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Zankoku na Tenshi no These

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" Zankoku na Tenshi no These "  (残酷な天使のテーゼ, Zankoku na Tenshi no Tēze ? , " A Cruel Angel's Thesis ") is the theme song of the popular anime Neon Genesis Evangelion performed by Yoko Takahashi . It is used as the opening to the series, and two instrumental versions of it are played in the final episode, " Take care of yourself. " These are "The Heady Feeling of Freedom" and "Good, or Don't Be", scored for violin, piano, and guitar. "The Heady Feeling of Freedom" is a somber and reflective piece for bowed strings and guitar, while "Good, or Don't Be" is played to a light piano and guitar tone. A similar version can also be heard during the intermission between the two parts of Evangelion: Death and Rebirth .

The single was released on 25 October 1995 within the Zankoku na Tenshi no These (Single) the catalog number KIDA-116 and it also reached a peak rank 17 in the Oricon album database, appearing in the ranks 61 times.

Unlike what is commonly assumed, this song was written without any involvement from the show's creators. [1] Anno originally wanted to use an excerpt from Borodin's Polovtsian Dances in the opening, but the producers did not approve of this and instead decided to use a J-Pop song, which eventually resulted in the creation of "A Cruel Angel's Thesis". The lyricist, Neko Oikama had next to no knowledge of the show. Oikama simply skimmed through a proposal of the show (possibly Neon Genesis Evangelion Proposal ) and watched unfinished versions of two episodes on fast forward, only serving to broadly "fit" the anime after the fact. [2] [3] [4] Oikama took inspiration for the title from the manga A Cruel God Reigns . [5] She said the lyrics "become a legend" were originally "become a weapon". She was orientated that the show was "difficult and philosphical". Oikama described it as: "older women", "mothers" and "14-year-old boys and girls", and decided to make it about the perspective of a mother when her child "leaves the nest". [6] The original song included a male chorus, which was cut at director Hideaki Anno's request in order to "emphasize maternal affection". [7] The writing process for Episode:01 took as long as six months, [8] and the opening sequence was not yet finished. [9] [10] Singer Yoko Takahashi was also brought in relatively haphazardly and had no knowledge of the series, and would only see the opening featuring her voice when it aired on TV. [11] She had also first met Anno on the day of recording. [12]

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Zutto nemutteru watashi no ai no yurikago
Anata dake ga yume no shisha ni
Yobareru asa ga kuru
Hosoi kubisuji wo tsukiakari ga utsushiteru
Sekai jū no toki wo tomete
Tojikometai kedo...

Moshi mo futari aeta koto ni imi ga aru nara,
Watashi wa, sou, jiyū wo shiru
Tame no Baiburu

Zankoku na tenshi no tēze
Kanashimi ga soshite hajimaru
Dakishimeta inochi no katachi
Sono yume ni mezameta toki
Dare yori mo hikari wo hanatsu
Shounen yo, shinwa ni nare

Hito wa ai wo tsumugi nagara rekishi wo tsukuru
Megami nante narenai mama
Watashi wa ikiru...

Zankoku na tenshi no tēze
Madobe kara yagate tobitatsu
Hotobashiru atsui patosu de
Omoide wo uragiru nara
Kono sora wo daite kagayaku
Shounen yo, shinwa ni nare



The cradle of love that sleeps within me
There will be a morning that
A servant of dreams will come for you.
The moonlight shines on your thin neckline.
I'd stop time in this world
And lock it away for myself, but...

If there is any meaning
In the fate that pulled us together,
Then I am, yes, the Bible
That teaches you of freedom.

A cruel angel's thesis
And then sorrow comes forth
When the shapes of the dreams you hold in your arms
Come to life within you.
Young boy, who shines brighter than anyone else,
Rise to become a legend.

People weave together love to create history
And so I live on,
Unable to become a goddess...

A cruel angel's thesis
Will someday fly high from the window
If memories are betrayed by
The overflowing, burning pathos (feelings).
Young boy, shine like a legend,
Holding the sky in your arms.

[13]

During the instrumental break in the middle of the song, a chorus can be heard. The lyrics to the chorus are not in Japanese, nor in any other recognizable language. According to the January 1996 issue of Newtype magazine, the lyrics can be phonetically transliterated into Japanese as 「ファリィア。セタ(or セパ)メッソ。ファリィア。トゥスェ」 "Fariya. Seta (or sepa) messo. Fariya. Tuse" , and they are supposedly written in an untranslated language passed down from ancient times. One could entertain the possibility that they are written in the same language as that of the Dead Sea Scrolls . [14]

See Also [ ]

  • " Zankoku na Tenshi no These 2009 VERSION "
  • " Zankoku na Tenshi no These MATSURI SPIRIT "

External Links [ ]

  • 「残酷な天使のテーゼ」MUSIC VIDEO(HDver.)/Zankoku na Tenshi no Te-ze“The Cruel Angel's Thesis” at King Records' YouTube channel

References [ ]

  • ↑ "Producer Ootsuki said he allowed Anno to do whatever he wanted in the anime except for the theme music. Ootsuki was particular about the theme and handled the music staff by himself. No anime staff, even Anno, met the music staff, he said." - Yuko Miyamura, BS AnimeYAWA
  • ↑ “My manager got the job, we had a quick meeting lasting about 30 minutes, skim-read the proposal and watched two episodes on fast-forward. And with that I was told ‘so, yeah, just write whatever you want!’, and finished the song [lyrics] in about two hours. Sorry to burst your bubble, guys!” https://soranews24.com/2015/01/08/a-cruel-angels-thesis-took-just-two-hours-to-write-says-evangelion-lyricist-neko-oikawa
  • ↑ "I hadn't watch Eva and wrote it in 2 hours. I don't even know what the story is or who is fighting who." https://twitter.com/otakucalendarjp/status/1356542049751687171
  • ↑ She also professed that she didn't know much about Neon Genesis Evangelion when she first wrote the song, and she still hasn't watched the series. "It's a finished job, so [I'm] not really [interested]," she said. When she wrote the song, the anime hadn't been finished yet and she only had the proposal and the first two or three minutes to go by. "It wasn't even colored. I wrote the song, and my job was done. I wrote it in about two hours." - https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2021-02-03/lyricist-neko-oikawa-shares-how-she-was-scammed-out-of-her-evangelion-royalty-money/.169084
  • ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20160830224921/http://news.livedoor.com/article/detail/11939169
  • ↑ https://www.sankei.com/west/news/161228/wst1612280011-n1.html
  • ↑ Refrain of Evangelion OST Booklet, 2003.
  • ↑ 2nd JUNE interview
  • ↑ Notenki Memoirs
  • ↑ According to Hidenori Matsubara during the Animazement 2015 convention, "the song was created before they even got done with animation for the opening theme. Strangely enough, the song manage to go along with the opening animation."
  • ↑ Yoko Takahashi Performs Neon Genesis Evangelion Theme, “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis,” to Excited Crowd at Anime Expo 2015 in LA
  • ↑ —When was your first meeting with Mr. Anno? "It was on the day of recording. As I said earlier, when I entered the studio before anyone else to get ready, even while I couldn't afford, a man dressed in black and wearing sandals suddenly appeared. I didn't know who it was, but I just said hi, and he was actually Mr. Anno (Hideaki). It was a shocking encounter (laughs)." - Yoko Takahashi: EVANGELION FINALLY (2020)
  • ↑ https://www.animelyrics.com/anime/eva/ngetnshi.jis
  • ↑ http://www.mars.dti.ne.jp/~yato/eva/ura.htm
  • 2 Rei Ayanami
  • 3 Kaworu Nagisa

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It is one of the single-most recognizable anime themes in history. Upon pressing play on any given episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion in the last 20-plus years, it has thrust forward, delivering an assault of characters and giant-robot violence, fist-pumping power chords, and lyrics about angels and boys and the blue sky. It is chock-full of meaning and symbolism and foreshadowing to the messy, psychologically complex, emotionally jarring events of the series it invites you to watch. It is also relentlessly dumb, musically ham-fisted, and far more impressionist than even the crazy complicated chronology of that series.

Perhaps that tension—and its incontestable catchiness — is why “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis,” originally performed by Yoko Takahashi, has endured so. It’s a hymn that’s been performed to high heaven, by groups secular and religious, professional and amateur, anime adoring or anime despising. Even Disney’s Goofy has a goddamn cover of this goddamn song. Because I can’t resist a good YouTube dive, here are the best and worst renditions of this idiotic, irresistible track, labeled according to their EVA Unit model number .

Unit-BOBBY!: The Match Made In Texas

Artist: Gamblor Performance review:   ★★★★★

As unbeatable as the taste of a crisp Alamo beer on a sweltering night in Arlen,the smell of propane, and the 1986 Texas Longhorns women’s team.

Unit-JOY: That Gospel Lift, That Angelic Riff

Artist: The Glory Gospel Singers Performance review:   ★★★★

A truly stunning take on the track. This New York gospel group slayed this performance on the Japanese song competition program NHK Nodo Jiman . They even got an apparently confused Japanese audience to clap along.

Unit-MIME: The Buoyant Verve of Post-Soviet Dance

Artist: The Ukrainian Military Band + a miming dancer? Performance review:   ★★★1/2

The only reason this doesn’t get a full four stars is because the video I found is less than 40 seconds long, but this rendition really does come with everything else. Dueling tubas, footwork, energetic hand motions. On several Friday nights running, I have sat down on my couch, with a neat scotch in hand, and watched this video on repeat for two hours. There is nothing finer.

Unit-YOUNG BOY: The English Impatient

Artist: AmaLee Performance review:   ★★★

Many attempts have been made at translating the original Japanese lyrics of “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis.” AmaLee, a YouTube-famous singer who’s made a name for herself with several anime covers, has arguably the take that lyrically makes the most sense and sounds the closest to Takahashi’s original vocals. You can’t ask for much better if you want an English take.

Unit-SLOW: The Bike Horn Model

Artist: aberrantkenosis (music) + Alex Small-Butera (video) Performance review:   ★★1/2

For some, I would assume, there is a place for bike horn covers, the specialty of Soundcloud user aberrantkenosis , who has compiled several volumes of the stuff. If that’s your cup of tea, I respect it and prefer coffee. Unforunately, this rendition moves at a more languorous than any other on this list, and I cannot personally endorse it. The attempt, however, is admirable.

Unit-GOOD BOY: The Canine Modification

Artist: Gabe the dog+ Mweeorgh (video) Performance review:   ★★

What is there to say, but “Woof?”

Unit-666: The All-Boys Catholic High School Model

Artist: The young men of Chaminade High School Performance review:   ★

Full disclosure: Both John and I attended this all-boys Catholic high school in Mineola, New York, and hated it. This parody was apparently made by some of its intrepid nerdy students who were attempting to crack wise on the aggressively Christian-themed music videos the administration would use to launch the morning announcements. (Others included über-Godboy ballads like “Awesome God” and “Be Ye Glad.”) This is a fine joke as-is, but to anyone who’s sat through those 8am announcements, it’s gold.

It makes me happy to see a glimmer of anime humor in an otherwise defiantly conservative, moralistic den of adolescent misogyny (that in recent years was the subject of troubling sexual abuse allegations ). Applause to the students who created the video. Hopefully dogma and demerits didn’t traumatize them too badly.

Unit-1932: The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy

Artist: Goofy Performance review: No stars.

A smattering of the top YouTube comments on this video, ranked:

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The Meaning Behind The Song: A Cruel Angel’s Thesis by Yoko Takahashi

A Cruel Angel’s Thesis, performed by Yoko Takahashi, is the iconic theme song of the popular anime series, Neon Genesis Evangelion. Written by Neko Oikawa and composed by Hidetoshi Sato, this song has captured the hearts of millions of fans around the world. Its powerful lyrics and upbeat melody have made it a favorite among anime enthusiasts and music lovers alike.

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The song explores various themes and emotions, providing a deeper insight into the narrative of the anime. At its core, A Cruel Angel’s Thesis deals with the struggle between personal identity and the expectations and pressures of society. It conveys the universal message of finding strength within oneself, standing up against adversity, and embracing individuality.

The lyrics of the song are penned in Japanese, but translations into various languages have allowed a wider audience to appreciate its meaning. The opening lines talk about the “cruel angel’s thesis” that represents the difficulties one faces in life. It emphasizes the importance of facing challenges head-on and not succumbing to the pressures imposed by the world.

Throughout the song, there are references to the transient nature of existence, the battle between light and darkness, and the desire for freedom. These themes reflect the complex and philosophical nature of the anime series itself. The lyrics also touch upon the fragility of relationships and the hope for a better future.

Frequently Asked Questions about A Cruel Angel’s Thesis

1. who composed the song a cruel angel’s thesis.

The song was composed by Hidetoshi Sato. He expertly blended various musical elements, creating a unique and catchy melody that perfectly complements the lyrics of the song.

2. What is the significance of the song in Neon Genesis Evangelion?

A Cruel Angel’s Thesis is the opening theme song for the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. It sets the tone for the show, introducing viewers to the intense and thought-provoking storyline.

3. Can you provide a translation of the lyrics into English?

Certainly! Although translations may vary, here is a brief translation of the chorus: “The cruel angel’s thesis will soon take flight Through the window, with surging, hot pathos, if you betray your memories Embracing both the sky and the universe Thou shalt become a legend.”

4. Has the song received recognition or awards?

In 1997, A Cruel Angel’s Thesis won the “Best Song” award at the 14th Anime Grand Prix. Its popularity has transcended the anime community and has been praised for its unique sound and compelling lyrics.

5. Are there any covers or remixes of the song?

Yes, there have been numerous covers and remixes of A Cruel Angel’s Thesis. Many artists have put their unique spin on the song, showcasing their creativity and paying homage to the original masterpiece.

6. Has the song been performed live?

Yes, Yoko Takahashi, the original singer of A Cruel Angel’s Thesis, has performed the song live at various anime conventions and concerts. Her captivating performances have delighted fans worldwide.

7. What impact has the song had on popular culture?

A Cruel Angel’s Thesis has become an integral part of anime culture, often considered one of the greatest anime theme songs of all time. It has been covered by numerous artists, referenced in other media, and continues to inspire fans across generations.

8. Are there any other notable songs by Yoko Takahashi?

Yoko Takahashi has released several other songs apart from A Cruel Angel’s Thesis. Some notable tracks include “Tamashii no Refrain” and “Zankoku na Tenshi no Tēze ‘2009 VERSION.'”

9. What is the impact of A Cruel Angel’s Thesis on viewers?

The song has a powerful effect on viewers, evoking emotions and serving as a gateway to the deeper meaning and messages conveyed in Neon Genesis Evangelion. It has the ability to resonate with people on a personal level, fostering a strong connection between the series and its audience.

10. Are there any fan theories regarding the meaning of the song?

Yes, many fans have developed their theories about the meaning and symbolism behind A Cruel Angel’s Thesis. Some believe it represents the inner struggles of the main characters, while others interpret it as a metaphor for the human condition.

11. How has A Cruel Angel’s Thesis influenced other music?

The song’s impact extends beyond the realm of anime. It has inspired musicians and composers across genres, showcasing its lasting influence on the music industry as a whole.

12. Where can I listen to A Cruel Angel’s Thesis?

You can stream or purchase A Cruel Angel’s Thesis on various music platforms, such as Spotify, iTunes, and YouTube. Its iconic melody and meaningful lyrics await those who wish to experience this incredible piece of music.

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A Cruel Angel's Thesis

A Cruel Angel's Thesis is the opening theme song for the series Neon Genesis Evangelion , composed by Hidetoshi Sato and sung by Yoko Takahashi . The lyrics are by Neko Oikawa while the arrangement is by Toshiyuki Omori. The song also has the distinction of taking first place in the JASRAC Awards. [1]

This song was written with relatively limited involvement from Hideaki Anno and the production staff, being handled by producer Toshimichi Otsuki . [2] Anno originally wanted to use an excerpt from Borodin's Polovtsian Dances in the opening, but the producers did not approve of this and instead decided to use a J-Pop song, which eventually resulted in the creation of this song by Neko Oikawa.

Oikawa apparently had very little knowledge of the show, which was under production at the time with the episodes not having been colored. According to tweets and interviews, Oikawa went through a proposal of the show (possibly Neon Genesis Evangelion Proposal ) and watched two unfinished episodes on fast-forward, only serving to broadly "fit" the anime after the fact [3] [4] The writing process for Episode 01 took as long as six months, [5] and the opening sequence was not yet finished. [6] [7] The original song included a male chorus, which was cut at director Hideaki Anno's request in order to "emphasize maternal affection". [8]

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Oikawa states that she took inspiration for the title from the manga A Cruel God Reigns . [9] Among other statements, Oikawa said the lyrics "become a legend" were originally "become a weapon" and that she decided to make the song about the perspective of a mother when her child "leaves the nest." [10] Singer Yoko Takahashi was also brought in relatively haphazardly and had no knowledge of the series, and would only see the opening featuring her voice when it aired on TV. [11] She had also first met Anno on the day of recording. [12]

Original Japanese Lyrics: Neko Oikawa

残酷な天使のように
少年よ 神話になれ

青い風がいま
胸のドアを叩いても
私だけをただ見つめて
微笑んでるあなた
そっとふれるもの
もとめることに夢中で
運命さえまだ知らない
いたいけな瞳

だけどいつか気付くでしょう その背中には
遥か未来 めざすための 羽根があること

残酷な天使のテーゼ
窓辺からやがて飛び立つ
ほとばしる熱いパトスで
思い出を裏切るなら
この宇宙(そら)を抱いて輝く
少年よ 神話になれ


ずっと眠ってる
私の愛の揺りかご
あなただけが 夢の使者に
呼ばれる朝がくる
細い首筋を
月あかりが映してる
世界中の時を止めて
閉じこめたいけど

もしもふたり逢えたことに 意味があるなら
私はそう 自由を知る ためのバイブル

残酷な天使のテーゼ
悲しみがそしてはじまる
抱きしめた命のかたち
その夢に目覚めたとき
誰よりも光を放つ
少年よ 神話になれ

人は愛をつむぎながら 歴史をつくる
女神なんてなれないまま 私は生きる

残酷な天使のテーゼ
窓辺からやがて飛び立つ
ほとばしる熱いパトスで
思い出を裏切るなら
この宇宙(そら)を抱いて輝く
少年よ 神話になれ

Zankoku na tenshi no yō ni
Shōnen yo, shinwa ni nare...

Aoi kaze ga ima mune no doa wo tataitemo
Watashi dake wo tada mitsumete
Hohoenderu anata
Sotto fureru mono
Motomeru koto ni muchū de
Unmei sae mada shiranai itaikena hitomi

Dakedo itsuka kizuku deshō
Sono senaka ni wa
Haruka mirai mezasu tame no
Hane ga aru koto...

Zankoku na tenshi no teeze
Madobe kara yagate tobitatsu
Hotobashiru atsui patosu de
Omoide wo uragiru nara
Kono sora wo daite kagayaku
Shōnen yo, shinwa ni nare


Zutto nemutteru watashi no ai no yurikago
Anata dake ga yume no shisha ni
Yobareru asa ga kuru
Hosoi kubisuji wo tsukiakari ga utsushiteru
Sekai'jū no toki wo tomete
Tojikometai kedo...

Moshi mo futari aeta koto ni imi ga aru nara
Watashi wa, sō, jiyū wo shiru
Tame no baiburu

Zankoku na tenshi no teeze
Kanashimi ga soshite hajimaru
Dakishimeta inochi no katachi
Sono yume ni mezameta toki
Dare yori mo hikari wo hanatsu
Shōnen yo, shinwa ni nare

Hito wa ai wo tsumugi nagara rekishi wo tsukuru
Megami nante narenai mama
Watashi wa ikiru...

Zankoku na tenshi no teeze
Madobe kara yagate tobitatsu
Hotobashiru atsui patosu de
Omoide wo uragiru nara
Kono sora wo daite kagayaku
Shōnen yo, shinwa ni nare

Like a cruel angel,
young boy, become the legend!

A blue wind is now
knocking at the door to your heart, and yet
you are merely gazing at me
and smiling.

Something gently touching--
you're so intent on seeking it out,
that you can't even see your fate yet,
with such innocent eyes.

But someday I think you'll find out
that what's on your back
are wings that are for
heading for the far-off future.

The cruel angel's thesis
will soon take flight through the window,
with surging, hot pathos,
if you betray your memories.
Embracing this sky [universe] and shining,
young boy, become the legend!


Sleeping for a long time
in the cradle of my love
The morning is coming when you alone will be called
by a messenger of dreams.

Moonlight reflects off
the nape of your slender neck.
Stopping time all throughout the world
I want to confine them, but...

So if two people being brought together by fate
has any meaning,
I think that it is a "bible"
for learning freedom.

The cruel angel's thesis.
The sorrow then begins.
You held tight to the form of life
when you woke up from that dream.
You shine brighter than anyone else.
Young boy, become the legend!

People create history
while weaving love.
Even knowing I'll never be a goddess or anything like that,
I live on.

The cruel angel's thesis
will soon take flight through the window,
with surging, hot pathos,
if you betray your memories.
Embracing this sky and shining,
young boy, become the legend!

Young boy, like a cruel angel's thesis,
Live up to be a legend...

Even though clear blue winds
Beat on the door of my heart,
You just smile, looking straight at me
Too involved in yearning for
Something to hold on
The innocent eyes still know nothing of fate yet.

But someday you will notice
On those shoulders of yours
There are strong wings
To guide you to the far future.

A cruel angel's thesis
Will someday fly high from the window
If memories are betrayed by
The overflowing, burning pathos.
Young boy, shine like a legend,
Holding the sky in your arms.


The cradle of love that sleeps within me
There will be a morning that
A servant of dreams will come for you.
The moonlight shines on your thin neckline.
I'd stop time in this world
And lock it away for myself, but...

If there is any meaning
In the fate that pulled us together,
Then I am, yes, the Bible
That teaches you of freedom.

A cruel angel's thesis
And then sorrow comes forth
When the shapes of the dreams you hold in your arms
Come to life within you.
Young boy, who shines brighter than anyone else,
Rise to become a legend.

People weave together love to create history
And so I live on,
Unable to become a goddess...

A cruel angel's thesis
Will someday fly high from the window
If memories are betrayed by
The overflowing, burning pathos.
Young boy, shine like a legend,
Holding the sky in your arms.

Translation Notes

1 This was translated by Takayama Miyuki and these are the translator's notes:

  • young boy, become the legend! : The word "shinwa" actually means "myth" ("legend" would be "densetsu"), but I think it sounds better as "legend."
  • with surging, hot pathos : "Atsui" (hot) can also mean "intense, passionate." "Pathos" is "the quality or power in life or art of evoking a feeling of pity or compassion; pity; suffering; sorrow."
  • Embracing this sky [universe] and shining : "Sora" (sky) is the reading given for the kanji for "uchuu" (universe).
  • has any meaning : The kanji used for the "a" in "aeta" is not the normal kanji used in "au" (to meet). It's the first kanji in "ouse" (encounter, tryst) and has more of a connotation of meeting by fate or being brought together by fate, not just meeting. (Interestingly, a dictionary I have gives the meaning of "au," when written with this kanji, as "to meet (with drama or pathos)")
  • for learning freedom : The "watashi wa sou" is probably "watashi wa sou omou." And "bible" in this case isn't referring to *the* Bible. "Bible" can also mean "guide book, how-to book, a book valued for its use as a reference," like in "a handyman's bible," or "a bird-watcher's bible."

2 This is the translation found on the U.S. release of Evangelion by ADV.

3 The instrumental section contains chanted non-Japanese lyrics in Yoko Takahashi 's version and a few others, while other versions of the song have a purely instrumental section. The January 1996 issue of Newtype magazine transcribed Takahashi's lyrics in this section as "Fariya. Seta(or sepa) messo. Fariya. Tuse." which they speculate is from the fictional language of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Alternatively, an EvaGeeks forum discussion suggests that the lyrics may be "Faria? Será mesmo? Faria? Eu sei!" which is in the Portuguese language. Since the word "Faria" is usually used in a similar way as the English word "would", those lines could be interpreted as someone doubting something or someone else. There has never been any official information on the actual lyrics or their meaning, if any.

  • ↑ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-05-25/songs-from-evangelion-other-anime-win-jasrac-awards
  • ↑ From the animania blog report on the March 28, 2005 NHK Anime Yawa talk show (translation by animania) - Otsuki said he allowed Anno to do whatever he wanted in the anime except for the theme music. Otsuki was particular about the theme and handled the music staff by himself, going as far as to claim that no anime staff, even Anno, met the music staff (apparently contradicted by Oikawa's statements). - Yuko Miyamura, BS AnimeYAWA
  • ↑ “My manager got the job, we had a quick meeting lasting about 30 minutes, skim-read the proposal and watched two episodes on fast-forward. And with that I was told ‘so, yeah, just write whatever you want!’, and finished the song [lyrics] in about two hours. Sorry to burst your bubble, guys!” http://soranews24.com/2015/01/08/a-cruel-angels-thesis-took-just-two-hours-to-write-says-evangelion-lyricist-neko-oikawa
  • ↑ "It wasn't even colored. I wrote the song, and my job was done. I wrote it in about two hours." Anime News Network interview with Neko Oikawa
  • ↑ 2nd JUNE interview
  • ↑ Notenki Memoirs
  • ↑ According to Hidenori Matsubara during the Animazement 2015 convention, "the song was created before they even got done with animation for the opening theme. Strangely enough, the song manage to go along with the opening animation."
  • ↑ Refrain of Evangelion OST Booklet, 2003.
  • ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20160830224921/http://news.livedoor.com/article/detail/11939169
  • ↑ https://www.sankei.com/west/news/161228/wst1612280011-n1.html
  • ↑ Yoko Takahashi Performs Neon Genesis Evangelion Theme, “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis,” to Excited Crowd at Anime Expo 2015 in LA
  • ↑ —When was your first meeting with Mr. Anno? "It was on the day of recording. As I said earlier, when I entered the studio before anyone else to get ready, even while I couldn't afford, a man dressed in black and wearing sandals suddenly appeared. I didn't know who it was, but I just said hi, and he was actually Mr. Anno (Hideaki). It was a shocking encounter (laughs)." - Yoko Takahashi: EVANGELION FINALLY (2020)
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