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If you were on TV Twitter this past weekend, or you have a friend who is into anime, you were probably wondering what all the fuss was about over an animated series titled Neon Genesis Evangelion. The fuss was that Netflix made the difficult-to-stream cult 1996 anime series available in an accessible, cheap, and legal sense for the first time since the early 2010s. And it did so with a brand-new translation for the subtitles, a brand-new dub, and a shiny new restoration of the show's 26 episodes.
If you're not familiar with Evangelion, here's a broad, spoiler-free summary. Earth suffered a mysterious and cataclysmic event in 2000 that changed global sea levels and temperatures. In 2015, Shinji Ikari (Casey Mongillo) is summoned to Tokyo-3 by his father, Gendo (Ray Chase), who intends for Shinji to pilot a giant mecha to battle entities known as Angels. Over the course of these battles, Shinji and the other characters must come to grips with how to make connections with others and with themselves. The show veers between standard mecha battles, hijinks and psychological interrogations informed by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, and is presented in an increasingly avant-garde style.
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The Netflix release was not without controversy, however, which is somewhat fitting for a series with a controversial reptuation, particularly its final two episodes. Here are six reasons — three good and three bad — why the Netflix version of Evangelion is a big deal.
1. It's on Netflix. Evangelion hasn't been legally and cheaply available, in the U.S. anyway, since the early 2010s, after the original American licensing company of the series, A.D. Vision (commonly known as ADV), saw its rights to the show tangled up in a legal quagmire. Since then, the series hasn't been available in the U.S. unless you were willing to...
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