Yes. Watch Puchi Puri Yucie while your at it. Anno was the script supervisor so it's totally like Evangelion too.
In some ways it is for the early episodes. Directorial approach is similar. That goes out the window when Anno leaves.
If you want to watch something really similar to Eva, watch his live action movies Love and Pop and Shiki-Jitsu.
the mangaka bitched because anno made the anime different from her perspective and kept bitching until anno said whatever bitch eat shit
and the anime got canned, it's good if you watch it until episode 18, it feels it could end there
The ending was seriously shit, but I enjoyed bizarre stuff that resulted from lack of budget, like the episode where they waved around character cutouts on sticks in liew of animation for a few scenes.
>the mangaka bitched because anno made the anime different from her perspective
>a woman talking back to anno
It's like she didn't know who anno is. Welp.
So, should i really just drop it at 18 episodes?
yes, episode 19 onwards is like the start of a new arc because they are preparing for a school festival, and then it just suddendly ends before the festival starts
you can read the manga anyways if you want more