What is anime?
Put simply it is Japan’s cartoon industry, and its range demonstrates how little Western animation has scratched the surface. Anime is not just for kids, but that doesn’t mean it’s brimming with sex and violence (although some undoubtedly has plenty of that).
Anime is proof that any genre can be animated, from fantasy, to sci-fi, to crucially, everyday drama. And animation can capture nuance and emotion often lost in live action.
With the release onto Blu-ray of Evangelion 1.11 – You Are (Not) Alone we have collected 50 great anime you really have to see, and yep, Evangelion 1.11 is in there.
One more thing - throughout this gallery you will encounter repeated references to OVA. OVA is Original Video Animation, essentially anime made exclusively for the home video or DVD market.
Straight to DVD doesn't have the stigma of their Western counterparts and OVA frequently rival their big screen siblings.
Off we go...