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Neon Genesis Evangelion


Neon Genesis Evangelion

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Neon Genesis Evangelion
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Logo of the anime television series
(Shin Seiki Evangerion)
Genre Apocalyptic,[1] mecha,[2] psychological drama[3]
Created by Gainax
Anime television series
Directed by
Produced by
Written by Hideaki Anno, et al
Music by Shirō Sagisu
Licensed by Netflix (worldwide streaming license)
Original network TV Tokyo
English network
Original run October 4, 1995 – March 27, 1996
Episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Neon Genesis Evangelion: ANIMA
Written by Ikuto Yamashita
Published by ASCII Media Works
English publisher
Imprint Dengeki Bunko
Magazine Dengeki Hobby Magazine
Demographic Male
Original run January 2008 – April 2013
Volumes (List of volumes)
Anime films
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

Neon Genesis Evangelion[4] (Japanese新世紀エヴァンゲリオンHepburnShinseiki Evangerion, lit. "New Century Gospel") is a Japanese mecha anime television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production, directed by Hideaki Anno and broadcast on TV Tokyo from October 1995 to March 1996. The cast included Megumi Ogata as Shinji IkariKotono Mitsuishi as Misato KatsuragiMegumi Hayashibara as Rei Ayanami, and Yūko Miyamura as Asuka Langley SoryuMusic for the series was composed by Shirō Sagisu.

Evangelion is set fifteen years after a worldwide cataclysm, particularly in the futuristic fortified city of Tokyo-3. The protagonist is Shinji, a teenage boy who was recruited by his father Gendo to the shadowy organization Nerv to pilot a giant bio-machine mecha called an "Evangelion" into combat with alien beings called "Angels". The series explores the experiences and emotions of Evangelion pilots and members of Nerv as they try to prevent Angels from causing more cataclysms. In the process, they are called upon to understand the ultimate causes of events and the motives for human action.[5] It recast the saintly inventor/father as a sinister figure, and the enthusiastic teenage protagonist as a vacillating introvert, a deconstruction of classic mecha anime tropes.[6] The series features archetypal imagery derived from Shinto cosmology as well as Jewish and Christian mystical traditions, including Midrashic tales, Kabbalah and Gnosticism. The psychoanalytic theories of Freud and Jung also feature prominently.[7]

Neon Genesis Evangelion received critical acclaim but also garnered controversy.[8] Particularly controversial were the last two episodes of the show. In 1997 Hideaki Anno and Gainax released the feature film The End of Evangelion, providing an alternative ending for the show. Regarded as a deconstruction of the mecha genre, the original TV series led to a rebirth of the anime industry and has become a cultural icon. Film, manga, home video, and other products in the Evangelion franchise have achieved record sales in Japanese markets and strong sales in overseas markets, with related goods selling over ¥150 billion by 2007 and Evangelion pachinko machines selling ¥700 billion by 2015.


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