• Afsheen Khan

What is Neon Genesis Evangelion?


Very likely the name would sound complex to some of our elder readers or new to most of our readers.Neon Genesis Evangelion is a fascinating series of “anime”, which literally means an innovative style of animations. Originated in Japan, Neon Genesis Evangelion was a first-of-its kind futuristic animated series which had 26 vibrant episodes. It was telecasted for the first time from October 4, 1995 to March 27, 1996 in Japan. Created under the production house of Gainax and Project Eva, the man behind the success of Neon Genesis Evangelion was Hideaki Anno, a Japanese animation director who is renowned for his postmodern style. The series had made a business of 150 billion yen since 1995 and still remembered as a legend of experimental and controversial 26 episodes.

The central theme

Evangelion is a sequence of alluring thoughts and radical ideas which brought up uniquely global subjects into the limelight. The focal themes of Neon Genesis Evangelion’s series were Angel’s combat to save the earth, global flood which ruins whole of Antarctica, the complete cut-off of electrical power in Tokyo and collision with the disaster. In the anime, Evangelions are exposed as a military of earth savers who combat the angels to save the Earth. This approach of the writer conveys a serious message in an animated style depicts the callous destruction of the world which can happen in nearer future and the mankind should better be ready to answer the attack of unwanted invaders who has a key motive to destroy our Mother Nature.

Unveiling the success story

The reason behind the fame of Neon Genesis Evangelion among people was the feeling of sparkling animations, vibrant colour schemes, striking actions and flawless soundtrack. The movie was praised worldwide and also considered to the best among all GAINEX productions because of its revolutionary concept. Firstly, the movie was made available in Japanese language for the purpose of TV telecasting in Japan but later on it had dubbed into the link language i.e., English and telecasted all over the world.

The story revolves around the fight for the survival of the World; the first episode starts with the scene of Tokyo in the year of 2015 when the angels are attacking to destroy and world has to rebuild again after the tragic disaster where half of the human race has ruined. The mankind has to fight for the sake of safeguarding the Mother Nature. Mankind has made a biological android identified as EVAs which is invented as a weapon against angels and invaders.

The casting of characters for Neon Genesis Evangelion

The cast of Neon Genesis Evangelion a thought provoking animated venture is especially designed to meet the demands of the script. All the major characters are teenager EVA pilots of around 14 years of age whose names are Shinji Ikari, Asuka Langley Soryu, Rei ayanami, Toji Suzuhara. Shinji is the primary lead of the Neon Genesis Evangelion series and the opening of the story shows his struggle to survive, His dad heads the NERV term who developed EVAs. The costumes design of the character is an example of creating innovations.

The Neon Genesis Evangelion when comes to an end in 1997, all the viewers were left ambiguous and excited .The end of Evangelion is incorporated in two final episodes and embedded with an emotional musical experience of “Fly Me To The Moon” composed by Bart Howard. The popularity of EVAs gives birth to number of video games, DVDs, books and merchandising. It also leads to the development of live-action films in May, 2003.

Eventually, the movie is a pack of well integrated artwork which was surrounded by imaginative characters that have left long-lasting impact on the minds of the viewers. The movie is honored by many prominent awards in the world of animations such as Animage magazine’s Anime Grand Prix award in 1997 and Japan academy award for “Biggest Public Sensation of the Year” .So, all my dear readers if you are in for a fantasy ride make sure to buy a pack of DVDs now and enjoy the fantasy which strokes the truth…

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