Shinseiki Evangelion


Neon Genesis Evangelion

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: NGE, Evangelion (1995)
Japanese: 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン
English: Neon Genesis Evangelion
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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: GKIDS
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, Avant GardeAvant Garde, Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: MechaMecha, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.351 (scored by 10954471,095,447 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2242
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #45
Members: 1,831,106
Favorites: 106,836

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Synopsis

Fifteen years after a cataclysmic event known as the Second Impact, the world faces a new threat: monstrous celestial beings called Angels invade Tokyo-3 one by one. Mankind is unable to defend themselves against the Angels despite utilizing their most advanced munitions and military tactics. The only hope for human salvation rests in the hands of NERV, a mysterious organization led by the cold Gendou Ikari. NERV operates giant humanoid robots dubbed "Evangelions" to combat the Angels with state-of-the-art advanced weaponry and protective barriers known as Absolute Terror Fields.

Years after being abandoned by his father, Shinji Ikari, Gendou's 14-year-old son, returns to Tokyo-3. Shinji undergoes a perpetual internal battle against the deeply buried trauma caused by the loss of his mother and the emotional neglect he suffered at the hands of his father. Terrified to open himself up to another, Shinji's life is forever changed upon meeting 29-year-old Misato Katsuragi, a high-ranking NERV officer who shows him a free-spirited maternal kindness he has never experienced.

A devastating Angel attack forces Shinji into action as Gendou reveals his true motive for inviting his son back to Tokyo-3: Shinji is the only child capable of efficiently piloting Evangelion Unit-01, a new robot that synchronizes with his biometrics. Despite the brutal psychological trauma brought about by piloting an Evangelion, Shinji defends Tokyo-3 against the angelic threat, oblivious to his father's dark machinations.

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Background

Director Hideaki Anno's depression is what led to the dark themes of Shinseiki Evangelion. Budgetary problems and parental complaints about content led to the original ending being scrapped and replaced with an extremely limited-animation ending breaking from the main plot. A movie, Air/Magokoro wo, Kimi ni, was later made based in part on the original planned ending and in part on Anno's increasing frustration with the otaku fanbase. The series' mix of psychoanalysis, religious symbolism, and genre deconstruction proved extremely influential on mature anime in the late '90s onward. The Japan Media Arts Festival in 2006 ranked it as the most popular anime of all time.

Characters & Voice Actors


Staff

Anno, Hideaki
Producer, Director, Script, Storyboard, Key Animation, Creator, Mechanical Design
Yamaga, Hiroyuki
Producer
Kobayashi, Noriko
Producer
Takahashi, Tomoko
Assistant Producer


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Opening Theme

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

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




Reviews

May 19, 2024
Oh, Evangelion. How can I ever discover more of Gainax’s other shows without your existence? I got into this series by looking at shitposts of it alone. At first, I genuinely thought it would be a parody series that jokes about hospitalization and shit until I took a better look into the actual show. While yes, this series has that damn hospital scene, that’s not what I’m talking about. Evangelion is perhaps one of the most complicated anime ever for all the good reasons. One would say that it’s hard to get into and while that is certainly understandable, the thing is, it’s really meant ...
Dec 22, 2023
Mixed Feelings
"Wait, what is this... This is me... This is the shape that let others recognise me as myself!"

The plot is really scrambly, but what makes it beautiful is that you can piece the puzzle pieces together yourself in your head. There are lots of theories online about what's supposed to be the real meaning of Evangelion, the real plot, the real "purpose" of everything. They even go as far as comparing it to the most wild shit ever. But it all makes sense in some way or another.

For me the beauty of Evangelion comes from the realization of it all after you're done watching it. ...
May 18, 2024
Evangelion is an anime that I became interested in due to some reviews that gave me hope that this was some kind of hidden gem that was similar to Narutaru. Little did I know it would be no where near that except maybe in tone alone.

Evangelion provides more questions than answers with various things that add some charm and direction, but never really ties anything off, and to that point, nothing really felt relevant to the overall plot despite it somehow progressing things. There are many times where you're introduced to new characters or information regarding the cast, only for that information to end there, ...

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