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Neon Genesis Evangelion is a Japanese animated television series that aired from October 4, 1995 to March 27, 1996 on TV Tokyo. WOWOW aired the series again during 2003. It was written and directed by Hideaki Anno and produced by Gainax and Project Eva, which included TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad Systems (NAS). Evangelion is an apocalyptic mecha action series which centers around the efforts by the paramilitary organization Nerv to fight monstrous beings called Angels, primarily using giant mecha called Evangelions which are piloted by select teenagers, one of whom is the primary protagonist.

The series was first aired in North America on San Francisco-area PBS member station KTEH in 2000. Later, the first two episodes saw nationwide broadcast in edited format on Cartoon Network as part of Toonami's Giant Robot Week on February 24–25, 2003. Both episodes were edited for content. Later, the entire series then aired on Adult Swim from October 21, 2005 to April 21, 2006.

In 2004, A.D. Vision, the English language licenser, released a director's cut versions of episodes 21 through 24 with its Platinum Edition DVDs. The director's cuts included several new and reworked scenes to better explain the events that occurred in The End of Evangelion.

Airing history

After several episodes were produced, the first episode aired 4 October 1995, long after originally planned. Initially ignored (although received positively by those Gainax fans invited to early screenings), viewership grew slowly and largely by word of mouth.

Episode 16 marked a distinct shift that would characterize the second half of Evangelion as being more psychological than action or adventure.[1] This change in emphasis was partly due to the development of the story, but also partly because by this point, production had begun running out of funding and failing to meet the schedule; this collapse has been identified by at least one Gainax employee as the impetus for Evangelion's turn into metafiction:

I didn't mind it. The schedule was an utter disaster and the number of cels plummeted, so there were some places where unfortunately the quality suffered. However, the tension of the staff as we all became more desperate and frenzied certainly showed up in the film … About the time that the production system was completely falling apart, there were some opinions to the effect that, "If we can't do satisfactory work, then what's the point of continuing?" However, I didn't feel that way. My opinion was, "Why don't we show them the entire process including our breakdown."[2]

But nevertheless, by the 18th episode, it had become enough of a sensation that Eva-01's violent rampage "is criticized as being unsuitable on an anime show that is viewed by children", and episode 20 would be similarly criticized for the offscreen depiction of Misato and Ryoji having sex.[3] With this popularity came the first merchandise, "Genesis 0:1" (containing the first two episodes). Beginning a trend, it sold out. As the series concluded on 27 March 1996 with "Take care of yourself.", the story apparently remained unresolved: Third Impact and the Human Instrumentality Project are implied to have begun or even finished, but the episodes focus largely on the psychology of the characters, leaving deeply unclear what actually happens.

Episodes

Each episode has 2 titles: one is the original Japanese title, and the second is an English title that was chosen by Japanese studio Gainax itself. Most often, the direct translation of the Japanese title is not the same as the official English title that was chosen. For example, the direct translation of the original Japanese title of episode 2 is "An Unfamiliar Ceiling", but the English title chosen was "The Beast". Sometimes, however, the two titles are either similar or exactly the same, as was the case with episode 10 "Magmadiver". Many tracks on the original soundtracks are named after the English episode names in which they are first used.

# Episode title Director Writer Original TV episode airdate
01 Angel Attack
"Shito, shūrai (Angel Attack)" (使徒、襲来)
October 4, 1995 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The year is 2015, 15 years after the first disastrous contact with the mysterious beings known as Angels resulted in the global cataclysm referred to as the Second Impact, which wiped out half of the human race. To defend humanity against future Angel attacks, the UN established the Nerv organization in Tokyo-3 to develop giant bio-mechanical mecha known as Evangelions. Now, the Angels have finally returned, and the untested Evangelions can only be piloted by specially selected 14 year olds. Shinji Ikari, estranged son of the director of Nerv, Commander Gendo Ikari, arrives in Tokyo-3 and is dragooned into piloting Evangelion Unit 01 to fight the Angel Sachiel, which is attacking the city.
02 The Beast
"Mishiranu, tenjō (An Unfamiliar Ceiling)" (見知らぬ、天井)
October 11, 1995 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shinji wakes up in the hospital, with no memory of the fight against the Angel the night before. His father wants nothing to do with him, so Nerv's head of operations, the young and attractive Misato Katsuragi, becomes his legal guardian. Settling in to life in Misato's apartment, he eventually recalls the furious battle.
03 A Transfer
"Naranai, denwa (The Phone That Never Rings)" (鳴らない、電話)
October 18, 1995 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shinji begins school at Tokyo-3 and meets classmates Toji Suzuhara, Kensuke Aida, and Hikari Horaki. Toji is upset with Shinji because his sister was badly injured in Shinji's first fight against the Angel Sachiel. Another Angel, Shamshel, appears, and Shinji must defeat it. Shinji is pushed to his mental limit during the battle, going berserk during the last seconds, engaging the Angel in close combat and savagely disabling it. Afterwards, he is traumatized by the emotions he experienced during the battle.
04 Hedgehog's Dilemma
"Ame, nigedashita ato (Rain, and After Running Away)" (雨、逃げ出した後)
October 25, 1995 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Overstressed from being made an Evangelion pilot, from the events of the previous episode, and arguing with Misato, Shinji runs away from home. Shinji is soon recaptured by Nerv, but he quits being a pilot. However, at the last minute Shinji does not board his train to leave Tokyo-3 and decides to stay.
05 Rei I
"Rei, kokoro no mukō ni (Rei, Beyond the Heart)" (レイ、心のむこうに)
November 1, 1995 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Evangelion Unit 00 is finally repaired after it went berserk during the experiment it was in before the first episode. Shinji tries to get to know the pilot of Unit 00, Rei Ayanami, better but finds that she is incredibly insular, has no friends, and all records of her past have been erased. A new and powerful Angel arrives: Ramiel, a floating monolithic metal diamond, which nearly kills Shinji.
06 Rei II
"Kessen, daisan shin Tōkyō-shi (Decisive Battle in Tokyo-3)" (決戦、第3新東京市)
November 8, 1995 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The Angel Ramiel is boring down through the upper layers of Tokyo-3 to reach Nerv headquarters in the geofront below. Possessing a strong beam attack and the strongest AT field ever observed, a direct assault by an Evangelion would meet with failure. A plan is devised in which Unit 01 will use an advanced prototype positron rifle, which will use the entire electrical output of Japan in order to operate, while Rei uses Unit 00 to shield Unit 01.
07 A Human Work
"Hito no tsukurishimono (A Human Work)" (人の造りしもの)
November 15, 1995 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Dr. Ritsuko Akagi, Nerv's chief scientist, explains to Shinji more of the classified real nature of Second Impact, the Angels, and the mission of the Evangelions to defeat them. A rival organization of Nerv builds a prototype giant robot, Jet Alone, meant as an alternative to the Evangelions, which this new robot line will supersede. Unlike the Evangelion units, which rely on external or limited battery power, the Jet Alone has an on-board nuclear reactor and can thus function indefinitely without external power. However, during the first public test of Jet Alone, it goes out of control, and its reactor is about to go 'critical', making it a walking nuclear bomb that Shinji and Misato have to stop.
08 Asuka Strikes!
"Asuka, rainichi (Asuka's Arrival in Japan)" (アスカ、来日)
November 22, 1995 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Misato brings Shinji and his friends Toji and Kensuke on a flight to a UN carrier battlegroup which is transporting Evangelion Unit 02 and its fiery German pilot, Asuka Langley Soryu, to Japan. Escorting Asuka to Japan is Misato's old flame, Ryōji Kaji. In the middle of some awkward introductions and reunions, a massive aquatic Angel, Gaghiel, begins attacking the fleet, and Asuka determines that she will fight it using Unit 02, by playing "hopscotch". Unfortunately, she takes Shinji with her. The Angel drags Unit 02 underwater, and Misato devises a plan to kill it by making it swallow the battleships and then firing all weapons. The Angel is killed, and it is revealed that both Shinji and Asuka broke their synchronization records. Kaji is seen delivering Adam to Gendo, and Asuka joins Shinji's class.
09 Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win!
"Shunkan, kokoro, kasanete (A Heart Once More in an Instant)" (瞬間、心、重ねて)
November 29, 1995 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Asuka joins Shinji's class at school and moves into the apartment where he and Misato live. As Asuka adjusts to Japan (and everyone else adjusts to her), the Angel Israfel attacks. Asuka appears to easily defeat the Angel, but it reveals that it is capable of splitting itself into two identical copies. Using its dual copies the Angel is able to defeat both Units 01 and 02. Embarrassed by the defeat, Nerv hands command of the operation over to the UN, and an N² bomb is used against the Angel, destroying 28% of its body. From this, it is estimated that it will take six days for the Angel to recover. Determining that it will be impossible to fight the Angel's "twins" without a perfectly coordinated dual attack strategy, Misato puts Asuka and Shinji in a training regimen which has them spending as much time together as possible (literally doing almost everything together, even sleeping near each other) in order to synchronize their biorhythms. Additionally, they try to learn a dance routine which will be incorporated into the movements they will use in their Evangelions to attack the Angel. By the end of the six days, the training appears to be a failure, but Asuka and Shinji pull off the routine almost flawlessly, destroying the Angel but failing to land properly. As they bicker, Deputy Commander Kozo Fuyutsuki bemoans another embarrassment to Nerv.
10 Magmadiver
"Magumadaibā (Magma Diver)" (マグマダイバー)
December 6, 1995 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The Evangelion pilots are excited about their upcoming class trip to Okinawa, but are upset when they are ordered that because they have to be on-call in case of an Angel attack, they cannot leave Tokyo-3. A dormant Angel in an embryonic stage is discovered nesting deep in the magma of an active volcano, and in the hopes of gaining greater insight into the Angels, Asuka is sent to capture it by lowering Unit 02 into the magma, while it wears a special giant coolant suit for protection. However, the Angel soon awakes from its embryonic stage, and Asuka is forced to battle the Angel while deep beneath the surface of the magma.
11 The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still
"Seishishita yami no naka de (In the Still Darkness)" (静止した闇の中で)
December 13, 1995 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The electrical power in Tokyo-3 is completely cut off as a result of sabotage by parties unknown, trapping most Nerv personnel inside, and worse, trapping all three Evangelion pilots outside of the base. A new Angel, Matarael, appears and begins to burn its way down to Nerv headquarters by using a corrosive acid attack, and everyone inside must struggle to power up the Evangelions, as the pilots try to worm their way back into Central Dogma through a maze of closed corridors and air ducts. The pilots then enter their EVAs and go into battle. After going through more vents and passageways they come face to face with the Angel. Asuka defends Shinji and Rei from Matarael's corrosive acid, while the other two pilots retrieve Shinji's rifle. Shinji then uses the rifle to destroy the Angel.
12 She said, "Don't make others suffer for your personal hatred."
"Kiseki no kachi wa (The Value of Miracles)" (奇跡の価値は)
December 20, 1995 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
A massive Angel appears in Earth orbit, well beyond the reach of the Evangelions. Launching several N² bombs at it has no effect. The Angel is dropping small pieces of itself onto Earth below, calibrating its aim: once it has zeroed in on Tokyo-3, the main body of the Angel will fall to Earth in a massive kamikaze attack to destroy Tokyo-3. All three Evangelions are deployed at once in a race to reach the Angel before it hits, hold it back by projecting their own AT fields, and destroy it.
13 Lilliputian Hitcher
"Shitō, shinnyū (An Angel's Invasion)" (使徒、侵入)
December 27, 1995 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The pilots are undergoing a synchronization test directed by Ritsuko deep within Nerv headquarters when a new Angel appears within the base itself. This Angel is actually a collection of millions of microscopic organisms, which interact to create a living biological computer circuit. The Angel infects Nerv's computer network, and then infiltrates two of the three Magi supercomputers controlling the base before Ritsuko is able to set up a firewall to slow its advance. The Angel is trying to trigger the Nerv base's self-destruct, which requires a unanimous vote by all three supercomputers. Although Ritsuko's firewall slowed the advance of the Angel's infiltration, it is gradually taking over the 3rd and last supercomputer, and Ritsuko must race against the clock to program a self-termination kill-code which will trick the Angel into destroying itself and restore control of the base.
14 Weaving a Story
"Zēre, tamashii no za (Seele, the Throne of Souls)" (ゼーレ、魂の座)
January 3, 1996 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The first half of this episode is a clip show, in the form of a report by Seele reviewing Gendo's actions, summarizing the first season of episodes and the story up until this point. In the second half, Ritsuko conducts an experiment to determine if pilots can be switched between the Evangelions they normally pilot. Rei can synch with Unit 01 fairly well, but when Shinji attempts to synch with Unit 00, it goes violently berserk inside of the base, in a manner identical to the failed activation test that took place before Shinji's arrival in Tokyo-3. As before, Unit 00 attacks the hangar's observation booth, smashing the window; however, Rei was standing at the window instead of Gendo (as was the case in the first test), causing Misato Katsuragi to wonder if Unit 00 was trying to kill Rei. Meanwhile, Ritsuko feels that Unit 00 was trying to attack Ritsuko herself.

At the end of the episode, Rei uses Unit 00 to bring the mysterious large object recovered from Antarctica to the deepest level of Nerv's base, Terminal Dogma.

15 Those women longed for the touch of others' lips, and thus invited their kisses.
"Uso to chinmoku (Lies and Silence)" (嘘と沈黙)
January 10, 1996 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kaji begins to make clandestine investigations into Nerv's dark secrets, after which he, Misato, and Ritsuko attend a wedding. Meanwhile, Rei and Shinji stay after class to clean up while Asuka goes on a blind date. Shinji meets Gendo at his mother's grave. Later that night, at Misato's apartment, Asuka kisses Shinji out of boredom, nearly suffocating him. Misato finds out that Kaji is a spy, but he shows her that Nerv is hiding things from her. He shows her Adam, the First Angel that is being kept in Nerv HQ.
16 Splitting of the Breast
"Shi ni itaru yamai, soshite (In sickness unto death, and...)" (死に至る病、そして)
January 17, 1996 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
A new and extremely bizarre Angel appears in the sky over Tokyo-3, apparently a black and white sphere. All three Evangelions move in to attack, but Shinji's attack is useless and he and Unit 01 are absorbed into a growing shadow that has engulfed the city. Ritsuko determines that the Angel exists on a higher dimension of existence, which can only be explained by mathematical concepts: the "shadow" on the ground, described as being 600 meters wide but only 3 nanometers thick, is the actual body of the Angel, and the sphere in the sky is its shadow. Fearing that Unit 01 has been completely lost, Nerv prepares to drop all of its remaining N² bombs into the Angel, hoping that this will destroy the Angel even though it could easily kill Shinji as well.

While trapped in the Angel, Shinji goes on an introspective mental journey. As Unit 01's battery power completely drains and life support runs out, Shinji falls unconscious, and a pair of glowing arms reach out to embrace him. Outside the Angel, Misato and Ritsuko witness Unit 01 violently tear its way out of the Angel's shadow, killing it.

17 Fourth Children
"Yoninme no tekikakusha (The Fourth Child)" (四人目の適格者)
January 24, 1996 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Disaster strikes unexpectedly when Nerv's second branch base in the Nevada desert mysteriously disappears in a flash, resulting in the loss of everything in an 89 kilometer radius and thousands of people. The incident coincided with an experiment to install an S² Engine (capable of giving an Evangelion an unlimited power supply) into Unit 04, one of the two new Evangelions which have recently finished construction in the United States. Panicking after the accident involving Unit 04, the US government demands that Unit 03, built in Nerv's first branch in Massachusetts, be removed from its soil as quickly as possible. As Unit 03 is about to arrive in Tokyo-3, a new pilot is picked for it: Toji Suzuhara.
18 Ambivalence
"Inochi no sentaku o (The Choice of Life)" (命の選択を)
January 31, 1996 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
While Unit 03 is being flown to Japan from the United States, the plane transporting it flies through an odd cloud which is actually another microscopic Angel, which infects Unit 03. During Toji's first synch test, Unit 03 goes berserk and mutates into an Angel, Bardiel. Possessing both the power of an Angel and the form of an Evangelion, Unit 03 destroys the test facility and advances toward Tokyo-3. All three Evangelions are sortied against Bardiel, but the Angel rapidly defeats both Unit 02 and Unit 00. Although Shinji does not know that Toji is trapped inside Bardiel, he refuses to use Unit 01 to attack it, wanting to try to save the pilot. As Bardiel attacks Unit 01, Gendo orders that Shinji be cut off from control of Unit 01 and that Unit 01's Dummy Plug autopilot system be activated. Under the Dummy Plug's control, Unit 01 savagely attacks Bardiel, literally tearing the possessed Evangelion to shreds and crushing its entry plug. After the battle, the already emotionally-devastated Shinji is even more horrified as he sees Toji being taken from the wreckage of the entry plug.
19 Introjection
"Otoko no tatakai (A Man's Battle)" (男の戰い)
February 7, 1996 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Shinji, horrified and emotionally devastated by the battle between Unit 01 and Bardiel and witnessing Toji's near-death, as well as Gendo's cold indifference to the situation, quits Nerv for a second time. However, as he is leaving Tokyo-3, the Angel Zeruel appears, and easily defeats the other Evangelions. After speaking with Kaji, Shinji returns to Nerv just before the Angel penetrates Nerv headquarters, and engages the Angel in Unit 01. The Angel succeeds in overpowering Unit 01 as its batteries expire, and blasts away the Evangelion's chest armor, revealing a core identical to those of the Angels. As the Angel attacks Unit 01's core, Shinji pleads with the Evangelion to start working again. Unit 01 goes "berserk", re-engages and defeats the Angel, then tears apart and eats the Angel's corpse, absorbing its S² organ in the process.
20 WEAVING A STORY 2: oral stage
"Kokoro no katachi, hito no katachi (Shape of Heart, Shape of Human)" (心のかたち 人のかたち)
February 14, 1996 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
During the climax of the massive fight against the Angel Zeruel, Shinji achieved a 400% synch ratio with Unit 01, a level thought impossible. However, because of this Shinji has merged with the Eva, and his body has reverted to LCL inside the entry plug. Over the course of 30 days, as Unit 01 stands immobile and covered in bandages in its hangar, Ritsuko struggles to come up with a way to restore Shinji. Meanwhile, Shinji's consciousness goes on an introspective odyssey while merged with Unit 01 in which he comes into contact with the soul of his mother, Yui Ikari. After speaking with Yui, Shinji is "reborn" from Unit 01's exposed core. Later that evening, Misato and Kaji resume their love affair, which disturbs and angers Ritsuko.
21 He was aware that he was still a child.
"Nerufu, tanjō (The Birth of Nerv)" (ネルフ、誕生)
February 21, 1996 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Deputy Commander Fuyutsuki is kidnapped and interrogated by Seele, who are outraged that in its last battle Unit 01 absorbed the S² engine from an Angel into its body, so that it no longer requires an external power source and can now function indefinitely. Meanwhile, Kaji goes AWOL to try to find out the truth about Nerv. As Fuyutsuki is interrogated by Seele, he recounts in flashbacks how he first met Gendo, Yui, the dark events surrounding Second Impact, and how Nerv and the Evangelion project were born. Flashbacks also reveal the history of Misato, Ritsuko, and Rei.
22 Don't Be.
"Semete, ningen rashiku (At Least, Be Human)" (せめて、人間らしく)
February 28, 1996 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
After being defeated yet again by an Angel, Asuka's synch ratio continues to drop, affecting her ability to pilot Unit 02. Flashbacks reveal Asuka's tragic childhood, which shaped her current abrasive personality. A new Angel, Arael, appears in Earth orbit, well outside the range of any Earth-based weaponry, including the Evas. Asuka is told that she will be Rei's backup for the confrontation with the Angel. Infuriated, she launches herself and confronts the Angel on her own, but the Angel uses a telepathic attack which forces Asuka to relive traumatic events from her past, causing such mental distress that Asuka completely loses synchronization and Unit 02 shuts down. Gendo orders Rei to go to Terminal Dogma, retrieve the Lance of Longinus, and use it against the Angel. The Lance succeeds in penetrating the Angel's AT field and destroys it, but it achieves escape velocity and enters a lunar orbit. Asuka is again angered by her defeat, worsened by her hatred of Rei.
23 Rei III
"Namida (Tears)" (涙)
March 6, 1996 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Following the last Angel's assault on her mind, Asuka sinks into clinical depression. The next Angel attacks, and attempts to merge itself with Unit 00, causing it to make contact with Rei's mind. In order to save Shinji, Rei self-destructs Unit 00 to destroy the Angel. Misato forces Ritsuko to reveal to her and Shinji Nerv's dark secrets, and Rei's true nature.
24 The Beginning and the End, or "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
"Saigo no shisha (The Final Messenger)" (最後のシ者)
March 13, 1996 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
As Asuka's depression has grown to the point that she is reduced to catatonia, Seele sends a replacement pilot for Unit 02 to Nerv: Kaworu Nagisa. At first Shinji and Kaworu bond and quickly become friends; however, it is soon revealed that Kaworu is in fact the final Angel and has been sent to merge with Adam in Terminal Dogma at the bottom level of Nerv headquarters. Kaworu commandeers Unit 02, and Shinji engages it with Unit 01 in a fierce fight while in free-fall as they descend to Terminal Dogma. Kaworu reaches the Angel in Terminal Dogma as Shinji defeats Unit 02, but realizes that the Angel is not Adam but Lilith. He then implores Shinji to kill him to prevent humanity from being destroyed. Shinji hesitates, but finally kills Kaworu. Later, traumatized by the day's events, Shinji tries to talk to Misato, but she is too distracted by her own struggles to be of comfort to him.
25 Do you love me?
"Owaru sekai (A World That's Ending)" (終わる世界)
March 20, 1996 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The Human Instrumentality Project begins, merging the souls of humankind into a single entity. Shinji, Rei, Misato, and Asuka struggle with their reasons for existence. Shinji discovers that he has created a solitary existence for himself, a world in which he alone can exist.
26 Take care of yourself.
"Sekai no chūshin de "ai" o sakenda kemono (The Beast that Shouted "I" at the Heart of the World)[4]" (世界の中心でアイを叫んだけもの)
March 27, 1996 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The Human Instrumentality Project continues as humankind attempts to complete its existence. Shinji continues to struggle with the impact of his personal existence, and eventually views a world in which he is not an Evangelion pilot. Shinji, now understanding that his existence is not fixed, destroys the constrictive shell which he had formed around himself. He is met by all of the other characters from the series, who applaud and tell him "Congratulations!" The final scene of the series shows Shinji smiling and saying, "Thank you all."

Complementary ending

# Title Director Writer Original theatrical release date
25² Love is Destructive
"Ea (Air)" (エア)
July 19, 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
First half of the film End of Evangelion, which is meant as an alternate ending to the series, complementing or replacing the original episodes 25 and 26.

With the Angels defeated, Commander Gendo Ikari and Seele finally break their relationship and Gendo attempts to start Third Impact with Rei and the Angel Lilith in Terminal Dogma. Seele orders the JSSDF to attack Tokyo-3 and Nerv headquarters, culminating in vaporizing Tokyo-3 with an N² bomb. Asuka uses Unit 02 to repulse the JSSDF's attack on Nerv, prompting Seele to retaliate by sending in the nine Mass Production (MP) Evangelions, Units 05 through 13, to fight Unit 02. Meanwhile, Misato rescues Shinji from advancing JSSDF troops and brings him safely to Unit 01, but is mortally wounded. Ritsuko tries to initiate Nerv HQ's self-destruct as an act of petty revenge against Gendo, but it doesn't work, at which point Gendo fatally shoots her. In a spectacular heated battle, a reawakened Asuka is able to defeat all of the MP Evangelions, but Unit 02's batteries run out, and the MP Evangelions reactivate despite their wounds because they are fitted with S² engines. The MP Evangelions proceed to eviscerate Unit 02. Shinji leaves the Geofront in Unit 01 and, upon seeing the remains of Unit 02, loses his last hold on sanity.

26² ONE MORE FINAL: I need you.
"Magokoro o, kimi ni (My Purest Heart for You[5])" (まごころを、君に)
July 19, 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Second half of End of Evangelion, which is meant as an alternate ending to the series, complementing or replacing the original episodes 25 and 26.

Gendo starts Third Impact with Rei, but she rejects Gendo and merges with Lilith to become a god-like being. The MP Evangelions crucify Unit 01 with their Lance of Longinus replicas, and centering around the Rei/Lilith being create an Anti-AT field which spreads over the entire world, reducing everyone to the primordial ooze of LCL, merging into a single super-being as all souls merge. In a surreal sequence, Shinji examines his life's meaning with Rei and what he truly wants, and after talking with the soul of his mother in Unit 01, decides to reject Instrumentality, accepting individual existence and the possibility of pain over the painless loss of identity. He is told all living things will have the choice of returning to individual existence, if they can remember it. The Rei/Lilith being and the MP Evangelions die. In the end, Shinji wakes up on the beach of the Sea of LCL, which has formed over Earth, and finds that Asuka is lying next to him, inexplicably alive.

Reception

While the entire series has received wide attention, individual episodes have also earned praise and occasionally been recipients of awards.

See also

Script error

Notes

  1. "Fans liked the concept, praising it for a psychoanalytical look at anime that had never been attempted before. Sato sees Episode 16 was of particular importance. A spherical black Angel called Ririeru (Leliel in English) appears and Shinji's Eva Unit 01 is absorbed into it. Normally, such close contact between an Evangelion and an Angel would have resulted in combat. Instead, in this episode, Shinji is confronted by another version of himself. The two Shinjis engage in conversation as the young boy probes "himself" about who he really is and the meaning of "self." The episode clearly shows how Shinji explores his inner self as he continues asking why it is that he has been selected to pilot the Eva. The series continues in this way with a strong focus on Shinji's internal struggles until Evangelion draws toward its climax." "Evangelion Special: From phenomenon to legacy"
  2. "A STORY OF COMMUNICATION: The Kazuya Tsurumaki Interview"
  3. pg 162, Fujie 2004
  4. Alternatively translated as "The Beast that Shouted "Love" at the Heart of the World" since it is not clear whether the katakana word アイ (ai?) in the title refers to the Japanese transliteration of "I" or the Japanese word 愛 (ai?), meaning "love" (in reference to Harlan Ellison's book and short story of the same name).
  5. Also known alternately as "My Pure Heart for You", or with the additional bracketed title, "My Purest Heart for You (Sincerely Yours)". The English title is also known simply as "I need you."


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