Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
"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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 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)
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 Asuka Langly Soryu (26 episodes, 1995-1996)
Tristan MacAvery ...
 Gendo Ikari (26 episodes, 1995-1996)
Guil Lunde ...
 Kozo Fuyutsuki (26 episodes, 1995-1996)
Matt Greenfield ...
 Makoto Hyuga (26 episodes, 1995-1996)
Kendra Benham ...
 Maya Ibuki (26 episodes, 1995-1996)
Jason Lee ...
 Shigeru Aoba (26 episodes, 1995-1996)
Pedro de Aguillón ...
 Seele Member (26 episodes, 1995-1996)
Joe Pisano ...
 Toji Suzuhara (18 episodes, 1995-1996)
Kurt Stoll ...
 Kensuke Aida (18 episodes, 1995-1996)
Aaron Krohn ...
 Ryoji Kaji (17 episodes, 1995-1996)
Carol Amerson ...
 Hikari Horaki (17 episodes, 1995-1996)
Kotono Mitsuishi ...
 Misato Katsuragi / ... (13 episodes, 1995-1996)
Yuriko Yamaguchi ...
 Ritsuko Akagi / ... (13 episodes, 1995-1996)
Megumi Ogata ...
 Shinji Ikari / ... (13 episodes, 1995-1996)
Fumihiko Tachiki ...
 Gendô Ikari / ... (11 episodes, 1995-1996)
Hiro Yuuki ...
 Makoto Hyûga / ... (11 episodes, 1995-1996)
Megumi Hayashibara ...
 Rei Ayanami / ... (11 episodes, 1995-1996)
Yûko Miyamura ...
 Asuka Langley Sôryû / ... (11 episodes, 1995-1996)
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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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Trivia

In 1998 GAINAX Company was audited by the National Tax Agency for concealing revenue from various Evangelion properties. In their findings, it was discovered GAINAX had concealed 1.56 billion yen worth of income (thereby failing to pay 560 million yen due in corporate taxes) which it had earned between the release of Evangelion and July 1997. Eventually then GAINAX president Takeshi Sawamura and studio tax accountant Yoshikatsu Iwasaki were arrested on 13 July 1999 for tax fraud. See more »

Goofs

In one episode, Rei and Shinji exchange EVAs during an experiment in synchronizing. However, when Shinji speaks to Rei over the video link, her display shows him as broadcasting from "EVA-01", his normal EVA, when he should be shown in "EVA-00", her normal EVA. See more »

Quotes

Shinji IkariAsuka Langley Sôryû: [answer their apartment door wearing matching dancing outfits, part of training to work as a synchronized pair. Speak in unison] It's Misato's idea! She's got us eating, brushing, and sleeping together!
Hikari Horaki: Oh no! You're living in sin!
Shinji IkariAsuka Langley Sôryû: *It's not like that!*
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Crazy Credits

Episode 26 on A.D. Vision's Evangelion Platinum Edition Vol. 7 DVD has a hidden ending featuring Spike Spencer in character as Shinji, which can be heard by going to the credits of that episode and switching to the fourth audio track. See more »


Soundtracks

Zankoku na Tenshi no Têze
(A Cruel Angel's Thesis)
Opening theme
Performed by Yôko Takahashi
Lyrics by Neko Oikawa
Music by Hidetoshi Satô
Arrangement by Toshiyuki Ômori
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Despite its flaws, this is a great series
4 February 2006 | by (Russia) – See all my reviews

Although Eva begins like almost any mech anime series, it quickly transcends the traditional bounds typical of such anime and becomes a fascinating piece of character study in an apocalyptic setting. While the action is sometimes excessive and often takes away from the psychological aspect, the premise itself is quite fascinating.

Eva heavily borrows from various religious dogma, and that is one of the reason it has a mystical, albeit often nonsensical atmosphere (Lance of Longinus is an example of religious allegory which misfired). Lots of time is spent on various pseudo-technological scenes, the only good thing about that being that it nicely contrasts with the religious thematics. "Fan Service" was also mostly unnecessary.

Overall, Eva is a fascinating anime but does not fulfill all of its potential. The characters, although are fascinating and have great interaction, are static (although the writers try to make them seem dynamic) and their emotional makeup sometimes does not smoothly flow from episodes to episodes.

Nonetheless, despite its flaws, this is a great series. It grabs onto the viewer like few others, and only later can be analyzed without bias. Saying that it is thought-provoking would be an understatement. Everyday life is beautifully juxtaposed with the apocalyptic motifs, creating a nostalgic feel (which is especially worthy of praise because the anime takes place in the future). It is vague yet involving, impressionist in the sense that it affects the viewer like no other. Great musical score raises it above many others. Although a detailed unbiased analysis may show multiple flaws in various areas, as a whole Evangelion is amazing. Recommended to anyone who can appreciate art as a whole without looking too much into specific details, and is involving even after multiple viewings.

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