Since Gackt referred to one of it's concepts in a Health and Beauty card from last year's Platinum Box, You promised to spend his days off in bed watching the anime on Blu-Ray, and Ju-Ken just finished building a model of an EVA. Neon Genesis Evangelion
, an anime and a manga serial, both of which follow the same basic storyline. The manga, written by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, debuted in February 1995 - still running as of 2009. The manga was intended to raise interest for the anime. The anime consists of 26 television episodes which were first aired 1995-1996.
The series is devoted to a group that tries to defend the earth from aliens (called Angels) with sophisicated Mecha (human-driven robots like GUNDAM) but the pilots are young teenagers with considerable mental instability. Unlik GUNDAM, the EVA units are sleek in design, and have biological essences, called 'souls' that the pilots bond with.
The series includes a number of philosophical, psychological, and religious themes; and an idiosyncratic vocabulary of symbols and allusions drawing heavily on Christian and Kabbalistic symbolism, Buddhist beliefs, and the Japanese otaku subculture. The ending of the first anime was controversial, and even promoted death threats to the creators.
There has been interest in a live-action version of the story by WETA (special effects house behind Lord of The Rings) and directors like Steven Spielburg but these versions have western actors and the names have been changed, so far the project is in 'development hell.' (maybe where it belongs?)
see more at Wiki:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neon_Genesis_Evangelion_(anime