Netflix Removed 'Fly Me to the Moon' From 'Neon Genesis Evangelion' and Fans Aren't Happy

Fans were thrilled for the release of popular '90s anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion on Netflix on Friday. However, the excitement was short-lived for some viewers when they realized the streaming network changed the original end credits of the series.

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Evangelion Unit 01 heads into battle. "Neon Genesis Evangelion" comes to Netflix in spring 2019. Netflix / YouTube

The end credits were a staple of the series, which originally aired from 1995 to 1996, and was famous for its use of the Frank Sinatra hit, "Fly Me to the Moon." Karaoke-style covers of the 1964 tune played during the final minutes of every Neon Genesis Evangelion episode, but it was not included in any of the episodes currently available on Netflix. The streaming giant replaced the song with instrumental music from the series' original score. "Fly Me to the Moon" has also been replaced in various scenes where it was formerly used as background music.

The change drew the ire of longtime fans who voiced their disdain on social media. Some viewers suggested Netflix likely couldn't secure the rights to use the iconic song on the show and was forced to replace it with something else, but that didn't stop others from bashing the streaming service for spending millions to clear various other shows currently available on the network. In a few select instances, music offerings were changed due to global rights.

Netflix will spend $100 million to license Friends but says that licensing the song "Fly Me To The Moon" for Evangelion was too much.


— Ken Williams (@Worsel555) June 21, 2019

The musical updates weren't the only issues fans took with the show—the English dubbing and pronunciation of some words also drew complaints from viewers. The original English voice used in ADV Films' production of the series was replaced with a new one and the voices of the characters were replaced with an entirely new cast. Voices for Netflix's version are provided by Casey Mongillo (Shinji), Stephanie McKeon (Asuka), Ryan Bartley (Rei) and Carrie Keranen (Misato).

Viewers have the option of watching the English dub with subtitles, including two sets of Chinese subtitles and audio options in French, Spanish and German. Show creator Hideaki Anno's company Studio Khara worked with the streaming platform to keep the content in its original forms.

Fans have long awaited the debut of Neon Genesis Evangelion on a streaming service. Licensing for the series faced several setbacks over the years due to legal issues between the anime studio Gainax and company Studio Khara, according to Polygon. Only complicating matters, ADV Films, the North American producers of the original dub, has been defunct since 2009.

Netflix announced last year it would release all 26 episodes of the classic anime series with a new English dub in 2019. Films Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death (true)² and The End of Evangelion are also slated to roll out this year.

Neon Genesis Evangelion follows three teens who are tasked with fighting off extraterrestrial monsters known as Angels. The troupe works together to save the Earth from the mysterious and deadly creatures by operating transformative mecha called Evangelion, which were created by private military company NERV.

Well, Evangelion is on Netflix now. Some thoughts:

* New dub is a little jarring because it's new.

* I didn't think I'd miss the questionable renditions of "Fly me to the Moon" but here were are.

* I hope this leads to DVDs/Blu-Rays going in print again. $400 is too much.

— scary gohst (@spook27) June 21, 2019

Them having to remove Fly Me To The Moon is the biggest crime, and is what is making me consider not watching this

— Kino - 矢澤理 (@HyruleCastle64) June 21, 2019

The dub is like flat soda.
The subs are wrong.
Fly me to the Moon is GONE

— Jakob Dawson (Minjak) (@pikminjake) June 21, 2019