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About Anime

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.

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About Us

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.

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About Evangelion

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.

TV Ratings

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
Canada: 14A
Germany: 16
Japan: PG-12
New Zealand: PGR
United Kingdom: 15, PG, 12
USA: TV-14, PG

News & Updates

  • February 22, 2009: Evangelion 2.0 Release

    Studio Khara announced this week that the second installment of the Rebuild of Evangelion saga, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance will open in theaters in Japan on June 27, 2009. In related news, the official Evangelion website announced that the first movie in the remake project, Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, will get a 1.11 release on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on May 27, 2009, and will include new cuts and digital mastering. [Full Article]
  • October 5, 2008: Evangelion 2.0

    The official Neon Genesis Evangelion website re-launched today, confirming the title and tentative release date of the next Rebuild of Evangelion film. Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance will open in Japan in summer of 2009.

Random Quote

"Oh this is… this is nice, this is the end, okay. Where exactly am I? Oh great… here's the song, oh good. Um, there's some things that are still unresolved here, guys! How do I get home? What do I eat? Was Rei my-my mom? Or a clone? Or, hell, was this all in my mind? Wha-what's an EVA? Is that sort of a Freudian thing? Er… um am I real? Oh, hell, does a bus run through here? I mean, I'd like to go home now but um… Oh God… Where's home? Okay, okay, okay. I mustn't run away, I mustn't run… Okay I got that, good, okay. Now, if I were to run away, let's analyze that: Where the fuck would I go? I'm on a big blue ball! Uhh, is this how you end the series? I mean, is this where we go from here? Okay, the movie better sure as hell make up for this, I'm telling you right now, 'cause I'm stuck in Nowhereland! You ran outta ink too, didn't you, ya bastards?"
– Spike Spencer as Shinji Ikari (Parody)

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July 11, 2014
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