The title is meant to mean “The Gospel of the New Century.”
The story is set fifteen years after a worldwide cataclysm, in the futuristic fortified city of Tokyo-3. The protagonist is Shinji, a teenage boy who was recruited by his father to the shadowy organization Nerv to pilot a giant bio-machine mecha called an “Evangelion” into combat with alien beings called “Angels”. The series explores the experiences and emotions of Evangelion pilots and members of Nerv as they try to prevent any and all of the Angels from causing another cataclysm, and as they deal with the quest of finding out the real truth behind events and organizational moves.
The series also features imagery derived from Kabbalah, Christianity, and Judaism.
Whew. Basically giant robots, kid pilots, kinda religious, world’s gonna end, and GO. Which is the plot of a lot of mecha-themed Anime, when you get around to it.
There is 1 queer character listed for this show; none are dead.