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.
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.
|ADV Films||1997-1998||The Complete Series||NTSC||United States|
|2002||The Perfect Collection||1|
|2004||The Platinum Edition|
- Neon Genesis Evangelion at the Internet Movie Database
- Neon Genesis Evangelion (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia