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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2022, 5(1); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2022.050108.

Reasons for the Success of "Neon Genesis Evangelion" and Its Enlightenment to the Development of Chinese Animation


Yuan Xiangzhe

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Yuan Xiangzhe

Xinjiang University of Finance and Economics, Urumqi 830011, China


Neon Genesis EVAngelion (EVA) is an animation produced by Japanese company GAINAX in1995. Its TV version and old movie version were broadcast from 1995 to 1997. The emergence of EVA directly brought the biggest transform in the history of Japanese animation, and brought a new way out for Japanese animation, making "animation" a distinctive cultural phenomenon and even one of the cultural symbols of Japan. At the same time, EVA also gave birth to the emergence of otaku culture, showing the profitability of animation to the market.  This paper will analyze why EVA was so successful from various aspects. And what the successful of EVA can bring to Chinese animation.


EVA; Hideaki Anno; otaku culture; Japanese animation

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Yuan Xiangzhe. Reasons for the Success of "Neon Genesis Evangelion" and Its Enlightenment to the Development of Chinese Animation. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2022) Vol. 5, Issue 1: 52-56. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2022.050108.


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