If you loved Japanese Anime in the ‘90s, then chances are good that you’re a fan of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Hideaki Anno and Studio Gainax’s Neon Genesis Evangelion redefined the classic mecha genre and it quickly became one of the most popular Anime series in the world.
2015 marks the 20th anniversary of Neon Genesis Evangelion’s debut. To celebrate the occasion, GroundWorks has announced that the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV Animation Cels 2015 Edition art book will be released next month in Japan. The 432-page book will include reproductions of animation cels that were used in both the Neon Genesis Evangelion series and the sequel films.
A few of the included Neon Genesis Evangelion character designs have popped up online, including this image of the lead character, Shinji Ikari, the reluctant pilot of Evangelion Unit-01.
Fan favorite character, Rei Ayanami is the pilot of Evangelion Unit-00, who has an unusual connection with Shinji.
Misato Katsuragi is Shinji and Rei’s commanding officer in NERV, the enigmatic organization that makes them pilot the giant bio-mechs called Evangelion (AKA Evas) in order to battle the destructive beings called “Angels.”
Here’s a close-up concept sketch of one of the Evas.
And finally, a cast shot of all of the main human characters in the show.
The Neon Genesis Evangelion TV Animation Cels 2015 Edition art book doesn’t appear to have a U.S. distribution deal in place. However, it can be ordered through Amazon Japan for approximately $26.35 (3240 yen). The book will be released in Japan on August 7.
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