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The fact that so many books still name Neon Genesis Evangelion as "the greatest or most significant or most influential" anime ever only tells you how far anime still is from becoming a serious art. Music critics have long recognized that some of the greatest artists of all times are John Coltrane and Duke Ellington, who were not the most famous or richest or best sellers of their times, let alone of all times. Literature critics rank the highly controversial Voltaire over traditional writers who were highly popular in places around Europe. Anime critics are still blinded by commercial success. Evangelion sold more merchandise than anyone else (not true, by the way), therefore it must have been the greatest. Music critics grow up listening to a lot of music of the past, literature critics grow up reading a lot of classic works of the past. Anime critics are often totally ignorant of the anime of the past, they barely know the best sellers. No wonder they think that Evangelion is anything worthy of being saved.