Most of you who live outside Japan probably have standard or even boring-looking credit cards. But what does it matter? They’re are just credit cards, right? Japan has a different idea, as they do not neglect even the little things which we normally would not think require fancy designs. Thus, credit cards based on anime themes are not a strange thing in Japan. For instance, there are new credit card designs which are based on the Neon Genesis Evangelion series!
Neon Genesis Evangelion is also known as Evangelion on Eva. The anime series was broadcasted from 1995 to 1996, which makes it sound like a pretty old series. However, the series remains fresh due to its recent installments of a reboot of the original series called the Rebuild of Evangelion. 3 episodes have been released so far which are 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (2007), 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2009), 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (2012). The 4th episode which is also the final film entitled Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 will be released but the date of release is not certain yet.
Due to the popularity of Neon Genesis Evangelion, it also profited greatly from its merchandise. Therefore, the credit cards based on the Neon Genesis Evangelion will also likely be a hit! Sumitomo Mitsui has collaborated with Visa to produce 3 designs which are type: EVA01, type:REI, and type:ASUKA.
type: EVA01 (pictured above) features the iconic mecha from the Evangelion series which is the Evangelion Unit-01. The sample name written on the card is Misato Katsuragi, who is the NERV operations director in the series.
As for the REI credit card, it features the silhouette of Rei Ayanami, but the name written on the card is Ryoji Kaji, who is a special inspector for NERV.
The third design which is type ASUKA, features the character Asuka and the mecha called Evangelion Unit-02. The name written on the card is Ritsuko Akagi, who works as NERV’s chief scientist.
The Evangelion visa credit cards can be used in more than 200 countries. Who says credit card designs have to be plain, simple, or boring?