1) Evangelion does not PRETEND to be smart.
The show is brilliant. Anyone show says "oh... they throw in some Bible refs and think they're clever" don't begin to grasp how complex the show is. For starters, all the references are to the Khablla... the angels, the angel names, why the angels look the way they do, why the Magi have the names they have, why the image is on Gendo's rug, why Gendo's desk is where it happens to be in the room, why the EVAs look the way they do, and so on and so on.
The Psychology and Philosophy that is discussed in the show is also founded on the ideas and concepts in those particular fields.
Furthmore, the movie knows how to tell the story through the "language of film" a lot is said in scenes where no one is talking... and a lot is said by paying attention to what ISN'T being said.
This show is brilliant.
2) Evangelion is not a gaint robot show. People looking for a shwo about robots duking it out "cuz robot battles iz cool" should steer clear of Evangelion. This show is about character, not robot combat.
3) This show changed my life as well. Anyone who says "it's just a tv show" should ask why they are here... I mean... people who devote their time and money collecting anime, making anime AMVs, talking on anime discussion boards and discussing anime plots, characters and events have no business saying "it's just a show." Look how much these shows have influenced us and made us into the people we are today.
Evangelion has some powerful things to say
Important messages that deal with events that exist in EVERY person's life, weather they be an anime fan or not.
Evangelion is certainly not the backbone of my existence...
nor is it something I eat, breathe and live in daily...
However... it had a strong message and that message has had a serious impact on me.
I will certainly defend the show, because I'm tired of people who "don't get it" blaming the show for their not getting it...
because all you have to do is talk to the people who did get it.
If you think they're in some sort of conspiracy to make you feel stupid, then you've got issues.
The show has messages - important ones
The show is well structured and complicated and it requires work to get through and it is designed to inpire discussion...
too many anime fans just want things spelled out for them
and in truth... a lot of people out there don't like to think anyway.
However... I get frustrated on this topic.
If you want to talk about EVA, you can e-mail me, but I've had my say here.
There are two kinds of people in this world:
Those who divide people into two kinds of groups
and those who don't.