Hideaki Anno (庵野秀明 Anno Hideaki) was born May 22, 1960, in Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan. He is the director of Neon Genesis Evangelion, The End of Evangelion, Rebuild of Evangelion, and is the creator of the Evangelion story who wrote or co-wrote the script for every episode of the TV series (with the exception of Episode 04). He was one of the founding members of Gainax anime studio in December 1964. Anno eventually left animation to work on several live-action films, only to return to animation in 2006 with the formation of Studio Khara to produce the Rebuild of Evangelion films.
Anno started attending Osaka University of Arts as an animator for the anime series The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, and produced the DAICON III and IV Opening Animations with his fellow students. Though was eventually expelled from Osaka.
His talent was recognized by Hayao Miyazaki after he responded to an advert in the famous Japanese animation magazine Animage. Anno headed down to the film's studio, where he met with Miyazaki and showed him some of his drawings. Impressed with Anno's work, Miyazaki hired him to draw some of the most complicated scenes near the end of the 1984 film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
From here, Anno went on to become one of the co-founders of Gainax. Working as an animation director for their first feature-length film, Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise, and ultimately became the premiere anime director, helming the majority of the studio's projects such as Gunbuster and Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water. However, his work on Nadia caused Anno to fall into a four-year depression due to a lack of creative freedom and stress.
Hideaki Anno on Neon Genesis Evangelion
See Statements by Evangelion Staff for other excerpts and interviews with Hideaki Anno.