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The Best Anime Like Neon Genesis Evangelion

Need some Neon Genesis Evangelion anime recommendations? Since it's such an influential series, let's rank the best anime like Neon Genesis Evangeleon, with the help of your votes. These are anime that are similar to Neon Genesis in terms of being in the mecha genre, having similar protagonists, and more.

Eureka Seven is a good anime that's similar to Neon Genesis Evangelion. Like Shinji Ikari, protagonist Renton Thurston is only a teenager when he begins piloting a mecha. Other good anime recommendations for fans of Neon Genesis Evangelion are Gurren LagannRevolutionary Girl Utena, and the Netflix series Knights of Sidonia.

What should you watch after finishing Neon Genesis? Find some great picks on the list below, and don't forget to vote up the anime you'd recommend to other Neon Genesis fans.

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  • Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, and featuring the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and Taro ...more
  • Serial Experiments Lain (TV Tokyo, 1998) is a Japanese psychological sci-fi anime series from Triangle Staff animation studio. Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes ...more
  • RahXephon (2002, G4) is a romance, mecha anime created and directed by Yutaka Izubuchi. The series follows 17-year-old Ayato Kamina, his ability to control a mecha known as the RahXephon, and his ...more
  • Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, often referred to as simply Code Geass, is a Japanese anime series created by Sunrise, directed by Gorō Taniguchi, and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, ...more
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena is a manga by Chiho Saito and an anime directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara. The anime and manga were created simultaneously, but, despite some similarities, they progressed in ...more
  • Elfen Lied (AT-X, 2004) is a Japanese supernatural horror anime series based on the manga series by Lynn Okamoto from Arms animation studio. Two university students come across a seemingly harmless ...more
  • FLCL (Cartoon Network, 2000), also known as Fooly Cooly, is a Japanese sci-fi anime OVA series from Gainax Production animation studios. 11-year-old Naota Nandaba's suburban life is disturbed by the ...more
  • Ergo Proxy (WOWOW, 2006) is a Japanese dark sci-fi anime series from Manglobe animation studio. Humans live in peace with androids in a post-apocalyptic future but a strange series of murders has ...more
  • Devilman Crybaby (Netflix, 2018) is a Japanese supernatural action horror anime series based on the manga by Go Nagai from Science SARU animation studio. When an ancient race of demons invades the ...more
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica (JNN, 2011) is a Japanese dark fantasy magical girl anime series created by Magica Quartet from Shaft animation studio. A group of female middle school students who choose ...more
  • Eureka Seven (JNN, 2005) is a Japanese sci-fi mecha anime series from Bones animation studio. Renton Thurston desires to leave his home behind and join the mercenary group known as Gekkostate, hoping ...more
  • Gurren Lagann (Gainax, 2007), also known as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, is a Japanese mecha anime series. Two friends, Simon and Kamina, become the symbols of rebellion against the powerful Spiral ...more
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (JNN, 2002) is a Japanese action sci-fi mecha anime series from Sunrise animation studio and the 9th installment in the Gundam franchise. Coordinator Kira Yamato becomes ...more
  • Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water is a Japanese animated television series inspired by the works of Jules Verne, particularly Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and the exploits of Captain Nemo. The ...more
  • Penguindrum, known in Japan as Mawaru Penguindrum is a 2011 Japanese anime series produced by Brain's Base. The series is directed and co-written by Kunihiko Ikuhara and was broadcast in Japan from ...more
  • Knights of Sidonia (Netflix, 2014) is a Japanese anime series based on the manga by Tsutomu Nihei. A thousand years after the destruction of Earth by gigantic aliens called Gauna, mankind is living ...more
  • Welcome to the N.H.K. (Chiba TV, 2006) is a Japanese psychological drama anime series based on the novel written by Tatsuhiko Takimoto and cover illustration by Yoshitoshi ABe from Gonzo animation ...more
  • Future Diary (Asread, 2011), also known as The Future Diary or Mirai Nikki, is a Japanese supernatural thriller anime series based on the manga by Sakae Esuno. A young man competes with people around ...more
  • Darling in the FranXX

  • Attack on Titan (MBS, 2013) is a Japanese fantasy anime television series adapted from the manga of the same name by Hajime Isayama from Wit Studio. It is set in a world where humanity lives inside ...more
  • Guilty Crown (Fuji TV, 2011) is a Japanese action dystopia anime series from Production I.G animation studio. Shu Ouma, a high school boy who inadvertently obtains an ability called "The Power of the ...more
  • Freezing (A-TX, 2011) is a Japanese sci-fi anime television series based on the manga by Dall-Young Lim and illustrated by Kwang-Hyun Kim from A.C.G.T. animation studio. Genetically modified fighting ...more
  • Gunbuster, known in Japan as Aim for the Top!, is a six episode anime OVA series created by Gainax in 1988. It was the directorial debut of Hideaki Anno, best known as the director of Neon Genesis ...more
  • Alien 9