Planet With

(Welcome to Ani-time Ani-where, a regular column dedicated to helping the uninitiated understand and appreciate the world of anime.)

Now that Neon Genesis Evangelion is finally widely available for anyone to see and lose their minds to, newcomers will join in asking the question anime fans have asked since the ‘90s: what will fill this Evangelion-sized hole in my heart? There isn’t a clean and simple answer for this, as no show has been able to replicate what made Evangelion so special, but there have been anime shows that have taken one of the many elements of that show and done it well. While many say that Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann is the closest one in terms of plot and character development, last year’s criminally under-seen Planet With is best spiritual successor to Evangelion’s themes of the futility of violence, self-acceptance, love and compassion, all while still featuring giant robots fighting monsters.

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