Agreed eva is complex. but the question is; is it only as complex as the fool who's watching it?
To iriterat. Eva was the the second anima i had ever seen.( First one being Martian sucessor Nadesco) at the end of it my head hurt. not because i didn't understand any of it but i understood it to a fashion that depressed me. a month later i'm talking to someone about eve and they tell me that the show is just an emphyrical representation of Shinji's transistion from boyhood into manhood.......... WTF????
Watch it again. this time with the guy i was talking to and another friend who hadn't seen it. as prompted i watched with the focus of the boy-to-man thing and yes i saw what he ment. my other friend however was lost.
the only comment he made was "gee that Asuka's a *****!"
past that for him it was just another show.
fast forward another couple of months and i'm at an anime club once agian discussing with my limited knowledge Evangelion.
and boy was my knowlege limited. i heard theories that day that overheat my mind just trying to categorise them let alone understand them. one enterprising fellow even went so far as to suggest that PenPen was in fact god, come to earth to watch the downfall of man. Thankfully he was shouted down by everyone else.
unfortuanlty now i go and watch evangelion and i can see all the different angles and theories.(except for the PenPen one... thankfully.) but if i hadn't had all those views made known to me i would probably still enjoy it as an interesting anime, instead of disecting ever word and pixel for hidden meaning.
so, what it comes down to is not how much do you know about eva, but how much do you want to know?
plus, is it a good idea to explain the show to a new viewer, or more importanly, should it be used to introduce someone to anime?
in light of the fact that if i had told my frind to actally watch the show instead of SMSing his grilfriend every five minutes he might have caught enough to come away with a less glazed expession.