What is it that makes people consider anime 'deep'? Wether it's NGE, Haibane Renmei, Monster or the trolled-to-hell-and-back Geass, they all have something in common. It's either a grimndark universe where characters fight, not so much on a physical ground but on the level of ideeas and concepts, morality and ethics. Or an artistically painted world, filled with metaphors and between-the-lines messages. But let's face it, what relevance does this have to the real world? People's lives will never be as 'meaningfull' as those of artfag anime. There won't be any revelations, no higher meaning of life to be found. No intellectual and emotional experiences on the level that you see in those works. Nor will there be conflict, moral disputes to settle. There won't be right and wrong, no fighting against injustice. And because the writers, the people that crafted these series aren't the wiser to whatever 'deep' aspects of life you're trying to uncover. The people that could accurately portray things, soldiers, killers, madmen, people who have experienced emotional trauma, will be found to often lack what you would expect. Anime and movies for that matter are just ideals. A soldier coming back from war won't be sporting philosophical understanding, but a broken spirit, a mind tired of death, and just the wish to rest. On the other hand, you also idealise character interaction, wether it's love or friendship or whatever else. Nobody's life is that artsy, I'm afraid. Even the most 'enlightened' individiuals will be found to be driven by the same needs and desires as everyone else, wether wrapped in rationalization and metaphor or not.