In the year 2015, the Angels, huge, tremendously powerful, alien war machines, appear in Tokyo for the second time. The only hope for Mankind's survival lies in the Evangelion, a humanoid fighting machine developed by NERV, a special United Nations agency. Capable of withstanding anything the Angels can dish out, the Evangelion's one drawback lies in the limited number of people able to pilot them. Only a handful of teenagers, all born fourteen years ago, nine months after the Angels first appeared, are able to interface with the Evangelion. One such teenager is Shinji Ikari, whose father heads the NERV team that developed and maintains the Evangelion. Thrust into a maelstrom of battle and events that he does not understand, Shinji is forced to plumb the depths of his own inner resources for the courage and strength to not only fight, but to survive, or risk losing everything.
Shinseiki Evangelion is based on the anime series but with several differences, written and illustrated by its character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. It was initially serialized in Shounen Ace, but moved to Young Ace on July 7, 2009. Although it was set to be released just shortly before the anime series began airing, production delays pushed the anime's airing date to 10 months after.
The series was published in English as Neon Genesis Evangelion by VIZ Media from December 1998 to May 2003 for seven volumes, it was later reprinted under the Action imprint label from February 25, 2004 to February 10, 2015 and in 3-in-1 omnibus edition's since November 13, 2012 the final volume is set to be released in 2-in-1 format on June 14, 2016. It was also published in Spanish as Neogénesis Evangelion by Norma Editorial in comic-book format since July 1997 until it was cancelled in July 2008, it was later published in the original 14 volumes format from May 2003 to January 2015. The series was also published in Brazilian Portuguese by Jbc from October 2011 to November 2014.
Most likely of why you're here is because you just finished the anime known as "Neon Genesis Evangelion" and simply want more, more beyond than what the Rebuild movies could ever provide for you! Curious ol' you now wonders, "Is it even worth reading this manga?" Granted, it is assumed you really enjoyed the anime series to even consider it. Otherwise, if you're one of the ones that didn't like Neon Genesis Evangelion to begin with (and that's okay!), you'll for the most part see exactly what you were offered in the anime and thus you might want to steer clear of this manga.
Now, for the ones that did express genuine interest in NGE, I would highly recommend this manga title, without a doubt! What you get on the surface is basically the exact same story and characters shown in the series. So why read it if it is basically the same as the anime? Is there anything different?
Well! To start off with, imagine getting to know most of the characters more in depth than you would of in NGE. Rei for instance is much more talkative, yet at the same time, she retains that secretive and quiet personality witnessed in the anime. For someone like me, this manga helped me find Rei to be a more likable character because of the fact I get to see more interaction in relation to herself and the other characters from her end! Plus, the relationship development between Rei and Shinji is much more developed throughout the manga, which gives you a glimpse beyond the obedient 'doll'. Asuka is still her feisty self, and in some regard, she's even more feisty, so if you loved Asuka already, you should have no issue loving her even more! Don't worry, her background story is still included too. Shinji is also relatively the same person as well, the self-loathing, depressed, hopeful, rebellious, and redeeming young man that makes Shinji, Shinji!
Still curious? Alright!
When it comes to the story, as mentioned before, is for the most part, untouched. But! How it comes out differently is exhibited in three ways:
1) Take for example, in the first chapter, the first Angel that Shinji lays eyes upon for the first time, is squaring it off with Rei in an Evangelion. While this was not shown in the anime, it does not hinder the expected outcome, in which case, the expected outcome is for Shinji to show up in front of the Evangelion for his first fight. That added detail helps reinforce the forthcoming situations and events to be better executed. So whenever Shinji sees Rei bandaged up and injured prior to agreeing to pilot Eva, the reader now understands why Rei is so shaken up: she was trying to fend off the Angel! In general, the outcome will be the same in the manga, but how it gets there is altered in some way, and mostly it's for the better!
2) A LOT more is explored than originally shown from the anime. Want more background information on Kaji? You got it! You want to get a glimpse into what Rei really thinks about Gendo in scenes that the anime kept hidden from you? You got it! You want to see more of the daily life Shinji had with his friends? You bet! You want to peer even more into Shinji's mind during those "events"? You guessed it! It even gives more light to Kaworu Nagisa's character and his relationship to Shinji and what his personality is like than the brief encounter that you saw in NGE or in End of Evangelion.
3) This manga assumes you have watched the series. It is evident because certain events are briefly covered as it was already something explored in the series. This happens rarely though since what is omitted (besides some of the battles of course) is overshadowed by the amount of content I mentioned in points 1 and 2. In essence, if you have seen the anime series, it shouldn't be a bother when certain events or background information is mentioned briefly.
There are few gripes I had with this manga though. Some included minor story details that I preferred in the anime series (won't mention them in this review of course) or certain parts of the story were left out. Others included such examples like Touji coming across as being a hillbilly-like character, which I don't think was a heavy trait in the series as much as the manga portrays Touji to be; the series seemed to have given Touji a more serious attitude with less immature-like qualities than what the manga offered. Of course however, these issues weren't distracting enough to hinder my overall personal enjoyment.
Overall, this manga is perfect for the NGE fan wanting to continue on with even more exploration into the story and character development that creates NGE! Feel free to drop me a line if you found this review useful or inaccurate to what you experienced~read more
Has decided to make the review of this manga so it has very strongly hooked on me. First I always liked a theme of psychology, strangenesses, etc. (and Evangelion I consider as the best psychological anime/manga, that proves numerous interrogations) and secondly I would like to learn history on manga. And I have not regretted. Even those moments, characters, an outcome of a story, incomprehensibility of a story, incompleteness of a story, "not up to disclosing" of characters and other, other, that in TV or Movie initially have not liked me with perusal manga completely have exchanged (and favourite only were grew fond)
As to manga in itself it is the best manga from those that I while has read through / saw. Besides that it in itself interesting and grasping, and most "readable", in comparison with others "creative" mangs.
Story: 9 (because manga still is issued)
Art: 10 (besides that art in itself class, and is made so, that all the actions occuring in manga) (no are clear absolutely all)
Character: 10 (as even in comparison with TV or Movie any character given manga is opened much better and more clearly to the reader.)
Enjoyment: 10 (to those people to whom the theme of psychology simply not is interesting can to not put "10" :-), especially such legend as Evangelion.)
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This review is for both newcomers and veterans of NGE who have yet to read the manga.
You're walking into a heavy laden narrative filled with an incredibly thick amount of character drama. Even if you're only reading this because big robots and monsters, it's better for each big robot to be piloted by a well-developed character and for a giant monster to pose a threat to them, then to merely watch them fight because reasons. For a story to have a strong ensemble cast is quite impressive, and it flows flawlessly across each of their histories to tell an all inclusive story that demands a righteous ending.
That said, the ending is the biggest fault here. It's not that it's complex (contrary to popular belief), it's that it ends very abruptly. This may seem natural after you've read it, but when it really, really doesn't flow well. Not only that, near the end is when the characters lose their backbone and become placeholders. Most notably, Shinji.
After a certain event (for those who have seen the anime, you may know what I'm talking about), he reacts to it in a way that doesn't seem reasonable. Perhaps I'm coming at it as, "I've seen the anime and they changed this in the manga and I don't like it!" but I can guarantee that this is not one of those moments. In fact, a majority of the changes prior to the introduction of a new character were all better than the anime. I've reviewed the anime as an overall 7/10 solely because of the issues the manga has omitted, which lead me to think this was going to be a 10/10, if not a 9. The problem is that within the previous production, those events were flawless (not splurging about the anime, but rather that the reactions of the characters and events following made sense within the world.) Within the manga, which is virtually the same world, these things are changed based on outrageous decisions that make no sense. It's a shame, really.
Pretty darn good! There were only a few panels where I started to confuse the motions with the backdrop. The characters look fantastic, and the settings are really detailed. The only reason this isn't a perfect is because the use of blacks I felt was not properly used during the final sequences. Not to spoil, but this climax is a climax of the ages. The art put into it was great, but could use some more work. I suppose it comes down to how detailed a drawing can get when compared to a digital image, but I digress. Still not an excuse, when Miura can do this perfectly with Berserk.
Perhaps some of the best-written characters you will ever read about in your entire life. The amount of detail put into their history helps expand the world and creates a believable cast with motives that seem real. All of it ties together for the finale as well. It's great. However, like I mentioned prior, there is an event that makes no sense. It is a change from the original work and it's pointless.
Hell yeah I enjoyed it. There are things in the manga that helped explain things that hadn't been expanded on in any other NGE work. Coming into this blind for the first time is nice in that regard to some, but i still would suggest coming into this after having experienced the anime and the finale film, End of Evangelion. You will enjoy this much more, and you probably will have enjoyed the anime/movie more because you didn't spoil certain aspects of the narrative by reading the manga. That said, still enjoyed this very much.
Final Thoughts (personal, non-critical opinion)
I'm mostly just disappointed that every iteration of NGE has flaws. The anime has some stuff in the middle that was a real bore to watch, but still sci-fi-esque so I didn't mind. Sci-fi's are supposed to be kinda boring, that's where you get all the smart tech talk. That said, they didn't add much to the narrative. The Rebuilds are the reverse of that, not spending enough time on certain aspects, but still being an enjoyable watch. The only flawless piece i the NGE franchise is EoE and that's a very eccentric film, considering it doesn't follow a standard 3 part act narrative, so in some way I feel as though it doesn't necessarily count.
Maybe after Anno completes the Rebuilds he'll wait 20 years before he's about to die or something and re-animate the original series and put the best parts of the anime and the manga together, and then just re-animate EoE with no real changes other than a face lift. This isn't required, and I don't particularly care for it because I still love the NGE world, but one can dream, right?
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Critic’s Log - Earthdate: June 27, 2014. Manga Review #1: Neon Genesis Evangelion.
In March 12, 2012. I posted my first Anime review which was on the Anime series Cowboy Bebop. I have been posting Anime Reviews since for two years. Now that I’ve been reviewing Anime for that long, I felt it was time for me to start reviewing Manga. Let’s face it, not every Manga gets an Anime adaptation, and some Anime adaptations do deviate from the Manga they are adapting from. There are even some Mangas that are adapted from Anime series as well… This Manga series I’m about to review isn’t really an adaptation to an Anime. My first Manga review is the manga version of what happens to be my gateway anime. That being said, here’s my first Manga review which is Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s Neon Genesis Evangelion
In 2000 A.D., a top-secret encounter between an Antarctic expedition and an entity known as an 'Angel' triggered a global catastrophe. It is the year 2015 and the Angels have returned. Shinji Ikari, a 14-year-old child of the new Earth, is summoned by his father Gendo to an underground city underneath Tokyo-3, where the United Nations research organization known as NERV is stationed. To match the fearsome power of the Angels, NERV has constructed a biomechanical weapon known as 'Evangelion',
To be technical… The art and story of The manga version to Neon Genesis Evangelion is by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. The Manga may have started in 1994 but it did start roughly at the same time the anime was starting its production. This is why I am not calling this a manga adaptation. I strongly view it as the Manga version of Evangelion. The manga version was made to generate popularity for the upcoming anime. I am not sure what the end result was because the anime was such a huge deal back then at the time. It was popular in Japan, and it definitely was a big deal for American Anime fans. Whatever the case. The anime was a commercial success, but the manga was also a success as well. For the entire run of 14 Volumes consisting of 96 chapters. The manga version of Evangelion looks very good as its own standalone creation. It does have some hiccups and miniscule inconsistencies but it does not ruin the experience at all. Allow me to bring up the Evangelion anime. The major technical flaw in that show was it’s recycling of certain animation cels because of the show’s budget. The Manga version never has that problem. It is an advantage to the Evangelion manga, but at the same time… I understand that the technical flaw I just mentioned over the Evangelion anime were overlooked for that reason. In the long run (and I’ll say it again). It looks very good as it’s own standalone creation.
Another thing that is actually a nice breath of fresh air is how the characters are presented in the Evangelion manga. If you’ve seen the anime, Shinji may have gotten mixed reactions out of viewers and I get it. However...there are monologues that come up often in the Manga version. This allows the person that is reading the manga to understand the trials, complication, and struggle that these characters are going through. Granted, the anime does this too at times, but I notice this a lot more in the Manga. I never once found it as overkill. These monologues come in at the right time. The portrayal of Shinji is very identical to the Anime with some significant differences. Rei does develop a little more than in the anime, but not much is different. Asuka’s background is different but like Rei, not much is different from the Anime. Misato is nearly identical than the Anime with some differences with how the story is portrayed. Same with Ritsuko. Toji on the other hand was handled differently and that’s the only thing I’ll say on him. Kaji isn’t different from the anime except that he was given a backstory. Also, Remember Kaworu, who was in only one episode of the anime? Well, his timing and portrayal plays out differently than the anime. I have no complaints on this. Hell, even Gendo Ikari is played out a little different and I took a liking to that. Also, let’s not forget that penguin Pen-Pen… He’s even given a brief backstory of where he came from that led him into the series, despite his reduced appearance in the Manga, it was a little interesting to know about his past. As far as characters go, I am liking how they are portrayed in the Manga a little more than the anime.
Which leads me to the story as a whole. I could say there’s some room for argument in regards to the authorship of the Evangelion Manga, 90% of the manga is based off the anime, and it does reflect on elements that came from Hideaki Anno’s vision. Anno-san did work with Sadamoto-san on starting the manga and since I have not heard a single complaint regarding this. I guess the authorship of the Evangelion Manga isn’t really a big deal. Even though 90% of the manga is based off the anime. The direction of the manga is not really the same like the anime. There are some significant plot changes and there are even little miniscule differences which may be hard to tell unless you watch the anime and read the manga side by side. Personally, I like how the Manga plays out. It took out the filler that the anime had at a few episodes. It had more in-depth insights on characters, and the changes that Sadamoto-san made compared to the anime are welcoming because for the most part, certain events and/or developments didn’t feel forced whereas the anime did due to technical constraints. Sadmoto-san fixed some areas that are kinda broken. As much as I liked the anime, The Evangelion is my favorite version of the Evangelion franchise. God is in His Heaven, All’s Right With The World. Amen!
The manga to Neon Genesis Evangelion is available by Viz Media, the manga spinoffs “Angelic Days” and “The Shinji Ikari Raising Project” are also available by Viz Media. The Evangelion Anime was available by ADV Films until they went under, it was re-licensed by Section23 but no re-release has been made since.
With everything said, the Neon Genesis Evangelion manga may be 90% true to the anime but Yoshiyuki Sadamoto took some liberties with the changes that were made (notable or small) that can be seen as acceptable, reasonable, and welcoming. If you liked the Evangelion Anime. I strongly recommend you to give the Evangelion Manga a try. It will likely not disappoint. I consider it to be a Masterpiece of a Manga series.
I give Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s Neon Genesis Evangelion a 9.6 out of 10, it is EXCELLENT!
Neon Genesis Evangelion tackles heavy topics such as human identity, ambition, desire, regret and self-worth. Characters in the series are deeply flawed and spend a lot of time reflecting on personal issues. As such, the show is a goldmine of quotes on the subject of what it means to be human.
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