In the 90s, what sets the Neon Genesis Evangelion series from most of the anime wasn’t the unique themes, symbolism, realism of human psychology, flaws and emotions, or the unique meaty mecha. Simply, the Evangelion series was crazy. We have never seen a show this weird and insane before, let alone an animated series. Sure, we have seen troubled anime before, like how Tomino once left his fans grossing out when he turned his Victory Gundam into a butcher shop. But it never reached the level of peculiarities we got in the Evangelion series. I mean just look at those sketchy scenes!