Waiting for the Messiah: The Becoming-Myth of Evangelion and Densha otoko

  title={Waiting for the Messiah: The Becoming-Myth of Evangelion and Densha otoko},
  author={Christophe Thouny},
  pages={111 - 129}
111 Wednesday, October 4, 1995, 6:30 PM, on Tokyo Channel 12, a new robot animation begins, Neon Genesis Evangelion (otherwise known as EVA).1 The TV series will consist of twenty-six episodes (1995–96), several movies remaking the ending of the TV series (1997, 2008), and an undiminished flow of manga and videogame adaptations. Originally aiming at a public of hardcore local otaku, the series soon becomes a social phenomenon capturing the attention of cultural theorists inside and outside of… 

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