Neon Genesis Evangelion TV anime series first premiered in Japan 25 years ago on October 4, 1995, and to celebrate the occasion, special messages thanking fans for their support throughout the years were released on the Evangelion and Khara's official twitter accounts.
The tweet from the official Evangelion twitter handle read as, "Today on October 4, 2020, the Neon Genesis Evangelion television series reached its 25th anniversary since its broadcast debut! We extend our thanks to everyone who has supported us thus far. And we also hope that you continue to support us in the future."
Hideaki Anno, the Director, wrote a message via Khara's official twitter account stating, "It's been 27 years of work since then, but it's finally coming to an end. It's my fault that production has taken so long, but Evangelion has been able to come this far thanks to all the fans. I thank you once again."
He also commented that fans have to wait a little longer until Evangelion reaches its conclusion.
The tweet also explains that Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon A Time, the fourth and final film in the Rebuild of Evangelion series, is 41 minutes long and states that the film's total runtime may eclipse two hours. That said, the film still isn't quite finished. As of Oct. 2, Thrice Upon a Time is undergoing its final checks.
The Japanese voice cast commented on the series' 25th anniversary.
Megumi Ogata (Shinji Ikari): "Even after 25 years, my heart still pounds, swells, eases, and aches whenever I watch the old footage or read a new script. The 'eternally 14 years old' curse is what has made me who I am today. Thank you, Evangelion. Stay with me until the end."
Megumi Hayashibara (Rei Ayanami): "You won't die. I'll protect you. I'm sorry, I don't know what expression to make at times like these. In these 25 years, I've constantly doubted myself, protected, been driven to the brink... And now it's finally coming to an end... for real. Goodbye... We'll be connected."
Yuko Miyamura (Asuka Langley Sohryu / Asuka Langley Shikinami): "Happy 25th anniversary! 'Hey, have you heard that the Evangelion series is turning 25? Oh my, what a marvel!' Since I'm an analogue kind of person, I thought I'd share the news like a lady gossiping in the local neighbourhood! Also, I'm really grateful to everyone who has loved Eva for such a long time! Please do share your various observations about Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 on the dawn of its release! I'm looking forward to it."
Akira Ishida (Kaworu Nagisa): "Before I knew it, it's been a quarter of a century. It's surprising how Evangelion has continued to stand at the forefront of media and culture throughout all that time. It's inevitable that the hype will escalate in anticipation of the release of Evangelion: 3.0+1.0. I can't contain the thought that this is a truly monster property."
To read the rest of the cast and staffs' tweets, you can check it out from the links given below.
Neon Genesis Evangelion TV anime series first premiered in 1996-97 and received critical acclaim both domestically and internationally during its initial broadcast and in the decades since its release. Hideaki Anno, the director of the anime, founded Studio Khara in 2006. He and the studio began producing a new tetralogy of films titled Rebuild of Evangelion, which reinterprets the events in the series. The fourth and final Evangelion rebuild film, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time (Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban), has been delayed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film was originally scheduled to open in Japan on June 27, 2020.