Neon Genesis Evangelion

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Neon Genesis Evangelion
(Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Genre Mecha, Apocalyptic/Post-apocalyptic, Psychological Thriller
Directed by Hideaki Anno
Animation by Suzuki Shunji
Takeshi Honda
Shin'ya Hasegawa
Music by Shirou Sagisu
Script by Hideaki Anno
Akio Satsukawa
Youji Enokido
Studio Gainax
Tatsunoko Productions
Production I.G
Star Child
Network TV Tokyo
Original run October 4, 1995 – March 27, 1996
No. of episodes 26
Written byYoshiyuki Sadamoto
PublisherKadokawa Shoten
Original run1995 – ongoing
Volumes11 (currently)
Game: Koutetsu no Girlfriend
Developer Gainax Network Systems
Genre Visual novel
RatingAges 12 and up
Platform Windows
Sega Saturn
Released February 1998
March 23, 2006
Game: Ayanami Ikusei Keikaku/Ayanami Ikusei Keikaku with Asuka Hokan Keikaku
Developer Gainax/Broccoli
Genre raising sim
RatingAges 13 and up
Platform PC
Nintendo DS
Released April 4, 2001
April 18, 2002
December 11, 2004
August 28, 2008
Game: Koutetsu no Girlfriend 2nd
Developer Gainax Network Systems
Genre Visual Novel
RatingAges 15 and up
Platform Windows
Released March 2, 2006
Game: Ikari Shinji Ikusei Keikaku
Developer Gainax
Genre life simulation
RatingAges 15 and up
Platform PC
Released September 24, 2004

Neon Genesis Evangelion (新世紀エヴァンゲリオン Shin Seiki Evangelion) is a series produced by GAINAX which aired from October 1995 to March 1996. It is an extremely influential and popular anime, so much that new merchandise is still being created over ten years after its original release. It is also the cause of much controversy, due to its often cryptic, ambiguous nature which generally leaves the viewers to form their own conclusions about the meaning or outcome of various events. Another controversial aspect is the use of Judeo-Christian names and imagery, which the production team claimed was included "to look cool", but many fans believe this to be untrue.
It is an apocalyptic mecha series, featuring a mysterious organization known as Nerv and its efforts to defeat the assailants known only as the Angels. However, the series tends to focus upon the relationships and psychological states of the characters, and features many scenes specifically directed toward psychoanalysis of said characters.


Plot and Structure

The story is set in the year 2015 A.D., which is fifteen years after the Second Impact, a disastrous event which effectively halved the human population, caused massive global flooding, and even changed the climate in some areas. However, the human race slowly relearned to survive, and rebuilt what was left of itself. Suddenly, Angels begin attacking Tokyo-3, for reasons unknown. Conventional weapons have no effect on the Angels. Luckily for the human race, Nerv had been secretly developing the Evangelion Units, which seem to be the only thing capable of fending off the Angels. The Evangelion Units, however, require a pilot. The series focuses on Shinji Ikari, a fourteen year old boy who is chosen, unwillingly, to become one such pilot.

The 26 episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion are divided into four "arcs". First is the " Prologue Arc", which includes episodes 01-07. This is followed by the " Action Arc", which spans from episode 08 to episode 13. Then comes what is known as the " Descent Arc", which encompasses episodes 14-19. Finally, the last seven episodes are collectively known as " The Bitter End".


Main article: Characters in Neon Genesis Evangelion

The primary protagonists are Shinji Ikari and Misato Katsuragi, although nearly all of the characters are explored to varying degrees, particularly Asuka, and Rei Ayanami.


  • Opening: Cruel Angel's Thesis [1] (lyrics) from Anime Lyrics's Search Engine
  • Ending: Fly Me to the Moon [2] (lyrics) from Anime Lyrics's Search Engine


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