25 Best Emo Anime Characters Full Of Emotions

Emo, in the context of anime, often alludes to characters who grapple with darker or melancholic themes and intricate emotional tapestries. Emo anime characters navigate a world rife with grief, loss, and the intricate nuances of maturation. Imbued with “EMO” personalities, these characters embody emotional intensity, often finding themselves ensnared in a web of overwhelming emotions, ranging from profound melancholy to introspection. Such characters may harbor tendencies to self-isolate or experience surges of overpowering emotions, leading to struggles with sadness, despair, and alienation. While EMO isn’t an official anime categorization, it serves as an informal descriptor, capturing anime marked by its deep, melancholic ambiance and thought-provoking narratives. Engaging with emo anime promises a profound emotional journey, be it heart-rending or starkly somber. For those willing to embark on such an evocative odyssey, here’s a curated list of the top 25 emo anime characters, meticulously reviewed and ranked.

25. Rikuo from Sing “Yesterday” for Me

Rikuo from 'Sing "Yesterday" for Me' standing introspectively, showcasing one of the best emo anime characters.

In the realm of the best emo anime characters, Rikuo stands out prominently. A recent undergraduate, Rikuo seemingly drifts through life without direction, settling for a clerk’s role. His monotony is disrupted when two pivotal characters, Haru and Shinako, enter his life. Haru, a high school dropout with a penchant for bar work and the unusual company of a pet crow contrasts starkly with Shinako, Rikuo’s lingering love interest from university, who is now an educator. “Sing ‘Yesterday’ for Me” encapsulates the quintessence of emotional depth and ambivalence. The show’s setting, a quiet town shrouded in an ambiance of melancholy, insinuates that each character conceals profound emotions or a past they’d rather evade. This anime paints a poignant portrayal of aimless souls resisting guidance. While “Sing ‘Yesterday’ for Me” might not resonate with all due to its somber undertones, its unique representation of emo characters distinguishes it from contemporary offerings in the genre. If melancholic narratives pique your interest, this series is worth delving into.

24. Moe From Subete ga F ni Naru (The Perfect Insider )

Moe from 'Subete ga F ni Naru' gazing thoughtfully, exemplifying the depth of best emo anime characters.

Moe stands out not just for her intellect but her intricate emotional layers. A prodigious student with wealth to her name, Moe’s life revolves around her lab engagements alongside the equally brilliant Professor Saikawa. Their dynamic changes when Moe, during a video chat, introduces Saikawa to Shiki—a genius, albeit misunderstood to the point of alienation. Shiki’s tragic past, involving the killing of her parents and her subsequent seclusion in a monitored island lab, paints her as a tragic figure. Their intriguing dialogue, laced with personal, scientific, and philosophical musings, takes a dark turn when Moe proposes a visit to Shiki’s island. The subsequent and mysterious murder of Shiki upon their arrival unfolds a thrilling puzzle, where the very environment that was meant to ensure Shiki’s containment becomes the scene of her demise. With a host of scientific minds present, anyone could be the perpetrator. However, “Subete ga F ni Naru” may not appeal to everyone due to its decision to craft Moe’s character in an excessively vexing manner, an element that could detract from its potential as a solid emo anime narrative.

23. Sana Hidaka From Myself; Yourself

Sana Hidaka from 'Myself; Yourself', a poignant representation of best emo anime characters.

Sana Hidaka is a central figure in the emotionally charged narrative of “Myself; Yourself.” Having moved away from his hometown of Sakuranomori during his childhood, he returns five years later to find that a lot has changed. As a teenager, Sana exhibits the classic traits of an emo anime character. He grapples with feelings of alienation, and the pain of past memories, and struggles to reconnect with old friends who’ve grown and changed during his absence. Over time, it becomes clear that Sana’s seemingly cheerful disposition masks a deeper well of sorrow and trauma. Throughout the series, he must confront and reconcile with his own emotional wounds, as well as the evolving relationships and challenges faced by his circle of friends. Sana’s journey is one of self-discovery, acceptance, and the arduous path to healing.

3. Seishu Handa From Barakamon

Seishu Handa from 'Barakamon', epitomizing the depth of best emo anime characters.

Handa is an outstanding calligrapher. Since calligraphy is a big deal in Japan, Handa takes art very seriously. That’s why when he receives criticism to his dismay from a respected curator at the exhibition, Handa decides to react rationally and beat the old man in front of the audience. Following the incident, Handa was sent to a “refreshment period” in the distant Goto Islands. Barakamon is about second chances: from a distance of 1052.55 kilometers (thanks Internet) Handa is expected to see things from a different point of view, perhaps understanding that there is also room for another opinion. The clean air and green fields may even inspire him to develop. It’s just a shame that most of his time is a babysitter. Handa teams up with a 7-year-old energy bomb named Naru (voiced by a real 7-year-old girl). Thanks to Naru – and the other friends he meets on the island – Handa learns about the small pleasures in life. There is something magical about Barakamon, magic that cannot be found in other emo series. While Handa starts as a somewhat “emo” character, the series is fundamentally about his transformation and the warmth of human relationships.

22. Kaneki Ken, From Tokyo Ghoul

Kaneki Ken from 'Tokyo Ghoul', a quintessential representation of best emo anime characters.

Kaneki Ken, a famous emo anime character, undergoes a profound transformation in “Tokyo Ghoul.” Initially a mild-mannered college student, Kaneki’s life is upended when an encounter with a ghoul leaves him on the brink of death. Subsequent to a surgical procedure that integrates ghoul organs into his body, he becomes a half-ghoul. Thrust into a world of moral ambiguity, a hunger for human flesh, and an ongoing internal conflict between his human conscience and ghoul instincts, Kaneki epitomizes the emotional intensity characteristic of emo characters. He grapples with feelings of alienation, deep internal conflicts, and the torment of dual existence. As the story unfolds, Kaneki’s character exploration delves deep into themes of identity crises, self-discovery, and the heart-rending challenge of reconciling with a world that perceives him as a monstrous entity.

21. Momo From A Letter to Momo

Momo from 'A Letter to Momo', a poignant portrayal among the best emo anime characters.

Momo, a young emo character, and her mother Ikoko face a devastating loss with the death of their family’s pillar. For Momo, he was not just a father but a source of warmth and comfort; for Ikoko, he was a beloved husband. The timely nature of death sparks change, prompting the duo to move to Xiao, the quaint island town where Ikoko grew up. Adapting to this new environment has its challenges. Momo, reflecting the typical traits of an emo character, frequently sports a sullen expression and resists her mother’s efforts to integrate her with peers. The trauma of losing her father is intensified by the unfortunate circumstances of their last interaction: Momo’s parting words to her father were, “Papa I hope you don’t come back” — a statement she deeply regrets upon learning he would never return from his boat trip. Further deepening her emotional turmoil, Momo discovers an unfinished letter from her father that simply begins with “Dear Child…”. The unanswered questions it poses serve as a lingering pain. On a peculiar note, Momo and Ikoko find themselves trailed by three misfit demons. Interestingly, only Momo can see them. While their presence remains a mystery for much of the film, the dynamic between Momo and these supernatural entities propels the narrative forward, exploring the depths of grief, acceptance, and emotional complexities.

20. Kouichi Sakakibara From Another

Kouichi Sakakibara from Another, a standout figure in the realm of best emo anime characters.

There hasn’t been before or since (well, for now) a better classic horror anime than Another. The plot follows a 15-year-old student named Kouichi Sakakibara who moves to his aunt’s house in a small town in order to recover from a lung disease, but at the school, he is enrolled in he notices something strange: all the students, even the teacher, completely ignore one of the students in the class. Sakakibara reveals that the class he transferred to suffers from a curse, and from there, things only get more complicated. The tension effect in Another is second to none, much more so than the dark design of Studio P. A Works, a studio that specializes in series that take place in small towns. It set a new standard for the genre.

19. Lucy from Elfen Lied

Lucy from Elfen Lied, an iconic representation among the best emo anime characters.

Here is an anime that delves into some deep and heavy themes, highlighting a significant emo character. It follows a group of genetically engineered beings known as “Diclonii,” who possess telekinetic powers and horns on their heads. The series examines the idea of what it means to be human as well as the impact that societal prejudice can have on those perceived as different. Elfen Lied is unflinching in its depiction of the harsh realities these characters face, which, although challenging to witness, bolsters the story’s authenticity and impact. A standout element of the narrative is the relationship between Lucy, a central emo character, and Kouta. Their bond is a poignant tapestry of tenderness and tragedy, exploring love, hate, and forgiveness in multifaceted ways.

18. Re-l Mayer From Ergo Proxy

Re-l Mayer from Ergo Proxy, standing out as one of the best emo anime characters in dystopian settings.

In “Ergo Proxy,” the character that best embodies the “emo anime girl” archetype in terms of deep introspection, a complex personality, and navigating a dark, dystopian world is Re-l Mayer. Re-l is a central character in the series and serves as an investigator in the domed city of Romdo. As she dives deeper into the mysteries surrounding her city, she encounters a series of existential and philosophical dilemmas.Re-l is often depicted as a brooding and introspective character, attempting to make sense of the unsettling truths she discovers. With her dark makeup, sharp gaze, and a sense of aloofness, she perfectly encapsulates the emo aesthetic in her appearance and demeanor. Throughout the series, Re-l grapples with her own sense of identity, purpose, and the blurred lines between reality and illusion. Her journey of self-discovery and her attempts to uncover the hidden truths of her world make her the quintessential “emo anime girl” of “Ergo Proxy.”

17. Takao Akizuki and Yukari Yukino From The Garden of Words

Yukino from The Garden of Words engrossed in reading a book, epitomizing the essence of emo anime characters.

The plot deals with what the acclaimed creator knows how to do best: personal relationships between a man and a woman. In this case, it is a relationship (sort of) that is forged between Takao, a 15-year-old high school student, and Yukino – a young woman from the white-collar class. It is not an emo anime about forbidden love or overcoming dark urges, but a simple story about two people who serve as support for each other. Every rainy morning Takao rushes from school to go to the public garden, where he meets Yukino who is in this garden every day. Shinkai does not reveal much about the lives of the two heroes. It is known that Takao comes from a particularly unusual family and that Yukino has dilemmas she faces, but the film does not dwell on the problems. He dwells on their solution. Takao opens his heart and his life to the woman whose name he doesn’t even know, while she listens, and sometimes advises, without Takao realizing that these meetings are also therapy for her. During the meetings between Takao and Yukino, there is a constant feeling that the meetings between the two cannot last forever.

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16. Isla From Plastic Memories 

Isla from Plastic Memories, capturing the poignant depth typical of the best emo anime characters.

Isla is a Giftia, a type of android with human-like qualities, including the ability to feel and express human emotions. Giftias have a predetermined lifespan, and when they approach the end of it, their memories need to be wiped to prevent them from malfunctioning. Isla has worked for many years at Terminal Service, an organization responsible for retrieving Giftias nearing the end of their lifespan. Isla’s character embodies the emo essence, characterized by introspection, melancholy, and emotional depth. From the onset, she’s depicted as being quiet and reserved, showing a deep sense of melancholy, especially as she’s aware of her own impending end of service. This awareness of her limited lifespan and the transient nature of her memories gives her a unique perspective on life, relationships, and loss. Throughout the series, her struggles with the concept of memories, love, and what it means to be truly alive take center stage. The emotional weight of her existence, knowing she’s on borrowed time, amplifies her emo characteristics, making her both a tragic and deeply relatable figure.

15. Decim From Death Parade 

Decim From Death Parade 

Decim is the bartender and arbiter at the Quindecim bar, where the souls of the recently deceased come to be judged. This bar is not a typical one: here, souls are made to play games that test their true natures, and based on their actions during these games, Decim determines whether they are reincarnated or sent into the void. Decim’s role is a heavy one, requiring him to pass judgment on countless souls. As an arbiter, he is initially believed to be emotionless, simply performing his duties without attachment or sentiment. However, as the series progresses, cracks begin to show in this facade. Decim’s interactions with the black-haired woman (Chiyuki) and his exposure to the myriad emotions of the souls he judges lead him to question the nature of his work, his existence, and the very system of judgment he upholds. His introspection, subtle emotional expressions, and deep contemplation about life, death, and human emotions qualify Decim as the main emo character in “Death Parade.” His journey of understanding emotions and the value of human life, despite being a non-human entity, adds layers of depth and complexity to his character.

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14. Tomoya Okazaki From Clannad

Tomoya Okazaki from Clannad, exemplifying the emotional complexity emblematic of standout emo anime characters.

For those who are not yet familiar with Clannad (don’t be ashamed, I was in your shoes until a month ago), this is a tearjerker emo that you cannot afford to miss. The series consists of two seasons, Clannad and Clannad: After Story. Tomoya Okazaki is a delinquent student who at the beginning of his last year in high school befriends Nagisa, a student who repeats her twelfth year because she was sick. Together they spend time with Tomoya’s other friends, making friends With new people, helping those who need it, and doing a lot of stupid things. In short, the first series of Clannad is clearly not special. The plot progresses in the range between emotional depression and gentle optimism. Other emo series reveal their premise from the first episode, but in Clannad, you have to go through 30 episodes before discovering its true nature. The second season is so good that I watched it all in one day. Anyone who has watched Clannad must relate to the whirlwind of emotions I felt that day.

13. Lain Iwakura from Serial Experiments Lain

Lain Iwakura from Serial Experiments Lain, emblematic of introspective emo anime characters immersed in a digital realm.

Nana Osaki is one of the two protagonists of “Nana.” She’s a punk rock vocalist with a tough exterior and a dream to make it big in the music world with her band, Black Stones (Blast). Her style, with her punk attire, spiky hair, and dark eyeliner, encapsulates the “emo” aesthetic. However, beneath her rebellious and confident facade, Nana Osaki is deeply vulnerable, stemming from a troubled past that involves a difficult childhood and a love life marred by heartbreak. As the series progresses, Nana Osaki’s relationship with her bandmates, especially Ren Honjo, her former boyfriend and member of another band called Trapnest, showcases the raw and emotional side of her character. The series delves deep into her insecurities, passions, and internal conflicts, making her a memorable emo character. Her bond with the other Nana, Nana Komatsu, who is also navigating her own love and life challenges, forms the crux of the story. Their contrasting personalities and life choices create a poignant narrative about love, friendship, dreams, and the challenges young adults face.

12. Nana From Nana

Nana from Nana, a character that embodies the emotional depth of iconic emo anime characters.

Nana Osaki is one of the two protagonists of “Nana.” She’s a punk rock vocalist with a tough exterior and a dream to make it big in the music world with her band, Black Stones (Blast). Her style, with her punk attire, spiky hair, and dark eyeliner, encapsulates the “emo” aesthetic. However, beneath her rebellious and confident facade, Nana Osaki is deeply vulnerable, stemming from a troubled past that involves a difficult childhood and a love life marred by heartbreak. As the series progresses, Nana Osaki’s relationship with her bandmates, especially Ren Honjo, her former boyfriend and member of another band called Trapnest, showcases the raw and emotional side of her character. The series delves deep into her insecurities, passions, and internal conflicts, making her a memorable emo character. Her bond with the other Nana, Nana Komatsu, who is also navigating her own love and life challenges, forms the crux of the story. Their contrasting personalities and life choices create a poignant narrative about love, friendship, dreams, and the challenges young adults face.

11. Hei From Darker than Black

Hei from Darker than Black, wearing a despaired expression, emblematic of the depth seen in many emo anime characters.

Hei, (also known as the Black Reaper), is a Contractor, an individual in the series who manifests supernatural abilities at the cost of a personal compulsion or “remuneration.” Hei’s character exudes a cold and emotionless demeanor, a trait common to most Contractors. However, throughout the series, it becomes evident that Hei’s stoicism masks deep-seated pain and a tragic past. While most Contractors are devoid of emotion, Hei retains his humanity, which allows the audience to witness his internal conflicts and the emotional toll his line of work has on him. The world of “Darker than Black” is one of espionage, super-powered individuals, and secret organizations. Hei operates as an assassin and spy, navigating this world while trying to uncover the mysteries of Hell’s Gate, an anomalous area that has profound implications for Contractors. Hei’s character is complex and multi-layered. While on missions, he is ruthlessly efficient, but his interactions with his teammates and certain characters from his past reveal a depth of emotion and vulnerability. His relationship with his younger sister, Bai, plays a crucial role in shaping his character and motivations. The story unfolds to reveal a poignant narrative about loss, identity, and the nature of humanity in a world where the lines between human and Contractor blur.

10. Sawako Kuronuma From Kimi ni Todoke

Sawako Kuronuma from Kimi ni Todoke, looking down to avoid contact, exemplifying the shyness often found in emo anime characters.

Sawako is a high school student who is kind-hearted, sincere, and polite. However, her classmates misunderstand her because of her eerie resemblance to the ghost girl from “The Ring,” a popular horror movie. This likeness earns her the unfortunate nickname “Sadako.” Due to these misconceptions, rumors spread about her, and she becomes socially isolated, with many students believing she can see ghosts or curse people. Despite her circumstances, Sawako is very positive and wants nothing more than to make friends and be liked by others. When the popular and outgoing boy, Shota Kazehaya, begins talking to her, her life starts to change. Through their interactions and Sawako’s determination to better herself, she slowly starts making friends and breaking free from her loner image. Throughout the series, Sawako deals with themes of self-worth, social anxiety, and the quest for genuine friendship and love. She’s a character who, despite facing a lot of misunderstanding and prejudice, remains hopeful and earnest in her desire to connect with others. The anime beautifully showcases her journey from isolation to acceptance and love.

9. Menma From Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Menma from Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, symbolizing the emotional complexity inherent in many emo anime characters.

In “Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day” (often simply referred to as “Anohana”), the character most closely associated with “emo” themes due to her tragic backstory and the profound emotional impact she has on the group is Menma (Meiko Honma). Menma is a girl who passed away in a tragic accident when she was a child. Her death had a significant and lasting impact on her close-knit group of friends. The story is set several years after her death, when she suddenly appears to Jinta Yadomi, one of her childhood friends, as an older version of herself. However, no one else can see her except for Jinta. Menma’s appearance isn’t just a random event. She has a wish that she wants to be fulfilled, but she can’t remember what it is. Her return forces the old group of friends, who have grown apart since her death, to come together once more. The series delves deep into the emotions of grief, guilt, love, and the struggle to move on from a traumatic past. Each member of the group has their own emotional scars and feelings related to Menma’s death, and her reappearance brings all these emotions to the surface.

8. Light Yagami From Death Note

Light Yagami From Death Note

Yagami Light is a gifted boy and one of the smartest students in Japan. Because he is so intelligent, Light knows that humanity is lost, mainly because in his immediate environment there is violence and stupidity. Ryuk is a bored shinigami who decides to drop a death notebook on Earth: a supernatural notebook that kills everyone whose name is written in it. To avoid annoying “yes but what if…” style questions, this notebook is accompanied by 5,310 rules (plus or minus). By the way, you won’t believe who finds the notebook – Lite! what is the chance Light is skeptical, but he takes the notebook anyway and finds out, the hard way, that it works. As a result, he decides to use it to create order in the world and make every criminal a criminal. The Interpol notices that criminals are dying one by one, and a famous and mysterious detective who calls himself “L” is hired to try and catch the one the world calls ‘Kira’, and so begins the famous cat and mouse chase in history (which is not Tom and Jerry). Light’s actions and motivations are driven by a desire to rid the world of crime and create a utopia, but as he continues to use the Death Note, he becomes increasingly consumed by his own power and begins to lose his sense of morality. This leads to a moral spiral, which makes the audience question their own sense of morality.

7. Tatsuhiro Satou From Welcome to the NHK

Tatsuhiro Satou From Welcome to the NHK

 22-year-old NEET named Tatsuhiro is convinced that society is out to get him and that the secret organization known as the “NHK” is the root of all his problems. He’s been living in isolation for four years and is content with his hermit life, but his world is turned upside down when he meets a girl named Misaki who offers to help him reintegrate into society. Throughout the series, Tatsuhiro faces a number of challenges as he is forced to confront his own prejudices and stereotypes and learn to accept himself for who he is. But it’s not an easy process and he’s constantly questioning the true intentions of those around him, including Misaki. He also learns to accept the help of others and form relationships, but it’s hard to shake off the feeling that everyone is out to take advantage of him. Welcome to the NHK also has a melancholic atmosphere, and the tension and suspenseful music and visuals also contribute to its “emo” feel.

6. Seita From of the Fireflies

Seita From of the Fireflies

Two siblings, 14-year-old Seita, and her 4-year-old sister, Setsuko miss their father. He was on a battleship in World War II and therefore absent from home, while the bombs that the Americans dropped on their city of residence separated them from their mother. Beyond that there is not much to tell; The narrative deals with Seita and Setsuko’s attempts to survive in war-torn Japan, where food is a rare commodity and man is a wolf. Ask anyone who is the most depressing emo anime character ever made, and they will probably say Seita from “Grave of Fireflies”. Isao Takahata’s acclaimed anime is now over 3 decades old and is, for me, one of the best anti-war films ever made. The emo anime characters serve to highlight the senseless destruction and devastation that war brings. It also manages to capture the innocence and vulnerability of the two main characters, but it only serves to highlight the senseless loss of life caused by war.

5. Satoru Fujinuma From Erased

Satoru Fujinuma From Erased

A 29-year-old pizza delivery dude, Satoru Fujinuma, was endowed with a mysterious power – every time some disaster was going to happen in his environment, he went several minutes back in time. He must stop the impending disaster if he wants to move forward in life. One day, our hero witnesses a personal tragedy, and immediately after that Satoru is sent back in time – but this time, not a few minutes back but to 1988, to his hometown in northern Hokkaido.  What exactly does he have to find and do in 1988 (and in the body of a 10-year-old boy) to prevent a crime that took place in 2006? Good question. This basic premise was enough to turn Erased ‘s Satoru into an emo character sensation – because that’s how it is with this kind of series, the bright light as long as the mystery is not solved. But hey, that’s no reason to forget one of the best suspense emo series, one that makes its viewers guess at every possible second who the culprit is. 

4. Rei Kiriyama From March Comes in Like a Lion

Rei Kiriyama From March Comes in Like a Lion

Rei Kiriyama experienced fewer ups and more downs during his life; His parents and sister were killed when he was a child, which forced Ray to choose: either live in an orphanage or with his father’s good friend. Ray – not wanting to be a Charles Dickens cliché – agreed to the family friend’s suggestion. Rei found out the hard way that an orphanage was better. As we first meet Rei, he is a 17-year-old boy with mental scars that no psychiatrist can treat. He lives alone in a small and empty apartment (but with an extra sea view), after leaving his adoptive family’s home. Although his new adopting dad is not a bad man, living with his stepsister has made Rei an unhappy person; She is the type of person who must be forcibly hospitalized, but instead, she roams free. Now that he has left, Rei is trying to move on, and if you were wondering what a 17-year-old emotional guy does for a living – the answer is Shogi. Rei is the classic emo anime character who struggles to connect with other people and is haunted by the traumatic death of his family. He starts to open up and connect with people after he meets the three sisters Akari, Hinata, and Momo, who live next door to him. They become his friends and family, and they help him to start to heal from his past traumas.

2. Kousei Arima Lie In April

Kousei Arima Lie In April

Kousei Arima is a young man who hides away from society until two years ago he was considered to be a genius on the piano. His opponents called him “the human metronome” because his mother, who is also his coach, made sure that her son would play the piano like a machine, with masterful precision, and without emotion or interpretations. Arima’s bright future was cut short when his mother died on the day he was to perform in front of an audience. Arima had a nervous breakdown on stage and never played again. His life changes when Arima meets a lovely tomboy girl named Kaori, an impulsive and smiling young woman who plays the violin Your Lie In April stands out thanks to its humanity, the relationships between the characters (especially between Arima and Kaori), and the music. Whole episodes are dedicated to wonderful concerts, and watching the series will enrich your musical knowledge dozens of times. The anime uses every dirty trick to get emotions out of you, and it works. Sometimes it feels like abuse, but I’m ready to absorb every emotional whip that the series whips because it does it with grace, beauty, and splendor. 

1. Shinji Ikari From Neon Genesis Evangelion

Shinji Ikari emo character From Neon Genesis Evangelion

For the newbies among you, the story takes place in the near-plot future, the year 2015: In the “Evangelion” version, there are no iPhones, or TikTok, because, in Evangelion 2015, humanity was almost destroyed in a catastrophic event. The hope of those who remain depends on the organization NERV which belongs to the United Nations, This is because the giant robots of NERV are fighting “angels”: giant monsters that come once in a while and sow destruction and destruction. The phrase “What angel are you” in the “Evangelion” universe is something you say to someone you hate. Because of many reasons, only emo teenagers can fly these giant robots. Our top emo protagonist Shinji, the son of the head of NERV, hasn’t seen his antipathetic father in years, but the boy is called to fly the new model Unit-01, a model that is supposed to make Mecha great again. The fate of the world hangs, from this moment on, on the shoulders of an emotional boy who mostly wants to be left alone. Shinji is a problematic protagonist: he is a teenager who hates himself, I remind you that the year is 1995 and heroes who hate themselves and whine about it were not yet a very popular PC schtick (certainly not in anime). Furthermore: Shinji isn’t even smarter than usual, and he doesn’t have a hidden talent that’s just waiting to burst out – he’s an ordinary kid caught in a situation. The question here is what is the limit? How much it is possible to see a 14-year-old child complaining about life and how “unfair” everything he is forced to do it? The answer is not much; From a sympathetic figure for 60 and a half seconds, Shinji became an unbearable type (as would happen in reality if a 14-year-old had to learn to match the arm of a giant robot with the face of an angel). Don’t worry, “Evangelion” is indeed a series about depressed people, but not everyone deals with depression-like Shinji: some drown themselves in work, some walk around with a mask – and others simply exist and accept the situation as it is.

Neon Genesis Evangelion is an apocalypse manga born out of the clinical depression Anno suffered for 4 years, and he created the masterpiece series out of deep feelings of depressing frustration he experienced.

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