PSA: Neon Genesis Evangelion Hits Netflix Today

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Making plans for the weekend? Then they should probably include Evangelion, because the seminal series is hitting Australian Netflix today.

This Friday — usually around dinner time, if previous Netflix releases are any indication — all 26 episodes of the original Neon Genesis hits the global streaming service. Along with those, Evangelion: Death True2 and The End of Evangelion are available to stream worldwide.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion is coming to Netflix in the spring of 2019, making it available to watch worldwide without pirating it or shelling out hundreds of dollars for an out-of-print box set.

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Netflix hasn't officially confirmed whether they'll allow fans to set options to forcibly watch the intro and outro for every episode. But just to get you warmed up for the end of the week, here's the official opening theme, and every variation of Fly Me To The Moon in the original ending.

In case you're curious, here's the full list of who does what Fly Me To The Moon cover in each episode:

  • Episode One ED- Normal / Claire
  • Episode Two ED- Normal (w/o strings) / Claire
  • Episode Three ED- Normal / Yoko Takahashi
  • Episode Four ED- Normal (w/o strings) / Yoko Takahashi
  • Episode Five ED- Rei #5
  • Episode Six ED- Rei #6
  • Episode Seven ED- 4 Beat / Yoko Takahashi
  • Episode Eight ED- Aya Bossa Techno
  • Episode Nine ED- Asuka Bossa Techno
  • Episode Ten ED- Asuka Main (w/ chorus) / Normal Orchestra
  • Episode Eleven ED- Rei, Asuka, Misato Version / Normal Orchestra
  • Episode Twelve ED- Misato Main (w/ chorus) / Normal Orchestra
  • Episode Thirteen ED- Yoko Takahashi Acid Bossa
  • Episode Fourteen ED- Rei Solo / Normal Orchestra
  • Episode Fifteen ED- Misato 4 Beat
  • Episode Sixteen ED- 3 Person Vocal interlude starts - towards the end / Normal Orchestra
  • Episode Seventeen ED- Aki Jungle
  • Episode Eighteen ED- B-4 Guitar - Piano
  • Episode Nineteen ED- 3 Person Vocal (singing in turns) Normal Orchestra
  • Episode Twenty ED- B-4 Piano
  • Episode Twenty-One ED- (Video Version) 4 Beat (off)
  • Episode Twenty-Two ED- (Video Version) Bossa Techno (off)
  • Episode Twenty-Three ED- (Video Version) Rei #23
  • Episode Twenty-Four ED- (Video Version) Normal (off)
  • Episode Twenty-Five ED- Rei #25
  • Final Episode ED- Rei #26

Comments

    You had my hopes up for a moment there with the reboot still as the header image that Madman had put it on AnimeLab but then I remembered the classic series was coming to Netflix this week.

    Awesome!
    We should be getting 7 Seeds soon as well, sometime in June.

    So what order do I watch all these series in if I get into it? The order listed here?

      Do you mean the series or the intro/outros? If you mean the series then watch the 26 episodes followed by End of Evangelion. Death(True) is just a summary of everything with a couple of new scenes so it's up to you if you want to watch it. When you watch End of Evangelion, it's useful to keep in mind that it is really episodes 25 and 26 from a different perspective. It was basically Gainax giving fans the ending they wanted because they cheaped out on the last two episodes because of budget problems.

      Then if you're feeling super keen, watch the reboot series.

        Thanks! I've never watched it before but there's always been hype around it so I'll give it a go.

          Just want to say that there are many things that you won't understand because they were never properly explained in the series/movies but rather, consigned to additional materials. I'm a bit of a scholar in the matter (lol) so let me know if there's anything you want explained after you watch it.

        You can actually safely skip episodes 25 and 26 and go into End of Evangelion, which is intended as the replacement 'true' episodes 25 and 26 of the series.

          Politely disagree. TV episodes 25 and 26 have some real good mindfuckery and are an entertaining delve in the psyche of the characters.

        IIRC episode 25 and 26 was less Gainax running out of money and more Hiseaki trolling everyone... with the massive tonal shift to philosophy and whatnot underlying the whole series than the actual "story" =P

        If you want to see Gainax going cheap tho... theres always the final episodes of Karekano which reduced the show to a literal talking head version of the manga panels...

    I dont think I can deal with Shinji whining again, lol.

      Agreed, but what about Pen Pen?

        Heh, Pen2 is good value. Pity he gets sent off after Zeruel, show definitely used and needed the comedic balance.

    Are we getting the original dub/sub with this release? I can't really not hear the original dub voice cast every time I tune into Eva. Cause I seem to recall reading that Netflix were redubbing the series

      It's a new dub. The old dub was one of those really trash 1990s anime dubs that hasn't aged well at all, so it'll be good to see it finally get a dub that does the show justice.

      That said, the Japanese cast is pretty much an all-star cast (Megumi Hayashibara, Mitsuishi Kotono, Megumi Ogata, Yuko Miyamura and Seki Tomokazu are all in it) so it's absolutely the best way to experience the show.

        Cheers Stormo. The voice actors for Shinji (Spike Spencer) and Asuka (Tiff Grant) left a big impression. Can't really not hear them when I see the characters on screen at least as far as dubs go. I'll give the new dub a shot though, always got the option of original dub on DVD anyway.

        I wouldnt really call it trash dub.... ive seen much worse before. It was fairly decent dub for its time and I think the redub has less to do with "improving" and more like netflix probably not wanting to do royalties..

        Although yes Spike Spencers voice will forever haunt all of us xD

    I haven't watched it in 20 years. And now I feel old just saying it. :(

    Looking forward to watching NGE this week. Hopefully it's aged well.

      I re-watched it a few years ago and, while I don't know if it's aged well, it's still as much of an emotional punch in the face as it ever was.

        It'll be interesting to watch NGE again through adult eyes. I was 13 when it first aired so naturally you miss things and other things fly way over your head.

          It should be even better. I was around the same age when it first hit Australia and whilst I thought it was cool there was a lot that I did not understand.

          I remember speaking with an adult at the time about it and I did not understand where his comments came from as it seemed we were talking about two different shows.

          Having rewatched after it came up in a psych lecture due to its Jungian psychological influences I understand why that guy was saying those things. Ultimately, I loved the show even more.

    Takes me straight back to High School....

    I just finished watching 1.11, 2.22 and 3.33.
    3.33 was... definitely different.
    I had been holding out watching it since release so I could watch it with my SO and only just got around to it.
    Hears hoping 3.0+1 is starting production soon?

      3.0+1 is still a few years away. Although they were doing animation recruitment last year in June so fingers crossed its sooner than my estimate. I recall Anno saying he couldn't start production due to his Shin Godzilla commitment a few years back though.

    Going to be watching Mr. Iglisias instead. I don't think I can stand rewatching Evangelion for the 80th time, and also news of a new dub really makes me want to avoid it. Plus the remake/reboot movies are so much better anyway

      Dont know whether to upvote in solidarity with your new dub hate, or downvote for saying the movie remakes are better (number 3.33 is just pants on head even for evangelion)

    I will never stop being mad they got a new dub cast.
    Sure it wasnt perfect back at the start, but as anyone who's watched the rebuild movies could say, they are all a lot better now. and 20+ years of them being the voices for these characters shouldn't have been just thrown out.

    If this was another reimagining of the series i could understand new voice actors (like i could have with the rebuilds), but it is the same series, it should have the same voice actors.

      I'm 5 minutes into the first episode and already my memories are being ruined. The dub is horrible! WHY????? And, as per @mase's post below, they removed "Fly Me to the Moon". You know, I was genuinely looking forward to NGE for the last two weeks, and now after watching what we got... *facepalm*

    Came here to see info re: Fly Me To The Moon.
    Very disappointing they replaced it with a new random piano piece.

    Didn't realise it was a new English dub as I'm watching in Japanese for the first time. Ep2 the subs were delayed by about a sentence ie a good 2 seconds or more which was annoying

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