I had a great time listening, the lightning round was hilarious, I bet cinematic universe meetings are really like that! Every time a marvel film has a moment where someone mentioned once in an obscure issue of an Avengers spin-off from the 70s or 80s appears at the end of the movie and says their name in a dramatic way I just can’t get hyped for it, I’m here thinking ‘hey I would normally just research the wiki for fun, now it just feels like a chore’. Bring on the Nintendo cinematic universe!
With regards to Evangelion games taking liberties with the source material, I mostly agree, however I believe that Neon Genesis Evangelion 2 (not to be confused with the Eva 2.0 movie tie-in game) for the PS2/PSP is the perfect Evangelion simulation. The game has 2 parts, an open-world life simulator where your interactions with other characters in the game affect how the story plays out and a pseudo RTS battle system which feels as clunky and uncomfortable as the actual battles in the series.
The life sim elements and character interactions really capture the ’hedgehog’s dilemma’ idea and angst/anxiety of the show to the degree that it actually made me feel uncomfortable playing it as a teenager. Also you can access computer terminals in game that actually explain unexplained/vague elements of the shows lore.
Strangely enough you can play as like, every character in the series and everyone has their own win conditions for completing the game. You can play as Kaji, you can play as Misato, you can even play as Fuyutsuki, it rules! Not a particularly fun game but it captures the atmosphere of the series perfectly.