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Anime Profile: Neon Genesis Evangelion

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Neon Genesis EvangelionShin Seiki Evangelion (新世紀エヴァンゲリオン) ("Gospel of the New Century")Neon Genesis Evangelion
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Gospel of the New Century
26 TV episodes, 2 movies26 TV episodes, 3 movies
Manga Ent., A.D. Vision (TV series)Gainax, Project EVA, TV Tokyo, NAS
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Manga Ent., Gaijin Prod. (movies)
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Anno Hideaki
Action, Sci-Fi, Mecha, Psych-DramaAction, Sci-Fi, Mecha, Psych-Drama
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Characters: Neon Genesis Evangelion

English Name
Japanese Name
English Name
Japanese Name
Adam (1st Angel) Adam (1st Angel) Naoko Akagi Naoko Akagi
Arael (15th Angel) Arael (15th Angel) Pen Pen Pen Pen
Armisael (16th Angel) Armisael (16th Angel) Ramiel (5th Angel) Ramiel (5th Angel)
Asuka Langley (Unit 02 pilot) Asuka Langley (Unit 02 pilot) Rei Ayanami (Unit 00 pilot) Rei Ayanami (Unit 00 pilot)
Bardiel (13th Angel) Bardiel (13th Angel) Ritsuko Akagi Ritsuko Akagi
Gaghiel (6th Angel) Gaghiel (6th Angel) Ryoji Kaji Ryoji Kaji
Gendo Ikari Gendo Ikari Sachiel (3rd Angel) Sachiel (3rd Angel)
Iruel (11th Angel) Iruel (11th Angel) Sahaquiel (10th Angel) Sahaquiel (10th Angel)
Israfel (7th Angel) Israfel (7th Angel) Sandalphon (8th Angel) Sandalphon (8th Angel)
Jet Alone Jet Alone Shamshel (4th Angel) Shamshel (4th Angel)
Kaoru Nagisa Kaoru Nagisa Shinji Ikari (Unit 01 pilot) Shinji Ikari (Unit 01 pilot)
Keel Lorenz Keel Lorenz Toji Suzahara (Unit 03 pilot) Toji Suzahara (Unit 03 pilot)
Kohzoh Fuyutsuki Kohzoh Fuyutsuki Unit 00 Unit 00
Leliel (12th Angel) Leliel (12th Angel) Unit 01 Unit 01
Lilith (2nd Angel) Lilith (2nd Angel) Unit 02 Unit 02
Lt. Makoto Hyuga Lt. Makoto Hyuga Unit 03 Unit 03
Lt. Maya Ibuki Lt. Maya Ibuki Unit 04 Unit 04
Lt. Shigaru Aoba Lt. Shigaru Aoba Yui Ikari Yui Ikari
Matariel (9th Angel) Matariel (9th Angel) Zeruel (14th Angel) Zeruel (14th Angel)
Misato Katsuragi Misato Katsuragi

Description: Neon Genesis Evangelion

It's impossible to say enough good things about Evangelion. GAINAX studio, the company behind such groundbreaking projects as Wings of Honneamise, Gunbuster and Nadia: Secret of Blue Water returns to television work with this series.

An excellent story frequently told with furious abandon, this series of 13 tapes documents (among other things) beings coming out to the sky one day intent on showing humanity the error of its ways, and of humanity fighting back with everything at its disposal. That includes buildings that slide underground and piloted prototype robot warriors...with extension cords.

The only criticism that can be made is that unlike Gunbuster and Nadia, the ending of the TV series is pretty disappointing. Fortunately, they made The End of Evangelion to replace the final two episodes of the TV series, which more than made up for the original disappointment.

Description: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Ok, here's the story folks. Evangelion takes place in the future 2015, 15 years after the famed, "Second Impact". Shinji Ikari, a somewhat lonesome boy, is standing around in the deserted streets of Tokyo-3. This openeing scene marks the beginning of a voilent, dramatic, humorous, and just plain, heart-touching series. The movie itself is centered around one of those "secret" organizations. This particular organization is called NERV. Their mission is to defend the planet from unknown threats.

I won't say too much 'cause my friend wanted this to be an intro not a spoiler. Some of the characters are Shinji Ikari, the lonely kid; his father, head of NERV; Misato, Shinji's guardian and friend; Rei, a mysterious pilot; Asuka, an egotistical pilot; and of course, the EVA units! The series is made up of 26 half-hour episodes. The Movies are called, "Death and Rebirth" and "The End of Evangelion"

Description: Neon Genesis Evangelion

I will be contrary here and disagree slightly with the very enthusiastic reviewers.

NGE is one of the most impressive things ever animated. The effort that was put into it on every level, from music to voice acting to art to animation, is awe-inspiring. The script and plotting are intelligent without being pretentious--at first, anyway.

But the series gets derailed right around Episode 24 and goes spiraling down into the Black Pit of WTF. There are rumors about the reasons for this, and if you're an anime fan you've probably heard them already. And if you didn't like the way NGE ended (and most viewers didn't), then "Death and Rebirth" and "The End of Evangelion" will probably leave you so frustrated that you may want to put your fist through the TV screen. Likewise, there are rumors about why Hideki Anno made these artistic choices, which I won't repeat here. You've probably already heard them anyway.

Ultimately it's a flawed masterpiece. When it is good it is breathtaking. It isn't hyperbole to say that, once you've seen it, you will probably never look at animation quite the same way again. But the end of the series is ghastly, and the movies are everything that was bad about the ending multiplied a hundred times, combined with even more impressive animation, art, voice acting, and music.

It's extremely frustrating and it could have been so much better than it was.

Description: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion contains many religious connections and connotations. Here are a few, so take from them what you will...

According to the Old Testament of the Bible, Angels are the servants of God. It also represents the 12 disciples of Christ in the New Testament.

Based on the Old Testament of the Christian Bible, Adam was the first man to have been created by God in his own image.

The organization called "Seele" means "Soul" in German.

Evangelion is a word taken from the German word: evangelium, which has religious connotations meaning Gospel. It is also used as a slang to mean Absolute Truth.

Eva is a German word for Eve, a religious word derived from the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. According to the Bible, Eve was the wife of Adam, the first man to be created by God in his likeness. She tempted Adam into eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, and was exiled forever as punishment for disobeying God.(You probably already knew that)

The A10 nerve, the nerve Shinji uses to synchronize, is also the nerve that produces natural morphine in our brains, also known as the pleasant section of the brain. It is also the section that manages our long term memories.

The word Muldock, from the Muldock Report, is a word taken from one of the gods of the Babylon Empire

The four main eva's (Unit 00, 01, 02, 03) are based on the Guardians of one of the gate's of hell. One was a Cyclops (Unit 00), another had a horn and gnashing teeth (Unit 01), another had four eyes and the worst temper of them all (Unit 02), and the last one was black in color and had unusually long arms (Unit 03).

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