"A Cruel Angel's Thesis" (残酷な天使のテーゼ, Zankoku na Tenshi no Tēze, "Zankoku na Tenshi no These" in Japan) is the theme song of the popular anime Neon Genesis Evangelion performed by Yoko Takahashi. It is used as the opening to the series, and two instrumental versions of it are played in the finale episode, "Take care of yourself." These are "The Heady Feeling of Freedom" and "Good, or Don't Be", scored for violin, piano, and guitar. "The Heady Feeling of Freedom" is a somber and reflective piece for bowed strings and guitar, while "Good, or Don't Be" is played to a light piano and guitar tone. Both are considerably different in feel from the more hard driving techno-dance original. A similar, but sparser, version can also be heard during the intermission between the two parts of Evangelion: Death and Rebirth.

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composer: 佐藤英敏
lyricist: 及川眠子
publisher: テレビ東京ミュージック
Allmusic: [info]
Wikidata: Q378523 [info]
other databases: [info] [info]
part of: Neon Genesis Evangelion


Date Title Attributes Artist
A Cruel Angel’s Thesis [残酷な天使のテーゼ] (TV Size Version) 高橋洋子
Cruel Angels Thesis - Neon Genisis Evangelion [unknown]
Cruel_Angel's_Thesis.ymcover and instrumental ImATrackMan
Curel Angel's Thesiscover and instrumental Piano Squall
Epilogue de Theseinstrumental 高橋洋子
Good, or Don't Be.instrumental 鷺巣詩郎
OP-1 [Zankoku na Tenshi no TEEZE] 鷺巣詩郎
OP-1 [Zankoku na Tenshi no TEEZE] (strings)instrumental 鷺巣詩郎
OP-2 [Zankoku na Tenshi no TEEZE - A-Type]instrumental 鷺巣詩郎
OP-2 [Zankoku na Tenshi no TEEZE - B-Type]instrumental 鷺巣詩郎
OP-2 [Zankoku na Tenshi no TEEZE - C-Type]instrumental 鷺巣詩郎
OP-2 [Zankoku na Tenshi no TEEZE - D-Type - Good or Don't Be]instrumental 鷺巣詩郎
The Heady Feeling of Freedominstrumental 鷺巣詩郎
Zankoku na tenshi no these 鷺巣詩郎
残酷な天使のテーゼcover Ricky + Little Alien
残酷な天使のテーゼ 高橋洋子
残酷な天使のテーゼcover 河井英里
残酷な天使のテーゼcover 奥井雅美
残酷な天使のテーゼcover 桂ヒナギク starring 伊藤 静
残酷な天使のテーゼcover 下川みくに
残酷な天使のテーゼcover m.o.v.e
残酷な天使のテーゼcover 中川翔子
残酷な天使のテーゼcover and instrumental まらしぃ
残酷な天使のテーゼcover HAKUEI (PENICILLIN) × 風弥〜Kazami〜 (DaizzyStripper)
残酷な天使のテーゼ (Ambivalence Mix) 高橋洋子
残酷な天使のテーゼ (Director’s Edit.Version) 高橋洋子
残酷な天使のテーゼ (OFF VOCAL Version)instrumental 高橋洋子
残酷な天使のテーゼ (TV. Size Version)partial 高橋洋子
残酷な天使のテーゼ (オリジナルカラオケ) 高橋洋子
残酷な天使のテーゼ (新世紀エヴァンゲリオン)cover 石田燿子
残酷な天使のテーゼ <Director’s Edit. Version II>cover MISATO (三石琴乃), Rei (林原めぐみ), ASUKA (宮村優子)