Cruel Angel’s Thesis, Evangelion theme, turns 25

Cruel Angel’s Thesis, Evangelion theme, turns 25

Through her official Twitter account, Japanese singer Yoko Takahashi celebrated 25 years of the single Zankoku na Tenshi no These (Cruel Angel’s Thesis), the iconic theme that was used for the opening sequence of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. In the publication, the artist published 2 images referring to the covers of the single, which at that time, was distributed in mini CD format, accompanied by the text:

‘The CD of the single“ Cruel Angel’s Thesis ”was released on a day like today 25 years ago! I never believed that everyone would continue to love this song 25 years later. '

The origin of this song came after the proposal of the creator of Evangelion, Hideaki Anno, that the main theme of the series be the music of Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances was rejected by the television station TV Tokyo. Instead, it was proposed that the opening theme should be something more energetic and attached to the j-pop fashion of those years. As a result, the song Zankoku na Tenshi no These was created, which is also known in the West as Cruel Angel’s Thesis. The original song featured a male chorus, which Anno's request was lowered in order to 'emphasize maternal affection'.

About Evangelion

The original series premiered in Japan in October 1995, with 26 episodes written and directed by Hideaki Anno at Gainax Studios in collaboration with Tatsunoko Production. On the other hand, the film Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0: Thrice Upon a Time, the last of the tetralogy of the new Evangelion project, was scheduled to be released on June 27 in Japan. However, due to the health situation the country is going through caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was made to delay it indefinitely. The new release date will be announced as soon as it is decided.

Cruel Angel’s Thesis, Evangelion theme, turns 25

Additionally, Netflix acquired the distribution license for the original series and the franchise's films, with the exception of the Rebuild project. The first three films in the project were released in 2007, 2009 and 2012.

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