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Neon Genesis Evangelion (TV Series 1995–1996) Poster

(1995–1996)

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The series is heavy with religious symbols and motifs leading to a lot of speculation of the supposed symbolism. However Assistant Director Kazuya Tsurumaki claimed the religious symbols were chosen simply because they looked interesting while creator and director Hideaki Anno has never commented on the matter.
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According to production sketches, the members of the SEELE Human Instrumentality Project Committee, most of whom are unnamed but distinguished from each other by the colors they are shaded in, represent five major countries of the world. Member A (green) is from the United States, Member B (yellow) hails from France, Member C (red) represents the United Kingdom, Member D (blue) is from Russia, and Keel Lorenz (full color) comes from Germany.
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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."
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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.
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In 1998 GAINAX Company was audited by the National Tax Agency for concealing revenue from various Evangelion properties. In their findings, it was discovered GAINAX had concealed 1.56 billion yen worth of income (thereby failing to pay 560 million yen due in corporate taxes) which it had earned between the release of Evangelion and July 1997. Eventually then GAINAX president Takeshi Sawamura and studio tax accountant Yoshikatsu Iwasaki were arrested on 13 July 1999 for tax fraud.
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The AT in AT-field stands for "absolute terror".
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The three MAGI Supercomputers, Melchior, Balthasar and Casper (Gaspar) are the names of the three wise men (also known as "magi") who, according to Christian legend, followed the guiding star to Bethlehem in order to give praise and gifts to the newborn Christ.
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In episode 16 (Sickness, Unto Death, And.../Splitting of the Breast), Shinji and the EVA-01 are absorbed into a "Sea of Dirac". This comes from a theory by physicist Paul Dirac which states that the entire universe is filled with densely packed, negative energy electrons (in other words, anti-matter). This became known as a Dirac Sea, though later studies by other physicists gave way to the similar, but slightly more accurate Stückelberg-Feynman theory.
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Many of the characters were named after various WWII-era Japanese naval vessels. Katsuragi, Akagi, and Soryu were all aircraft carriers; the Akagi led the attack on Pearl Harbor. Ayanami and Fuyutsuki were destroyers; Fuyutsuki rescued survivors from the great Yamato when she was sunk near Okinawa in 1945. Kirishima and Hyuga were battleships that were part of the fleet which attacked Pearl Harbor. Ibuki and Aoba are names of heavy cruisers; the Ibuki existed only on paper, it was never built.
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Tokyo-3 was based on the real-life town of Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
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The 2019 re-release on Netflix omits the ending theme, "Fly Me to the Moon" due to rights issues and replaces it with a piano theme from the series' original soundtrack. However, it's still present on the Japanese Netflix release.
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Favourite anime series of the late Robin Williams.
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NERV's motto of sorts, "God's in His heaven; all's right with the world," comes from a poem by Robert Browning called "The Year's at the Spring". The full text: "The year's at the spring,/ And day's at the morn;/ Morning's at seven;/ The hill-side's dew-pearled;/ The lark's on the wing;/ The snail's on the thorn; /God's in His Heaven-/ All's right with the world!"
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The kanji used in Shinji and Gendou's last name (Ikari) means "Anger".
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The version of Episode 16 ("Splitting of the Breast") that is contained on the Renewal (Japan) and Platinum (overseas) rereleases is not the original print. The older 16mm negative had somehow become lost from the development lab archives; therefore, a 35mm internegative was used for this recent edition. Color correction and digital remastering were also utilized to simulate the original. However, there is a noticeable discrepancy in color saturation and artifact cleanup compared to other episodes in this release.
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In the episode "Asuka Strikes", where we first meet Asuka and Eva 02, four ships in the UN convoy are named after Shakespeare's plays: Titus Andronicus, Cymbeline, Othello and Tempest.
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The story for "Evangelion" came from Yoshiyuki Tomino's series "Space Runaway Ideon". Anno has gone on record saying that Tomino-sensei and his stories (such as "Mobile Suit Gundam") were his biggest inspirations.
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In the preview for the "TV version" of episode 22 (broadcast before the "director's cut" was produced), subliminal messages written in multicolored text on a white background are rapidly flashed on the screen. These were actually not used in the TV version and were relegated to the extended "mental attack" scenes added for the DC version. Interestingly, the preview for the DC version features subliminal text written in white over a black background, which appeared in both versions.
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The ending theme song is "Fly Me to the Moon". Approximately 56 different versions of the song were produced for the show. Some of these contain vocals, are karaoke versions, or are instrumentals. Others are short-length mixes or "TV-size" versions of previous recordings that were designed to be played at the end of the show, and a few versions of the song are not even called "Fly Me to the Moon" at all. To date, most of these recordings can be found in Original Soundtracks I, II, and III as well as the CDs "Addition," "Birthday of Rei Ayanami," "Refrain of Evangelion," "Death & Rebirth," and the 7-disc "S2 Works" collection. However, several of the TV-size versions that appear during the show's closing credits are not available on any official Evangelion CDs to date.
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Originally, Hideaki Anno tried to get Kunihiko Ikuhara to join the project, including bringing in some of the voice actress from Sailor Moon, which he had previously directed, to voice character in Evangelion. Ikuhara did not get on board, however.
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Winner of the "Best TV Animation Award" at the 1st Animation Kobe (1996)
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Hideaki Anno had considered making Shinji a female character, similar to the previous Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990)], however character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto talked Anno out of it. He also suggested to model Shinji and Asuka's relationship on Nadia and Jean's from Nadia.
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In the original Japanese, the Angels are referred to as "shito", which can be translated as "disciple" or "apostle". The actual Japanese word is "tenshi". Occasionally, English text would be used in the series, and the Angels were referred to as angels in print.
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SEELE is the German word for soul, GEHIRN means brain. It can be assumed that GEHIRN is named this way because it seems to consist mostly of scientists (mankinds rational side), while SEELE seems to consist of humans spiritual side. NERV is the German word for nerve, often used in a medical context. So together, SEELE, GEHIRN and NERV can be seen as making up a human.
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Animax Latin America was in charge of dubbing Evangelion Director's Cut this dubbing was made in Argentina in 2007, Based in the original dubbing done in Mexico in 2000. From the Original Mexican version Voice cast, only were called the actors Víctor Ugarte as Shinji Ikari and 'Humberto Solórzano' as Gendo Ikari.
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In Episode 7, Misato's cans of Yebisu beer are labelled "Yebichu", with a picture of a hamster replacing the "beer god". This is a reference to the manga "Oruchuban Ebichu" by Lisa Itoh, which Hideaki Anno was a fan of. When Gainax later produced the anime version, Oruchuban Ebichu (1999), they carried the joke over.
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Kôichi Mashimo was offered a chance to direct.
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ADV Films was going to release a 10th anniversary DVD box set of the series back in 2006 at a retail price of $249.98 but was unfortunately canceled.
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The series was released on 13 VHS tapes by ADV Films from from August 20, 1997 to July 7, 1998. Each tape had 2 episodes each.
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The Japanese title card for is stylized so that the katakana for 'Evangerion' is written in such a way as to say 'Wevangeriwon'.
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While the show was developed by Gainax, much of the actual production work was handled by Tatsunoko Productions and according to former Gainax head, Toshio Okada, only three employees of Gainax were regularly working on the show.
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ADV Films announced the production of the live action movie at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
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ADV Films announced that they would like to give the Japanese and the English vocal casts a cameo.
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In the Japanese version, Asuka never speaks any German as producers never assumed the show would be seen in Germany. The English dub produced by ADV Films however did have sprinklings of German dialogue in, given Asuka's English voice, Tiffany Grant actually had a background in German and was able to write it in herself.
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Hideaki Anno had considered taking Evangelion to another studio at first given at the time Gainax was teetering on collapse. Anno stuck with Gainax for "old time's sake" as he puts it.
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Series creator Hideaki Anno claims he was mainly influenced by the show Space Runaway Ideon (1980). Both hold parallel stories (the trials/tribulations of a squad fighting a seemingly endless war, with everyone dying in an apocalyptic finale), and both have ended the same way: with two theatrical films, the first a recap made of clips from the TV series, and the second an apocalyptic tale (right down to a conclusion of hopeful rebirth).
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