The BEST Episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Network: TV Tokyo

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.

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Introjection

#1 - Introjection

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 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.

star 8.48
598 votes
Directors: Masayuki
Writers: Akio Satsukawa, Hideaki Anno
Ambivalence

#2 - Ambivalence

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 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.

star 8.44
626 votes
Directors: Tensai Okamura
Writers: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi
Splitting of the Breast

#3 - Splitting of the Breast

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 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.

star 8.39
606 votes
Writers: Hideaki Anno, Hiroshi Yamaguchi
Rei II

#4 - Rei II

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 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.

star 8.18
685 votes
Directors: Hiroyuki Ishido
Writers: Akio Satsukawa, Hideaki Anno
The Beginning and the End, or "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"

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

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 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.

star 8.16
622 votes
Directors: Masayuki
Writers: Akio Satsukawa, Hideaki Anno
Weaving a Story 2: oral stage

#6 - Weaving a Story 2: oral stage

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 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.

star 8.14
560 votes
Directors: Masahiko Otsuka
Writers: Hideaki Anno
Those women longed for the touch of others' lips, and thus invited their kisses.

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

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 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.

star 8.01
565 votes
Directors: Naoyasu Habu
Writers: Akio Satsukawa, Hideaki Anno
The Beast

#8 - The Beast

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 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.

star 8.01
898 votes
Writers: Hideaki Anno, Yoji Enokido
Asuka Strikes!

#9 - Asuka Strikes!

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 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.

star 7.99
605 votes
Writers: Hideaki Anno, Yoji Enokido
Rei III

#10 - Rei III

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 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.

star 7.98
614 votes
Writers: Hideaki Anno, Hiroshi Yamaguchi
Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win!

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

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 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.

star 7.97
633 votes
Directors: Seiji Mizushima
Writers: Akio Satsukawa, Hideaki Anno
He was aware that he was still a child.

#12 - He was aware that he was still a child.

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 21, 1996

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

star 7.93
619 votes
Directors: Hiroyuki Ishido
Writers: Akio Satsukawa, Hideaki Anno
Don't Be.

#13 - Don't Be.

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 28, 1996

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

star 7.91
614 votes
Directors: Akira Takamura
Writers: Hideaki Anno, Hiroshi Yamaguchi
She said, "Don't make others suffer for your personal hatred."

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

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 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.

star 7.90
611 votes
Directors: Hiroyuki Ishido
Writers: Akio Satsukawa, Hideaki Anno
Rei I

#15 - Rei I

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 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.

star 7.90
737 votes
Writers: Akio Satsukawa, Hideaki Anno
Lilliputian Hitcher

#16 - Lilliputian Hitcher

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 27, 1995

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

star 7.89
607 votes
Writers: Hideaki Anno, Mitsuo Iso
The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still

#17 - The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 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.

star 7.87
634 votes
Writers: Hideaki Anno, Yoji Enokido
A transfer

#18 - A transfer

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.86
816 votes
Directors: Hiroyuki Ishido
Writers: Akio Satsukawa, Hideaki Anno
Angel Attack

#19 - Angel Attack

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.85
1,068 votes
Writers: Hideaki Anno
A Human Work

#20 - A Human Work

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 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.

star 7.81
638 votes
Writers: Hideaki Anno, Yoji Enokido
Magmadiver

#21 - Magmadiver

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 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.

star 7.77
632 votes
Writers: Akio Satsukawa, Hideaki Anno
Hedgehog's Dilemma

#22 - Hedgehog's Dilemma

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.71
808 votes
Directors: Tsuyoshi Kaga
Writers: Akio Satsukawa
Fourth Children

#23 - Fourth Children

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 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.

star 7.63
613 votes
Directors: Minoru Ohara
Writers: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi
Weaving a Story

#24 - Weaving a Story

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 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.

star 7.60
592 votes
Writers: Hideaki Anno
Take care of yourself

#25 - Take care of yourself

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Mar 27, 1996

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

star 7.35
587 votes
Writers: Hideaki Anno