Ranked #198

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Alternative Titles

English: Neon Genesis Evangelion
Synonyms: Shinseiki Evangelion
Japanese: 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 1995 to Mar 27, 1996
Premiered: Fall 1995
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.321 (scored by 215,012 users)
Ranked: #1982
Popularity: #29
Members: 355,537
Favorites: 24,514
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In the year 2015, the Angels, huge, tremendously powerful, alien war machines, appear in Tokyo for the second time. The only hope for Mankind's survival lies in the Evangelion, a humanoid fighting machine developed by NERV, a special United Nations agency. Capable of withstanding anything the Angels can dish out, the Evangelion's one drawback lies in the limited number of people able to pilot them. Only a handful of teenagers, all born fourteen years ago, nine months after the Angels first appeared, are able to interface with the Evangelion. One such teenager is Shinji Ikari, whose father heads the NERV team that developed and maintains the Evangelion. Thrust into a maelstrom of battle and events that he does not understand, Shinji is forced to plumb the depths of his own inner resources for the courage and strength to not only fight, but to survive, or risk losing everything.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Souryuu, Asuka Langley
Souryuu, Asuka Langley
Miyamura, Yuko
Miyamura, Yuko
Ayanami, Rei
Ayanami, Rei
Hayashibara, Megumi
Hayashibara, Megumi
Ikari, Shinji
Ikari, Shinji
Ogata, Megumi
Ogata, Megumi
Katsuragi, Misato
Katsuragi, Misato
Mitsuishi, Kotono
Mitsuishi, Kotono


Anno, Hideaki
Anno, Hideaki
Producer, Director, Script, Storyboard, Mechanical Design, Key Animation
Yamaga, Hiroyuki
Yamaga, Hiroyuki
Kobayashi, Noriko
Kobayashi, Noriko
Tanaka, Hideyuki
Tanaka, Hideyuki
Sound Director

More episodes Episodes(26/26)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Angel Attack
Shito, Shuurai (使徒、襲来)
Oct 4, 1995
2 The Beast
Mishiranu, Tenjou (見知らぬ、天井)
Oct 11, 1995
3 A Transfer
Naranai, Denwa (鳴らない、電話)
Oct 18, 1995
4 Hedgehog's Dilemma
Ame, Nigedashita Ato (雨、逃げ出した後)
Oct 25, 1995
5 Rei I
Rei, Kokoro no Mukou ni (レイ、心のむこうに)
Nov 1, 1995

Opening Theme

"Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis (残酷な天使のテーゼ, A Cruel Angel's Thesis)" by Yoko Takahashi

Ending Theme

#01: "Fly Me to the Moon" by Claire
#02: "Fly Me to the Moon (Rei #5 Version)" by Megumi Hayashibara (ep 5)
#03: "Fly Me to the Moon (Rei #6 Version)" by Megumi Hayashibara (ep 6)
#04: "Fly Me to the Moon -4 Beat Version-" by Yoko Takahashi (eps 7,12)
#05: "Fly Me to the Moon (Aya Bossa Techno Version)" by Aya (eps 8,22)
#06: "Fly Me to the Moon (Yoko Takahashi Acid Bossa Version)" by Yoko Takahashi (eps 9,13)
#07: "Fly Me to the Moon (Yoko Takahashi Version)" by Yoko Takahashi (eps 10,14,21)
#08: "Fly Me to the Moon -4 Beat Version (Off-Vocal)-" by [Instrumental] (ep 15)
#09: "Fly Me to the Moon (Off-Vocal Version)" by [Instrumental] (eps 16,24)
#10: "Fly Me to the Moon (Aki Jungle Version)" by Aki (ep 17)
#11: "Fly Me to the Moon -B22 (A-Type)-" by [Instrumental] (ep 20)
#12: "Fly Me to the Moon (Rei #23 Version)" by Megumi Hayashibara (ep 23)
#13: "Fly Me to the Moon (Rei #25 Version)" by Megumi Hayashibara (ep 25)
#14: "Fly Me to the Moon (Rei #26 Version)" by Megumi Hayashibara (ep 26)

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Aug 8, 2015
People have been fighting over the merits of Neon Genesis Evangelion since its conception, engaging in an endless bloody war to decide whether or not the series is a masterpiece or overly-pretentious filth. Writing a review for Evangelion is pretty much just adding fuel to the fire, giving one side or another some extra ammo with which to demolish the opinions of the opposition. For that reason, I've decided to do something different with my Evangelion review. I'm actually going to write two reviews, one heralding Evangelion as a masterpiece and the other condemning it as mediocre bilge. I've put my full effort into both read more
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Nov 19, 2015
Machine guns, explosions, fancy cars and Mechs. Sounds like a James Bonds film. Neon Genesis Evangelion from Gainax banks on the very essence of James Bond. Action thriving men, yes, we're talking about Tim Taylor grunt out loud to show your manhood type of men. The great thing about Neon Genesis Evangelion is that it appeals not only to that type of men, but to all men! Even if you don't think this anime is for you, you should check it out.

At first, you're not sure what to do in this anime. Unless you've seen the prequel. Neon Genesis Evangelion is not really a read more
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Nov 13, 2015
Neon Genesis Evangelion (NGE) dives into a dystopian universe that starts with a typical premise but quickly takes a bizarre turn. This review is spoiler free, and I am happy to answer questions!

Scroll down to see my recommended watching order.

Characters: 9/10

While some people dislike the protagonist, Shinji Ikari, I consider him one of anime’s most unique and complex characters. He whines a lot, true, but he offers a more realistic perspective of how a child might react to being told he (or she) must save the world. Unlike the popular Ichigo Kurosaki style of kicking ass while facing impossible odds with only brief read more
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Jul 27, 2015
Eva is not only a poorly written pretentious story, but it also fucked up everything regarding japanese animation to the day. If we used to have good stories with great characters before It (80s~90s), thanks to this shit nowadays we have -every damn season- the obnoxious faggot MC, the retarded tsundere and the doll girl which doesn't actually matters.

The first 10-14 episodes were really hard to chew through, but I gave it a chance because they were killing an Angel every episode and I figured we'd get to the interesting parts of the story eventually. Then we explanations shrouded in ambiguity and hints. read more
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Eureka Seven takes many MANY things from Evangelion, such as characters (i.e: Rei Ayanami = Eureka), use of mecha, some things from the plot, etc. Sometimes when I was watching Eureka 7 I felt i was wachting eva, altough Eureka is not as sad or phsicological as Evangelion. 
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With a highly diverse cast that is both well rounded and lovable and a story line that continues to expand and evolve. The classic Evangelion is worth you time if you appreciated the story telling that Gainax can do so well and aren't afraid to think a little. 
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Many have linked Attack on Titan to Evangelion since long before AoT's anime came to be, for highly spoilerific (NOT MECHA) reasons. To be slightly less vague, Eva deconstructed the feel good / manly / heroic mecha genre with a combination of depression and tragedy. And, to a lesser extent, AoT went against the flow of shounen fighting cliches/tropes enough to make it stand out in the same way. So, both series' differences from the norm makes them comparable, in essence.

Unlike in its manga, near the end (ep24) AoT's anime had Eren act very much like Shinji from Eva: needing a peptalk  read more 
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Eva and Bokurano deconstruct the mecha genre by adding layers of extremely dark psychological content. Both are highly visceral, the action being centered around children who are forced into a conflict of literally cosmic proportions. In these series the nature of the enemy is ambiguous to the extreme, which makes the whole experience all the more poignant. Eva's latter episodes focus heavily on existential topics, which are replaced in Bokurano with a more psychological approach. The limitless situations the casts are subjected to and the depth of characterization makes these anime masterpieces, with an appeal that goes beyond the giant robot niche.

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