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Since its debut, Neon Genesis Evangelion has become one of the most popular and enduring franchises to emerge from the world of anime and manga.

Works in the franchise (non-exhaustive):

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.
    • "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.
  • Revival of Evangelion: Feature-length film released in March 1998. Essentially a redux version of Death and Rebirth, it consists of a director's cut version of Death and the entirety of The End of Evangelion.

Anime Adaptations

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 (untranslated, unfortunately, despite the efforts of the Translation project).
  • 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 RPG, 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.

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