Shin Seiki Evangerion (1995–1996)
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The Beginning and the End, or 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door' 

The Beginning and the End, or "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (original title)
A despondent Shinji encounters a kind-hearted boy named Kaworu, who quickly becomes his close friend. However, Kaworu (selected earlier as the replacement pilot for EVA-02) is soon revealed to be the final Angel. This turn of events leaves Shinji with a cruel dilemma: saving humanity will mean he must kill his only true friend in the world.

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Shinji Ikari (voice)
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Shinji Ikari (voice)
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Rei Ayanami / Yui Ikari / Pen Pen (voice)
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Misato Katsuragi (voice)
Kotono Mitsuishi ...
Sue Ulu ...
Ritsuko Akagi (voice)
Yûko Miyamura ...
Asuka Langley Sôryû (voice)
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Rei Ayanami (voice)
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Asuka Langly Soryu (voice)
Yuriko Yamaguchi ...
Ritsuko Akagi (voice)
Tristan MacAvery ...
Gendo Ikari (voice)
Guil Lunde ...
Kozo Fuyutsuki (voice)
Fumihiko Tachiki ...
Gendô Ikari (voice)
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Makoto Hyuga (voice)
Motomu Kiyokawa ...
Kôzô Fuyutsuki (voice)
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A despondent Shinji encounters a kind-hearted boy named Kaworu, who quickly becomes his close friend. However, Kaworu (selected earlier as the replacement pilot for EVA-02) is soon revealed to be the final Angel. This turn of events leaves Shinji with a cruel dilemma: saving humanity will mean he must kill his only true friend in the world.

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13 March 1996 (Japan)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Kaworu Nagisa: Humans constantly feel pain in their hearts. Because the heart is so sensitive to pain, humans also feel that to live is to suffer. You're so delicate, like glass, especially your heart.
Shinji Ikari: Me?
Kaworu Nagisa: Yes, and you have my regard for it.
Shinji Ikari: Regard?
Kaworu Nagisa: In other words, I love you.
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A different version of "Fly Me to the Moon" is played in each episode. See more »

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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 9 , Fourth Movement
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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