"DEATH" is a re-edit of the TV series Evangelion together with a large number of new cuts. The composition for DEATH was prepared by script writer Akio Satsukawa under the supervision of Chief Director Anno. Production was then done by Director Masayuki performing the cutting according to this composition.

 In addition to selecting the used episodes and scenes, the series of image scenes where Shinji and the others play instruments in the school gymnasium, and linking the various scenes in a shuffled manner rather than simply arranging them in order were also the ideas of Akio Satsukawa.

 The images used in "DEATH" were taken from the following TV series episodes: Ep. 1 "Angel Attack (Shito, shuurai)," Ep. 2 "An Unfamiliar Ceiling (Mishiranu, tenjou)," Ep. 3 "A Phone that doesn't ring, (Naranai, denwa)" Ep. 4 "Rain -- After Running Away (Ame, nigedashita ato)," Ep. 5 "Rei, Beyond Her Heart (Rei, kokoro no mukou ni)," Ep. 6 "Battle in New Tokyo-3 (Kessen, Daisan Shin-Toukyou-shi)," Ep. 8 "Asuka Comes to Japan (Asuka, rainichi)," Ep. 9 "A Moment of Accord (Sunkan, kokoro, kasanete)," Ep. 10 "Magma Diver (Maguma daibaa)," Ep. 12 "The Value of a Miracle (Kiseki no kachi wa)," Ep. 15 "Lies and Silence (Uso to chinmoku)," Ep. 18 "A Choice of Life (Inochi no sentaku wo)," Ep. 19 "A Man's Battle (Otoko no tatakai)," Ep. 21 "The Birth of NERV (Nerufu, tanjou)," Ep. 22 "At Least be Humane (Semete, ningen rashiku)," Ep. 23 "Tears (Namida)," and Ep. 24 "The Final Messenger/The Last to Die (Saigo no shisha)."

 Approximately 30 minutes of "DEATH" were newly produced. These contents can be divided into the following three patterns. First is the series of image scenes where Shinji and the others play instruments in the school gymnasium. This is original film shown only in "DEATH". Second is retakes of the TV series film. Third are the scenes scheduled to be added as new cuts to the video release versions of episodes 22 to 24.

 The second type -- retakes of the TV series film -- were done to improve the image quality. This included not only redoing the drawings, but also repainting the backgrounds and filming again. There are many subtle revisions, and many cuts where probably not even hard-core fans would notice that it is a retake.

 All of the sketches shown on these pages are original drawings done for the retake of the TV images. Director Masayuki himself undertook the art direction work for these retakes. Chief Director Hideaki Anno and Character Designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto also participated in the original drawing work for these retakes. Incidentally, the sketch of the fallen Rei was done by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto.

 The third type was the scenes scheduled to be added as new cuts to the video release versions of episodes 22 to 24. Work proceeded on these cuts separately from this cinema edition. These include the scene where Yui talks with Fuyutsuki while appeasing the infant Shinji, Asuka's monologue in the bathroom, Kaji and Asuka's dialog before meeting Shinji and the others, etc.

 The voice acting for "DEATH" essentially used the audio footage from the TV series. New recording consisted only of the afore-mentioned gymnasium image scene, the scenes scheduled to be added as new cuts to the video release versions, and scenes where the lines had to be redone due to editing.


 Production of "REBIRTH" initially started as a remake of episodes 25 and 26 of the TV series Evangelion, that is to say as the conclusion to Evangelion. However, the content grew much larger than planned during the course of production, with the two episodes together totaling almost 70 minutes in length. Therefore, it was decided to start with a theater release of the first half corresponding to episode 25.

 The script for "REBIRTH" was written by Chief Director Hideaki Anno, and Directors Kazuya Tsurumaki and Masayuki then drew the storyboards based on this script. All work from the direction onward was handled by Kazuya Tsurumaki.

 There were two art directors for "REBIRTH". Kazuya Kouse of PRODUTION I.G served as art director for the characters, and Yuu Honda handled the art direction for mecha scenes. Kazuya Kouse is an animator known for cinema productions such as "PatLabor 2 the Movie" and "Ghost in the Shell", and he also worked twice as art director in the TV series. Yuu Honda is a GAINAX in-house art director whose sharp drawing style is quite striking.

 After the storyboard work for "REBIRTH" had been finished, Chief Director Anno started work on Part 2 of the movie edition corresponding to TV episode 26. A separate team was also assembled for the artwork of episode 26, and work proceeded in parallel with episode 25.

 The title of the second movie edition has been decided as "THE END OF EVANGELION".