So the films are supposed to be a more depressed or less depressed version of a dystopian future than the series?
But I do agree, you probably would be hard -pressed to find a more messed up anime series. Why does *that* aspect alone make this so mind-blowingly popular? I have no idea. Of course I appreciate Anime that can be serious, even edgy at times. But I don't think making the most depressing anime ever makes it more "realistic". If we walk around with doom & gloom on our minds all the time, sure I guess... But despite it all, there are GOOD things in this world, there are FUN things as well.
--I dare any anime fan who has an even, well-adjusted, temperament not to have fun watching an episode of King of Braves: GaoGaiGar. Of course, if you want to flip the scales the other way. I still say the story of what D-Boy goes through in Tekkaman Blade is more tragic than Shinji in NGE.
There are no more good TV Shows, only ones that haven't disappointed me yet.