Earlier this week, Netflix announced several new anime that will be added to their streaming library in 2019, including the 1996 seminal classic Neon Genesis Evangelion. Keen-eyed observers were quick to point out that the news could potentially be a reference to Hideaki Anno’s psychological mecha anime Neon Genesis Evangelion.
“The trailer that Netflix released contains scenes that are very similar to scenes in Neon Genesis Evangelion, with almost the exact same art style and composition of the anime,” notes Stephen Stergmeyer, a longtime media analyst at the Pop Culture Institute. “Additionally, the purple robot in the trailer looks suspiciously similar to Evangelion Unit-01.”
The actual meaning behind all these potential references is up to interpretation, much like the references the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime itself makes. Despite these nebulous implications, there is one fact all Evangelion fans can agree on: Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 still isn’t coming any time soon.