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Neon Genesis Evangelion is a Genre-Busting franchise created by Hideaki Anno. The series was produced by Studio Gainax from 1995 to 1998 and currently by Studio Khara from 2007 onwards.

Set in 2015, the franchise follows the story of the Three Children as they seek to defend the human civilization from the monstrous Angels, and has expanded from the small screen to video games, literature, audio plays and much more.

Since its inception, Neon Genesis Evangelion has grown into one of the most well-known franchises in anime history, becoming a pop culture phenomenon ever since.


The original series

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The original anime series, which ran over a course of 26 episodes from October 1995 to March 1996.
  • Evangelion: Death and Rebirth: Feature-length film released in March 1997. Consists of the titular two parts:
    • "Death", which is essentially a Clip Show using material from episode 1-24 with some entirely new scenes added in. Some of these scenes were later included in the "Director's Cut"/"Revival" version of the anime.
      • "Death" was later re-released individually in two director's cut versions: Death(true) (aired on Japanese TV; removed most of the new footage) and Death(True)2 (puts some of the removed footage back in.)
    • "Rebirth", which consists of a work-in-progress version of the first 25 minutes of The End of Evangelion.
  • The End of Evangelion: Feature-length film released in July 1997. Consists of alternative versions of the anime's episodes 25 and 26. Whether it is meant to replace or complement the original ending remains a hotly debated issue in the fandom.
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  • Revival of Evangelion: Feature-length film released in March 1998. Essentially a redux version of Death and Rebirth, it consists of Death(True)2 and the entirety of The End of Evangelion.

Anime Adaptations

  • Rebuild of Evangelion, a retelling consisting of four new animated movies, the last one of which is still in production. The first film was released in Japanese cinemas in September 2007, and as of the second film, Rebuild has become a full-blown Alternate Continuity. Although it is by no means Lighter and Softer, character angst/personality issues aren't quite as extensive, and some arrows point to an actual upbeat ending instead of the grim yet Bittersweet Ending of The End of Evangelion.
  • Petit Eva: Evangelion@School, a Super-Deformed comedic parody which has most of the principal cast (including Unit 01 and three Reis at once) in silly hijinks around the high school. Can be found here.
  • The episodes until You come to me., evangelion-Another Impact (confidential) and Neon Genesis IMPACTS of Japan Animator Expo.

Manga Adaptations

Light Novel/Visual Novel Adaptations

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: ANIMA, a Light Novel series set in 2018 in an alternate continuity where Third Impact never happened. It's been described as if Anno made Evangelion like a Gundam show. It contains (among other things) Evas duking it out in space, three Reis (again), and Fanservice. Available here and here.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Girlfriend of Steel (also known as Iron Maiden), a Visual Novel released in 1997 in the style of an episode. This adaptation introduced Canon Foreigner Mana Kirishima, who went on to reappear some years later in Shinji Ikari Raising Project.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Girlfriend of Steel 2, another Visual Novel released in 2005. Despite its title, it is not a direct sequel to the first Girlfriend of Steel but more of a Spiritual Successor which takes place in the Alternate Universe from the anime's Episode 26. It later got adapted into the Angelic Days manga.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: 2nd Impression, a Visual Novel with several parts styled like an episode each. Introduced Canon Foreigner Mayumi Yamagishi, a Shrinking Violet described by fans as the female equivalent of Shinji.

Video Game Adaptations

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion, a 1999 Japan-only Nintendo 64 game that mostly consists of a fighting game between Evas and Angels.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion 2, a 2003 Japan-only PlayStation 2 game, which received a PlayStation Portable re-release in 2006. Unlike its predecessor, it's best described as an Adventure Game with RPG Elements, though it also has Dating Sim and Raising Sim gameplay elements. Mostly notable for its Bonus Material, the "Classified Information" archive, which expands quite a bit on the series' backstory and the franchise's mythos. invoked
  • Detective Evangelion, a 2007 Japan-only PlayStation 2 Adventure Game taking place in an Elseworld, wherein Shinji is a teenage Private Detective hired by NERV to solve supernatural murders. Notable for not only its rather bizarre plot, but also for featuring all of the original cast reprising their roles.

Audio Play Adaptations



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