Why didn't anyone grow in Evangelion? Why have these characters with these problems or issues that they never deal with or resolve? What a waste of time
Are giant robots fighting each other to end the world with Beethoven's 9th blasting just not enough for you?
No, it's not. It turns out I need either likeable characters or characters that experience an arc or some growth -- or a downward spiral in certain cases. Gimme something. That's part of why I dislike Eva despite loving mecha anime. Also all the faux religious imagery the creator or director or somebody involved with production later admitted was only thrown in there because it seemed cool and has little to no actual meaning or depth.
No depth like when the new kid turns out to be the last angel who's destiny is to destroy the world and end the age of man, and when the main character has to fight him to the death, this tragic final boss thanks him for defeating him because he had no choice but to try to initiate the apocalypse and wished humanity was strong enough to stop him? Is that a bland run of the mill villain we've all seen a thousand times in say, Dragon Ball Z, or whatever? Then there's always Aska's descent into madness, if you want a downward spiral.
I can see how many characters stay the same, and some are unlikable (Shinji is so cowardly it's annoying, etc.), but I think to say there's no depth or change or even downward spiral is more than a bit untenable. This is particularly offensive to me because most anime is unwatchable infantile bullshit, but Evangelion is one of the few animes with enough depth that I could actually enjoy it. I'd be interested in hearing what anime you consider to have great depth?