what's the font used in the eye-catch scene?


Some suggested that it is "マティス EB" http://fontworks.co.jp/font/classic/matisse/EB.html#cont02

Also, what's the font used in the following covers?

dvd cover LD cover

  • @Yisela There are quite a few fonts used in the series, e.g. forum.evageeks.org/thread/392/… Therefore I think the title can benefit by being more specific.
    – lulalala
    Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 2:10
  • Yes! But the reason of the downvote might have been because font identification questions are a little frown upon here - as they usually have no value for others. That's why I changed it. Let me re-add some details so it's both specific but google-able :)
    – Yisela
    Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 16:19
  • It looks like you're correct in thinking the font is Matisse EB by Fontworks. That's what the creators say. Reference
    – user193661
    Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 2:16

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It could be Times New Roman Condensed Bold, a bit modified maybe.

//EDIT: It actually is Times New Roman Condendsed Bold – with a horizontal scale of 79%. I compared the font not with the picture you posted (because the quality is so bad), but the Cover of the Neon Genesis Evangelion: S² Works. The A and the G is slightliy different, because I have the Monotype-verison of Times New Roman, if you try the Linotype-version it should fit.

Font comparison: S² Works-Cover and Times New Roman Condensed Bold

  • Take a look at how the serifs are tapered on Times New Roman as opposed to the provided eye-catch, especially in the capital E. This album cover is probably TNR, but I don't think that the eye-catch is. The eye-catch A is also cut off at the top.
    – angerson
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 20:21
  • After some research I think you are right! The eye-catch is the only exception. The LD/DVD covers uses TNR as you said.
    – lulalala
    Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 2:29
  • I think you're right. It's a mangled version of TNR. re: protractor's observation--and if you look at how low the lower corner of the 'N' drops below the baseline--I believe the artist also added a stroke to the characters that in turn fattens and smooths out the serifs.
    – DA01
    Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 16:42
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    There are so many versions of the TNR, it's been out there since the 1930s, I guess that's also why the A doesn't fit. And I think that's also the reason why the eye-catch is a bit different, because it's much older than most LD/DVD-covers. You get the serifs from the eye-catch when you add an outline-stroke, like @DA01 mentioned, also the outer-glow intensifies this effect. Commented Jan 5, 2015 at 19:29
  • I think the E is really the biggest mismatch. The A, V, and N are just cut off at the ends. The eye-catch E is evenly balanced, while the TNR E is larger on the bottom and the center line is closer to the top.
    – user193661
    Commented Jan 27, 2016 at 2:23

I work on photoshop, so this my customization. They use Arial for the episode's name and the episode's number. enter image description here

and this is my re-create version. Just add some effect to the text. enter image description here


The font is Bodoni. Maybe it's an edited font, but it's definitely inspired by the Bodoni font.

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    Hi José and welcome to GD.SE! For font identification questions, we ask that answers include a screenshot and link to the sample.
    – curious
    Commented Sep 23, 2018 at 22:05
  • Sorry but it's definitely not bodoni - look at the serifs and the G, definitely not the same.
    – Luciano
    Commented Sep 24, 2018 at 12:54

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