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Now, NGE itself...
It's, absolutely, a masterpiece., period.
No matter how you look at any aspects of it, it just stands out of the crowd.
Animation/Graphics + Sound - I'd give 4.5/5 . This is obvious. The original series was made in 1997, if you look at some of the anime made around that time, you'll see how totally outstanding Evangelion's graphics are. Totally outstanding. You HAVE to admit that some of the animes made nowadays have worse graphics than the original series. Plus this platinum edition has a remastered graphics as well as sound (surround Dolby 5.1 for both Japanese and English dub). However, the graphics and sound are not perfect, still some distorted faces/shapes occasionally showing up - well, I bet every anime series have this kind of problem.
Storyline/Characters - 4/5. Evangelion is probably one of the weirdest anime ever made . It has a storyline that is extremely hard for some to perceive and understand, many "broken" scenes and sometimes even episodes that feel like coming out of nowhere. However, you have to watch the entire series, even with the two movies, to be able to see the whole grand scheme of things. The various aspects of psychology, religions, politics as well as common human relationships, etc. that are involved in it are the core of this anime. Shinji, Rei, Asuka, Commander Ikari, Misato... - every character in it has some different not-so-pretty past and they all ended up in some different paths. Nevertheless, the storyline/character development in this series is very depressing and sometimes "maddening" - a bit too "dark" theme.