Initially ignored although received positively by those Gainax fans invited to early screenings , viewership grew slowly and largely by word of mouth.
Rei herself is suspected to be a partial clone of Yui, and is known to harbor the soul of , the second Angel.
Conventional weapons prove ineffective, largely due to its projected force field called an.
The nature of the show made it a landmark work in the more psychological and sophisticated vein of anime that would be picked up by later works such as Revolutionary Girl Utena 1997 that, like Evangelion, center on an ambiguous world-changing event to come.
The Impact is believed by the public at large and even most of NERV to have been the impact of a meteorite landing in Antarctica, causing devastating tsunamis and a change in the Earth's axial tilt leading to global climate change and subsequent geopolitical unrest, nuclear war such as the nuking of Tokyo , and general economic distress.
There are several individual religious references seen throughout the series.