Annotated Bibliography

I’m an idiot and put this in the drop box on the 28th instead of posting it here and just realized my mistake right now. How embarrassing. Sorry everyone! Here’s my annotated bibliography.
Eng, Lawrence. “In the Eyes of Hideaki Anno, Writer and Director of Evangelion.” Cornell Japanese Animation Society. 2004. 27 Oct. 2009. <>

Eng relates Anno’s speech at the 1996 Anime Expo, the year NGE was first released. It discusses how unlike most anime, the show was written as it went rather than the whole story being planned out in advance. It touches on Anno’s execution of the final two episodes, which were controversial at the time and later led to him making an End of Eva movie to replace them.

Hiroki, Azuma. “Anime or Something Like It: Neon Genesis Evangelion.” InterCommunication. No. 18.  27 Oct. 2009. <>

This interview goes into the psychology of each of Anno’s characters, and how each is a different manifestation of himself. He explains how the show is meant to be what one takes from it without having a literal meaning, as well its psychedelic inspiration.

Horn, Carl G. “Speaking Once as They Return: Gainax’s Neon Genesis Evangelion.” AMC Plus. 1.2. 1996. 27 Oct. 2009. <>

Horn talks about how Evangelion is different from most other anime of its genre because it tackles existential questions of life, death, sex, and religion in a poetic and metaphoric way. Good arguments here and contextualizing of the series.

Tsuribe, Manabu. “Prison of Self-Conscious: An Essay on Evangelion.” EvaMonkey. 1999. 27 Oct. 2009. <>

Article relates Eva to other Japanese attitudes and cultural psychological trends.

Anno, Hideaki. “Interview: 1996 Anime Expo.” Transcript. 2004. 27 Oct. 2009. <> <>

Anno speaks about the series himself. Lots of really valuable insight. Definitely a major source.

Napier, Susan J. “When the Machines Stop: Fantasy, Reality, and Terminal Identity in “Neon Genesis Evangelion.” Science Fiction Studies 29.3 (2002): 418-435.

Bolton, Christopher, Istvan Csicsery-Rony, Jr. and Takayuki Tatsumi. Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams : Japanese science fiction from origins to anime. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007.

Freud, Sigmund. Totem and Taboo: Resemblances Between the Mental Lives of Savages and Neurotics. 1913.

Anno drew heavily from this and other works of Freud.

The Bible, Book of Genesis.

As much of the series uses Biblical imagery, I will be referring to the Book of Genesis to analyze the metaphorical significance of Christian mythology in the context of the series.

The Dead Sea Scrolls

The series often refers to these non-canonical Christian texts, which allegedly predict and name the angels.

Comments are closed.