Who is Hideaki Anno?
Anno has filled many roles over the years ranging from being a film director to an animator. He was born in Yamaguchi, Japan in 1960. He is known for his work on Neon Genesis Evangelion, Godzilla, and Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water. While he has worked in multiple genres, "his style has become defined by his incorporation of postmodernism and the extensive portrayal of characters' thoughts and emotions, often through unconventional scenes presenting the mental deconstruction of those characters" (Wikipedia, 2020).
Neon Genesis Evangelion - Hope & Despair
Beyond Ghibli's description of his 22 minute video essay, "In 1995, director Hideaki Anno unleashed a show that would subvert expectations, enamour a nation and forever change the industry it was a part of. Twenty five years later, Neon Genesis Evangelion is still one of the most vital and - more importantly - most exciting shows around. In this video I explore its many iterations, examine their impacts on a fandom and take a closer look at the deeply embedded themes of hope and despair at the heart of it all" (Beyond Ghibli, 2019).
Hideaki Anno: Emotional Deconstructionist
From Schilling himself, he spoke "...to the man behind the ‘Evangelion’ sci-fi franchise about his apocalyptic influences and prod him on the question that is on every fan’s lips" (Schilling 2014).
Neon Genesis Evangelion Images
A set of images from the popular anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion.
The World of Hideaki Anno
Andrew Osmond wrote an article talking about this special festival that was featured at the Tokyo International Film Festival. This program showcase Anno's work through the years and the impact it's had on the anime/entertainment industry.
Hideaki Anno Interviews
These interviews feature Hideaki Anno through out the years. All of these interviews are in Japanese, but they do have English subtitles.
Hideaki Anno Interview from MPEG Special (1996) - English Subs
An interview with director Hideaki Anno in 1996 about Neon Genesis Evangelion
Hayao Miyazaki Chats with Hideaki Anno - English Subs
Hayao Miyazaki spots a wild Hideaki Anno out in the Sahara desert and they have a chat about each other's work.
Hideaki Anno Interviewed by Noriko Hidaka - English Subs
Hideaki Anno interviewed by Noriko Hidaka about his works. The pair worked together on the film Nadia: The Secret Blue Water