NERV (German for "nerve") is a special organization that was put together to combat the Angels after the Second Impact and is the organization responsible for the creation of the Evangelions. Although NERV is under the control of the United Nations, it is an independent organization in operations. The United Nations is the source of NERV's funding, income, and equipment for its operations. In the Rebuild of Evangelion movies, NERV is bound by the Vatican City Treaty, which restricts the number of operational Evangelions a single country can control at any one time.
Gendo Ikari is the supreme commander of NERV, followed by Deputy Commander Kōzō Fuyutsuki. Misato Katsuragi is tactical field commander for the EVA pilots. Dr. Ritsuko Akagi is the chief scientist and is in charge of the technical aspects of NERV. Maya Ibuki, Makoto Hyuga, and Shigeru Aoba are the three main computer technicians of NERV HQ. The EVA pilots are First Child Rei Ayanami, Second Child Asuka Langley Sohryu, Third Child Shinji Ikari, Fourth Child Toji Suzuhara, and Fifth Child Kaworu Nagisa. Ryoji Kaji is the special inspector appointed by NERV later in the series.
Within NERV, there are a set of three supercomputers called the MAGI created by Gehirn scientist Dr. Naoko Akagi, the mother of Dr. Ritsuko Akagi. The MAGI within NERV HQ's Central Dogma is the original, while the other branches have replicas.
NERV is composed of security personnel, technicians in various fields, maintenance crews for the Evangelions, and retrieval teams. All personnel are issued standard ID cards in order to allow entry into NERV HQ. All security within NERV HQ are instructed to shoot to kill intruders on sight in restricted areas of NERV; however, they are merely well-armed security guards with minimal weapons training.
There are many branches of NERV throughout the world. NERV HQ is located underneath Tokyo-3 within the GeoFront cavern. NERV-01 is NERV’s first branch located in Massachusetts, USA. NERV-02 is located within Nevada, USA. NERV-03 is located in Germany, where Second Child Asuka Langley Soryu was born. Also, in Rebuild of Evangelion movie series, NERV also has bases in the Arctic (Bethany Base, a joint U.S./Russian controlled base which contained the Third Angel.), and on the Moon (Tabgha Base where Mark.06 was created.)
In other media
Rebuild of Evangelion
In Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo, NERV is mostly in ruins and has lost many of its original members, with only Gendo and Fuyutsuki remaining. Possessing two Eva Units, Evangelion Mark.09 and Evangelion 13, it fights against WILLE in order to recover Shinji and initiate Fourth Impact.
It seems NERV can produce new Evangelion units through unknown means despite no other workers being present to build them.
- NERV's slogan is a reference to the poem "Pippa Passes" by Robert Browning.
- In Evangelion 3.0, glyphs similar to the ones from Hideaki Anno's previous work "Fushigi no Umi no Nadia" appeared in the new Nerv logo.