Hideaki started the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion in an attempt to change the anime industry, hoping for others to follow his example of breaking away from the mundane and typical formula of an anime.
During his early career in the 1980s, Hideaki worked as a key-animator for anime shorts, Nintendo (Famicon) animation sequences, and Daicon opening films.
At the age of 14, Hideaki saw the anime Space Battleship Yamato. This show sparked his interest and became the inspiration for his later works.
Neon Genesis Evangelion was written episode by episode as they aired on Japanese TV, unlike most anime not adopted from manga.
Hideaki's most popular anime Neon Genesis Evangelion did poorly rating wise in Japan in its initial time slot. It was then moved to a later, more adult-oriented time, triggering the level of popularity it is known for today.
Hideaki is best known for his work on the popular anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, in which he detailed his life during his depression.
Hideaki has won two awards. He won the "Festival Award" in 1999 at the Yokohama Film Festival for "Best New Director" for his work on Love & Pop. In 2000, Hideaki won the "Best Artistic Contribution Award" for Shiki-Jitsu at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
In the early 1990s, Hideaki went through an episode of depression that lasted about four years. His thoughts on the matter can be seen through the character of Shinji Ikari in the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion
Hideaki appeared at one American anime convention- Anime Expo '96, which lasted from June 28, 1996 trough June 30, 1996. Before arriving at Anime Expo, Anno shaved his head.
Hideaki's blood type is "A".
On March 26, 2002, Hideaki married manga-ka (Japanese comic artist) Moyoco Anno. Moyoco is the creator of Hataraki Man, Flowers and Bees, Happy Mania, and Sugar Sugar Rune.
Hideaki Anno is a vegetarian.
Hideaki Anno: Evangelion is like a puzzle, you know. Any person can see it and give his or her own answer. In other words, we are offering viewers to think by themselves, so that each person can imagine his or her own world. We will never offer the answers, even in the theatrical version. As for many Evangelion viewers, they may expect us to provide the 'all-about Eva' manuals, but there is no such thing. Don't expect to get answers by someone. Don't expect to be catered to all the time. We all have to find our own answers.
Hideaki Anno: [The anime series Neon Genesis] Evangelion is my life and I have put everything I know into this work. This is my entire life. My life itself.
Hideaki Anno: Rei [from his most popular work Neon Genesis Evangelion] is someone who is aware of the fact that even if she dies, there'll be another to replace her, so she doesn't value her life very highly. Her presence, her existence—ostensible existence—is ephemeral. She's a very sad girl. She only has the barest minimum of what she needs to have. She's damaged in some way; she hurts herself. She doesn't need friends.
Hideaki Anno (on getting into the anime industry): If you want to get into anime, my best advice to you as a creator is to please have diverse interests in things besides animation. Look outward, first of all. Most anime makers are basically autistic. They have to try and reach out, and truly communicate with others. I would guess that the greatest thing anime has ever achieved is the fact that we're holding a dialogue right here and now.