Culture | , | June 26, 2019

 

Old and new anime fans rejoice, Neon Genesis Evangelion is now available for streaming on Netflix.

 

It came out in the 90’s yet still remains one of the most influential anime series today. Set in 2015, the premise follows a post-apocalyptic world where billions are dead and climate change has become catastrophic (which is looking pretty realistic if you’ve been following any news lately concerning the environment).

 

Giant monsters known as ‘Angels’ start to appear and wreak havoc, and the only way to fight them are with mecha called ‘Evangelions’. Even if you’ve never watched it, you’ve probably come across the opening theme at some point.

 

 

The series originally ended on two controversial episodes that caused a massive divide among fans, which were so extreme death threats were sent to director Hidaeki Anno. As a result, the film The End of Evangelion was released in 1997 as an alternative ending, although that didn’t stop the controversy. Eventually the entire show was remade into a film series called The Rebuild of Evangelion, with the first film being released in 2007.

 

According to the official Twitter account for the franchise, the next film will be called Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :|| (alternatively known as Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0). There’s also going to be a worldwide preview showing on July 6.

 

The preview will the first ten minutes of the movie, and will occur at Japan Expo in Paris, Anime Expo in Los Angeles, Shanghai, and set locations in Japan. Those who want to keep up to date on the news can download the EVA-EXTRA app set to come out on July 1, for Android and iOS. The fourth and final film will premiere in 2020.

 

 

Until then, you can stream Neon Genesis Evangelion, The End of Evangelion, and Evangelion: Death(True)2 on Netflix.

 

 

2020 is looking to be a big year for movies, with a modern interpretation of Bonnie Clyde featuring an all-black cast and crew, set to hit Australian theatres in January.

 

Featured image via Twitter @Kotaku.