Netflix continues to expand its ever-growing catalog of anime with the official confirmation on the release date of the popular Neon Genesis Evangelion. The streaming platform has just released a trailer for the legendary mid-90s mecha series, and fans will be able to stream the two tie-in films, Evangelion:Death True² and The End of Evangelion, for the first time ever.
Neon Genesis Evangelion centers around the story of Shinji Ikari, a 14-year-old boy who was invited by his father to pilot an Evangelion unit unbeknownst to him. Set in a fictional 2015 after a global catastrophe known as the Second Impact, the series features the popular Japanese kaiju battles between the alien threat known as Angels and the cybernetic Evangelion units operated by the show's heroes. With the news of this Netflix release already being reported, all that was left to learn was the date. Now that the date has come to light, Neon Genesis Evangelion is set to join the stacked lineup of anime series including the visually stunning Violet Evergarden, and other recent Shounen additions such as Yoshihiro Togashi's Hunter X Hunter, and Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventures.
After releasing the trailer for Neon Genesis Evangelion online, Netflix also announced its official release date. The anime series will debut on Netflix on June 21, less than a month before one of Netflix's most popular live-action series, Stranger Things. Check out the full trailer below:
The team behind Netflix had recently outbid Funimation for the rights to this series streaming rights, only to further support the notion that Netflix is getting serious about the content game. By including Neon Genesis Evangelion in its catalog of anime series, Netflix would be dipping their toes in both the creation of original anime content, as well as acquiring anime from a multitude of genres from a myriad of time periods. Neon Genesis Evangelion's June 21 debut would join Rurouni Kenshin, as well as the nostalgic Pokémon anime as series from the 1990s . The success of Devilman Crybaby seemingly opened the floodgates for original outsourced content from the streaming service, and Neon Genesis Evangelion could potentially do the same for classic series from over 20 years ago.
It's exciting to think about what's next for the streaming service, because acquiring Neon Genesis Evangelion means Netflix could potentially be in the asset-gathering phase. Whatever comes down the pipeline for the platform is sure to draw the attention of the anime community who'd love to see which one of their favorite series could potentially get the Netflix promotion in the future. Regardless of what the future holds for Netflix in the creation and acquisition phase, fans can rest assured that many eyes will be eagerly awaiting June 21 to see - perhaps for the very first time - the 1995 classic and its two 1997 movie tie-ins.
Neon Genesis Evangelion begins streaming June 21, 2019 on Netflix.