After years of being legally unavailable outside of Japan, the classic anime series is making its way to Netflix. Neon Genesis Evangelion debuted in 1995 on the Eva media franchise. It includes TV series, video games, manga, radio dramas, audio books, arcade machines and a novel. Also, it has been more finanically lucrative than Looney Tunes, The Lion King and The Simpsons. There’s an Evangelion bullet train too.
Netflix has decided to choose this series for worldwide streaming. It’s initial anime offerings were pretty scarce, but they’ve noticed the demand is there and beefed up their selection considerably. There are more legacy titles being added to streaming services every month. The platform’s licensing strategy has been unreliable in the past few years. Shows like Attack on Titan and One-Punch Man remained available for everyone while many other series were added and then removed.
Evangelion is a dark and serious show. Some might even call it mildly upsetting too. Most of the comments below its Netflix trailer on YouTube are just dangerous warnings.
Hideaki Anno’s words
Hideaki Anno is the writer and director of the show. According to Evamonkey he said:”To live is to change. I started this production with the wish that once the production complete, the world, and the heroes would change. That was my ‘true’ desire. I tried to include everything of myself in Neon Genesis Evangelion-myself, a broken man who could do nothing for four years. A man who ran away for four years, one who was simply not dead. Then one thought. “You can’t run away,” came to me, and I restarted this production. It is a production where my only thought was to burn my feelings into film. I know my behavior was thoughtless, troublesome, and arrogant. But I tried. I don’t know what the result will be.”
He added.”That is because within me, the story is not yet finished. I don’t know what will happen to Shinji, Misato or Rei. I don’t know where life will take them. Because I don’t know where life is taking the staff of the production. I feel that I am being irresponsible. But… But it’s only natural that we should synchronize ourselves with the world within the production. I’ve taken on a risk: “It’s just an imitation.” And for now I can only write this explanation. But perhaps our “original” lies somewhere within there.”