One of the Evangelion’s claim to fame is being unique. This was achieved by deconstructing what we knew of traditional anime genre, to create a rather unconventional form of storytelling. What we have here is an animated show that defied the rules of conventions, with realistic and intriguing characters in a somewhat depressing world. It’s like creation through destruction, with the Evangelion being an “anti-mecha and anti-otaku" genre. Nevertheless, it became a highly influential series, joining the ranks of the Gundams, Macross, and other classical mecha legends in the anime pantheon.