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Postby Szmitten » Thu May 07, 2020 7:54 pm

I've been going through a bunch of stuff on the Wiki and Gwern's wonderful source anthology trying to assemble a timeline of Evangelion's TV production, with the extremely optimistic idea of reverse engineering their production schedule (in the vein of https://i.imgur.com/xRVd3xW.jpg) in part to work out just what happened. What I'd be most interested in is, a) any other information, b) if any of the scripts (published or leaked) have dates on them, and c) any other sources in their original Japanese.

I know that the general process for Evangelion was that:
-A writer writes a First Draft, then collaborates with Anno.
-The writer writes a Second Draft, then collaborates with Anno.
-The writer writes the Definitive Draft and presents it to Anno. The scripting process ranges from 6 months for #01 and 3 days for #26.
-Anno turns the Definitive Draft into a Storyboard with changes. Boards for the first few episodes were done in 2 months.
-The Storyboard is passed to the animators who work 4 months optimistically or 3 weeks if you're on #24 onwards.
-Dubbing.
-Broadcast.

My current timeline is roughly:

    20 September 1993 – Anno submits a first draft proposal of Evangelion.
    5 January 1994 – A second draft series plan featuring synopses of all 26 episodes is submitted.
    4 February 1994 – Internal draft fixed.
    April 1994 – Planning Draft for external distribution completed.
    May-October 1994 - Anno spent 6 months writing #01 and #02, jumped ahead to #05 and #06, went back to #03 and #04, the wrote #07-#09 with a lighter tone.
    November-December 1994 - Work begins on the storyboards for the early episodes.
    December 1994 - Sadamoto's manga debuts based on existing scripts and storyboards. The Evangelion's colour and cockpit design are not finalised yet.
    January 1995 - #01 and #02 are being animated.
    February 1995 - The cockpit is finalised and appears in chapter 3 of the manga.
    Spring 1995 - A speculative original release date, but is delayed to Autumn.
    April 1995 - Dubbing begins.
    July 1995 - Completed episodes #01 and #02 are screened at the Gainax Festival. They lack OP/ED because they haven't been storyboarded yet.
    September 1995 - The OP/ED are completed.
    27 September - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles airs it's final episode in its 18:30 timeslot and advertises Evangelion's debut next week. Features footage from episodes #01, #05, and #08. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhIRBgEoOb0
    4 October 1995 – Airing of Episode #01.
    11 October 1995 – Airing of Episode #02.
    18 October 1995 – Airing of Episode #03.
    25 October 1995 – Airing of Episode #04.
    1 November 1995 – Airing of Episode #05.
    8 November 1995 – Airing of Episode #06.
    15 November 1995 – Airing of Episode #07.
    22 November 1995 – Airing of Episode #08.
    29 November 1995 – Airing of Episode #09.
    6 December 1995 – Airing of Episode #10.
    13 December 1995 – Airing of Episode #11.
    20 December 1995 – Airing of Episode #12.
    27 December 1995 – Airing of Episode #13.
    End of December 1995 – Anno finally decides on what to do for #26, putting aside a script of #25 that resembles #25' in order to do it. It's possible that the original #25 was boarded and had some layouts done that were tossed. The new #25 is written in a week and #26 is written in 3 days the following week.
    3 January 1996 – Airing of Episode #14.
    10 January 1996 – Airing of Episode #15.
    17 January 1996 – Airing of Episode #16.
    24 January 1996 – Airing of Episode #17.
    31 January 1996 – Airing of Episode #18.
    7 February 1996 – Airing of Episode #19.
    14 February 1996 – Airing of Episode #20.
    21 February 1996 – Airing of Episode #21.
    28 February 1996 – Airing of Episode #22.
    4 March 1996 – After recording #25, the voice actors invite the animation team (who are working on #26) to a party.
    6 March 1996 – Airing of Episode #23.
    13 March 1996 – Airing of Episode #24. The key animation was done in a 3 week stretch presumably in Jan-Feb.
    20 March 1996 – Airing of Episode #25.
    27 March 1996 – Airing of Episode #26.

    And furthermore:
    April 1996 – Announcement that #25 and #26 would be remade for the home release as a form of OVA, followed by an announcement of a completely new, original, unrelated, standalone Evangelion film. (Is there an announcement?)
    Mid-late 1996 – At some point, it’s decided to release a compilation film of the TV series as a double feature with the OVA’s, followed by a new standalone film. (When?)
    21 December 1996 – An ad campaign encourages viewers to buy a poster on this date for Evangelion: Death and Rebirth. (Was the title known?)
    February 1997 – A trailer for Death and Rebirth includes incomplete shots from episode 25’, and audio from 26’ that doesn’t appear Rebirth. The trailer has no release date. (Was Rebirth still going to be 25'/26' this late? When was the release date announced?)
    March 1997 – It’s somehow communicated to the audience that Rebirth will be incomplete and to expect a Rebirth Part 2 later in the summer. (How?)
    25 March 1997 – Theatrical release of Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth.
    May 1997 – Announcement that Rebirth 2 is retitled to The End of Evangelion and given a release date of 19 July. Plans for the original Evangelion film are abandoned.
    19 July 1997 – Theatrical release of The End of Evangelion

It's an awful format to read in but if there's anything sketchy or if there's more information somewhere that you can think of, it'd be appreciated.

EDIT: As an aside - working on the assumption that an episode director can't work on more than one episode at any one time, but you can have several working on different episodes at once, and then try to organise them so that they don't overlap with themselves, you end up with something strangely plausible.

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Postby Blockio » Fri May 08, 2020 9:34 pm

Great work putting all that together!
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Postby TMBounty_Hunter » Sat May 09, 2020 3:42 pm

The settei collections have a whole bunch of dates on when designs were finalized/approved. A lot of the initial designs are dated H6.11.29 - Heisei 6 - 29 November 1994. That includes cockpit monitor design for Eva-01. Eva-02 and 00 versions are dated 3 July 1995. Lots more dates in there.
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Postby Szmitten » Sat May 09, 2020 5:07 pm

The main puzzle for me at the moment is actually the PR and announcements related to Death and Rebirth. Specifically:
-When did they announce the movie projects instead of the casual talk of OVAs? edit: 25'/26' OVAs and original movie announced May96, October announces recap+25'/26' movie for spring97 in addition to original movie.
-When did Death and Rebirth get announced as the title? edit: October-December
-When was Death and Rebirth’s release date confirmed?
-When was it announced that Rebirth was incomplete and that there’d be another movie with the real ending in the summer?

I have the announcements for EoE, but anything related to "We're going to make a movie, it'll be like this, it'll be called this, it'll be out on this date, actually forget all that there'll be another one later" is gone. I notice D+R trailers don't have release dates but have 26' audio and visuals that date shots from 25' to December and shots from 26' to January. Anything along these lines would fill in some big blanks.

View Original PostTMBounty_Hunter wrote:The settei collections have a whole bunch of dates on when designs were finalized/approved. A lot of the initial designs are dated H6.11.29 - Heisei 6 - 29 November 1994. That includes cockpit monitor design for Eva-01. Eva-02 and 00 versions are dated 3 July 1995. Lots more dates in there.

That seems pretty useful and means some things are both earlier and later than I anticipated. It means episode 8 started way later and therefore shunts episode 16 closer to the deadline. I don't wanna make you go through the whole book since that's unreasonable but I'd be very interested to know if there's anything dated after October 1995. Or anything dated for the movies.


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