As for the specifics of what led me to the Eva as low-art with high-art tendencies comment:
- Pseudointellectual pretension (psychological jargon, long internal metaphysical monologues, the Freudian intrigue with Shinji and his supporting cast)
- It's a show about fucking robots fighting monsters, with gratuitious tit shots of women and teenage girls, along with such otaku staples as hot-spring lechery, the introduction of gimmicky new robot functions, lol Pen-Pen lol, etc.
So no, Eva certainly isn't high art, but that's not what it's expected to be, and it's not inherently BAD because of that, either. Eva is what it is, and like many in recent years, I have come to re-evaluate prior judgments on its merits.