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Kanji 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン
Rōmaji Shin Seiki Evangerion
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After its premier in 1995, Neon Genesis Evangelion became famous as one of the most dangerous and groundbreaking anime of all time. It has spawned three ongoing manga and three movies, with three more on the way.

Overview

The Neon Genesis Evangelion series began as a GAINAX production anime directed by Hideaki Anno and character design by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. It's a post-apocalypse series that delved into the themes of philosophical, psychological, and religion. At the time, it was one of GAINAX's most controversial series, and it went on to exceed expectations for it's success and has grossed ¥150 Billion since 1995. The twenty-six episode series went on to win the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize in 1995 and 1996. It has gone on to be adapted into other animes, mangas, movies, and video games.

When asked about the success of the series, Anno is quoted as saying about the cast: " It's strange that 'Evangelion' has become such a hit - all the characters are so sick! "

Hideaki Anno

Plot

In the year 2015, the Earth is at war with creatures called "Angels," alien beings that seem determined to destroy the planet. In Tokyo-3, the NERV organization exists to fight the angels using giant robot weapons known as Evangelions. It is to this Tokyo that teenager Shinji Ikari is sent, in order to live with his father Gendo Ikari. Upon his arrival he's informed that he will, in fact, be piloting an Evangelion unit, the EVA-01. Since Gendo Ikari wants nothing to do with his son, Shinji winds up living with Misato Katsuragi, NERV's head of operations. His life develops into a strange combination of normal schooling and training, along with his fellow pilots: the stoic and mysterious Rei Ayanami, the fiery and brash Asuka Soryuu Langley, and others. As the series continues they will examine themselves, the organization they work for, and the machines they pilot-- and learn more than they ever bargained for.

Owned by the anime studio Gainax. Got grossed over 16 billion since 1995. Features an apocalyptic mecha action story. In other works, straying from this theme to a different matter, focusing more on romantic actions between characters. Side stories which didn't show in original series.



Manga

Neon Genesis Evangelion (1994)

[1]Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 1 JPN (Aug 1995)Neon Genesis Evangelion is the first manga series based on the Neon Genesis Evangelion series created by GAINAX and Hideaki Anno. The manga is written and illustrated by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, the anime's character designer. It first began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's Shonen Ace magazine in December 1994, but it was later moved to Young Ace magazine in 2009 on. The first volumes originally released on August 29, 1995. The manga predates the release of the anime. It was originally created as a media project to stir up interest in the anime that would begin in October 1995.

The manga is only an adaptation of the original story and many changes were made to the plot, but the early chapters closely followed the anime's story. Sadamoto's production of the manga had frequent hiatuses during it's release. Despite the anime ending in 1996, the Evangelion manga has been continued well into 2012. Twelve full volumes have been published to date, but chapters 84-88 have not been formatted to any volume.

The English publication was translated and produced by the VIZ Media company, and it was their first "un-flipped" production. The first volume was released in March 24, 2004, and the following eight volumes were released throughout 2004. Volume 10 would not be published until April 10, 2007. In August 2011, VIZ announced they would be selling the Evangelion manga digitally for $1 USD per chapter through their Apple Application.

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days (2003)

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project (2005)

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Campus Apocalypse (2007)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Comic Tribute (2010)

Evangelion@School: Petit Eva (2010)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Official Guide Book (2011)

Tony Takezaki presents Neon Genesis Evangelion (2011)

Films

Evangelion: Death and Rebirth (1997)

The End of Evangelion (1997)

Evangelion Rebuild Project

Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (2007)

Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2009)

Evangelion: 3.0 Q You Can (Not) Redo (2012)

Merchandise

External Links

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