The angels have returned! UDON Entertainment has announced the release of the hardcover art book Neon Genesis Evangelion: TV Animation Production Art Collection.
Written and directed by Hideaki Anno, Neon Genesis Evangelion is credited with revitalizing the anime industry, infusing the genre with depth and emotion as it told the story of a world on the brink of destruction and the teenagers who were tasked with saving mankind. A deconstruction of the mecha genre, which featured teens piloting giant bio-machine mecha (“Evangelion”) into battle against alien beings called “Angels”, the series is a cultural icon; various products for the series have achieved record sales in Japan and strong sales in overseas markets. Film, manga, home video, even pachinko machines…and now you can bring home the art!
Neon Genesis Evangelion: TV Animation Production Art Collection is the ultimate compendium of behind the scenes and archival design sketches for the original 1995 series as well as the 1997 theatrical film. Detailed design notes from the original artists accompany draft artwork of characters, mecha, weapons, vehicles, not to mention interior and exterior locations. The series revolutionized anime with its groundbreaking animation, sophisticated storytelling, and dynamic mecha designs. This massive 432-page book is a must-have for any fans of animation production, character design, or one of anime’s most influential series. (I hope you have a coffee table sturdy enough to hold it!)
Set 15 years after a worldwide cataclysm in the futuristic, fortified city of Tokyo-3, Neon Genesis Evangelion received both critical acclaim and controversy, mostly surrounding the final two episodes of the series. The controversy is what led the team behind the series to produce their intended original ending in the 1997 film The End of Evangelion.
The Neon Genesis Evangelion: TV Animation Production Art Collection will be released in March of 2019. This hardcover 432-page book measures 11.75″ by 8.25″ and will retail for $39.99 USD.
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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