This is the best sci-fi anime ever created.
>tfw all the characters aside from misato are unenjoyable shitbags
It wouldn't really matter considering how awesome the setting is if it weren't for the fact it's a heavily character driven show.
The 70's one, all 3 seasons, all movies
60-70 episodes ish
Yuru Yuri and its careful and appropriate treatment of timeloops.
Some people can dislike evangelion and not be retarded. Some people can like it thoroughly and be retarded. Your assumption that somebody who doesn't appreciate those characters is retarded, is, in fact, more retarded.