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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Series cast summary:
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 (2019 re-dub) 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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The death of ideals, from a Symbolic idea trough Imaginery of the Real. See more »


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Trivia

For the version of "Fly Me To The Moon" used in the final episode, director Hideaki Anno reportedly asked singer Megumi Hayashibara (who also voices Rei Ayanami, Yui Ikari, and Pen-Pen in the show) to perform the song while imagining herself "strangling a little cat with a big smile on [her] face." 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 rescues Rei from her battered Eva]
Shinji Ikari: Ayanami! Are you all right? Ayanami! Don't say... Don't say that you have nothing else. Don't say goodbye when you leave on a mission. It's too sad.
[Shinji weeps]
Rei Ayanami: Why are you crying? I'm sorry; I don't know what to do of feel at a time like this.
Shinji Ikari: Why don't you try smiling?
[Rei thinks of Gendo smiling, and smiles herself]
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

When the original Episodes 25 and 26 caused an uproar after airing in Japan, the series' creator announced that there would be an OAV (Original Anime Video) "remaking" the two episodes. This became Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion, which is not necessarily a "remake", but an alternate version of the final two episodes. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Sailor Moon and the Seven Ballz (2000) 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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Anime at its best.
27 January 2005 | by soulcharmerSee all my reviews

Evangelion blows your mind. First few episodes may seem like regular giant-robot-post-apocalyptic nonsense for kiddies but soon it begins to unmask itself. The background story is very complicated and not every detail of it is ever revealed. Characters are developed more than in many regular movies out there. Simply lovable.

The show can feel ultimately silly, weird, technologically naive, even insane. But it has a purpose - you shall experience every mood and emotion thinkable over the episodes. Pure originality seeps out of the series all the time. But it's all just the beginning. The real weirdness, packed with substance nonetheless, comes in the last three episodes. No matter how you will anticipate the story would end, it won't be anywhere near the real conclusion. I can't describe it without spoiling it. Evangelion just blows your mind.

9/10


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20 August 1997 (USA) See more »

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