Neon Genesis Evangelion (新世紀エヴァンゲリオン), commonly referred to as Evangelion, is a critically successful Japanese anime. The story takes place in Tokyo-3, a militarized civilian city located on one of the last dry sections of Japan and operated by Nerv. Nerv's central mission is to locate Angels and to destroy them. Shinji Ikari, a 14 year old boy, arrives at Tokyo-3 just as the Third Angel attacks the city. He and Rei Ayanami battle the successive advances of the Angels together and are later joined by Asuka Langley Soryu, the pilot of Unit 02.