Netflix has confirmed that all 26 episodes of the 1995 anime Neon Genesis Evangelion will be made available on their streaming service. The follow-up film The End of Evangelion will also be included, as will Evangelion: Death (True)2.
A trailer for the series was released alongside this announcement.
The series itself is famous for being a deconstruction of the mecha genre. Series director Hideaki Anno has more recently rebooted the franchise with three “rebuild” films, which retell the events of the series with some key differences. The fourth entry into this chronology is expected in 2020, and is either hotly anticipated or unenthusiastically contested depending on how one felt about 3.33.
It is unconfirmed whether episodes 21 to 24 will be the extended or broadcasts versions but the inclusion of the controversial EoE is welcome, considering that it acts as a true end to the series, following a mass fan backlash back in 1996 when the initial ending prompted some to send death threats to director Hideaki Anno and vandalise the headquarters of Gainax, the animation studio responsible for the series.
With a Netflix release on the way, hopes for a Blu Ray release here in the UK or the US only become greater.
By HW Reynolds
Images provided by Netflix & Gainax/Tatsunoko Production