Shirō Sagisu composed most of the original music for the series. [10] The production ran so close to the airing deadline that the completed scenes used in the preview of the twenty-fifth episode had to be redesigned to work with the new ending. [155] The series also had a strong influence on anime, at a time when the anime industry and televised anime series were in a slump period. [50] This focus culminated in a psychoanalysis of the characters in the two final episodes. [17] Misato Katsuragi is the caretaker and commanding officer for Shinji and Asuka. The ninth volume was named Evangelion: The Feature Film and Revival of Evangelion and contained Death(true)² and End of Evangelion (omitting Rebirth) on two discs. [71] The Evangelions have been likened to the golem of Jewish folklore,[45] and their visual design resembles the traditional depictions of oni (Japanese demons or ogres). [32] Further changes to the plot were made following the Aum Shinrikyo sect's sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in March. However, he also criticized Aum Shinrikyo, because "they lost any contact with reality". Yatterman: Shin Yatter Mecha Daishūgō! [103] These concerns proved unfounded upon the strong commercial success of the manga: the first 10 volumes sold over 15 million copies,[104] and the eleventh volume reached number one on the Tohan charts,[105] selling an additional two million copies. The production of anime serials began to reflect greater author control, the concentration of resources in fewer but higher quality episodes (typically ranging from 13 to 26), a directorial approach similar to live film, and greater freedom from the constraints of merchandising. [77] Similarly, Ritsuko has an Electra complex, in which she loves Gendo, a sort of substitute for her father figure. [55] Some critics speculated that these unconventional animation choices resulted from budget cuts,[56] but Toshio Okada stated that while it wasn't only a problem of schedule or budget, Anno "couldn't decide the ending until the time came, that's his style". Neon Genesis Evangelion received critical acclaim both domestically and internationally during its initial broadcast and in the decades since its release. [234] In the aftermath of Evangelion, Anno reused many of its stylistic conceits in the live-action Love & Pop and the anime romance Kare Kano. The first DVD release by ADV Films was the eight disk Perfect Collection in 2002, containing the original 26 installments. With Rei's help, Shinji defeats another Angel. The original TV series led to a rebirth of the anime industry and has become a cultural icon. [185] In the August 1996 issue of Animage, Evangelion characters placed high in the rankings of best characters with Rei ranked first, Asuka third, Kaworu fourth and Shinji sixth. [149][150][151] On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 100% based on 29 reviews, with an average rating of 8.29/10. Rather than depicting the series' climax within the characters' minds, the film provides a more conventional, action-based resolution to the series' plot lines. [19] The proposed title Alcion was rejected due to its lack of hard consonant sounds. [231] Nobuhiro Watsuki designed several characters for Rurouni Kenshin based on characters from Neon Genesis Evangelion, namely Uonuma Usui, Honjō Kamatari and Fuji. [21] The distinctive aesthetic appeal of the female lead characters' designs contributed to the high sales of Neon Genesis Evangelion merchandise. Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most enduring and significant touchstones for anime, manga, and pop culture fans over the past two decades, thanks to the groundbreaking television series and beautifully animated movies. The story of Neon Genesis Evangelion primarily begins in 2000 with the \"Second Impact\", a global cataclysm which almost completely destroyed Antarctica and led to the deaths of half the human population of Earth. Azuma Hiroki has said that the original Evangelion story was "too close to reality" from Anno's point of view. [80] It has even been suggested that Shinji's entering into Unit-01 is a Freudian "return to the womb", and that his struggle to be free of the Eva is his "rite of passage" into manhood. [186] In 2010, Newtype magazine recognized Rei Ayanami as the most popular character of the 1990s in the female category, and Shinji Ikari in the male category. [175] The website IGN ranked Evangelion as the 10th best animated series in its "Top 100 Animated TV Series" list. The first film retells the first five episodes from the series but from the second film onward the story is completely different, including new characters, EVAs and Angels. [94] and in 2009 CUT Magazine ranked it the third greatest anime film of all time. [51] These episodes feature heavy use of abstract animation,[52] flashbacks,[53] simple line drawings, photographs[54] and fixed image scenes with voice-over dialogue. Japan’s most controversial anime series ended...but not the manga version of Neon Genesis Evangelion! [115] A fifteenth and final release for Laserdisc, entitled "Genesis 0:X", contained the broadcast versions of episodes 21 to 24 and was a special mail-in offer for fans who purchased all 14 discs. [249] A 2007 estimate placed total sales of 6,000 related goods at over ¥150 billion. He is emotionally hypersensitive and sometimes does as expected out of fear of rejection, but he has often rebelled and refused to pilot the Eva because of the extremely excruciating harm that has been done to him or to his friends. [103] At the time of the release of the Japanese film Death & Rebirth and The End of Evangelion, estimated sales of Evangelion merchandise topped $300 million,[240] of which 70% derived from sales of video and laser discs,[245] soundtrack CDs, single CDs, computer software and the three-volume manga. Shinji hesitates but eventually kills Kaworu, causing Shinji to be overridden with guilt. [199][200] The show's regular reruns increased the number of otaku,[201] which John Lynden links to a boom in interest in literature on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Kabbalah and Christianity. [248] In 2006, Matt Greenfield stated that the franchise had earned over $2 billion. [98][99] On February 8, 2015, Evangelion:Another Impact, a 3D-rendered short film collaboration between the Khara studio and the media company Dwango was directed by Shinji Aramaki, was released and streamed as number 12 anime short from the Japan Animator Expo. Evangelion is set fifteen years after a worldwide cataclysm, particularly in the futuristic fortified city of Tokyo-3. Asuka loses her self-confidence following a defeat and spirals into depression. After being absorbed by an Angel, Shinji breaks free thanks to the Eva acting on its own. He is depicted as relentless in his drive to win, a man who "takes drastic and extreme measures, by fair means or foul, or by hook or by crook, in order to accomplish his own purpose. ", "Why Netflix Cut 'Fly Me to the Moon' From 'Neon Genesis Evangelion' Credits", "Neon Genesis Evangelion on Netflix erases iconic 'Fly Me to the Moon' outro", "Just announced at #CloudMatsuri... 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