Otakon Highlights - Evangelion Voice Actors - Aug. 7, 1998

The final episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion were among the most awaited U.S. anime releases in recent years. Fans wanted to learn the fates of the strange "children" who piloted the giant Evas against the Angels. Even though some fans had heard that the final two episodes were unusual, they didn't realize how strange they were until AD Vision released them. They found those episodes were a cross between the "stargate" sequence in 2001 and a Fellini film: talky and unfocused, a stream-of-consciousness meandering that left some Eva questions unanswered. When the American voice actors who handled the lead roles in those episodes were asked about the final volume, they admitted that they also had trouble understanding it.
"The last two episodes of Eva I had no idea what was going on," said Tristan MacAvery, who played Gendou. "I had to figure how I should read the part, flat or philosophical." MacAvery and the other actors said there was nothing wrong with the English translation, that the Japanese original was incomprehensible.
The women who played the female Eva pilots also spoke about how they approached their roles. Amanda Winn Lee was cast against type as the taciturn Rei Ayanami, and said "I got into a weird mode - I can't describe it. It's a good thing I'm in a little padded room when I'm doing it because that's where she belongs.She knows she's expendable, but the thing is, she's still human so you can't do her totally catatonic."
Tiffany Grant plays Soryuu Asuka Langley, a character who is outspoken to more than a fault. "She says the most horrible things to people, things that you'd like to say to people and can't get away with - it's refreshing." Grant, who admits there may be some similarity in her outspokeness and Langley's, has some sympathy for the character, who, in the anime, discovered her mother's suicide. "Do you think she's going to be a normal person."
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