Neon Genesis Evangelion

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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, GKIDS, Netflix
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, Avant GardeAvant Garde, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.331 (scored by 796303796,303 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2002
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #50
Members: 1,389,213
Favorites: 79,732

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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 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. 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: 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 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 Neon Genesis 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, End of Evangelion, 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.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Staff

Anno, Hideaki
Producer, Director, Script, Storyboard, Mechanical Design, Creator, Key Animation
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)



Nov 14, 2007
Archaeon (All reviews)
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
Sep 28, 2007
CitizenGeek (All reviews)
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
Apr 27, 2013
Lemmy7003 (All reviews)
Evangelion is widely considered one of the most influential anime created in the 1990's, if not of all time. It is extremely well known for it's brave attempts to turn the mecha genre on it's head, it's deep character development, and it's unorthodox storyline. Created by acclaimed studio Gainax, and written by both praised (and sometimes hated) writer Hideaki Anno, Evangelion has been called a masterpiece by anime fans. Does it deserve this praise.

Simply, yes.

Story: One of the most well known aspects of Evangelion is it's story; it is simply unorthodox, as it does the process of not feeding all of the story the viewer; read more
Aug 8, 2015
ChrissyKay (All reviews)
Mod Edit: This review may contain spoilers.
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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 read more

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