Shinseiki Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion
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Shinseiki Evangelion

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Japanese: 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン
English: Neon Genesis Evangelion
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 14
Chapters: 97
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 26, 1994 to Jun 4, 2013
Genres: Action Action, Drama Drama, Mystery Mystery, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi, Suspense Suspense
Themes: Mecha Mecha, Psychological Psychological
Demographics: Seinen Seinen, Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Young Ace
Authors: Sadamoto, Yoshiyuki (Story & Art)


Score: 8.571 (scored by 5021050,210 users)
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Ranked: #1042
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Popularity: #114
Members: 113,772
Favorites: 7,639

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In 1999, a meteorite crashed into Antarctica. The impact melted the continental ice mass and drastically raised sea levels, damaging the world's climate and causing the deaths of over half its population. Now in 2015, devastating creatures of unknown origin—referred to as "Angels"—ravage what remains of the planet.

In the heavily fortified city of Tokyo-3, 14-year-old Shinji Ikari is destined to halt the Angels' onslaught. Recruited by his father's secret organization NERV, Shinji is enlisted as a pilot of an Evangelion, a massive bioorganic android created solely to defeat the Angels.

Suddenly with the weight of the world upon his shoulders, Shinji must find the courage and drive to stand up for the future—and himself. But as skirmishes between the Evangelions and Angels become recurrent, the horrifying truth of the world is slowly revealed.

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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 from November 13, 2012 to June 14, 2016, with the latter volume released in 2-in-1 format.

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, which was later published in the original 14-volume format from May 2003 to January 2015; in Brazilian Portuguese by Jbc from October 2011 to November 2014; and in Italian by Panini Comics under the Planet Manga imprint in comic-book format from November 1, 1997 to November 22, 2014, which was later published in the original 14-volume format from October 18, 2001 to November 22, 2014.



Apr 29, 2024
At first I didn't know if this was worth reading, as it fairly closely follows the events of the anime. However the translator's notes at the end of every volume provided interesting facts and context I would not have known otherwise, so I kept reading.
There are some key differences in the manga that explore more facets of the characters, changing up the story in some ways while keeping the core events largely the same.
Even if it can seem redundant at times, this manga nailed the landing in the final volume. The ending was genuinely touching, moreso than the rebuild movies. The expanded backstories and ...
Apr 19, 2024
This ending and the writing as a whole was much more satisfying and easier to feel immersed/engaged with than the anime. In a similar sense that the anime was able to portray and discuss things that are harder to do in a manga, the manga was able to do things that it seemed the anime would not have been able to do. But, even if the ending is the only difference acknowledged, I think that's enough to put this over the anime for the better story. This ending has a stronger sense of hope, and makes the story and journey feel worth something, for lack ...
Oct 20, 2021
Mixed Feelings
So I decided to give this highly praised manga a shot. I know the anime has mixed reviews, but I have no idea what it's about and I went in blind. This is what I thought:

Story: The story started strong. Simple and to the point, and I was hoping for a slow, methodical character development. Instead, I feel like the author rushed this. It almost felt like a summary of an anime or manga. Every other chapter a new character would show up. Halfway though I began to lose interest because things became overly complicated, but I'll just keep it at; the ending was not ...

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