The team here at Respect Films will now be participating in a sporadic series of multimedia recommendations. I call them Respect Recs, and I’m really psyched about them. Reason being, you get to learn a bit about us through the stuff we like, and we get to talk about the stuff we like, which is pretty fun.
First up, one of our Fearless leaders. Patrick Meaney. Patrick is a director, comic book author, and our California kingpin. Here is his first rec:
What is it:
The anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion.
How did you find out about it:
Back in the 00s, I was pretty active on the Barbelith forums, a group of people who linked up thanks to Grant Morrison’s Invisibles comic and built an online community. DC artist Cameron Stewart, comics writer/film director Adam Mortimer and many other notable people were on there back in the day.
What do you like about it:
Evangelion is incredibly popular in Japan, which is kind of baffling to me since it’s such an intense and experimental work. Director Hideaki Anno was processing his own depression and filtered it through a series about alien creatures attacking Earth and the teenage giant robot pilots who had to defend it. The series starts out in a dark, but fairly conventional style and spins further and further into experimental insanity as it goes on, culminating in the mind bending End of Evangelion movie.