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"Evangelion" Creator Hideaki Anno Names His 5 Favorite Tokusatsu Shows

While Neon Genesis Evangelion quickly established itself as a landmark in mecha anime, the series drew considerable influence from creator Hideaki Anno's passion for live action tokusatsu (Japanese for "special effects") works. From the Eva unit's power limit resembling the time constraints under which Ultraman had to fight, to the shapes of many of the angels, scenes in which Japan's armed forced tried futilely fend off those invaders, the imprint of giant rubber monsters and superheroes and is all over Evangelion.

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