NGE is far higher than they are, it's Bebop that is being compared.
But why is NGE so much higher than Macross or Gundam? The reason I was given for Bebop being lower than NGE was its cult popularity, which betrays a shallow knowledge of otaku culture. Evangelion isn't even the greatest mecha anime.
Yes, but that doesn't dissipate the importance of massively influential science fiction films.
No it doesn't, but in the case of massively influential science fiction films on a general film list I'd expect them to have broader influence. Azumanga Daioh has massive influence on slice of life high school comedy anime, Berserk has massive influence on fantasy anime etc. That is not sufficient reason for any of them to be higher than Cowboy Bebop on the list.
None of those shows (except Boondocks) are as popular or acclaimed as the ones I mentioned. Where's that crossover appeal?
Baccano, Samurai Champloo and Durarara!! less popular and critically acclaimed than RahXephon or Eureka 7. I don't think so son.
Plus the influence isn't quite as direct or exclusive. Okay maybe with Champloo, but that show was created as a clone of Bebop in the first place.
How is the NGE influence on, say, Code Geass or FLCL greater than the influence of Bebop on Baccano, Durarara!!, Michiko to Hatchin? Code Geass owes more to Death Note and camp space opera than Eva, for instance.
Ever compare the looks of mechas from before 1995 to mechas afterwards? The newer ones look surprisingly more Eva-like.
Yes and no. It's certainly had influence on the development of mecha design, but it's not as though all post-Evangelion mecha designs owe a huge debt of influence to NGE. Take Code Geass, for instance. The mecha in that look more like something out of Patlabor of Gundam than Eva.
The reason Evangelion is so influential is because it showed what animation was truly capable of. It showed that, yes, it can be used for kickass fight scenes, but it can also be used to provide intense character development and psychological profiles, as to the point where there's serious scholarly analysis. There's a reason that people call Evangelion a deconstruction. After Evangelion, more and more animators began to develop their characters more. This shows in virtually EVERY animated series with a continuous plot that appeared since.
I totally reject the notion that character development was lacking in pre-Evangelion anime. Legend of Galactic Heroes, considered to have the strongest plot and character development of any anime, started in 1988.
Even if we accepted your claim as fact, you'd be hard-pressed to pin the shift toward increased character development on just NGE, as 1995 also saw the release of great pieces of art like Ghosts in the Shell and Memories. And there was no shortage of psychological pretense and bizarre symbolism prior to Eva's release. Watch Angel's Egg and tell me how revolutionary Evangelion is.
Yes, Bebop was influential, but Evangelion literally changed the face of the animation industry.
I reject this idea applied to Japanese animation, let alone animation as a global whole. It certainly had a sizeable impact on mecha anime and even had some influence on anime unrelated to giant robots, like Serial Experiments Lain, but you really are overstating its importance.