I like how idiots are discrediting NGE. I agree with them, it is overrated; but, it doesn't mean it doesn't have ANY depth to it. People such as >>11215433
, are just jumping the bandwagon and saying it doesn't have depth. Sure the biblical allusions didn't seem much LOL SYMBOLISM/ALLEGORY. But if one actually took time to analyze it, the biblical allusions are more of a motif rather than symbols (similar to the "nowhere" motif in Crime and Punishment). The main points of the series are straight forward and touches on the themes of loneliness and pain, interpersonal perception, and love and redemption. Each character had his or her own issue of love and loneliness as are people in real life. One could see aspects or handling loneliness through the main three pilots and the such. The last two episodes touched upon these aspects in a rushed manner but tried to cover the bases and hit people in the face. NGE was meant to teach these lessons to the young age group; but, obviously the public didn't understand and grew furious. Anno himself raged at the public that didn't understand and created EoE just to tick them off. Personally, I understand and enjoy both endings and link them together as one ending. In EoE, Shinji came to terms with his interpersonal problems and pain last minute and allow humanity to return. I think that he made the changed in his self examination that is represented by the series 25 and 26 ending. But either way, NGE is not without depth. What also ticks me off is how others say NGE is intellectual without even understand it's basic message that's spelled out right in front of them. These are the pseudo-intellectuals that feign trying to understand something deep to heighten their image. But I digress.
tl;dr, ZOMG TEH REI