 1,148

Episode 18: Life and Death Decisions/Ambivalence

5. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: Hedgehog's Dilemma (1995)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Frustrated by his newfound responsibilities, Shinji runs away from Misato and NERV. After being escorted back to the organization by armed officials, Shinji must decide whether he truly wants to abandon his role as a pilot.

Directors: Tsuyoshi Kaga, Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Kotono Mitsuishi, Sue Ulu

Votes: 1,145

Episode 4: Rain, After Running Away/Hedgehog's Dilemma

6. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: Don't Be (1996)

TV-MA | 28 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Asuka, haunted by childhood memories of her mother's suicide and a notion that she "lost" to Shinji in the previous battle, begins to lose her precious self-confidence as a pilot. A new ... See full summary »

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Akira Takamura, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Sue Ulu, Amanda Winn Lee

Votes: 1,047

Episode 22: Staying Human/Don't Be.

7. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: Kessen, Dai 3 Shin Tokyo Shi (1995)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

A new Angel invades, striking a critical blow against Shinji. Taking the enemy's abilities into account, Misato crafts a special strategy involving Units 00 and 01 as well as an enormous ... See full summary »

Directors: Hiroyuki Ishidô, Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Kotono Mitsuishi

Votes: 1,118

Episode 6: Showdown in Tokyo-3/Rei II

8. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: Angel Attack (1995)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Shinji Ikari, a 14-year-old boy in the city of Tokyo-3, is delivered to the secret organization NERV, where he is requested by his enigmatic father to save the city from an invading creature called an Angel.

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Kotono Mitsuishi, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Megumi Hayashibara

Votes: 1,339

Episode 1: Angel Attack

9. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win! (1995)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

A quick attack against a new Angel by Asuka and Shinji ends in an embarrassing defeat when the Angel suddenly divides itself. Shinji and Asuka undergo learning a series of synchronized dance movements as per a new team-oriented strategy.

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Seiji Mizushima, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Kotono Mitsuishi

Votes: 1,094

Episode 9: Mind, Matching, Moment/Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win!

10. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: Splitting of the Breast (1996)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

A bizarre Angel possessing a spherical shadow in the air and a Dirac sea-type body on the ground absorbs Shinji and EVA-01. While NERV searches for a means of destroying the Angel--even if ... See full summary »

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Sue Ulu, Amanda Winn Lee

Votes: 1,137

Episode 16: The sickness unto death, and then.../Splitting of the Breast

11. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: Do You Love Me? (1996)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Shinji, pained by his choice to kill his friend Kaworu, shuts himself off from the world and the people in his life and reflects upon what his true purpose in life is. Instrumentality ... See full summary »

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Sue Ulu, Amanda Winn Lee

Votes: 1,089

Episode 25: The Ending World/Do you love me?

12. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: Asuka Strikes! (1995)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Misato, Shinji, Touji and Kensuke travel to a famous aircraft carrier to collect the new EVA-02 and its prideful pilot, Asuka Langley Souryuu. A seaborne Angel strikes the fleet, and Asuka ... See full summary »

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Kotono Mitsuishi

Votes: 1,077

Episode 8: Asuka Arrives in Japan/Asuka Strikes!

13. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still (1995)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

A city-wide power outage puts NERV into a crisis as another Angel invades Tokyo-3. Shinji, Rei and Asuka attempt to make their way into the headquarters as NERV personnel ready the Evas for manual deployment.

Directors: Tetsuya Watanabe, Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Kotono Mitsuishi

Votes: 1,039

Episode 11: In the Still Darkness/The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still

14. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: Those Women Longed for the Touch of Others' Lips, and Thus Invited Their Kisses (1996)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Shinji visits his mother's grave in the company of his father, and Misato reflects upon her bygone romance with Kaji. Soon afterward, Kaji and Misato discover a startling secret within NERV's Terminal Dogma.

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Naoyasu Habu, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Sue Ulu, Amanda Winn Lee

Votes: 990

Episode 15: Lies and Silence/Those women longed for the touch of others' lips, and thus invited their kisses.

15. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: Namida (1996)

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Action, Drama

When an Angel resembling a coil of light arrives, Rei and Shinji are sent to battle it, but the assimilating ability of the foe prompts Rei to self-destruct the EVA-00 in order to kill it ... See full summary »

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shôichi Masuo, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Sue Ulu, Amanda Winn Lee

Votes: 1,004

Episode 23: Tears/Rei III

16. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: Rei I (1995)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Rei Ayanami, the pilot of Evangelion Unit 00, is scheduled to undergo another activation test following a horrible accident nearly a month earlier. Shinji makes attempts to understand Rei and her close relationship with his father.

Directors: Keiichi Sugiyama, Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Kotono Mitsuishi

Votes: 1,107

Episode 5: Rei, Beyond the Heart/Rei I

17. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: The Beast (1995)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

In the wake of the previous battle, Misato hastily decides to let Shinji have a room in her apartment, where he discovers just what an irresponsible person his new guardian is. Shinji is ... See full summary »

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Kotono Mitsuishi

Votes: 1,261

Episode 2: Unfamiliar Ceiling/The Beast

18. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: She Said, 'Don't Make Others Suffer for Your Personal Hatred' (1995)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Misato is promoted to the rank of Major, but she reveals her long-buried sentiments concerning her work at NERV. A massive Angel appears in Earth's stratosphere, and all three Evangelions are deployed to stop it.

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Sue Ulu, Amanda Winn Lee

Votes: 991

Episode 12: A Miracle's Worth/She said, 'Don't make others suffer for your personal hatred.'

19. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: A Transfer (1995)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Shinji transfers into a new school within Tokyo-3, catching the fascination of his classmates - and igniting the ire of one student whose sister was injured in the EVA's last battle. Meanwhile, a second Angel makes its way into the city.

Directors: Hiroyuki Ishidô, Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Kotono Mitsuishi

Votes: 1,171

Episode 3: The Silent Phone/A Transfer

20. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: He Was Aware That He Was Still a Child (1996)

TV-MA | 29 min | Animation, Action, Drama

As Kouzou is interrogated by SEELE, he reminisces about the history of NERV, its parent company GEHIRN, Yui and Gendou Ikari, and Ritsuko's mother Naoko Akagi. At the same time, a horrible ... See full summary »

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Sue Ulu, Amanda Winn Lee

Votes: 1,015

Episode 21: The Birth of NERV/He was aware he was still a child

21. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: Weaving a Story 2: Oral Stage (1996)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

His physical form absorbed by EVA-01, Shinji drifts through an introspective state, again contemplating his "mission" and role as a pilot. Meanwhile, Ritsuko and NERV desperately attempt to recover him.

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Sue Ulu, Amanda Winn Lee

Votes: 1,041

Episode 20: Of the Shape of Hearts and Humans/Weaving a Story 2: oral stage

22. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: Lilliputian Hitcher (1995)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

During a simulation plug experiment, an Angel with the ability to mimic computer circuitry manages to invade the MAGI supercomputer system and trigger a self-destruct sequence. Ritsuko ... See full summary »

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Sue Ulu, Amanda Winn Lee

Votes: 995

Episode 13: Angel Infiltration/Lilliputian Hitcher

23. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: Fourth Children (1996)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

As EVA-04, the planned testbed for the S² engine, disappears under mysterious circumstances, NERV quickly prepares the testing of EVA-03 and the selection of its pilot. Shinji and Touji ... See full summary »

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Minoru Ôhara, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Sue Ulu, Amanda Winn Lee

Votes: 961

Episode 17: The Fourth to be Qualified/Fourth Child

24. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: Weaving a Story (1996)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

The Human Instrumentality Committee recollects the past Angel encounters and battles while Gendou conceals the matter of the recently discovered virus-like Angel. Rei and Shinji undergo ... See full summary »

Directors: Ken Andô, Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Sue Ulu, Amanda Winn Lee

Votes: 998

Episode 14: SEELE, the Seat of the Soul/Weaving a Story

25. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: A Human Work (1995)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

A new nuclear-powered military robot, Jet Alone, goes out of control during a demonstration ceremony and heads toward an almost certain meltdown. With the help of Shinji and EVA-01, Misato takes it upon herself to stop its rampage.

Directors: Keiichi Sugiyama, Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Kotono Mitsuishi

Votes: 1,062

Episode 7: The Works of Man/A Human Work

26. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Episode: Magmadiver (1995)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Banned by Misato from going on a class trip to Okinawa, Shinji and Asuka catch up on their studies. An embryonic Angel is found inside a volcano, and Asuka volunteers to carry out the perilous task of retrieving the creature.

Directors: Hiroyuki Ishidô, Tsuyoshi Kaga, Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Kotono Mitsuishi

Votes: 1,018

Episode 10: Magmadiver



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