Neon Genesis Evangelion (新世紀エヴァンゲリオン, Shin Seiki Evangelion, from Classical Greek meaning “The Gospel of the New Genesis”, literally “Teachings of the New Beginning”), commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, (stylized as EVΛNGELION) is a Japanese anime television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production. It was broadcast on TV Tokyo from October 1995 to March 1996.
Evangelion is an apocalyptic anime, set in a futuristic Tokyo fifteen years after a worldwide cataclysm. The story centers on Shinji, a teenage boy who is recruited by his father into the shadowy organization NERV to pilot a giant bio-machine mecha called an Evangelion in combat against monstrous beings known as Angels. The series explores the experiences and emotions of Evangelion pilots and members of NERV as they attempt to prevent another catastrophe. In the series there are many references to psychoanalytic concepts, such as the oral stage, introjection, oral personality, ambivalence, and the death drive. It features religious symbolism throughout the series, including themes and imagery derived from Kabbalah, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Shinto.