There is no doubt that Neon Genesis Evangelion’s classic opening theme song, ‘A Cruel Angel’s Thesis’, is the definitive top hit among anime fans. But what makes the song so fantastic that it continues to remain relevant over 20 years past its original release? Here are the top 10 reasons why Evangelion’s theme is one of the best songs to ever grace this earth.
#10: It’s the First Thing You Think of When You Think of Anime Songs
The culture impact of Eva’s opening theme can’t be understated. Chances are if you ask anyone to name an anime song, it will be the first thing to come to mind. It’s presence has become a staple of otaku culture that isn’t going to fade from our minds anytime soon.
#9: The Depth of the Lyrics
I don’t quite understand the lyrics, but I put them into Google Translate and it is some serious psychological stuff. It truly says something deep about LIFE. If you still can’t understand, it’s just more testament to how deeply intelligent this song must be.
#8: It’s a Song From the 90’s
The 90’s were just such a different time, a better time in fact. Groundbreaking anime was coming out every week and songs were entirely original and had soul, unlike today. If you are having trouble understanding this, then you clearly weren’t there to appreciate it. 90’s kids understand what makes it so special.
#7: We Were All Young at One Point
The song’s references to rising out of adolescence are not only very relatable, but entirely original. We all remember what it was like to struggle with all the mental and emotional changes we go through during our teen years. If you can’t remember, it means you probably aren’t old enough yet and therefore aren’t a 90’s kid.
#6: The Song’s Versatility
The genius of ‘A Cruel Angel’s Thesis’ is in the versatility of the composition. There have been countless variations and covers of the song over the years. It’s also the perfect hard hitting song to drop for parties. At least I assume it would be if I had ever been to one.
#5: I’m Super Pissed at My Stepdad Right Now
Seriously, why do I even have to listen to him? It’s not like he’s my real family. He really starts to get on my nerves sometimes. Wait, what was I talking about?
#4: Evangelion is a Classic So the Song is Too
One of the most important elements of a good song is that it’s tied to an equally amazing show. Since Evangelion is such a great anime, the theme song automatically must be as well. Bad anime series don’t get great songs from talented artists, this is just a fact.
#3: Religious References
Angels, the bible, and references to the divine – this is some heavy spiritual stuff. How many songs do you know of that have the courage to make such references? The only other thing I can think of that hits as hard while making religious references is my uncle after he’s had too much to drink at Thanksgiving.
#2: My Friend Won’t Stop Talking About it
My friend, Zach, really knows his stuff and assures me that anything that comes out of Evangelion is some of the greatest works you could ever experience. He recommends it to every new person getting into anime. His MyAnimeList profile lists over 30 series at this point so I know his suggestions aren’t to be taken lightly.
#1: Life is Hard and So Am I
I can’t be the only one that finds Asuka’s limp unconscious body kind of hot, right? I dunno, it’s just something about seeing her in that different sort of state. Look, I’m not saying I would just start going at it like Shinji did, I’m just saying I can kind of understand why he might react that way, you know?