Ranked #193

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Alternative Titles

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

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 1995 to Mar 27, 1996
Premiered: Fall 1995
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 18:30 (JST)
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: Gainax
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 8.321 (scored by 226,269 users)
Ranked: #1932
Popularity: #32
Members: 375,931
Favorites: 26,045
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Synopsis

In the year 2015, the world stands on the brink of destruction. Humanity's last hope lies in the hands of Nerv, a special agency under the United Nations, and their Evangelions, giant machines capable of defeating the Angels who herald Earth's ruin. Gendou Ikari, head of the organization, seeks compatible pilots who can synchronize with the Evangelions and realize their true potential. Aiding in this defensive endeavor are talented personnel Misato Katsuragi, Head of Tactical Operations, and Ritsuko Akagi, Chief Scientist.

Face to face with his father for the first time in years, 14-year-old Shinji Ikari's average life is irreversibly changed when he is whisked away into the depths of Nerv, and into a harrowing new destiny—he must become the pilot of Evangelion Unit-01 with the fate of mankind on his shoulders.

Written by Hideaki Anno, Neon Genesis Evangelion is a heroic tale of a young boy who will become a legend. But as this psychological drama unfolds, ancient secrets beneath the big picture begin to bubble to the surface...

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

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Characters & Voice Actors

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

Staff

Anno, Hideaki
Anno, Hideaki
Producer, Director, Script, Storyboard, Key Animation, Mechanical Design
Yamaga, Hiroyuki
Yamaga, Hiroyuki
Producer
Kobayashi, Noriko
Kobayashi, Noriko
Producer
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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Archaeon
Nov 14, 2007
Since so many people have requested this over the years and as there's a new system in place I'm adding my 2009 review for this series which was originally posted on my blog here on MAL. The 2007 one was written in response to the obtuse fans that were here at the time, and it will remain after the review as removing it completely would serve no purpose.

It's also a reminder to me of something important.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most debated animes in history. Some would argue that there are numerous hidden messages in the show, while others argue that it simply read more
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CitizenGeek
Sep 28, 2007
Note: this review is spoiler free.

Hugely experimental and wonderfully unique, Evangelion is a roaring success.

The basic, initial, plot goes thus: a 14-year-old boy named Shinji is called to NERV (an organization charged with defending mankind from extinction, no less) by his estranged, seemingly cold and calculating father. There, his fathers' first words are an order to pilot an immense robotic machine, the titular Evangelion, and fight against the monster that's attacking Tokyo-3, the city under which NERV has it's headquarters. These illusory 'monsters' are called Angels and are seemingly invincible - traditional weaponry, even in the year 2015, has minimal effect upon them. Only the read more
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ChristopherKClaw
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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literaturenerd
Sep 15, 2014
Overview:

Time to travel back to the mid 1990s and evaluate one of the most influential anime of the last quarter century! Evangelion was once hailed as the deepest anime to ever exist. The random references to Gnostic Christianity, Jungian psychology, cross shaped explosions, and inclusion of classical music was seen as the very zenith of intelligence in anime. Eventually this caused a massive backlash and much like its fellow 90s hit, American beauty, internet critics attempted to push it off the pedestal and into the mud. It became all the rage to bash Eva for being pretentious and even the writer/director, Hideaki Anno, said that read more
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