Neon Genesis Evangelion has a different ending theme in the 2019 Netflix release. The original show had covers of "Fly Me to the Moon" at the end of each episode, but the song was changed to some familiar-sounding instrumental piano music. What is the name of the new song?

The start of the ending song in the first episode (requires Netflix subscription in the US; not sure about other regions).

  • If you can find a more "accessible" Youtube clip... :)
    – Jenayah
    Commented Aug 14, 2019 at 20:07
  • @Jenayah while looking for one I found this monstrosity, which is definitely not the right one :P Commented Aug 14, 2019 at 20:10

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Apparently "Fly Me to the Moon" couldn't be kept for licensing issues (in the US), and they replaced it with a character's theme, if this article is to be believed. That's not everywhere, though:

Every episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion originally ended with an arrangement of “Fly Me to the Moon,” a frequently covered jazz tune written by Bart Howard. Each episode featured a different version of the song, some performed by singer Claire Littley, some by Yoko Takahashi, who also sings the opening-credits banger “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis.”

Netflix’s version of Evangelion — at least in the U.S. — features a portion of Rei’s theme over the closing credits. It’s a dramatic tonal change from the upbeat rhythms of “Fly Me to the Moon” — which itself was often a tonal contrast against the anime’s sometimes dark and depressing cliffhanger endings.

In Japan, “Fly Me to the Moon” appears intact on Netflix, affirming that rights issues led to the track being dropped from streaming in the States.

Netflix’s Evangelion is missing its great end-credits music, Michael McWhertor for Polygon, June 21, 2019

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