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Original Publication Date July-November 1996

EVANGELION ORIGINAL is a series of Evangelion companion books, in a total of three volumes. Noticeably, they contain the "original" script, the "definitive drafts" of episodes. [1][2][3] as reviewed by Anno before reaching the storyboard stage, usually with only minor changes relative to the episode as aired, though they are sometimes quite significant. The books are as follows:

  • Evangelion Original I ISBN 4-8291-7321-1 C0076 P980E (episodes #1-#9)
  • Evangelion Original II ISBN 4-8291-7322-x C0076 P980E (#10-#18)
  • Evangelion Original III ISBN 4-8291-7323-8 C0076 P980E (#19-#26)

See also: Resources:Episode 24 Draft 1 (Translation) for some contextualization.


Collection of translated material from Evangelion Original on Gwern's source anthology.

Evangelion Original, volume one, on Japanese Amazon.

One instance of potentially very helpful information that was ultimately cut: a date list for episodes 1-9. It also contradicts the timetable on Ayanami Raising Project, for instance, though that is hardly a trustworthy source.

  1. "In TV anime, as the staff meetings between producers and the directors proceed, the screenwriters write the script.The manuscript goes through the "first draft", "second draft", and the script becomes the "definitive draft." The director draws the storyboard based on the script that has become the "definitive draft". The storyboard is the movie’s blueprint, which has been filled in with the composition of each cut, acting, lines, second count and the like. In anime, the greater part of the director’s "directing" process occurs in the phase of drawing this storyboard. It is not unusual for the contents to change in the storyboard stage. There are also cases when it becomes almost a completely different story.
    Among all 26 episodes of the TV version of “Neon Genesis Evangelion”, Director Anno himself wrote the scripts for five episodes, and is credited jointly with other screenwriters for the scripts of 20 episodes. The number of scripts that were jointly credited are the definitive drafts of scripts based on plots by director Anno written by screenwriters and gone over directly by director Anno. [..] Just by looking at these numbers, you will understand how much director Anno pulled the series together by his personal authorship." - Evangelion Original I
  2. "The process of how these scripts reached the point of definitive drafts is exactly as follows.
    First, Anno prepares a memo that simply writes out each episode’s idea. The screenwriters write a script based on that memo. Going through staff meetings that center on the director, the screenwriters go through the second and third drafts and for the time being are finished. In addition, Anno directly goes over the scripts that the screenwriters have finished and the script becomes the definitive draft.Not matter how high their level of completeness is as TV anime scripts, the times when the scripts completed by the screenwriters do not match Anno’s sensibilities or creativity, do not pass.After the script’s definitive draft, Anno ends up revising and correcting even further in the storyboard stage. You can say there is a thorough system for producing the film according to Anno’s intent. - Evangelion Original II
  3. "This book is a collection of scripts for "Neon Genesis Evangelion." Excluding the stories whose scripts Anno handled directly, the scripts traced the following process in reaching the point of definitive drafts. First, Anno prepares an idea memo for each episode. The screenwriters write a script based on that memo and go through staff meetings that center on the director. On behalf of the staff, the screenwriters go through the second and third drafts. And then Anno directly corrects and revises the finished script and it is completed. As you’ll understand if you see the text, in scripts that are completed this way, the directions regarding the screen image are meticulous and the action and staging are quite concretely depicted. Therefore, the storyboard that is written in characters (letters), that is, the "wordboard-al" hue is also strong." - Evangelion Original III

List of Official Publications
General: Newtype Film Books | Newtype 100% Collection | Movie Pamphlets | Eva Fan Club | Evangelion Chronicle
Production: Neon Genesis Evangelion Proposal | Evangelion Original | Storyboard Collections | Concept Design Collections
Sore o Nasumono: NGE Concept Design Works | Groundwork of Evangelion
Art Books: Der Mond | Die Sterne | Carmine | 2015: The Last Year of Ryohji Kaji | Photo Files (Adam & Eve) | Evangelion Chronicle Illustrations
Other: E-Mono | Evangelion RPG: The Nerv White Paper | Evangelion RPG: Angelic Advent | End of Evangelion: Boku to iu Shingou | It's A Miraculous Win| | All About Kaworu Nagisa: A Child of the Evangelion | Schizo/Parano
Rebuild of Evangelion
General: Movie Pamphlets | Groundwork of Evangelion | Evangelion the New Movies: Storyboards | Eva Extra
Eva 1.0: Evangelion 1.0: Entry File 1 | Evangelion 1.0 Complete Records Collection
Eva 2.0: Evangelion 2.0 Complete Records Collection

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