As Buzz Aldren once said, second place comes right after first. It’s #TIBA’s 2nd place finalist, Friendship Force!

Congratulations to The Hawk Abridging and the rest of the crew!  If you enjoyed this video, check them out on YouTube!

Stay tuned after the video for our judges’ commentary!

Cast & Credits

DIRECTORS: 
The Hawk Abridging
PSNYomi133

WRITERS: 
The Hawk Abridging
PSNYomi133

EDITOR: 
PSNYomi133

ADDITIONAL ART DESIGN: 
AngelxMikey

THEME SONG VOCALS:
SacharineSinger

VOICE CAST:
The Hawk Abridging - Steve Eagleson, Shinji the Emo, General 2
PSNYomi133 - George Eagleson, Frank, General 1, Narrator
Alifluro - Melissa Carver
SacharineSinger - Rachel, Technician
In Thirteen - Dr. Ritsuko Akagi
  • Tyrone Wells

    …this was a better entry than How I Caught Your Mother?

    Geez guys.

  • Devin Dyquisto

    Does it come up as service unavailable for anyone else? I’ve tried from multiple different computers and multiples different internet providers. It won’t let me watch it. I want to see the judge’s commentary

  • Tiffany-chan123

    Personally…….I loved it!!! I wanted a TIBA entry that was similar to the “What if ____ was dubbed by 4kids?” Meme, from the name changes, to the Americanization, to even making the show being focused on friendship!! I loved probably one of my favorite TIBA entries!!!

  • suman roy

    Okay, comedy is subjective, but as someone who hasn’t ever seen Evangelion, I still find the EvAbridged X.0 This is (not) a Parody series to be way sharper and funnier.

  • Dirty Phoenix

    I’ve been searching all over, what’s TIBA even mean…damn you random side of YT lol

  • abcwhatever

    Isn’t this just the 4kid dub?

  • Koyomi Ougi

    I’ve seen, read, and watched multiple abridged series, reviews, and commentaries on Evangelion and in my opinion this is probably one of the better of the Evabridges. This one is very niche but clever in its own way. It really is for anime fans that watched Evangelion, 4kids, and struggled with depression at some point in their lives. There are also a few cleverly hidden social commentaries disguised as gags over social anxiety and depression which is something Evangelion is known to be both famous and infamous for which captures the essence of it very well.

    For the first part, I think the abridge series probably hits home closest to those who not only watched Evangelion but understand the themes behind it (or at least attempting to interpret them) when watching the series.

    Many other abridge series tend to satirize the characters in Evangelion that make them seem more like comical exaggerations of themselves mixed in with the usual stereotypical fast paced gag humor. Shinji is the depressing guy who hates his father, his father doesn’t care about him, and everyone hates on Shinji which pretty much is the staple ongoing formula that persisted throughout the various Evabridges. And everyone basically does it because it is what everybody else is doing: making fun of depression because how else can it be mentally coped with unless if we ignore, downplayed, and laugh about it instead? “Shinji is such a whiny p*ssy, why the f*** is he even the protagonist? He should just man up and pilot the mech”, this is the typical harsh and ironic response everyone seems to give when it comes to criticizing Shinji as a character.

    Takahata101 said, “the joke is it the reverse and somehow it doesn’t work, yet it does!” The on-going joke while simple is actually clever because there is actually another thoughtful dimension beneath it. Now the joke is not “Let us criticize Shinji for being a whiny b*tch” but rather “Let us criticize the critics themselves in a 3deep5you Eva style fashion”. The solutions and criticisms that people have about depression are often times naïve and sometimes come off as borderline ignorant and offensive. Also when people say that because Shinji is only a fictional character that doesn’t exist, they feel that there are no implications but rather justified when they call him a “whiny, stupid, pathetic excuse of a human being”. Or how people do not understand that Shinji is supposed to represent a realistic aspect of Anno’s dark and depressing mentality during the time Eva was made.

    NERV represents the clichéd good guys and their solution in confronting depression is to literally confront and attack it. Shinji (Steve) acts how everyone would portray Shinji based upon their complaints on how he should be and yet everything about him felt boring and incredibly naïve. How everything became Americianized in a 4KIDS style fashion which just feels almost like a social commentary of how downgrading things and making them more pc oftentimes seems forced and boring while detracting any potential meaning like the PSA at the very end where everyone started to literally read on script adds multiple depths of irony.

    There was also the fight between Steve and the angel Shinji which may as well have been a literal projection of the character itself. Steve didn’t even think nor see Shinji as a human in the first place all while unintentionally putting Shinji as a being lower than himself because he needed help. Then the hug at the end was a literal representation in the greatest destruction in the messages of Evangelion and Shinji Ikari himself. The second that message becomes embraced, the second Shinji finally conforms to what everyone else says about him is the point where he is no longer himself and no longer needed anymore and is instead replaced by Steve.

    This didn’t get into number 2 just because of the jokes or the execution, but how potentially smart the writing for this abridge episode actually is. The PSA at the very end is put there to basically simplify to the audience of its overall message because let us be honest here, I am sure most people would have missed it in the first place. This was made by people who genuinely understood the context they were working with and made it into something deeper with a well presented message in the end. I understand this probably got number 2 due to now niche the series is, but I have to say this is one of the cleverest one’s out there by far.

  • Koyomi Ougi

    I’ve seen, read, and watched multiple abridged series, reviews, and commentaries on Evangelion and in my opinion this is probably one of the better of the Evabridges. This one is very niche but clever in its own way. It really is for anime fans that watched Evangelion, 4kids, and struggled with depression at some point in their lives. There are also a few cleverly hidden social commentaries disguised as gags over social anxiety and depression which is something Evangelion is known to be both famous and infamous for which captures the essence of it very well.

    For the first part, I think the abridge series probably hits home closest to those who not only watched Evangelion but understand the themes behind it (or at least attempting to interpret them) when watching the series.

    Many other abridge series tend to satirize the characters in Evangelion that make them seem more like comical exaggerations of themselves mixed in with the usual stereotypical fast paced gag humor. Shinji is the depressing guy who hates his father, his father doesn’t care about him, and everyone hates on Shinji which pretty much is the staple ongoing formula that persisted throughout the various Evabridges. And everyone basically does it because it is what everybody else is doing: making fun of depression because how else can it be mentally coped with unless if we ignore, downplayed, and laugh about it instead? “Shinji is such a whiny p*ssy, why the f*** is he even the protagonist? He should just man up and pilot the mech”, this is the typical harsh and ironic response everyone seems to give when it comes to criticizing Shinji as a character.

    Takahata101 said, “the joke is it the reverse and somehow it doesn’t work, yet it does!” The on-going joke while simple is actually clever because there is actually another thoughtful dimension beneath it. Now the joke is not “Let us criticize Shinji for being a whiny b*tch” but rather “Let us criticize the critics themselves in a 3deep5you Eva style fashion”. The solutions and criticisms that people have about depression are often times naïve and sometimes come off as borderline ignorant and offensive. Also when people say that because Shinji is only a fictional character that doesn’t exist, they feel that there are no implications but rather justified when they call him a “whiny, stupid, pathetic excuse of a human being”. Or how people do not understand that Shinji is supposed to represent a realistic aspect of Anno’s dark and depressing mentality during the time Eva was made.

    NERV represents the clichéd good guys and their solution in confronting depression is to literally confront and attack it. Shinji (Steve) acts how everyone would portray Shinji based upon their complaints on how he should be and yet everything about him felt boring and incredibly naïve. How everything became Americianized in a 4KIDS style fashion which just feels almost like a social commentary of how downgrading things and making them more pc oftentimes seems forced and boring while detracting any potential meaning like the PSA at the very end where everyone started to literally read on script adds multiple depths of irony. There was also the fight between Steve and the angel Shinji which may as well have been a literal projection of the character itself. Steve didn’t even think nor see Shinji as a human in the first place all while unintentionally putting Shinji as a being lower than himself because he needed help. Then the hug at the end was a literal representation in the greatest destruction in the messages of Evangelion and Shinji Ikari himself. The second that message becomes embraced, the second Shinji finally conforms to what everyone else says about him is the point where he is no longer himself and no longer needed anymore and is instead replaced by Steve.

    This didn’t get into number 2 just because of the jokes or the execution, but how potentially smart the writing for this abridge episode actually is. The PSA at the very end is put there to basically simplify to the audience of its overall message because let us be honest here, I am sure most people would have missed it in the first place. This was made by people who genuinely understood the context they were working with and made it into something deeper with a well presented message in the end. I understand this probably got number 2 due to now niche the series is, but I have to say this is one of the cleverest one’s out there by far.

  • jame gamd

    seriously… number 2? this was really really just not funny i mean nice editing but soooo boring and if u know nothing of the anime how will u understand this u gave points to panic at the hakusho because it made it easier for people who dont watch or know that anime this one needed a downgrade a major one for that reason alone it was so boring

  • Zachary Alfred

    The bit at the end after the “PSA” ruined it for me.

  • Nicholas Howell

    Not knowing Evangelion, the whole reverse thing I don’t really understand. What I did understand was that the parody of this was all about showing love and compassion and thought it more to be a stab at Naruto with the “I’m going to win by being your friend” gag. Then it took the ironic depressing turn at the end, which to me was very off-putting. Yes, I know that a good majority of the viewers, such as myself, either are dealing with or have dealt with depression. That being said, put it as a parody PSA as well as an actual PSA hurt this abridged episode because of that. This is supposed to be a parody and parodying something as strong as depression while trying to convey that same message is both strange and distasteful. All in all, the parody/depressing PSA extremely hindered this already lackluster episode.

    • Koyomi Ougi

      Actually this is more of a critical jab against the critics of depression and forceful optimism. If you watch Eva it would make a lot more sense. If anything this makes the message of depression all the more powerful.

  • firewis

    i didnt find this funny

    • Koyomi Ougi

      writing was 3deep5you.

  • Animebryan

    This really wasn’t all that funny. The Eva 1.0 movie abridged by gigguk is funnier then this. However, I’ll give these guys props for putting out that message at the end.

    • Koyomi Ougi

      Abridges were only popularized in being funny. This one captures the spirit of the original Eva than 1.0 in an ironic way.

  • Leo

    Its pretty good but I feel like this one doesn’t have the timing down. Editting’s good and so is the premise but this feels like sentimental pick from the judges.

  • Mica T

    was that opening an Earth Defense Force reference? EDF! EDF!

  • 7Ravy

    This might seem ridiculously opposite to Evangelion and just crazy. But if you put it next to a stereotypical mecha anime, it goes exactly as much too far as evangelion does. Just in the opposite direction. Whether this is intentional or not it’s a great satire of what made Evangelion such a bad anime for so many people. It goes too far into it’s deconstructive themes making it less enjoyable as a solitary story. That can only work out in a parody but not necessarily in a prolonged saga.
    It might have lower production quality than Star Wrecked, but as the guy that puts writing way above everything, I put it on my personal first place.

  • I mean, it’s flawed. It was just one joke, and the whole time I thought it would immediately snap back to the real plot at the end of the video, which made me feel preemptively bad. When Actual Shinji appeared I was legitimately interested to see how they’d interact, but it didn’t turn out great either: I hope Steve trying to give Shinji advice was *intended* as a bad idea.

    Finally, I’m torn on the PSA bit. It’s too cheesy for the message to truly hit home, yet at the same time, had the obvious cue-card reading not opened me up with a bit of laughter, the cliché “you are not alone” thing would not have hit me. And I feel it’s worth pointing out that this made me pause, because whenever that stuff does the occasional rounds on my social media timelines, it just makes me roll my eyes and shrink instead of actually helping me.

    I don’t know whether I liked it or not, whether this was just pandering or not, whether I would give or take away points. But it was memorable.

    • Koyomi Ougi

      That is the brilliance of it though. It is basically a criticism on the critics that bash on Shinji as a character. The second Shinji embraced that “hug” is when he lost meaning as a character and thus got replaced by the generic pc Steve.

  • Have to disagree with the judges here, not really that funny. I can’t really talk since I was only a Runner-Up, but I really hope the Watamote parody is #1. That was the only entry that made me crack up a lot.

    • Koyomi Ougi

      I’m thinking that the judges aren’t based solely on comedy but on multiple criteria as well. This one has a really subtle yet clever meta-jokes that basically deals with the issues of the series itself.

  • Armando Romero

    This.. is a bit dreadful, it’s slow and the jokes don’t really land. I’m bored out of my mind. I’m not sure it deserves second place.

    • Koyomi Ougi

      Just like the real Evangelion.

  • SpaceTheGamer

    Honestly it wasn’t funny to me. This thing would work better as being only a motivational message and not an abriged.

    • Koyomi Ougi

      Abridge is ment to be a shortened version of something and not just solely something comedic related. This captures the spirit of Eva pretty well I say.

  • Blythe

    I believe the writers screwed themselves out of that one spot because of that PSA. I appreciate videos that take the ‘show, don’t tell’ approach and simply ‘telling everyone this was legit about depression’ is what killed it for me. People want to solve puzzles and figure things out for themselves. The video’s PSA intended to speak to the audience directly and it did hit home for people like Kuriboh, but I feel that if the writers were to internalize that message into a final scene…it would’ve been number one.

    However with that being said, you can’t really blame them for taking this approach if they aren’t too experienced with film theory, and I do commend them for that shoutout. They’re good people.

    • Koyomi Ougi

      I like the message in the end. I like to think of it as a middle finger to those who excuse evangelion as a “2deep4you” series by blatantly spouting the message out like some generic PSA while being empathetically genuine at the same time.

  • hariman

    This was pretty hilarious.
    I’m definitely going to check out the creator’s page/youtube for more, though I’m not sure where it’s going to go from here.

  • John Duarte

    Eh…. I just didn’t feel it. I liked the ending PSA, but aside from that… maybe its my own VERY deep depression that isn’t overcomeable with medicine, and is very hard to deal with on a daily basis, let alone alone hourly basis. It wasn’t unbearable, its just… not my cup of tea.

  • Erich Damer

    This was very good. Congrats on silver medal, I’m really hyped to see who got 1st place.

  • Bruce Wayne

    editing has been great in the top 5 but only 5 has made me laugh at all so far. this really didn’t do anything for me at all

  • Bosse Linder

    9 hours left until no. 1, huh?

    My bets are on FAKKUMAN

  • Chase TB

    I didnt like this one really. I dont know. Besides a couple other picks the top ten has been solid. But seriously, “Man its pitch bla- i mean african american in here.” I’m sorry, but that is a weeaak joke. I just heard most of that. Voice acting is great, script is solid in terms of writing, and editing was flawless. But i just didnt laugh. I mean congrats to the creators for getting number 2. But comedy is subjective and i guess im the odd man out.

    • Ven K

      You’re not alone there. I liked this entry but I think its from their angle of depression on it, not for its comedy.

      • Chase TB

        Fair enough, that is a worthy enough cause. But i just feel like it didn’t deserve 2 ya know? But whatever, at least it went to something with a good cause behind it.

      • Ven K

        True. The message saved it.

  • InThirteen

    HOLY BALLS!!! Didn’t think it’d be this high up, awesome!!! When I first watched the finished video, I went in blind and had no clue about the rest of the script outside of my lines. Gotta say, I am VERY honoured to have been a part of this. Everyone was amazing and the message at the end really hit me in the feels. As someone who has struggled with depression for many years, I feel that this video wins #1 for me solely because I can identify with it. I suck at critiques, so all I’ll say is that I’m glad the judges enjoyed this video as much as I did.

  • Ricardo Revenga

    i can’t believe Zeta (#TIBA) hasn’t appeared yet to me it was by far the best

  • Draqson

    Seriously, I didnt laugh, for me this wasnt entertaining in a sense of “lets fill the hole. thats your life” and have a good laugh at it. it was more… meh. I like distraction, so this one was weird. Unexpected Choice, but pretty important message, worthry of Top 30.

    • Koyomi Ougi

      It is a very niche pick that did something a bit different and a bit more with the joke it was given. Again Takahata stats that the joke “doesn’t work, yet it also does work” for a certain reason.

  • Dark Star

    I feel like all the REAL funny ones are between 20 and 10. I guess I can’t expect a funny factor from #1.

  • Leemy

    so in other words this video got this far because of pity. how wonderful

    • bob

      Ummm… no, the video got it because it was funny, clever, well made, and deeply meaningful.

      • Leemy

        sure it did

      • Chivalry

        I’m curious as to what part of the video you think isn’t worthy of merit. If it’s because it didn’t make you laugh, humor is subjective, and not every moment of a parody needs to be funny. Is there an aspect of the production that you think isn’t up to snuff?

      • Leemy

        Oh it’s a good video don’t get me wrong, but it’s certainly not number 2 good. If it didn’t have that little PSA at the end i doubt it would’ve even made the top 10

  • ThrowingPancakes

    After the last 3 pure gold entries, I wasn’t expecting this one to be so disappointing. Then again, if the “mediocre with a message” didn’t take first place, then first place must be something amazing.

    • Koyomi Ougi

      Actually this one is much more clever than it appears to be.

  • Just Iron

    I feel like i was beaten over the head with only one joke over and over again. However, looking past that one flaw the rest of the video was flawless. Good job The Hawk Abridging.

  • ShepherdShang

    Okay completely serious here: What the hell could have beaten this for number one?! I’ll admit that I haven’t seen too many of the TIBA entries, and my opinions and tastes are my own, but there have only been a couple entries that have made me laugh in the first 30 seconds, and this is the only one where I’ve had to pause the video because of laughter.

    • Joe King

      Star Wrecked has to be the winner. TeamFourStar even liked it on their YouTube channel.

  • Mecha-Dragon

    Guess its just me with all the praise this is getting, but I didn’t find this one funny at all. Once I first heard the joke about this being a reverse of Evangelion, I saw every joke around that premise coming a mile away. And most od them around it didn’t make me laugh. Technical part and voice acting were solid, but I don’t think I audibly laughed a single time. I did think “that’s kinda finny I guess” a few times, but never a real laugh.

    Though since everyone but me thinks otherwise, guess I’m just weird like that. Here’s to hoping Star Wrecked is #1.

    • Evil Gandhi

      I agree. Just not that funny.

    • Bruce Wayne

      really didn’t find this or number 3 funny.

    • Erich Damer

      How I caught your mother was though

  • Darin Garr

    That’s my number one.

  • Melian Blathery

    I feel like *everyone* missed what was happening – or the creators didn’t realize how people with depression would see this:

    The battle between Steve and Shinji looked *exactly* like what someone who means well and doesn’t understand depression would do to try to comfort a depressed person. Talking down by posing questions like “why don’t you go just go home and talk to him” and saying “well, you never will with an attitude like that” – as if there are easy fixes to someone’s despair – is one of the worst things you can do. Because that’ll make it *worse* for the person, by highlighting their failures. And trying to “beat” through to them does the same. The overplayed fakeness also lends weight to interpreting the video this way: I think it’s actually a condemnation of the naive “I can help you” perspective so many people take towards depression and mental disorders. Watching it again, I can’t help but think this. And note that all along you *know* Shinji is going to die; Steve repeatedly saying he would give Shinji a hug was terrifying. For this reason, I actually think the Rei-chel part being dark was appropriate, for it signals that not everything is right. And it wasn’t: their flippant attitude towards depression ended up leading to Shinji killing himself.

    And that I saw it this way – having wanted to kill myself for eight years, and now having mostly recovered from depression – you can be sure lots of other people will see the same thing. Now, I’m not sure whether the creators intended this or not; I feel like there’s no way they couldn’t have seen this, but at the same time by making their end message oriented to the people suffering depression – and not the people who try to “help” but actually hurt – they’re again putting the onus on the depressed person.

    This is, of course, a parody video. But as encouragement for the depressed, it’s either horrible, or badly misunderstood.

    • Melian Blathery

      Depressed people don’t need more things to be told to do; more people around them need to understand how depression works.

      • Erich Damer

        Why don’t you try to ask the creators themselves? I’m sure they will answer you about how they meant it. And if they actually suffered from depression themselves, I think they perfectly knew that this was they way it would go: Somebody with a naive “It’s all going to be fine” attitude will try to hug them and they in response are very scared of that kind of approach. In the end, this kind of hug actually causes them physical pain and they kill themselves because they can’t stand it anymore. They probably want to show that there are people who basically just mean good even if they go at it the wrong way.

    • Plectrophenax

      I don’t mean to sound too confrontational, but since you’re seemingly speaking for people with depression, I feel inclined to say my piece in response.

      Yes, there are people who have no understanding of depression (and almost everyone else only has little understanding of it) and yes, a naïve expression of stinging optimism is not only unhelpful but can be damaging. However, you are being highly unfair if you aren’t taking sufficient account of the sincerity behind such expressions, at least most of the time. Personally, I find these expressions to be utterly trite and nothing near as impactful as many here seem to believe, creators, judges and viewers alike (‘feeling alone’, for example, was never the problem for me – it goes far, far deeper than that). But I believe every single utterance about the importance of this ‘message’ is sincere, and frankly that is all that can be asked. If that bothers a depressed person then I’m sorry to say that I happen to put the onus squarely on you (speaking generally here, not addressed at you directly). You don’t have to feel better in response, and people who ignorantly expect that will simply have to learn to adjust their expectations like any reasonable person would. But you also don’t have to drown further within yourself in response. Changing thoughts and outlooks on such a substantial scale is nothing that comes lightly, and the majority of people who have an ounce of empathy (or even just sympathy) understand that. And unless it’s just rhetoric, any person who expresses such ‘encouragement’ falls into this category of person.

      When people who try to help end up ‘hurting’, it’s the one doing the ‘hurting’ that isn’t sufficiently informed, but it’s also the one being hurt that can’t appreciate the gesture for what it is meant to be. Maybe I’m saying this because during my years of suffering I have found there to be NO adequate response anyone could possibly give, aside from leaving me alone. Displaying concern and/or care, it seems, is the only way people could even come close to help. So if they extend their hands in at least this small way, then I see no benefit in scorning them for or lecturing them on it.

      Please don’t get me wrong, though. People being ‘flippant’ about these things is another matter. I did not consider the handling of depression here to be flippant, though.

    • Nathan Nguyen

      I think your interpretation is deifintely the creator’s intent. As someone who has never had depression, Nerv’s actions still came off ill informed and naive. But maybe thats only because I’ve followed LittleKuriboh’s chronicling of his fight with depression.
      I really liked how the creators wove this depression angle into the story as it plays into the central conceit that this universe is one where American localizers shoe horned well-meaning, but ultimately harmful 90’s era esque PSAs into the story. The fact that Steve’s approach ultimately kills Shinji cements my belief that the creators are satirizing Nerv’s gung ho “fires of compassion” approach to dealing with depression.
      Of course, everyone is different, and entitled to their own interpretations and opinions of the video, but with regard to author intent, I think the creators knew exactly what they were doing: criticizing simplistic interpretations and solutions to depression (while somehow still coming off sincerely thankfull to the well meaning sympathizers), and providing an outlet to discuss the issue.
      Of course, not everyone is going to read the video that way, and this video certainly won’t help everyone with depression, but different coping mechanisms work for different people and I trust that the creators, as people who have suffered from depression, understand that.

    • Lurker in the shadows

      I think you missed something important; the point of view. The point isn’t that it’s talking to people with depression, but from a third person point of view which is witnessing somebody with depression interact with somebody who is innocently unaware of how to comfort somebody who suffers from it

      • Melian Blathery

        You’re right – I didn’t think of that. But my concern is based rather upon the fact that no one – neither the judges nor the people commenting, and not the creator either – seemed to be saying anything about this. It sounds a lot like everyone just thinks this was great and uplifting, when it’s actually really cutting towards the people who hurt the depressed with good intentions.

    • Knight-Of-Creation

      Not really. The entire first part of the show was meant to be seen in that light. It’s supposed to look that way. I know because Hawk directly told me that. He meant for you to see it that way, to see Steve as both right and wrong. Although he tried his best and never gave up, he just didn’t know what he was doing. In fact, what you said about Steve shouldn’t have been forcing himself onto Shinji was exactly what he meant.

  • Joe King

    Well, it looks like Star Wrecked is the winner. Thanks for playing, everyone.

  • Stephen Rosebaugh-Nordan

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B01o2xtJwgk

    I am positively blown away. I…adore this piece. When the final message played, I literally got off my couch, stood up, and clapped, alone in my apartment. One of the big overriding problems I have with Eva is the fact that it’s such a dark and miserable place, where it frequently craps on its would be savior and puts you in a depressing mood. This turns that on its head and makes it not only funny and cheesy, but also a piece truly about how you can save people and that you are not a monster. Sadness is not something you have to deal with alone and pity can be overcome(Shinji emo…brilliant). The metaphors can at times be a bit heavy handed, but it’s probably my favorite thus far, beating out YYH, batman, and yes, even ROTK. The theme song alterations, the fact that they use the source footage in such clever ways, and the overall quality of the writing is just perfect. I definitely chuckled a bit and rolled my eyes at the PSA ending with it’s clearly reading from a script eye movements, but…having lived with depression for a long time…it also hits home with the candid response from the creators and “Steve,” saying, you are not a monster and you are not alone.

    If there’s one complaint I’d levy, it is against the dark joke related to Rei…chel and Steve’s father. It clashes with the tone and I’d be really sad if I watched this for episodes only to have that reveal. I think it stands well enough on it’s own as an uplifting one off. Not sure how you could remotely make this a series, but if they ever did…hell, I’d watch it.

    The creators of this piece should be absolutely proud of their work. This is masterful and a tribute to all of us who suffer and somehow get through it and all of those suffering and who we can still help. To quote the end of the original series…Congratulations.

  • JustAHologram

    Extremely solid all around, just curious was the foreshadowing of the dad to set up future hijinks?

  • Kyo And Ruka

    Really good all around.

  • Redaemor

    You can do it, TIBA. I have faith that one video will make me laugh. Come on #1!!!
    Yes, I’ve watched every one.

    • ConanTakeTwo

      that is just depressing dude do you want a hug?

  • Lavaros

    Real happy and impressed that this made it so high up.

  • Jack Hays

    unfunny jokes and blatant pandering coupled with mediocre voice acting. This really doesn’t deserve to be this high on the list.

    • John Duarte

      Reading the comments, aside from my own personal issues with depression. I kinda agree. I think I did 1 small laugh thru the whole video. TFS literally makes me even tear up at times from laughing, and I’ve been laughing with them for a VERY long time. I think that while the creators PSA helped (cause some of the judges know ppl with depression). I don’t believe this should ever really be a PSA, unless the very end. Pretty much alot of the jokes towards emo, depression, etc. should be thrown out into a tire fire, and exchanged with other jokes that pretty much don’t seem so… hurried and unfunny.

  • zekana

    holy shit this was really good. i was laughing all throughout this. i liked the original show well enough but this really captures the shows feelings and messages but in complete reverse.
    the only problem though is the fact that I don’t know if i would find this funny if i didn’t know about evangelion. Obviously abridged series are intended to be enjoyed by people who have watched the show but if you never watched eva or even heard about it cause let’s be honest, nearly everyone who watches anime even casually knows atleast by proxy
    how dark eva is, then what would their opinion of this be?

    so a simple question to anyone out there who has never watched eva. what did you think about this? I’m honestly curious now.

    • Ben “hbi2k”

      Things I know about Evangelion:

      1.) Everyone hates Shinji.
      2.) It has one of those anime endings where the world explodes or they punch God or something, and no one can agree what it means.
      3.) They got some of them there pretty anime girls so’s they can put them on really creepy merchandise.
      4.) I watched the first DVD’s worth of episodes back in the day and found it a well-animated but very average giant robot show with some really strange and disorienting tonal shifts.
      5.) But they tell me it gets better after that.

      • Malcolm Williams

        that pretty much sums up Eva actually. Even in the latter parts of the series. Everyone still hates Shinji – except one person who happens to be an Angel. Everyone hates Shinji even more…It’s an accurate assessment. In fact, the some offshoots of Eva are much better than the actual plot since there’s some coherence (Angelic Days immediately comes to mind).

        I have been meaning to re-watch it but boy howdy it’s a trip. A very depressive trip. And when I first watched it, I won’t lie. I was a depressive MOFO. Watching it with some sense of sanity you are both in awe of the work and just how…silly it can be

      • Brian Rodriguez

        There is a good reason to hate Shinji…He hates himself to the point that it causes more death and destruction than the fucking giant monsters they are fighting! That’s the reason why i’m unable to completely like Evangelion it’s Shinji when the main character is so easy to hate i become unable to identify with the show.

      • Koyomi Ougi

        That is pretty much what depression is. The creator of the show hated himself and wanted to commit suicide multiple times while producing Eva. The economy collapsed, his life wasn’t doing well, and fans of his work started to mail hate letters and death threats to the point where he even questions why is he doing this anymore. Evangelion was made as an outlet to vent his depression and frustration that many others felt during the time.

      • hariman

        To me, the first half of the original Evangelion is a very good giant mecha show. The second half is a dark view into the slow collapse of the creator, until the creator eventually hates the fanbase of the show.

  • android19

    This was really good. A+

  • goombacrusher

    I agreed that the jokes with Rei-chel were out of place, it was weird for it to start hinting at the dark elements of the series when the rest of the episode was all about turning it on its head to be aggressively upbeat. Otherwise, a solid and very funny entry.

  • Ivan LeRoy

    Saving my criticism for the live stream on November 1st. It’s not good and a mere text box will not get the message across right.

  • Joshua Toback

    Huh? I’ve never heard of this entry until now.

    And I am so glad that it placed here.

    I expected a few entries to take this spot, but now that I’ve seen this episode I know it deserves to be here. I loved the jokes. I felt the emotions. The editing was superb. And I even connected with the whole thing. This is without a doubt, one of the best entries in the entire competition. And while I am sad that some of my personal favorites will be snubbed, I am okay with that. I am going to subscribe to the creators of this right now. Good job, everyone.

  • NuclearBernz

    This was a very solid parody, definitely deserves its spot on the list, congrats to those who made it. Personally I might have placed it at number 3 and put Panic! at the Hakusho as number 2 since I felt that it was a bit funnier, but I’m not a judge and admittedly have an extreme bias towards yu yu hakusho. In any case, great video with a deep message.

  • Malcolm Williams

    I didn’t expect to be given such a powerful message at the end but wow.

    The framing of Eva as almost a censored 4KIDS-esque version was extremely brave (maybe not 4Kids esque but definitely harmony gold Robotech). But the execution was incredible. The moments with Rei-chel and Ritsuko being Australian literally made me LOL. Steve’s first fight with Shinji almost turned the entire entry on its head (in a very good way). The ending part with the very special (and somewhat MOVING) depression makes it seem like an amazing buildup that was well established throughout the entire abridged series. From happiness to Rei’s introduction (which the series did take a turn canonically), the first angel, and the ending, everything was staged almost in many ways the development of a person who has endured depression as a clinical diagnosis and the ultimate realization of acceptance of self. There were so many layers to this, I am afraid my commentary doesn’t give it too much justice. I highly recommend this entry! The Hawk Abridging, fantastic job! Lots of love went into this abridged series and ultimately made me realize that abridging can take so many different turns and still feel like an amazing love letter to the abridger and the source material.

    I can’t tell you how much I loved this!

  • Matt McKisson

    Writing was pretty funny, editing was good. But the shift at the end. Oh my god. As a person with depression, it was very moving. Congratulations, guys. You deserve this.

    • Michael Bootes

      I especially love the stilted speech and how they had the eyes move so as to be very clearly reading off a prompt card

  • DoktorApplejuce

    Huge congrats to the one and only Hawk! It was FATE that this entry made it to this position. It will STAY an example of what great abridging looks like for many NIGHTs to come. …Yes, I just gave a really awkwardly worded congratulation message for the sake of a pun. Trust me, if I could have, I would have worked Unlimited Blade Works into there. (No, but seriously; huge congrats!)

  • the opening was awesome congrats to hawk and every one involved (seriously go check all of their channels)
    now to wonder what number 1 is
    flcl abridged?
    star wrecked?
    purpleeyes staring into the camera for 10 mins?

    • Bosse Linder

      I think it will be FAKKUMAN

      • d Destro

        Diecks for everyone