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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In Gendo Ikari's office in NERV, the large symbol visible on the floor and ceiling are the Tree of Life of Qabbalistic tradition, which contains the Sephiroth, or ten spheres of life. Gendo has his desk positioned directly on top of/below the Sphere of Kether, which represents Infinite Light and Wisdom, Supreme Consciousness, and God. See more »

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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

Asuka Langley Soryu: Hurry up!
Shinji Ikari: Jeez, you're such a pain in the ass. Is that what happens when you start your period?
Asuka Langley Soryu: WHAT? What did you say?
[she slaps him]
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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 »

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Fly Me to the Moon
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Performed by CLAIRE, Yôko Takahashi, et al.
Music and Lyrics by Bart Howard
Arrangement by Toshiyuki Ômori
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More than a feeling
31 July 2005 | by See 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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