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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Re-imagining relationships with machines

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Re-imagining relationships with machines: Neon Genesis Evangelion

All 26 episodes of legendary anime Neon Genesis Evangelion are now available for streaming on U.S. Netflix, this week’s Netflix release of Neon Genesis Evangelion marks the first time fans in the U.S. have had easy access to the series. Its American license ran out in 2011, but the series didn’t make its return trip West unscathed.

Along with an all-new English dub with a new cast, the music has also changed. Claire Littley’s beautiful version of “Fly Me to the Moon”, has been replaced. “Neon Genesis Evangelion” which is known for its combination of science fiction, dense psychological themes, and religious imagery is God-Like for anime fans.

Re-imagining relationships with machines: Neon Genesis Evangelion

 

The genre in question is “mecha,” which is also the name of its principal element: big robots.

“Neon Genesis Evangelion” is set in a post-apocalyptic earth, which is being attacked by powerful creatures called Angels. To defeat the Angels, scientists have created a giant cyborgs called Evangelions.

There is a lot of subtext throughout the series, and as more truths are revealed, more layers start to get peeled back. To say more would be to give away the best moments in the series, so it suffices to say that Evangelion will twist your soul if you let it.

Check the Netflix trailer for the series below.

 

Still disappointing?

Some fans are still disappointed. The U.S. version is missing several musical cues. The most glaring omission is the original ending theme. The original ending theme is Claire Littley’s beautiful version of “Fly Me to the Moon”.

The light and dreamy tune, performed and arranged beautifully, was the perfect chaser for the often heavy and depressing subject matter of the series. It’s an eerie, haunting tune. Instead of relaxing

This is what fans are missing in the U.S release of the series.

The omission is likely due to a licensing issue. And Netflix will hopefully update us soon on this issue.

For more such updates and news check The Geek Herald

Till then Have a Good day!

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