There is this whole thing with the Evangelion series, mostly its fanbase. You can't talk to certain people or say certain things amongst them because they are blind and deaf, though certainly not mute, about it. I've seen some pretty malicious fanbases, this one being no exception, but I think there is something special about the Eva lot. For one, those that speak Japanese seem disproportionately arrogant and are well aware of it. Others can take no criticism of it, or whatever it is that they like, because reasons. For example, I once talked to a guy about how terrible Anima was, how downright proposturious the whole thing was, but he refused to believe that was because the mechas were so well designed, so even the fact that Asuka turned into a giant Eva and had a thong, he argued, was not a ridiculous and stupid idea because the artist designed it so well. The level of stupidity, arrogance and downright a**holeness one has to deal with when venturing towards the Eva fandom is baffling. No wonder the director isn't fund of his fanbase, either. I know, that describes so many fandoms it's practically a universal experience. I don't, however, really bother going outside certain communities, so it's only this and a few other communities I tend to venture towards.
That's why I can never talk about the franchise within the circles that are actually interested, the Eva fandom, in most my experience, are c**ts. There are exceptions, ofcourse, very notable ones, too, but those are individuals and you rarely get a reaction from them. The crowds, on the other hand, tend to be the ones that I end up having to talk to and it rarely ends well.
With that being said, I really, really, did not like the last 2 eva movies. This is something people really don't want to hear, nor do they seem to either understand nor want to, but they last 2 movies aren't just the divergence from the original concept that the first two were, retelling of the original show with a bigger budget and some alterations to allow for time. They are fundamentally very different from both the original show and the first two movies. They certainly still feel like a Gainax production, just not the same one. These movies have more in common with Gurren Lagann than they do with Eva. Because of they are both Gainax works people seem to think that they are interchangeable, that they can be like the other with no real for how they are different, but that does not really work here. Had the idea been this, to make and Eva adaptation that was closer to the later Gainax, Trigger and Khara projects it'd be one thing, but that was not what was promised.
That's just the fundamental issue I have with this whole thing. I could really also go into very specific points but best let sleeping dogs lie for not.