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Neon Genesis Evangelion 

Shin Seiki Evangerion (original title)
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A teenage boy finds himself recruited as a member of an elite team of pilots by his father.

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Hideaki Anno
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Spike Spencer Spike Spencer ...  Shinji Ikari 26 episodes, 1995-1996
Allison Keith ...  Misato Katsuragi 26 episodes, 1995-1996
Sue Ulu ...  Ritsuko Akagi 26 episodes, 1995-1996
Amanda Winn Lee ...  Rei Ayanami 26 episodes, 1995-1996
Tristan MacAvery ...  Gendo Ikari 26 episodes, 1995-1996
Tiffany Grant ...  Asuka Langly Soryu 26 episodes, 1995-1996
Guil Lunde Guil Lunde ...  Kozo Fuyutsuki 26 episodes, 1995-1996
Matt Greenfield ...  Makoto Hyuga 26 episodes, 1995-1996
Kendra Benham Kendra Benham ...  Maya Ibuki 26 episodes, 1995-1996
Jason Lee Jason Lee ...  Shigeru Aoba 26 episodes, 1995-1996
Carrie Keranen ...  Misato Katsuragi (2019 re-dub) 26 episodes, 1995-1996
Casey Mongillo ...  Shinji Ikari (2019 re-dub) 26 episodes, 1995-1996
Ryan Bartley ...  Rei Ayanami (2019 re-dub) 25 episodes, 1995-1996
Pedro de Aguillón Pedro de Aguillón ...  Seele Member 25 episodes, 1995-1996
Erica Lindbeck ...  Ritsuko Akagi (2019 re-dub) 25 episodes, 1995-1996
Christine Marie Cabanos ...  Maya Ibuki (2019 re-dub) 24 episodes, 1995-1996
Daniel Mk Cohen ...  Makoto Hyuga (2019 re-dub) 24 episodes, 1995-1996
Ray Chase ...  Gendo Ikari (2019 re-dub) 23 episodes, 1995-1996
JP Karliak ...  Kouzou Fuyutsuki (2019 re-dub) 22 episodes, 1995-1996
Joe Pisano Joe Pisano ...  Toji Suzuhara 18 episodes, 1995-1996
Kurt Stoll Kurt Stoll ...  Kensuke Aida 18 episodes, 1995-1996
Stephanie McKeon ...  Asuka Langely Soryu (2019 re-dub) 18 episodes, 1995-1996
Aaron Krohn ...  Ryoji Kaji 17 episodes, 1995-1996
Carol Amerson ...  Hikari Horaki 17 episodes, 1995-1996
Ben Diskin ...  Kensuke Aida (2019 re-dub) 17 episodes, 1995-1996
Johnny Yong Bosch ...  Tohji Suzuhara (2019 re-dub) 16 episodes, 1995-1996
Billy Kametz Billy Kametz ...  Shigeru Aoba (2019 re-dub) 16 episodes, 1995-1996
Greg Chun ...  Ryoji Kaji (2019 re-dub) 15 episodes, 1995-1996
Abby Trott ...  Hikari Horaki (2019 re-dub) 14 episodes, 1995-1996
Kotono Mitsuishi ...  Misato Katsuragi / ... 13 episodes, 1995-1996
Yuriko Yamaguchi Yuriko Yamaguchi ...  Ritsuko Akagi / ... 13 episodes, 1995-1996
Megumi Ogata ...  Shinji Ikari / ... 13 episodes, 1995-1996
Robbie Friedman Robbie Friedman ...  Additional Voices 13 episodes, 1996
Henry Dittman ...  Council Member C (2019 re-dub) / ... 12 episodes, 1995-1996
Fumihiko Tachiki ...  Gendô Ikari / ... 11 episodes, 1995-1996
Hiro Yûki Hiro Yûki ...  Makoto Hyûga / ... 11 episodes, 1995-1996
Megumi Hayashibara ...  Rei Ayanami / ... 11 episodes, 1995-1996
Yûko Miyamura Yûko Miyamura ...  Asuka Langley Sôryû / ... 11 episodes, 1995-1996
Lucien Dodge ...  Seele 11 episodes, 1995-1996
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Storyline

When the Angels start attacking the planet Earth in the year 2015, only a handful of 14-year-old EVA pilots are able to stop them. Young Shinji Ikari suddenly finds himself forced to pilot EVA-01, a giant organic mecha, designed and constructed by NERV, that is the only thing that can stop the Angels. Written by Chris Cleveland

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

20 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neon Genesis Evangelion See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(26 episodes) | (entire series)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In Episode 7, Misato's cans of Yebisu beer are labelled "Yebichu", with a picture of a hamster replacing the "beer god". This is a reference to the manga "Oruchuban Ebichu" by Lisa Itoh, which Hideaki Anno was a fan of. When Gainax later produced the anime version, Oruchuban Ebichu (1999), they carried the joke over. See more »

Goofs

When Ritsuko is unzipping her wetsuit in episode 1, she is wearing a two-piece swimsuit underneath. When she meets Misato in the elevator in the next scene, she is wearing a one-piece swimsuit. See more »

Quotes

Rei Ayanami: [naked, with Shinji on top of her] Would you get off?
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Crazy Credits

A different version of "Fly Me to the Moon" is played in each episode. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Director's cuts. Look out SPOILERS: Episode 21:
  • Before the opening, and in a way very similar to the movie Death, this scene, where the 2nd Impact is reported.
  • Fuyutsuki living on houseboat: UN agent invites him to join Antarctica expedition to research 2nd Impact.
  • When Fuyutsuki talks about the mysteries around the 2nd Impact, some still images and dialog are added.
  • After this, appears a new scene: when Fuyutsuki is going to confront Gendo regarding the truth of 2nd Impact, he sees Yui on steps of the institute.
  • Yui and Fuyutsuki under a tree with baby Shinji.
  • In the traditional 21st episode, when Naoko Akagi is referring to Yui's death, some flash images are showed. Now in the revised edition, this images are replaced for a single one (at right).
  • Added dialogue when Kaji frees Fuyutsuki from SEELE.
  • Improved animation when Kaji dies.
  • Some scenes are added (but weren't made on purpose for the revised 21st episode) before the famous scene between Misato and her telephone.
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Connections

Referenced in El Reviewer Random: Kaiji (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Fly Me to the Moon
Ending theme
Performed by Claire, Yôko Takahashi, Kaoru Morota (as Aya), Kotono Mitsuishi, Megumi Hayashibara, Yuko Miyamura
Music and Lyrics by Bart Howard
Arrangement by Toshiyuki Ômori
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More than a feeling
31 July 2005 | by ttornakSee all my reviews

I'm not an anime fan. I tried this because of the reviews it gathered and after watching this I checked out other anime-titles. I couldn't have been more disappointed. No other anime even tried to approach the quality of this series.

The series start off simple enough. A boy is 'chosen' to fight big monsters in a robot. However, the monsters seem to be less important than the troubles the people face fighting them.

Although Shinji is no coward by any standard, he's a very troubled person. He hates himself and his father. He needs people around him but they are a constant source of pain. He's a loner, but he doesn't like it much.

Not a single major character is one-dimensional. Rei is a bit of an enigma, but you could imagine how this very intelligent girl would develop into someone resembling Ritsuko. Asuka is the brass, loud and overconfident girl who's smarter than she appears. Misato seems to be an emotional shut-in but she tries to enjoy life to the fullest. Ritsuko seems perfect at first, an intelligent career woman who's reliable and self-sufficient. And definitely last is Gendo, the commander : cold and focused, dealing with the threat as well as the constant verbal attacks of the Seele-members. Any major character could be analyzed as they grow throughout the series.

The first 15 episodes could be considered semi-light fare. Enjoyable and although there are several hints dropped along the way, nothing really gets out of hand too far. The series grow however, and after the 15th episode, the masks are taken off one by one, and it's not a pretty sight.

By the end of it all, the series have asked immortal questions like what are we, why are we here and is life worth all the pain that goes with it. For once these questions don't sound trite as the characters have a very good reason for asking.

Disturbing through the fate and behaviour of it's protagonists, stripping away all illusions about what men are and the horrors we are capable of, the series still manage to retain sympathy for it's characters and a spark of hope for mankind.

The series are not perfect. There's some fan-service,corny moments and situations that don't seem logical, especially in the first part of the series. But the many layers and genuine characters more than make up for it. In this case, the endresult outweigh the sum of it's part tremendously.

There are 101 reasons why the series have become how they are now. Production problems (time and money), Hidalgo's personal situation, the fans, the critics and so on. You can find socio-economic, theological and psychological analysis of this work. All very well written, interesting and equally valid. Whatever interests you, this series can make you think and hopefully feel.

I've only given 3 movies a 10. This is one of them. The rating is for the series+the movie. Powerful and unique.


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