No doubt Netflix is trying to keep pace with Funimation and Crunchyroll with its ever growing anime listing. The streaming channel has added another classic title to join the likes of Naruto and Bleach. It has been nearly a decade since Neon Genesis Evangelion went out of print in 2010. Netflix made the announcement on their Twitter account about the acquisition of the 26 episodes of the original 1995 anime series and the two anime films, End of Evangelion and Death/Rebirth. This marks the first time the series has have been made available on a streaming channel outside of Japan.
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) November 27, 2018
Evangelion is set fifteen years after a worldwide cataclysm, particularly in the futuristic fortified city of Tokyo-3. The protagonist is Shinji, a teenage boy who was recruited by his father to the shadowy organization Nerv to pilot a giant bio-machine mecha called an “Evangelion” into combat with alien beings called “Angels”. The series explores the experiences and emotions of Evangelion pilots and members of Nerv as they try to prevent any and all of the Angels from causing another cataclysm, and as they deal with the quest of finding out the real truth behind events and organizational moves.
The series was produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production, and directed by Hideaki Anno and was broadcast on TV Tokyo from October 1995 to March 1996. The manga version began publication nearly ten months prior in February 1995 illustrated by character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto and was released irregularly over its 18-year course, ending with the final volume in 2013.