As part of a series I shall run called “Anime Legends” – which will be detailed posts which analyse and reflect on the themes, motifs and ultimately more subtle meaning of certain anime legends – Neon Genesis Evangelion will be my first. With the eagerly anticipated fall 2012 coming of Evangelion 3.33, I couldn’t help but re-watch the Neon Genesis Evangelion series and of course the End of Evangelion movie. Many years on from having first watched these, I was reminded of just how much I loved this series, and why I did. This anime isn’t just an anime. It is an exploration of basic human emotion.