Title:  Neon Genesis Evangelion

Creator:  Hideaki Anno

Year:  1995

Manga Incarnations:
Neon Genesis Evangelion - 11 Volumes (Viz Media)
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days - 6 Volumes (Viz Media)

Anime Incarnations:
Neon Genesis Evangelion - 26 Episode Series (ADV Films)
Neon Genesis Evangelion Death & Rebirth (Manga Entertainment)
Neon Genesis Evangelion The End of Evangelion (Manga Entertainment)
Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone (Unlicensed)
Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance (Unlicensed)
Evangelion 3.0 (Unlicensed)
Evangelion: Final (Unlicensed)

Selected Computer Game Incarnations:
NGE: Battle Orchestra - Sony PS2 (Broccoli)
NGE 2: Evangelions - Sony PS2 (Bandai)
NGE: Tsukurareshi Sekai: Another Cases - Sony PSP (Bandai)
NGE: Ayanami Rei Ikusei Keikaku - Sony PS2 (Gainax)
Meitantei Evangelion - Sony PS2 (Broccoli)
NGE: Koutetsu no Girlfriend 2 - PC (Gainax)
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Rei Ayanami

When the safety of humanity is threatened by strange creatures known as Angels, lonely schoolboy Shinji Ikari is summoned by his estranged scientist father to pilot a massive bio-mechanical creature known as an Evangelion in humanity's defence.  Shinji, and the other Evangelion pilots - Rei Ayanami and Asuka Langley - fight for the safety of humanity unaware that there are far bigger dangers and decisions to face...

Pointless Trivia:

1.  Neon Genesis Evangelion is often regarded as one of the greatest and most influential anime series of all time.

2.  It is also credited with revitalising the Japanese TV animation industry, which was seen to be in something of a creative void prior to Evangelion's release.

3.  Hideaki Anno was gripped by depression for several years prior to creating Evangelion, and the series is regarded as a very personal account of his own beliefs and mental anguish during this time.

4.  The series ends with two episodes comprised of experimental animation and still image montages.  It is rumoured that this is because the production company had run out of money and time to film Hideaki Anno's shocking finale, which was later made as The End of Evangelion, but Anno himself has always denied this.  These final episodes were also remastered and re-released as Genesis Reborn and Resurrection.

5.  Evangelion features two superstar voice actresses cast completely against type - Megumi Hayashibara, who is mainly known for her roles as female Ranma and Slayers' Lina Inverse as the quiet, unemotional Rei Ayanami and Mitsuishi Kotono, more commonly known as the voice of Sailor Moon and Excel Saga's Excel as Misato.

6.  Neon Genesis Evangelion draws heavily on Freudian psychology and the allegedly blasphemous Biblical text The Book of Enoch for inspiration.  If you are strictly religious, steer clear...

7.  Some of the death threats Anno received after the controversial ending to the Evangelion series are among the messages that flash across the screen during the End of Evangelion.

8.  Despite the series ending several years ago, Neon Genesis Evangelion merchandise and computer games are still regularly released.

9.  A live action film of Neon Genesis Evangelion has been announced, with original creators Gainax, US publisher ADV and New Zealand based special effects house Weta Workshops on board.  It is currently on hold in pre-production.

10.  Director Hideaki Anno was an animator on Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind, and worked on a segment showing gigantic bio-mechanical robots walking though the flames of a devastated world.  It has often been noted that he uses scenes very similar to this in Evangelion.

11.  The manga series Neon Genesis Evangelion Angelic Days is based on a computer game, rather than the original series.

12.  Gainax are currently working on a new anime incarnation of the series, titled Rebuild of Evangelion.  The series is to consist of four films, and the first - Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone - was released in Japan in September 2007.  The films are expected to be a retelling of the original series, but original director Hideaki Anno is still involved.

13.  Rei Ayanami is a vegetarian.

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