This is probably the first ever "Eva" interview, which was published in the issue of "G. Press", an information magazine published by Gainax, right after the announcement of the production of Eva.

What kind of anime is Evangelion?

Anno: It's a giant robot story set in the near future. I think that's the closest description.

However, this time there are no parody elements like in "Gun Buster". There is some comedy, but it's more serious. I'm hoping it will be an anime with an unusual mood.

What kind of person is the main character?

Anno: This is my first attempt at directing an anime. The main character is a boy. He is 14 years old and in the second year of junior high school.

Are there any girls in the story?

Anno: There will be many. There are a lot of girls. But I try to avoid stereotypical characters.

Do you have a so-called theme?

Anno: I guess a theme would be what I'm thinking about at the moment. Thinking about the complexes that anime fans (including myself) have, what makes us "happy"? How can I be "happy"? I guess that's about it. Well, there are many other things. The curse of the system, parents and children, and so on.

What is your current situation?

Anno: I'm busy with the original story, plot, setting design, script, and negotiations with outside parties.  And then there's the storyboarding. I wonder when I'll be able to go home.

Finally, please give some words to our readers.

Anno: It's a pity that "Uru" is frozen for now, but "Eva" will be my first authentic animation in four years, since "Nadia". I want this anime to make people feel that they want to make animation.  Please look forward to it.

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your time.

Anno: You're welcome. Please come again.

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The production company is a famous production company, and they are also planning to collaborate with a publishing company. There's still a lot to look forward to from Eva, and G-Press will be following it closely. Thank you.

(Written by Kamimura)

Posted: October 12, 2007 1:29 PM Classification: Hideaki Anno Quotes

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