Neon Genesis Evangelion

The BEST episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion

Every episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion!

In the year 2015, the Angels, huge, tremendously powerful, alien war machines, appear in Tokyo for the second time. The only hope for Mankind's survival lies in the Evangelion, a humanoid fighting machine developed by NERV, a special United Nations agency. Capable of withstanding anything the Angels can dish out, the Evangelion's one drawback lies in the limited number of people able to pilot them. Only a handful of teenagers, all born fourteen years ago, nine months after the Angels first appeared, are able to interface with the Evangelion. One such teenager is Shinji Ikari, whose father heads the NERV team that developed and maintains the Evangelion. Thrust into a maelstrom of battle and events that he does not understand, Shinji is forced to plumb the depths of his own inner resources for the courage and strength to not only fight, but to survive, or risk losing everything.

Last Updated: 6/5/2022Network: TV Tokyo
646 votes

#1 - Introjection

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/7/1996

Distraught after the battle, Shinji vows to never pilot an Eva again and quits NERV once more. Just as he's about to leave, another Angel attacks.

Directors: Masayuki
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666 votes

#2 - Ambivalence

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 1/31/1996

Unit 03 arrives from the United States, but Shinji still doesn't know who its pilot is. During testing, NERV learns Unit 03 is possessed by an Angel.

Directors: Tensai Okamura
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Splitting of the Breast
648 votes

#3 - Splitting of the Breast

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/17/1996

While in battle, Shinji and Unit 01 are engulfed in the spreading shadow of an Angel. As NERV fears them both lost, Shinji has a strange experience.

Directors: Kazuya Tsurumaki
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Rei II
730 votes

#4 - Rei II

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/8/1995

As the Fifth Angel drills toward NERV, Misato leads Operation Vashima: All of Japan's power will be diverted to take out Ramiel with a positron rifle.

Directors: Hiroyuki Ishido
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Weaving a Story 2: Oral Stage
605 votes

#5 - Weaving a Story 2: Oral Stage

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/14/1996

After achieving an unheard of synchronization rate, Shinji merges with Unit 01. While he has an out of body experience, NERV works to salvage him.

Directors: Masahiko Otsuka
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The Beginning and the End, or "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
668 votes

#6 - The Beginning and the End, or "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/13/1996

Kaworu Nagisa, the Fifth Child, comes to NERV to pilot Unit 02 in Asuka's place. He's friendly to Shinji, but he's shrouded in mystery.

Directors: Masayuki
The Beast
958 votes

#7 - The Beast

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/11/1995

After piloting the Eva Unit 01, Shinji wakes up in the hospital with no memory of the battle. Feeling sorry for him, Misato lets him move in with her.

Directors: Kazuya Tsurumaki
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Those women longed for the touch of others' lips, and thus invited their kisses.
609 votes

#8 - Those women longed for the touch of others' lips, and thus invited their kisses.

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/10/1996

For the first time in years, Shinji meets his father at his mother's grave. Ritsuko, Misato and Ryoji attend a wedding and Asuka goes on a date.

Directors: Naoyasu Habu
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656 votes

#9 - Rei III

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired 3/6/1996

Despite her struggles, Asuka is ordered to assist Rei in battle against Armisael. When she fails, Rei makes a desperate move in order to save Shinji.

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Asuka Strikes!
654 votes

#10 - Asuka Strikes!

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/22/1995

Shinji and his friends accompany Misato to meet Eva Unit 02 and its pilot Asuka at sea. Misato's old friend Ryoji Kaji is aboard with his own agenda.

Directors: Kazuya Tsurumaki
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Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win!
676 votes

#11 - Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win!

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/29/1995

Asuka and Shinji face another Angel but it gets the upper hand. They now have six days to learn synchronized moves to destroy it completely.

Directors: Seiji Mizushima
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She said, "Don't make others suffer for your personal hatred."
652 votes

#12 - She said, "Don't make others suffer for your personal hatred."

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/20/1995

With Gendo and Fuyutsuki in Antarctica, a newly promoted Misato is in charge when a new Angel appears about the Earth, aiming to bomb Tokyo-3.

Directors: Hiroyuki Ishido
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He Was Aware That He Was Still a Child
662 votes

#13 - He Was Aware That He Was Still a Child

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 2/21/1996

Seele kidnaps Fuyutsuki and interrogates him about NERV and Gendo's true intentions, revealing events from the past. Ryoji goes missing.

Directors: Hiroyuki Ishido
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The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still
682 votes

#14 - The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/13/1995

Tokyo-3 loses power just as another Angel is detected. The Eva pilots must enter the base from the surface while NERV preps the Units manually.

Directors: Tetsuya Watanabe
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Don't Be.
659 votes

#15 - Don't Be.

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 2/28/1996

Asuka's synchronization ratio continues to drop, undermining her self-confidence. Determined to show her worth, she ignores orders during battle.

Directors: Akira Takamura
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Rei I
783 votes

#16 - Rei I

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/1/1995

Unit 00's pilot Rei Ayanami appears to have recovered, but she has no friends, no records of her past, and no interest in getting to know Shinji.

Directors: Keiichi Sugiyama
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Lilliputian Hitcher
650 votes

#17 - Lilliputian Hitcher

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/27/1995

An Angel infiltrates NERV, quickly taking over the MAGI supercomputer, Ritsuko proposes writing a program to forcibly evolve Ireul to its extinction.

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A Transfer
867 votes

#18 - A Transfer

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/18/1995

Word gets around school that Shinji is the Eva pilot; his classmate Toji resents him for it. An Angel appears and Shinji must pilot in combat again.

Directors: Hiroyuki Ishido
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Angel Attack
1133 votes

#19 - Angel Attack

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/4/1995

In the year 2015, an Angel returns to attack on Tokyo-3. Misato Katsuragi transports Shinji to the NERV base overseen by his estranged father, Gendo.

Directors: Kazuya Tsurumaki
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A Human Work
682 votes

#20 - A Human Work

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/15/1995

Ritsuko tells Shinji about the classified true cause of the Second Imapct. Then she and Misato attend the field test for an Eva competitor mecha.

Directors: Keiichi Sugiyama
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Magma Diver
679 votes

#21 - Magma Diver

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/6/1995

NERV learns of an Angel in dormant embryonic form inside a volcano. Using equipment designed for magma, Asuka is sent to retrieve it with Unit 02.

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Hedgehog's Dilemma
853 votes

#22 - Hedgehog's Dilemma

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/25/1995

Stressed out following his last battle, Shinji runs away from home and meets Kensuke. After NERV brings him back in, Misato offers him a choice.

Directors: Tsuyoshi Kaga
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Fourth Children
651 votes

#23 - Fourth Children

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/24/1996

NERV-02 in Nevada vanishes, along with the Eva Unit 04. With Unit 03 on the way, Gendo orders Ritsuko to assign a pilot to it.

Directors: Minoru Ohara
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Weaving a Story (1)
635 votes

#24 - Weaving a Story (1)

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/3/1996

As Seele reviews NERV and Gendo's actions with the Third through Eleventh Angels, Ritsuko conducts a test in which the Eva pilots switch Units.

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Take Care of Yourself
631 votes

#25 - Take Care of Yourself

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired 3/27/1996

The Human Instrumentality Project continues. Shinji must decide whether to accept a world alone, or embrace connections with others.

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