There are literally dozens of articles scattered around the Internet which features just some of the everyday household products that the treasured anime franchise, Neon Genesis Evangelion, has helped to promote over the years since its initial release in 1995. Now you can add marriage registration forms to that list.
These aren’t just some cheesy marketing gimmick though. These are real life, ‘fill them out and turn them into your local ward office to tie the knot’ marriage certificates!
Found in the February issue of Japanese wedding planning magazine Zexy’s (which went on sale back on December 23rd), this bizarrely pink certificate — I never saw “pink” as the most representative color choice for this series — features the NERV logo on the back along with one of the Eva robots holding onto “2020” on the front so you’ll never forget the release date of the final movie in the rebuild series… err, I mean the year you got married. Yeah, that’s right.
Even if you’ve never seen Neon Genesis Evangelion, you’re no doubt aware of it in one way or another. Either through another form of entertainment including manga, video games, Internet memes, or even just by seeing a figure of the main heroines Asuka or Rei at some point in your life.
The impact that Neon Genesis Evangelion left on anime culture cannot be understated. This was a groundbreaking series in its time that entertained millions of viewers around the world. It’s hard to believe that in the summer of 2020 they will release the final rebuild movie and we won’t have anything else Eva related to look forward to for a long while.
Currently, the rights to the television series and two OVAs (Death and Rebirth and End of Evangelion) belong to Netflix. If you’ve never gone out of your way to watch this series before, go do it right now. Even if you don’t like it, it’s a seminal piece of anime history that every fan of the medium should experience… with or without a significant other.