Hideaki Anno

Hideaki Anno (born May 22, 1960 in Ube, Yamaguchi) is a Japanese animation and film director. Anno is best known for his work on the popular anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. His style has come to be defined by the touches of superflatism and postmodernism that he injects into his work, as well as the thorough portrayal of characters' thoughts and emotions, often through unconventional sequences incorporating psychoanalysis and emotional deconstruction of these characters. He married comics artist Moyoco Anno in 27 April 2002. Anime directed by Anno that have won the Animage Anime Grand Prix award have been Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water in 1990, Neon Genesis Evangelion in 1995 and 1996, and The End of Evangelion in 1997. Description above from the Wikipedia article Hideaki Anno, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth (1997)

Originally a collection of clips from the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series, Death was created as a precursor to the re-worked ending of the series. Rebirth was intended as that re-worked ending, but after production overruns Rebirth became only the first half of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno  •  Masayuki  •  Kazuya Tsurumaki
CAST:  Megumi Ogata  •  Megumi Hayashibara  •  Yuko Miyamura  •  Kotono Mitsuishi

Originally a collection of clips from the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series, Death was created as a precursor to the re-worked ending of the series. Rebirth was intended as that re-worked ending, but after production overruns Rebirth became only the first half of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno  •  Masayuki  •  Kazuya Tsurumaki
CAST:  Megumi Ogata  •  Megumi Hayashibara  •  Yuko Miyamura  •  Kotono Mitsuishi

Love & Pop (1998)

Tokyo schoolgirl Hiromi and her friends engage in a practice known as enjo kosai, or "compensated dating", where older men pay young girls for dates. Hiromi plunges deeper into this world to raise money for an expensive ring.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Tadanobu Asano  •  Kirari  •  Hirono Kudo  •  Asumi Miwa

Tokyo schoolgirl Hiromi and her friends engage in a practice known as enjo kosai, or "compensated dating", where older men pay young girls for dates. Hiromi plunges deeper into this world to raise money for an expensive ring.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Tadanobu Asano  •  Kirari  •  Hirono Kudo  •  Asumi Miwa

Ritual (2000)

A disillusioned filmmaker has an encounter with a young girl who has a ritual of repeating "Tomorrow is my birthday" everyday. He tries to communicate with her through his video camera.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Shunji Iwai  •  Ayako Fujitani  •  Jun Murakami  •  Shinobu Otake

A disillusioned filmmaker has an encounter with a young girl who has a ritual of repeating "Tomorrow is my birthday" everyday. He tries to communicate with her through his video camera.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Shunji Iwai  •  Ayako Fujitani  •  Jun Murakami  •  Shinobu Otake

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)

The second of two theatrically released follow-ups to the Neon Genesis Evangelion series. Comprising of two alternate episodes which were first intended to take the place of episodes 25 and 26, this finale answers many of the questions surrounding the series, while ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno  •  Kazuya Tsurumaki
CAST:  Megumi Ogata  •  Megumi Hayashibara  •  Kotono Mitsuishi  •  Yuko Miyamura

The second of two theatrically released follow-ups to the Neon Genesis Evangelion series. Comprising of two alternate episodes which were first intended to take the place of episodes 25 and 26, this finale answers many of the questions surrounding the series, while ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno  •  Kazuya Tsurumaki
CAST:  Megumi Ogata  •  Megumi Hayashibara  •  Kotono Mitsuishi  •  Yuko Miyamura

Death Kappa (2010)

When military experiments go haywire and trigger an atomic bomb, the consequences are of epic proportions. A monster arrives in the midst of the nuclear fallout, and Japan's defenses are helpless against it. Mankind's only savior is an irradiated water goblin from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tomoo Haraguchi
CAST:  Daniel Aguilar Gutiérrez  •  Hideaki Anno  •  Shinji Higuchi  •  Misato Hirata

When military experiments go haywire and trigger an atomic bomb, the consequences are of epic proportions. A monster arrives in the midst of the nuclear fallout, and Japan's defenses are helpless against it. Mankind's only savior is an irradiated water goblin from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tomoo Haraguchi
CAST:  Daniel Aguilar Gutiérrez  •  Hideaki Anno  •  Shinji Higuchi  •  Misato Hirata

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013)

Follows the behind-the-scenes work of Studio Ghibli, focusing on the notable figures Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mami Sunada
CAST:  Hideaki Anno  •  Hayao Miyazaki  •  Toshio Suzuki  •  Isao Takahata

Follows the behind-the-scenes work of Studio Ghibli, focusing on the notable figures Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mami Sunada
CAST:  Hideaki Anno  •  Hayao Miyazaki  •  Toshio Suzuki  •  Isao Takahata

The Wind Rises (2013)

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A lifelong love of flight inspires Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi, whose storied career includes the creation of the A-6M World War II fighter plane.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hayao Miyazaki
CAST:  Hideaki Anno  •  Jun Kunimura  •  Mirai Shida  •  Miori Takimoto

A lifelong love of flight inspires Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi, whose storied career includes the creation of the A-6M World War II fighter plane.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hayao Miyazaki
CAST:  Hideaki Anno  •  Jun Kunimura  •  Mirai Shida  •  Miori Takimoto

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time (2021)

In the aftermath of the Fourth Impact, stranded without their Evangelions, Shinji, Asuka and Rei find refuge in one of the rare pockets of humanity that still exist on the ruined planet Earth. There, each lives a life far different from their days as an Evangelion ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Megumi Ogata  •  Yuko Miyamura  •  Kotono Mitsuishi  •  Megumi Hayashibara

In the aftermath of the Fourth Impact, stranded without their Evangelions, Shinji, Asuka and Rei find refuge in one of the rare pockets of humanity that still exist on the ruined planet Earth. There, each lives a life far different from their days as an Evangelion ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Megumi Ogata  •  Yuko Miyamura  •  Kotono Mitsuishi  •  Megumi Hayashibara

Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (2012)

Fourteen years after Third Impact, Shinji Ikari awakens to a world he does not remember. He hasn't aged. Much of Earth is laid in ruins, NERV has been dismantled, and people who he once protected have turned against him. Befriending the enigmatic Kaworu Nagisa, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Megumi Hayashibara  •  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Megumi Ogata  •  Takehito Koyasu

Fourteen years after Third Impact, Shinji Ikari awakens to a world he does not remember. He hasn't aged. Much of Earth is laid in ruins, NERV has been dismantled, and people who he once protected have turned against him. Befriending the enigmatic Kaworu Nagisa, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Megumi Hayashibara  •  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Megumi Ogata  •  Takehito Koyasu

Welcome to the Quiet Room (2007)

28 year old freelance writer Sakura Asuka wakes up tied in a white room. The white room is a protected room located in an isolated ward of a psychiatric hospital. Sakura first became unconscious because of heavy alcohol use and a druge overdose. She’s confined in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Suzuki Matsuo
CAST:  Yuki Uchida  •  Yu Aoi  •  Ryo  •  Yuko Nakamura

28 year old freelance writer Sakura Asuka wakes up tied in a white room. The white room is a protected room located in an isolated ward of a psychiatric hospital. Sakura first became unconscious because of heavy alcohol use and a druge overdose. She’s confined in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Suzuki Matsuo
CAST:  Yuki Uchida  •  Yu Aoi  •  Ryo  •  Yuko Nakamura

Cutie Honey (2004)

When Honey's uncle gets kidnapped by the evil criminal gang known as "Panther Claw," she must use her magical powers of transformation to save him. Meanwhile the same crime group has been responsible for a number of other crime sprees across Tokyo. In the process, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Eriko Sato  •  Mikako Ichikawa  •  Jun Murakami  •  Mitsuhiro Oikawa

When Honey's uncle gets kidnapped by the evil criminal gang known as "Panther Claw," she must use her magical powers of transformation to save him. Meanwhile the same crime group has been responsible for a number of other crime sprees across Tokyo. In the process, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Eriko Sato  •  Mikako Ichikawa  •  Jun Murakami  •  Mitsuhiro Oikawa

Funky Forest: The First Contact (2005)

An outrageous collection of surreal, short attention span non-sequiturs largely revolving around Guitar Brother, his randy older sibling, and the pair's portly Caucasian brother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Katsuhito Ishii  •  Shunichiro Miki  •  Hajime Ishimine
CAST:  Tadanobu Asano  •  Ryo Kase  •  Rinko Kikuchi  •  Yoshiyuki Morishita

An outrageous collection of surreal, short attention span non-sequiturs largely revolving around Guitar Brother, his randy older sibling, and the pair's portly Caucasian brother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Katsuhito Ishii  •  Shunichiro Miki  •  Hajime Ishimine
CAST:  Tadanobu Asano  •  Ryo Kase  •  Rinko Kikuchi  •  Yoshiyuki Morishita

Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2009)

Under constant attack by monstrous creatures called Angels that seek to eradicate humankind, U.N. Special Agency NERV introduces two new EVA pilots to help defend the city of Tokyo-3: the mysterious Makinami Mari Illustrous and the intense Asuka Langley Shikinami. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Megumi Ogata  •  Yuko Miyamura  •  Kotono Mitsuishi  •  Maaya Sakamoto

Under constant attack by monstrous creatures called Angels that seek to eradicate humankind, U.N. Special Agency NERV introduces two new EVA pilots to help defend the city of Tokyo-3: the mysterious Makinami Mari Illustrous and the intense Asuka Langley Shikinami. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Megumi Ogata  •  Yuko Miyamura  •  Kotono Mitsuishi  •  Maaya Sakamoto

Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (2007)

After the Second Impact, Tokyo-3 is being attacked by giant monsters called Angels that seek to eradicate humankind. The child Shinji's objective is to fight the Angels by piloting one of the mysterious Evangelion mecha units. A remake of the first six episodes of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Megumi Ogata  •  Megumi Hayashibara  •  Kotono Mitsuishi  •  Yuriko Yamaguchi

After the Second Impact, Tokyo-3 is being attacked by giant monsters called Angels that seek to eradicate humankind. The child Shinji's objective is to fight the Angels by piloting one of the mysterious Evangelion mecha units. A remake of the first six episodes of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Megumi Ogata  •  Megumi Hayashibara  •  Kotono Mitsuishi  •  Yuriko Yamaguchi

Japan Sinks (2006)

In the aftermath of a major earthquake, scientists predict that Japan will sink into the sea. As further disasters follow, politicians plead with other countries to take refugees, while scientists struggle to save Japan itself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shinji Higuchi
CAST:  Tsuyoshi Kusanagi  •  Etsushi Toyokawa  •  Mao Daichi  •  Ko Shibasaki

In the aftermath of a major earthquake, scientists predict that Japan will sink into the sea. As further disasters follow, politicians plead with other countries to take refugees, while scientists struggle to save Japan itself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shinji Higuchi
CAST:  Tsuyoshi Kusanagi  •  Etsushi Toyokawa  •  Mao Daichi  •  Ko Shibasaki

The Taste of Tea (2004)

A spell of time in the life of a family in rural Tochigi prefecture. Yoshiko is not an ordinary housewife, instead working on an animated film project. Uncle Ayano is looking to get his head together after living in Tokyo. Meanwhile, Sachiko is concerned with why ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Katsuhito Ishii
CAST:  Anna Tsuchiya  •  Tadanobu Asano  •  Maya Banno  •  Satomi Tezuka

A spell of time in the life of a family in rural Tochigi prefecture. Yoshiko is not an ordinary housewife, instead working on an animated film project. Uncle Ayano is looking to get his head together after living in Tokyo. Meanwhile, Sachiko is concerned with why ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Katsuhito Ishii
CAST:  Anna Tsuchiya  •  Tadanobu Asano  •  Maya Banno  •  Satomi Tezuka

Shin Godzilla (2016)

When a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and tears through the city, the government scrambles to save its citizens. A rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster's weakness and its mysterious ties to a foreign ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Hiroki Hasegawa  •  Yutaka Takenouchi  •  Satomi Ishihara  •  Kengo Kora

When a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and tears through the city, the government scrambles to save its citizens. A rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster's weakness and its mysterious ties to a foreign ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Hiroki Hasegawa  •  Yutaka Takenouchi  •  Satomi Ishihara  •  Kengo Kora

Otakus in Love (2004)

Live-action adaptation of a madcap manga about art, opposites, love and a whole lot of cosplay.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Suzuki Matsuo
CAST:  Ryuhei Matsuda  •  Wakana Sakai  •  Suzuki Matsuo  •  Hijiri Kojima

Live-action adaptation of a madcap manga about art, opposites, love and a whole lot of cosplay.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Suzuki Matsuo
CAST:  Ryuhei Matsuda  •  Wakana Sakai  •  Suzuki Matsuo  •  Hijiri Kojima

Ryusei-Kacho (2002)

Ryusei-Kacho is renowned for his unmatchable skills in securing a seat on the infamous Japanese commuter trains. Never once has he failed until he meets the beautiful and talented Automatic Maria.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Sie Kohinata  •  Suzuki Matsuo  •  Kiyoshi Kobayashi

Ryusei-Kacho is renowned for his unmatchable skills in securing a seat on the infamous Japanese commuter trains. Never once has he failed until he meets the beautiful and talented Automatic Maria.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Sie Kohinata  •  Suzuki Matsuo  •  Kiyoshi Kobayashi

Last Letter (2020)

It is only at their sister's and mother's funeral when a woman meets her niece after many years. The niece is now a grown girl. The sister takes on the task of informing the deceased's friends of the death while the daughter cannot bring herself to symbolically ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shunji Iwai
CAST:  Takako Matsu  •  Masaharu Fukuyama  •  Hideaki Anno  •  Suzu Hirose

It is only at their sister's and mother's funeral when a woman meets her niece after many years. The niece is now a grown girl. The sister takes on the task of informing the deceased's friends of the death while the daughter cannot bring herself to symbolically ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shunji Iwai
CAST:  Takako Matsu  •  Masaharu Fukuyama  •  Hideaki Anno  •  Suzu Hirose
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