Robin Williams ‘Evangelion’ Connection Has San Francisco Roots #Genesis_EvangelionDecember 7, 2018
The news that Neon Genesis: Evangelion is coming to Netflix next spring has whipped anime Twitter into a frenzy.
The series has been difficult to find in the U.S., particularly as DVDs have fallen out of fashion.
In the Robin Williams’ thriller One Hour Photo , a Neon Genesis: Evangelion figure (of a mass-production Eva series) serves as a prominent symbol in the plot surrounding Williams’ character Seymour and his ongoing obsession with a family who patronizes his photo lab.
In this brief scene, Williams learns about the figure from Jakob, the young child of Williams’ victims Nina and Will Yorkin:
The inclusion of the Neon Genesis: Evangelion figure in One Hour Photo was long-believed to be a creative contribution made by Williams himself.
However, the truth is that One Hour Photo writer/director Matt Romanek picked the figure more or less at random.
When a fan asked him if he’d ever play Gendo Ikari from Evangelion, he declined, but opened up about which characters he’d love to play and how he got his start as an anime fan in the ‘90s:
No, if they ever make Ghost In the Shell I forget the name of the old man character but that would be a wonderful part to play.
Williams’ response inspired redditor metametamind to whip up this memetastic gem:
Editor’s Note: A previous version of the story claimed Williams added the Evangelion figure to One Hour Photo himself.