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Neon Genesis Evangelion (新世紀エヴァンゲリオン Shin Seiki Evangerion) is a Japanese animated television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production, and directed by Hideaki Anno. It was broadcast on TV Tokyo from October 4, 1995 to March 27, 1996 and consists of 26 episodes.

It has gained international renown and won several animation awards, influencing an artistic and technical revival of the anime industry.

Synopsis

Earth is under attack from unknown entities called Angels, and SEELE has created a specialized organization for the defense of humanity, known as NERV department. Gendō Ikari is the enogmatic leader of NERV and has designed robots with bio-mechanical control mechanisms (EVA) which are the only ones capable of defeating the Angels. But as his star driver Rei Ayanami is seriously injured, Gendō forcibly recruits his son Shinji. There he unwillingly accepts the task of becoming the pilot of a giant robot by the name EVA01. Even though he repeatedly questions why he has accepted this mission from his estranged and cold father, his doing so helps him to gradually accept himself. However, why exactly are the angels attacking and what his fathers true intentions are has yet to be unraveled.


Dubbing HistoryEdit

The series was first dubbed by ADV Films using their Houston-based recording talent, with translation and dubbing overseen by Hideaki Anno himself, and released straight to VHS from 1997 to 1998. Commentary for the English dub will often make reference to it being made on a tight budget, involved renting out space to do recordings with substandard equipment, and a good portion of the cast was played by members of the production team. Nonetheless, Evangelion became one of ADV's most popular titles, and one of their higher regarded dubs.

With the remastered release of the "Renewal of Evangelion" DVD sets in Japan, and the Director's Cut of Episodes 21-24, this required ADV to go back and do vocal additions/remastering to their dub. Unfortunately not all the cast from before were available, so some changes were made to the cast (Gendō's original voice actor, Tristan MacAvery, had moved from Texas to New York in the interim) though most of the voice cast was left intact. A positive was that ADV had since acquired a larger talent pool, so it allowed some of the poorer performances to be polished.

CastEdit

Image Character Seiyū Voice Actor
Original
(eps. 1-26)
Director's Cut
(eps. 21-26)
Main Characters
Shinji Ikari2 Shinji Ikari Megumi Ogata Spike Spencer
Rei Ayanami Rei Ayanami Megumi Hayashibara Amanda Winn Lee
Asuka Langley Soryu Asuka Langley Sōryū Yūko Miyamura Tiffany Grant
Misato Katsuragi Misato Katsuragi Kotono Mitsuishi Allison Keith
Gendo Ikari Gendō Ikari Fumihiko Tachiki Tristan MacAvery John Swasey
Kozo Fuyutsuki Kōzō Fuyutsuki Motomu Kiyokawa Guil Lunde
Ritsuko Akagi Ritsuko Akagi Yuriko Yamaguchi Sue Ulu
Ryoji Kaji Ryōji Kaji Kōichi Yamadera Aaron Krohn
Secondary Characters
Toji Suzuhara Tōji Suzuhara Tomokazu Seki Joe Pisano
(eps. 3-18)
Brett Weaver
Michael O'Connor
(eps. 19-20)
Brett Weaver
(ep. 26)
Kaworu Nagisa Kaworu Nagisa Akira Ishida Kyle Sturdivant Greg Ayres
Makoto Hyuga Makoto Hyūga Hiro Yūki Matt Greenfield
Shigeru Aoba Shigeru Aoba Takehito Koyasu Jason C. Lee Vic Mignogna
Maya Ibuki Maya Ibuki Miki Nagasawa Kendra Benham Monica Rial
Naoko Akagi Naoko Akagi Mika Doi Laura Chapman
Yui Ikari Yui Ikari Megumi Hayashibara Kim Sevier
Kensuke Aida Kensuke Aida Tetsuya Iwanaga Kurt Stoll
Hikari Horaki Hikari Horaki Junko Iwao Carol Amerson
Keel Lorentz Keel Lorentz Mugihito Rick Peeples
Penpenevangelion Pen Pen Megumi Hayashibara Amanda Winn Lee Mandy Clark
Other Characters
Asuka Mother Kyoko Zeppelin Sōryū Maria Kawamura Yvonne Aguirre

Additional VoicesEdit

Video ReleasesEdit

Distributor Year Format Contents Region Country
ADV Films 1997-1998 VHS The Complete Series NTSC United States Flag United States
13 Volumes
2002 DVD The Perfect Collection 1
NTSC
8 Volumes
2004 The Platinum Edition
7 Volumes

See AlsoEdit

External LinksEdit

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Series

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Films

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & RebirthThe End of Evangelion
Evangelion 1.0 You Are (Not) AloneEvangelion 2.0 You Can (Not) AdvanceEvangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo

Characters

Shinji IkariRei AyanamiAsuka Langley Sōryū / Asuka Langley ShikinamiMisato KatsuragiGendō IkariRitsuko AkagiRyōji KajiKōzō FuyutsukiKaworu NagisaMari Illustrious MakinamiMakoto HyūgaShigeru AobaMaya IbukiNaoko AkagiYui IkariTōji SuzuharaKensuke AidaHikari HorakiKeel Lorentz

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