Me: He only whines in a couple of episodes, and, even then, that's when he was eaten up by an Angel, dissolved in his mother's womb, or after he murders a guy. I think he has reason to be a little upset.
Criticism: Shinji should man up
Me: He does around the fight with the 5th Angel, but then the rest of the series breaks him down. Also, considering he displays all the signs of clinical depression, the fact he didn't go into a fetal position from the beginning is kinda remarkable.
Criticism: The show is pretentious!
Me: Ghost in the Shell, Trigun, Ergo Proxy, Akira, Nausicaa, and even freaking Naruto discuss philosophy more often than Evangelion. That show is far from pretentious.
Criticism: I want more robots fighting monsters! Not enough action!
Me: Watch Rebuild of Evangelion if you want more action. Besides, almost every other mecha anime is overflowing with action. Let's have some variety.
Criticism: The show makes no sense.
Me: This isn't Homestuck. It makes perfect sense. Watch it again.
Criticism: The dub sucks.
Me: It gets better, but it was an early anime dub. What do you expect?
Criticism: It's too depressing for me.
Me: ...okay, that's fine then.
Criticism: People only like it because they say it's deep, but there's nothing to it! It's a messily written train-wreck!
Me: I like it because I really love the characters. People say it's deep because it is. That doesn't mean there aren't deeper stories, but it connected to some people who COULD draw a lot out of it. You can't say it's shallow when it means that much to a lot of people.
Criticism: I get it. I just don't like it.
Me: That's alright. If it doesn't do anything for you, no one should FORCE you to like an anime. We're allowed to have our own opinions on something, and that means that we don't need to go crazy when someone disagrees with us. In the end, we're all a bunch of geeks dorking out about stuff we like. You shouldn't be forced to like every critically acclaimed anime just because it's critically acclaimed. Watch the stories you like, and stop forcing people to like what you like.