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From VIZ: In 2015, the "Angels" have returned, and Shinji Ikari, a fourteen year-old child of the new Earth, is forced by his father -- Gendo, commander of the secret organization NERV -- to pilot the monstrous biomechanical weapon called "Evangelion" to match the Angels' fearsome power.
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Nostalgic thanks to the art
The most important thing first: The manga is different from the anime. While it still follows the basic outline of story including End of Evangelion, there are fundamental differences.
The most obvious differences are with the characters, their personalities and motivations are often not even close to the anime. The conflicts within and between characters are watered down as well. Logically Asuka suffers the most from this simplification, wether the manga-ka didn't understand or like her or just simply did not want to make her fit in his story I don't know, but she is just a side-character here. Some may welcome these changes, others might not, it is up to you.
The art is what you expect from the original character designer, no issues there at all, just praise.
Last thing I want to comment on is the storyline. As I said it follows the outline of the original story, but it has a few important changes here and there. Unfortunatly these changes are not utilised with follow ups. Example:
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Toji gets killed from the dummy plug system and Shinji feels responsible, but there is no confrontation with Toji's best friend or his love interest or anything else which makes this change count for the story
The ending is not acceptable. Especially not for a manga that ran 20 years with just 14 volumes. This absolut fact has nothing to do with shippings or anything. Prepare for a huge disappointment. One can still enjoy the ride towards the end even with knowing it however.
I only read the manga so far and not the anime or any of the movies but from what i read about them there seems to be quite a big difference between them. When i finally read the last chapter (ch 96) i was incredible unsatisfied, i mean in my opinion it was absolutly terrible the way they ended it BUT...... After looking around for a while i found out about the alternative endings; Evangelion Re-take and Evangelion Re-take After which in my opinion is a ending the series deserved (i still would of prefered something different about the ending, mostly the choice of heroine but i cant say without spoiling the ending and i dont know how to make a spoiler box thing to hide it lol)
One of the first manga i bought a long time ago
I prefer the Eva manga to the anime/movie source material which may be sacrilegious but isn´t it weird that 5 movies, countless other awful manga/games and so on happened in the amount of time the series took to get to the endgame. The final result is worth any fan´s time though as the narrative is clearer and emotional than the source material. The characters are more likable characters too and there are no budget problems or creator breakdowns either which both enhanced and damaged the original vision. The art is also very good and clearly evolves over time. Update: The series finally ended with the bonus epilogue in Vol. 14. The end is a bit mysterious but i like it and can now finally say that Sadamoto´s take is the best version of the franchise (3.33 is a mess so that can´t end well) and it took only 20 years (started in 1994 to preview the anime) to finish... All's well that ends well. Your turn now Miura and only Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Define (9,5/10) can call itself the better mech manga.
... Last updated on November 7th, 2015, 7:33am
The Anime was Produced First
The manga was just promotional material for the anime series, so it was released before the first episode was shown on TV. The mangaka makes a volume every 1 or 2 years. There's many small differences so far. If you like the anime, movies, and Rebuild, you should read the manga. It will probably take a few more years for it to finish, but the last Rebuild is coming out next year at best.
hey people look, there is a movie called the end of evangelion which start exactly where the manga ends, so please don't get disappointed about the ending because it was so big that the author thought maybe it was better to wait and make a movie with it since the manga its incomplete and the movie fits perfectly in the storyline
uh... This is just too much trouble to pick up again...
Hmmm this was my second series. My first was 15 pages of Rave Master (borrowed, then I had to leave....) Then this... and I gotta say, I'm finishing my freshman year of college right now, and in 7th ish grade I started it... and I haven't progressed since they stopped coming out for a while, and I moved on. Plus, I left off
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WHEN TOJI DIED (he was the cheery idiot friend, right?). wtf there goes the comedic relief.... as soon as he started getting serious and stuff, it was a signal that all the good was leaving the world... etc.
Do NOT read if you are already feeling down. I don't really want to get back into this, because this seems to be just way too complicated... and there are too many versions... can someone explain why there are different versions? I usually get so confused in times like these.... pm me or something.
... Last updated on April 23rd, 2010, 4:24pm
The manga is or will be resumed, im really waiting 4 it, its gonna change from a shonen magazine to a seinen one. really looking 4ward to it. I wonder if a team will scanlate it but i hope so. The new rebuild of evangelion series is awesome as the manga, cant wait to see the end of one of the most exceptional story ever but somehow its legend is that it left us without an end, lol
Good but disappointing ending
This was for me, like many other people one of my first series. I really enjoyed the mecha, action and entertainment with the plotline. However I don't wish to put anyone off this series (I still reccomend people read this series) but it had one of the most disappointing endings ever. When I think 'bad endings' I instantly think of this series.
But as I said before I still reckon its very much worth the read
As True and Great as the Original
I find the manga to be an alternate official version of the original show. The changes keep fans on their toes and are legitimately interesting instead of pretentious or nonsensical. Doing things such as making Rei's relationship with Shinji more prominent, changing the number of angels, and a drastic alteration of Kaworu make for some neat surprises but yet the soul remains the same. The endearing, interestingly flawed characters are still there as well as the trademark psychological elements.
actually the first released one should leave the first image. thats why eva break the "manga-are-better-than-the anime" rule.
i agree with kamasutra69.i think we should consider the eva manga as an alternate story , just like the other eva mangas
sadamoto try to answer the mistery in the anime such as the character background-which lead to a lot of flashback. and i dont think everyone want the answer - since everyone have their owns. after watching the anime, i see that my friends have their own interpretation. and its amazing since no anime could have done it before. i respect that some people need a plain-clear-written explanation about the characters. rei's personality do developed in the anime, not as extreme as in the manga(realistic, since quiet person is always a quiet person). me? i like the unwritten-speakless clue such as the act when shinji and rei get in the same elevator and remain silent for quiet a few time. it tells a lot more than any flashback in the manga