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.
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~
If you havent watched the anime, Watch the anime first, the series, and then come back.
Although it's my personal opinion, this is much better than the anime. It's cleaned up, brings all of the characters together in a good manner, and the character development is much more enjoyable.
The psychological scenes have more meaning and aren't thousands of random pictures and images being thrown into your face
I haven't read a lot of mangas, but I couldn't stop reading this. It's funny, has lots of emotions, and
brings to the table everything I love about NGE, and even more.
A nice change is that Shinji isn't such a whiner. He's more rebellious than anything, yet maintains his identity. (Thank the Gods)
It sticks more to the Series than anything, yet it takes its own path which was incredible. It also has a smooth transition to now-a-days Rebuild Movies. Which gives it a oh hot diggity dayum moment in the final chapters
It definitely goes into more detail about characters that were never truly explained
And even dives deeper into Asuka's past
Well, just about everyone's...
(And clears up a lot of what was not explained in the Series)
And Rei talks, and theirs romance, and feels, and ugh!! It's great!!
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.)
Overall: 10 (*read above listed items))))))
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!
Spoiler Alert! It's recommended you do not read the following unless you have finished both Neon Genesis Evangelion (anime and manga versions), as well as the theatrical ending, Death & Rebirth. Got any questions or comments about this review? Message me. Enjoy!
"Neon Genesis Evangelion.
My god, what a journey it's been."
I've said this phrase a total of three times after seeing the anime/rebuilds, Death & Rebirth, and finally the manga. I have to say though, neither of the first two were as refreshing as the third. (In this review, I refer to both the anime and Death & Rebirth as one component of the series)
Genesis Evangelion, although completed in both anime/movie form long before the manga, received critical acclaim from viewers and critics, ranging from absolute adoration to confusion or even disgust. As a viewer, I found myself stuck in the middle of this range. Sure, Evangelion had it's high points and it's low points, but what made it difficult for me to enjoy Evangelion in it's anime form was the strange, rushed characterization that often made complete one-eighties.
Before anyone rushes to the instant conclusion that I didn't like the original anime version of Evangelion, let me tell you that I truthfully did. The issue was that the characters, for the lack of a more coherent explanation, were just unable to be connected to on an emotional level to me as a viewer. This is a key part that I really loved while I was reading the manga. I can't completely explain this feeling, just how it's difficult to explain happiness or sadness, but I just felt more - there - along with Shinji, Asuka, and Rei, as well as their challenges and their search for the reason behind there existences. This was something that the anime just couldn't give me, and whether that was just me being me, or a shared opinion, I'm not too sure.
Now, what differences (as there are many), did I like and dislike pertaining to the manga version of Evangelion? Well, for starters, I couldn't be happier with the differences in Shinji. Now I know a lot of people cry about how much of a *cough*puss*cough* Shinji was during the anime. That's true, but I felt that the fault in this l lied not with Shinji's personality and his frailty, but the difficulty in pinpointing his true character. Was he an idiot? A coward? Did he just not care? Did he find no meaning in life? Or did he? I was puzzled during the entire anime about his true nature. Sure, he is a loser and a coward, but during the angel attacks, there were certain times where he manned up and dug down deep.
In the manga, Shinji often steps up and puts his life on the line instead of hiding and crying during many of the parts in the anime. In fact, a lot of seemingly pointless parts of the anime don't exist in the manga. These parts include: many parts where Shinji wusses out, quite a few of the unnecessary Seele portions, and even that creepy and strange part where Shinji masturbates to a comatose Asuka (thank god). Some new parts that I didn't see in the manga which I deeply enjoyed were Asuka's false attraction to Kaji, more insight into the past of both Kaji and Misato (and their relationship), a better and more fulfilling relationship between Shinji and Asuka/Rei/Kaworu, as well as learning a lot more about Shinji's father and his mother's relationship to Rei.
One of the major pluses for the manga was the fact that it provided me with a more clear and concise personality of all the characters, especially Shinji. Even so, Shinji was a coward at times, Asuka could be stubborn and impersonal, and Rei could be an empty, emotionless husk at certain points. But what separates the manga from the anime is that, in the end, each personality ties together instead of leaving you with a handful of loose straws.
Another personality point I liked was more insight into Rei and the background of Nerv. Who is Rei? Who was Gendo? What are the Angels? The EVAs? You will, as a reader, find every one of these questions answered, and, I can grant you, in a much more fulfilling manner than the anime presented.
In both the anime and in the manga, Rei starts off as the same quiet and emotionless being she is, and ends up, for the most part, becoming a warmer and more "human" human with the assistance and influence of Shinji. The difference, though, is how each media takes it's path to that destination. In the anime, Rei meets Shinji, and has multiple encounters that changes her outlook on her own opinion of herself and others. Despite having enough encounters to seemingly change her personality, a lot of the change and reactions in Rei are left up to the viewer to comprehend and interpret. The manga, though, often assumes a first person point of view from Ayanami herself, and you can hear her thoughts and her memories. There's a lot more development between the two of the in the manga than in the anime, and it all just feels more coherent.
So what was the deciding factor for me? What was the big bombshell that finally and instantly decided which was superior? For me, that absolutely has to be the final 15 chapters. Why? Well let's just say that both the end of the anime (which ran out of funding) and Death & Rebirth left a rather strange and puzzling taste in my mouth that I wanted to try to replace with a better memory of Evangelion.
For starters, I was absolutely delighted with the chapter where Asuka fights the replica EVAs. Remember in the anime movie ending where Asuka was fighting to the death while Shinji chickened out due to indecision in the cage, which led to Asuka getting ripped apart? Haha. I laugh at that memory. Let me say it now. Not. Here. No feeling was greater for me during the entirety of the manga than when Shinji stepped up and decided to fight. And guess what? He saves her. It may have only been temporarily, but Shinji did what he promised and he protected her.
Another part of the last few chapters I loved were the differences between Death & Rebirth and the manga during the part between the fight with the replica EVAs and the ending. These parts include, but are not limited to: Ritsuko being able to shoot Gendo in the end, Misato's last memory of Kaji, Shinji's mother paying a final visit to Gendo AND Gendo's acceptance of Shinji as a symbol of their love, Rei's final encounter with Shinji, and his meeting with his mother before the end.
The final part of the manga left me with an amazing feeling. After watching Shinji strangling Asuka on the beach in Death & Rebirth, I was confused and puzzled, despite being a little bit satisfied. But the manga left a different, more conclusive final impression. Shinji, with the aid of his mother, decides that people should return to existence if they wish. In the ending scene, Shinji is riding a train to Tokyo in a world where knowledge of the angels and EVAs never existed, an alternate reality that Shinji created (although Rei and Gendo are not alive in this world). When he leaves the platform, he bumps into a happy Asuka as well as Kensuke in a chance encounter, despite neither of the three having memory of the other. When they depart on their own paths with their own futures, it is unknown whether or not they will ever meet again. As he leaves the station, Shinji decides to stand strong on his own two feet, and believes that no matter how much he goes through, the sun will always shine at the ending - a lesson that he had been learning since the moment he stepped into EVA Unit 01.
It's a bittersweet ending to me, similar to those of FMA Brotherhood, Angel Beats, Mirai Nikki, and Higurashi, but it feels alright. I tell myself, "this is how it should be". Am I right? I'm not sure. But if there's one thing I'm sure of, it's that this Shinji is happy, this Asuka is happy, and Rei made the decision she felt she should've. Will they ever meet again? I don't know. I guess they should, but this is good enough...for now.
So I guess non-pussy Shinji gets a good ending, huh?
He really deserved it.
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
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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It was towards the end of summer and I had yet to ever read a manga and I had tons of time on my hands so I decided to read the manga adaptation of Neon Genesis Evangelion, as the anime before had left in a sort of confused state and I didn't totally understand what people meant when they said that Eva is deep, but that was before I read this...
From the very get go I was pulled into the story just as episode one of the anime had done before, but this didn't feel like the Eva I previously knew, it was different as
some of the events in the story were different in comparison to the anime, getting from point A to point B was a new experience though the manga does not stray to far from the story laid out by the anime however the first 3 volumes of the manga were already out before the anime had ever aired.
The best way to put it is that the manga is like a different interpretation of the same story done by the anime, the story and the characters are handled a little differently, as most of the manga was written after the anime's alleged end so the writer already had a good idea of where to go so everything seems more planned out and every event has purpose and a feeling of progression.
Now I can't say what the fans of the original series will think of this manga in whether they will like it or not but as a bit of advisory the story (as I said before) is handled differently, thats all I can say for that.
If you are a person like me who watched the anime and was not totally satisfied with it and felt like they kinda gave up and half assed it a little bit, or if you down right hated the anime for the typical reasons a lot of people hate Eva. (not gonna get into that)
Then good news, this won't make you depressed, but it's not like a generic mech anime it's still eva and the manga still keeps it's eva charm were not everything is perfect and it still keeps it's dark psycho-analysis and religious symbolic undertone and it doesn't sacrifice it's complex story either and all of the elements of eva are still present, but instead of bashing your head on the keyboard at the end of the series, you'll actually get it, or at least I got it, I can't really speak for everyone but that was pretty much my experience.
As for anyone who is arriving fresh with no prior knowledge nor experience to the franchise then you should expect to be taken for a ride.
The characters in the manga are very well expanded on for the most part as eva is a more character driven story but even so just to get this out of the way one major con with this (and this applies to your particular taste) was probably Asuka, I didn't find anything wrong with her character in the manga but at some point of the story she was a little shoved off to the side and became more of a secondary character that only developed to a certain point though this also happens in the anime I think it is more noticeable in the manga, I don't particularly care for her character but there are other people who do so I'm just including that for their sake.
As for Shinji our lead male protagonist, he's actually not half bad in the manga, he's still angsty teenager we get to see more of his thoughts and he becomes a more understandable character where you see things from more of his prospective though at times I think he was a little more courageous in the manga I felt like I understood more on why he would do the things he did that in the anime made me completely hate his character at times, and I found that I liked him more in the manga with out it feeling like the shinji from the original series was completely replaced.
Rei was an interesting character in the manga as she seemed a little more talkative than what she was in the anime but there was also a lot more of a focus on her character in the manga, her character development happens pretty smoothly and the turns out to be a very interesting character as the manga goes more in depth with her.
Ryoji Kaji, who isn't even a major character in the story was also a very interesting character as the manga goes into his backstory which does a great job at explaining his motives for his actions in both the anime and the manga and it gives his character a whole lot of depth.
Another character who gets a lot of development was Kaworu who comes in the latter half of the story starts out seeming kinda creepy and cold but eventually begins to develop more of a personality.
most of the other characters are relatively the same as they were in the anime but the manga seems to take more time going in depth with them.
I'm going to have to give this one a 10 out of 10 which I don't normally do but I can't find to many flaws with this manga, now like I said before some of the more hardcore fans of the anime might say something different but for anyone that is a little confused with eva, I highly suggest reading this manga.
[Note: I read this in Japanese, but my Japanese isn't amazing yet.]
If this adaptation was just the show in Comic form, I'd have never wanted to read it. However I got interested in seeing Sakamoto's altered version of the story and how it compares, and thus I picked it up and used it as my next Japanese practice source.
Unless the adaptation entirely changes everything, or the source material was just meant to be a base, the Source Material is usually better than the adaptation as it takes advantage of said medium's strengths. I noticed anime originals tend to be of better quality than their adapted
from a manga counterparts. The Neon Genesis Evangelion anime original is no exception. I don't think this Manga adaptation could have done that much to best the anime when the anime takes so much advantage of directing, motion, timing and sound. In technique the only thing it has above the anime ofcourse is that the art, while kind of generic looking just like the anime, is very, very well done over its 10+ year runtime. There's many gorgeous shots in there and some things are even better in design compared to the anime.
On top of that, Evangelion's Manga's plot is explained better and handled better and the pacing is a bit better because of a lack of time constraints. But that's about all it has over its anime counterpart. Sure there's some added or altered scenes here and there that are done a bit better (The Touji thing makes more sense, it trimmed some fat from the action arc, etc), but plenty is also just worse and it cancels eachother out.
With the Evangelion Manga, you basically get an in between of the original show and the Rebuilds. It's what you'd expect from an Evangelion without Anno's depression. If you've ever wanted to experience a toned down, more accessible Evangelion, here you go. But by taking out Evangelion's quirks, you're mostly left with..A regular anime without much depth. You take out things that makes the show special as well. It goes from the experience that impacted me the most and changed the way I think to just another mildly fun ride. It is more positive overall. The plot isn't overly vague. All subtlety is thrown out of the window and replaced by that of your average shounen. Almost everything is directly stated instead of creatively expressed and shown through the story. (Which helped for practicing Japanese but shh). Partially this is because now the characters narrate through emotional inner monologues, but it extends further than just that. The exposition is much less natural, and it relies more on backstories. Fuck it even has fanservicy moments I'd expect of fanfiction.
Instead of everyone being a pshychological wreck, All the characters have their flaws toned down (except for Kaworu that's basically an entirely different character in the manga, and Geno which just became more extreme in his assholery). This somehow ends up making the characters both feel more samey, and yet like 2 dimensional flandernized versions of their past selves at the same time. Nothing is as impactful, and things from the plot kind of start to feel out of place as it stops fitting. If you thought the action arc in the show's tone shift was jarring enough, oh boy in this one there's so much wacky slice of life romantic comedy antics I had a hard time with them suddenly expecting me to take things seriously.
While he is still depressed, Shinji is more like your average anime protaganist. He's less afraid, connects more with people, snarkier, has more agency/stands up for himself more, is more willing to do shit, etc. Sure there's still sad moments and he still has flaws, but it's simply far from the same and the impact is lessened a lot. A character more pleasant to be around in real life does not equal a better character. It just feels shallow. I beg to question what the hell the point of an Evangelion with a Shinji like this even is. The entire plot and point of the show revolve around Shinji's Depression and Anti-Escapism. The Ending in the manga makes a lot less sense because of this. I think the Characterization is just a lot worse and at that point..What's the point of reading Eva? Aren't the Characters and the themes around those characters what you're watching eva for?
I'd say there's 3 audiences for this thing:
-People who can not get into something more ''alternative'' (for anime standards) like Evangelion and just want to have fun.
-People who simply like comparing things to shows they like.
-People who wanna see the art.
Otherwise, I can't recommend it to evangelion fans, even if I liked it more than the rebuilds.
Incredible adaption of Anno's famous Anime of the same name. This manga contains seemingly minor changes to events and characterization that provides large changes to the story and the perception of the characters, making it a worthwhile read even for someone who has viewed the TV Anime + Movies multiple multiple times (like me).
Story (minor spoilers follow) [9/10]: This manga features the same incredible story of the anime with a few changes. As the anime has a (in my eyes) perfect story, this one is incredible as well. My one gripe [this is where the spoilers are] concerns the ending. It, in
an attempt to give a happier ending for Shinji and the crew, ends up invalidating a lot of character development and growth. The TV and EoE endings are much better, and as such I have docked one point. I would suggest that any readers unsatisfied with the end of the manga watch the film "The End of Evangelion" and (if you want some more resolution to the characters' personal arcs) episodes 25 and 26 of the TV anime (A World That's Ending | Do You Love Me?, A Beast That Shouted 'I' at the Heart of the World | Take Care of Yourself). The story is still incredible almost the entire way through though, and the last chapter in specificity is the only one that left me with a sour taste in my mouth.
Art [10/10]: The art is gorgeous, impactful, and memorable. There isn't much else to say.
Character [10/10]: Evangelion has always featured some of the most realistic, flawed, and developed characters of any franchise and this manga is no different. Even if a few of the characters themselves are slightly changed, they are just as believable and interesting in this adaption.
Enjoyment (minor spoilers, same as the story section) [9/10]: This manga was an absolute joy almost the entire way through, and the only part that ever left a sour taste in my mouth was the ending, and as that is not insignificant, I have docked a point in this category.
Overall [9.5/10 -> 10/10]: Sadamoto's adaption of Neon Genesis Evangelion is a truly wonderful manga that any fan of the TV Anime should read. I would recommend everyone to read it, although I believe your experience with this manga will be heightened if you have first seen the anime (which I *do* recommend to everyone. If you are reading this and you have not seen it, go do so). I enjoyed this manga as much as the Anime almost the entire way through, and in certain aspects, I truly think it is better than the anime.
Neon Genesis Evangelion left a great impact upon the anime culture and to this day possesses the archetypal tropes that not only are seen in modern-day mecha anime, but also within other genres. The original anime sparked so many discussions and theories among the characters, and the depth it actually gives, while in essence, it really just comes off as pretentious.
The 1995 anime felt boring. Not the film, though, because the film wraps up the story nicely and grotesquely. The TV series had a disjointed narrative that, while good in confusing the audience on the big picture, does not give enough for the events transpiring
to actually make sense at all, turning the story around into what would have been a grim and dark deconstruction of the mecha genre, to an unnecessarily disturbing clusterfuck of a plot. So there lies the question: What if Evangelion was better paced?
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto is one of the regular Gainax character designers, having helped create some of the most impactful characters for the bigshot shows the studio had to offer, particularly the cult classic OVA FLCL, and of course, Neon Genesis Evangelion. Little do people know, that while the show is thriving in Shinji x Kaworu shipping posts all over the Internet, there is actually an Evangelion manga—all drawn and plotted by him, that ran from 1994 to 2013(!). This leads us to make a proper segue into the actual review.
Let us start with the art, since we're talking about Sadamoto. Knowing that the manga is made by the actual character designer for the show puts the mind at ease, for you don't have to worry about consistency dropping, and this holds true. For about 19 years the style of Shinji and the cast remained all the same, and everyone looks like their anime counterparts: how their facial expressions look, and how the scenery and the battle scenes are drawn are like a prelude to the Rebuild films.
There is also a remarkable and significant point to take note of: the presentation. Hideaki Anno and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto are two different people, with their two different concepts, working under the same ground. Since the show has gone and made great use of producing a cathartic effect—through disturbing and awkward imagery, it is pretty hard to follow that same format into a manga, since the series had utilized the visual medium so well. It is surprising to see that, while toned down with lesser nudity and graphic scenes, the manga retains the same core themes as the show's, albeit having a lesser degree of bringing out the most disgusting of feelings, had far more emotional inclination for the characters themselves.
The point I'm getting to is while the Evangelion series are something of merit, it has always been hard to approach it because of its obscurity—and when you do actually get close, it looks more like just an observation of an art piece, which is one thing for a TV show, but it must require more than just investment—it requires immersion. Sadamoto's art direction fills that void within the manga and gives you a sense of sympathy for the characters and their inevitable problems.
I stated before in my End of Evangelion review that I hated the characters. They had nothing to go for, Shinji is stupid, and only Asuka had the honor of being likable. The manga seemed like the character analysis side the anime never had, and while the anime DID have those analyses, being a psychological anime above others, it never felt like it was too in depth because it was grossing over Freudian and 2deepforme perspectives too much. Sure, having a Freudian analogy to everything is great, it's awesome. But it's practically useless and contains the same pretentiousness as it does with its religious symbolism. For the manga, though, it seemed more philosophical than psychological, and that may be good because we were given more time to enter the minds of the characters and sympathize with their questions about life, their motives and their principles.
The scope for the drastic changes about the characters are too wide, and so I will focus on the three main characters.
Shinji, for one, comes off as a mixture of Rebuild Shinji and TV Shinji, and is the perfect and ideal representation for a self-doubting person who must learn to amp up his confidence level not only for the sake of others but for himself as well. This is a Shinji that is more realistic than any of the two iterations—self-questioning and not entirely apathetic for most of the time, and I found myself enjoying his philosophical questions and how, for once, I felt a connection with the character.
I didn't dislike Asuka's characterizations for the most part, but it's weaker than the original Asuka. She starts off strong (her introduction is different from the anime), but she remains stagnant as the later chapters give more focus to Rei, Shinji, and the plot. Of course, like usual, she becomes the badass MVP of the game in the End of Evangelion arc, but to be honest, there was nothing new to note about her. If anything, she's less harsh...but I am unsure whether that is a bad or good thing.
Rei became one of my favorite characters in this story, and at this point I started to think that the Rebuilds might have gotten inspiration from the manga to utilize this form of character development. I don't know why, but I like female characters that were originally heartless in a sense (see: Saber, Arcueid from the Type-Moon franchise) and learn to become more and more human. One particular event in Rei's character arc hurt me far worse than the anime did. The manga has given Rei justice in becoming an important character and not a mere plot device.
The other side characters not mentioned develop better than the show, most notably Kaworu and Gendo, who became characters that you needed to care about and not the ones you just gloss over to get to the progression of the plot.
Now, while the plot is fundamentally the same as the TV show, its modifications to the minor details made the manga a notch higher in telling the story than the source material. Instead of moving ahead and confuse viewers, the manga takes its time for the readers to catch up while maintaining its sense of obscurity. Take note that the said minor details have a greater effect if you have watched the series AND the film first, and it is highly recommended to do so to get enjoyment. The manga stands alone from the anime, but to understand how complex Evangelion is you need to see it from its original form.
Also, this may be pretty subjective but listening to the song "Komm, Susser Tod" while reading the End of Evangelion arc is pretty awesome.
Regarding the ending, it isn't as controversial as the endings Evangelion has produced in the past, but even a whiny character like Shinji deserves a happy ending.
The Evangelion manga makes up for a lot of the plot holes the original Neon Genesis Evangelion anime had, and it clears up some of the confusion and may have answered of the questions about the franchise's lore. Regardless, there is one important part of the story that will make you question what you know about Evangelion once again...but that will be for a different day. It's compact, it is complete, it is wholesome, and it is Evangelion.
"You and I may closely resemble each other, but we are not the same."
For if you enjoyed the series but felt as though the budget constraints and ending were disappointing (Before End of Eva) this is for you.
For the most part is the basic retelling of the original series Story which is fine because A) Its merely meant to be another version and adaptation for people and B) Because even though it is for the most part there are newer parts to the story which, despite how small they are, end up benefiting the series and the characters background more. If you like the story already then you can enjoy the pure story itself but can now appreciate
all the newer little touches.
Where these touches shine the most are in the characters which, although behavior are slightly different from the series, give just that bit more personality to the already fantastic characters and with more time to develop them and more inside interaction between them. Instead hearing whats happening inside their head and adding to their subtle interactions which is key to the series. Especially Kaworu (Who i felt was weak in the series) having more time to be known and be more interesting as a whole which can be said for any character in this. They are the same characters you know and love/hate but with little bits more to them to make them more separate and memorable form each other.
The art is fantastic. Its very expressive in character able to switch between goofy and serious quickly, with very cheesy faces and Set ups to dark environments and imagery, yet oppose to the series is free to let loose and feature more little details in every image. There's still the same level of care and character as the series but the Manga just simply features more.
Its also generally a very fun and yet also serious read. The character chemistry is always interesting and can be hilarious, the robot fights are engaging and tense, the story likes to go where you don't think its going to go keeping you on edge and in suspense for what will happen next. Its tackles deep personal issues and yet also has the right balance of humor to make it enjoyable throughout never going so far on either.
If you loved the series then you will simply adore the Manga. Any issues i had with the series were dealt with the Manga and fixed and on top of that more was added merely to give more to you of great content. The definitive Eva experience in my opinion.
"Review" in English and Spanish/"Reseña en ingles y español.
This, more than a review, will be a comparative between the anime and manga of Neon Genesis.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is an original anime from 95, the last hope of poor GAINAX and a work that over the years is considered as a masterpiece, a good anime or shit.
The manga came a few months before to promote the anime, by the hand of Sadamoto Yoshiyuki (Who is known for the design of characters in the series), has 96 chapters compiled in 14 volumes, was published from December 26, 1994 to The 4 of July of 2013, one of
the differences with respect to the serious anime that this format chooses more by the Shounen.
Sadamoto mentions that the manga is his interpretation of the work, as well as the anime is that of Anno, it is not necessary to enter the synopsis, I say, manga of Evangelion, I suppose that people who already saw the anime and the synopsis is basically the Same.
Well, I'll show some of the points because I consider manga as superior to anime.
The manga is not far behind, characters such as Rei, Touji, Gendo, Fuyutsuki, Kaji or Kaworu (Asuka is more or less the same, Although a little more open) present better writing, to mention some examples of what I have said, it would be the "humanity" (Eye, non-three-dimensionality) of Rei, who is more open and expressive with people, More interactions with characters like Shinji improving their relationship, Touji who we all know that was "useless" in the anime and was left out, shows his fear towards Shinji for piloting Eva, that gives more credibility and weight to what happens Later (in turn, his relationship with Hikari is not as forced as in the anime, because here there are interactions between the characters for the romance to emerge), something that I liked a lot was Gendo, who "feared" Shinji and Kept away from him in order not to hurt himself, in the end showing appreciation for him or Fuyutsuki who mocked Gendo secretly for Yui's loss and the suffering that caused him, Kaiji, who has a past where he betrayed his friends And tells the truth to Shinji to do the right thing, although not everything is perfection in this, Ikari Shinji, which appears as a three-dimensional character in the anime (and therefore is so hated or defended by his writing) , In the format manga loses the three-dimensionality, put it like someone more brave or your typical hero of shounen ... As in 2.22.
The manga fixes errors of the series, being the most important the introduction of Kaworu, in the anime is presented in an accelerated form (if I remember, only one chapter), relating why if with Shinji in a rather unrealistic and remaining as A plot device with legs and dying in the same chapter, here comes from a long time before, as a character who is indifferent to others, his attitude would be more "logical" ignoring feelings and things, until the death of Rei, who "passed" the affectionate feelings towards Shinji, well, until tried to justify the pseudo homosexuality of the personage. Also, everyone in the anime remember that death of Kaworu with a static take of 1 minute, that is not here, but emphasized the death of Kaworu related to his personality and his introduction.
At this point, there is only talk of the end.
The manga adapts all Neon Genesis (Including The End), but radically changes some aspects like the battle of Asuka with the Eva series, which is saved by Shinji (Why, if it remains to be clarified), basically the same thing happens in relation to the Third Impact , Shinji rejecting the instrumentation, but does not stay in the magnificent end of The End, but goes for a more closed, showing the "restart" as such, and leaving everything to the interpretation, in a world where the Evas or Angels Never attacked and where there are some remnants of the riot of The End (Como 3.33, showing the Eva series apparently petrified) As well as an Ikari Shinji on the way to Tokyo to study, meeting Asuka Langley on the way and ending up in that. (Of course, not without a "discourse" on the trajectory and development of Shinji in that world).
I do not really have a comparison of the endings, they all seem good and worthy of what the play represented.
Of course, there are aspects that can not be compared, such as the direction of Anno, those static shots that are already iconic or the magnificent work of the seiyus characterizing the character.
This is Evangelion if they had more preparation time and budget, not for anything hard almost 20 years in publishing (16 years from The End) and proof that the original creator is not needed to do a quality work (Remember the disappointing Rebuilds of Anno)
Anime+The End/Manga> Anime >>>>>>>>>>> Rebuilds.
Esto, mas que una reseña, será una comparativa entre el anime y el manga de Neon Genesis.
Neon Genesis Evangelion es un anime original del 95, la ultima esperanza del pobre GAINAX y una obra que a lo largo de los años se considera como una obra maestra, un buen anime o una mierda.
El manga salio unos meses antes para promocionar el anime, de la mano de Sadamoto Yoshiyuki (Quien es conocido por el diseño de personajes de la serie), cuenta con 96 capítulos recopilados en 14 volúmenes, se publico desde el 26 de Diciembre del 1994 hasta el 4 de Julio de 2013, una de las diferencias respecto al anime seria que este formato opta mas por el Shounen.
Sadamoto menciona que el manga es su interpretación de la obra, así como el anime es la de Anno, no hace falta entrar en la sinopsis, digo, manga de Evangelion, supongo que entraran personas que ya vieron el anime y la sinopsis es básicamente la misma.
Bien, mostrare algunos puntos de el porque considero al manga como superior al anime.
Empezando por los personajes, si bien Neon Genesis es tan idolatrado por sus personajes con gran desarrollo y trasfondo, el manga no se queda atrás, personajes como Rei, Touji, Gendo, Fuyutsuki, Kaji o Kaworu (Asuka es mas o menos lo mismo, aunque un poco mas abierta) presentan mejor escritura, por mencionar algunos ejemplos de lo que he dicho, seria la "humanidad" (Ojo, no tridimensionalidad) de Rei, quien es mas abierta y expresiva con las personas, a la vez de que tiene mas interacciones con personajes como Shinji mejorando así su relación, Touji quien todos sabemos que quedo "inservible" en el anime y fue dejado de lado, muestra su miedo hacia Shinji por pilotear al Eva, eso le da mas credibilidad y peso a lo que pasa posteriormente (A su vez, su relación con Hikari no es tan forzada como en el anime, pues aquí hay interacciones entre los personajes para que el romance surja), algo que me gusto bastante fue Gendo, quien le "temía" a Shinji y se mantenía alejado de él para no hacerse daño, al final mostrandole aprecio hacia éste o Fuyutsuki que se burlaba de Gendo en secreto por la perdida de Yui y el sufrimiento que le provocaba a éste, Kaiji, quien tiene un pasado donde él traiciono a sus amigos y le cuenta la verdad a Shinji para que éste haga lo correcto, aunque no todo es perfección en esto, Ikari Shinji, el cual se presenta como un personaje tridimensional en el anime (Y que por ello es tan odiado o defendido por su escritura), en el formato manga pierde la tridimencionalidad, lo ponen como alguien mas valiente o tu típico héroe de shounen... Como en 2.22.
El manga arregla errores de la serie, siendo el mas importante la introducción de Kaworu, en el anime se presenta de una forma acelerada (Si mal no recuerdo, un solo capitulo), relacionándose porqué si con Shinji de una forma bastante irrealista y quedando como un plot device con patas y muriendo en el mismo capitulo, acá se presenta desde mucho antes, puesto como un personaje que le es indiferente a los demás, su actitud seria mas "lógica" ignorando sentimientos y esas cosas, hasta que ocurre la muerte de Rei, quien le "paso" los sentimientos afectivos hacia Shinji, bueno, hasta trataron de justificar la pseudo homosexualidad del personaje. Ademas, todos en el anime recordamos esa muerte de Kaworu con una toma estatica como de 1 minuto, eso aquí no esta, pero hicieron énfasis a la muerte de Kaworu relacionada a su personalidad y su introducción.
Llegados a este punto, solo queda hablar del final.
El manga adapta todo Neon Genesis (Incluyendo The End), pero cambia radicalmente algunos aspectos como la batalla de Asuka con los Eva series, la cual es salvada por Shinji (Porqué si, queda aclarar), ocurre básicamente lo mismo en relación al Third Impact, Shinji rechazando la instrumentación, pero no se queda en el magnifico final de The End, sino que se va por uno mas cerrado, mostrando el "reinicio" como tal, y dejando todo a la interpretación, en un mundo donde los Evas o Angeles nunca atacaron y donde quedan algunos restos del desmadre de The End (Como 3.33, mostrando a los Eva series petrificados aparentemente) Así como a un Ikari Shinji de camino a Tokyo para estudiar, conociendo a Asuka Langley en el camino y terminándose en eso. (Claro, no sin un "discurso" sobre la trayectoria y desarrollo de Shinji en ese mundo).
Realmente no tengo una comparación de los finales, todos me parecen bueno y dignos a lo que representaba la obra.
Claro, hay aspectos del que no se pueden comparar, como la dirección de Anno, esas tomas estáticas que ya son iconicas o el magnifico trabajo de los seiyus caracterizando al personaje.
Esto es Evangelion si hubieran tenido mas tiempo de preparación y presupuesto, no por nada duro casi 20 años en publicación (16 años desde The End) y la prueba de que no se necesita al creador original para hacer una obra de calidad (Recordemos las decepcionantes Rebuilds de Anno)
Anime+The End/Manga> Anime >>>>>>>>>>> Rebuilds.