Anime is a Japanese style of animation featuring distinct character and background aesthetics that emphasize visual detail over simplicity. Where North American animation is primarily geared towards children, Anime is widely considered a form of art, and as such is used across all genres, including drama, horror, comedy, and romance. While there are Anime titles made specifically for children, most are in fact made for older teenage or adult audiences, featuring complex characters and intricate plots. Anime in North America is typically available in the television series format, while in Japan it is also widely popular in feature films and direct-to-video productions.
While there is a great deal of Evangelion content in Japan, very little of this content is available in English. The NERV Archives is a non-profit, unofficial project created in 2004 with a goal to help North American audiences better understand and appreciate Evangelion. It is our tribute to the series, and our way of supporting its ambitious live-action adaptation by ADV Films and Weta Workshop.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a twenty-six episode Anime series produced in Japan in 1995. The brainchild of director Hideaki Anno, Evangelion is a psychological drama depicting the artificial evolution of mankind in a post-apocalyptic world. Anno's creative interweaving of political, military, religious, and psychoanalytical concepts has earned the series unprecedented international success, making it one of the most highly rated Anime titles ever produced. Fascinating to western audiences in particular is Anno's abundant use of Judeo-Christian references in what is largely a sci-fi setting. The series is also famous for its controversial ending, which has spawned two follow-up feature films.
Neon Genesis Evangelion contains scenes of violence, mild nudity, and subject matter that may not be suitable for all audiences. The series has been rated internationally as follows:
Australia: PG, M
New Zealand: PGR
United Kingdom: 15, PG, 12
USA: TV-14, PG
"There are a lot of giant robot shows in Japan, and we did want our story to have a religious theme to help distinguish us. Because Christianity is an uncommon religion in Japan we thought it would be mysterious. None of the staff who worked on Eva are Christians. There is no actual Christian meaning to the show, we just thought the visual symbols of Christianity look cool. If we had known the show would get distributed in the US and Europe we might have rethought that choice."
- Kazuya Tsurumaki, Assistant Director