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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 22 May 1960Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan
Height 5' 1" (1.55 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Hideaki Anno was born on May 22, 1960 in Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997), Evangelion: 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone (2007) and Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995). He has been married to Moyoco Anno since March 26, 2002.

Spouse (1)

Moyoco Anno (26 March 2002 - present)

Trivia (8)

Is rumored to have made the film End of Evangelion (1997) and its incredibly symbolic, ambiguous finale as revenge against the fans of the television series "Neon Genesis Evangelion" (1995) who complained about the series's ending too much.
Anno, in the early 90s, went through a major and long bout of depression that lasted about four years. After some major soul searching and a new found self-appreciation, he chronicled his thoughts and revelations through the character of Shinji Ikari in Neon Genesis Evangelion, as well as many of the other characters. Evangelion is one of the single most personal stories told in anime. The ending of episodes 25 and 26 that take place in Shinji's mind, mirror Anno's thought process near the end of his depression. Many fans who watched the show for the action were very disappointed by the psychological ending and mailed Anno many death threats (a few of which flash across the screen in End of Evangelion) who maintained that he thought the ending was perfect. At an anime convention in America, he had an interpreter and a Q & A session in which one fan expressed their disappointment. Anno took the microphone and said in straight English "Too bad."
He is a vegetarian, like his characters Nadia and Rei Ayanami.
Got his start as an animator for the God Soldier on Hayao Miyazaki 's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984).
Co-founded the animation studio Gainax Company with his fellow university class mates Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Hiroyuki Yamaga, Takami Akai, Toshio Okada, Yasuhiro Takeda and Shinji Higuchi.
In early 2006 he left Gainax to form his own studio.
Has an asteroid named after him. (9081 Hideakianno).
He has described himself as the "prodigal son" of Hayao Miyazaki.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on getting into the anime industry] If you want to get into anime, my best advice to you as a creator is to please have diverse interests in things besides animation. Look outward, first of all. Most anime makers are basically autistic. They have to try and reach out, and truly communicate with others. I would guess that the greatest thing anime has ever achieved is the fact that we're holding a dialogue right here and now.
[on his beliefs] Japanese spiritualism holds that there is kami (spirit) in everything, and that's closer to my own beliefs.

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