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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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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
Spoiler (highlight to view)
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
... Last updated on August 16th, 2008, 4:31am
Wonderful, Beats out the Anime by far!
Evangelion at its best. Really, this manga does so much to examine its characters and develop so much more plot into the story. Every character is given a different look, a flashback, a vice and a virtue. Evangelion here has become far more than the Shinji-based mind-dissolving pity-story it was in the anime. But i dont disregard the anime in any way because it started off the series. A good number of examples are the growth in Rei's character. There are honest moments of comedy, there are the moments of emotional torment. Its all there and its brought up a good level. It also develops both Rei and Asuka in equality if you were wondering.
[big spoiler] A good example is how the battle of the death of Rei with an angel was completely revisioned. It was so much more beautifully done and brought Rei into a fully developed rounded, dynamic character. It brought in her motifs of living, her resolve in death. etc. But the real thing that stunned me about this scene was that the author included a scene where Rei states that "The first time [Shinji] held her, she felt nothing, the second, awkward, the third warm, the fourth happy..." Additionally that was the shown as the last thoughts of Shinji before Rei died and just proves how his affection for her was not arbitarily based from her being an untouchable doll, emotional pity, or even being in the likeness of his mother. Instead it really bases both characters as being subject to human emotion and not crazy characters wrapped up in a psycho world. [spoiler end]
In reading this I also see how Evangelion is indeed, much better in the form of manga. The image the death of a character, the standstill joy in a moment is so much more exemplied. Gone are the re-run soundtracks and animations. The manga here is so much more clean, crisp, and greater. It also occurs to me how Evangelion needs asides and solioques applied liberally. The Anime did that to an extent but almost in a way where it became needlessly confusing to the viewers, not to mention being extremely repeitive. In a manga where the world is comming to an end, the extra side panels describing the inner throughts of characters was very much appreiciated and after reading this, it really makes you think how you think in a totally difference fashion.
I'd like to add is how it this story ties in with the doujinshi, 're-take', for those who havent read it, do yourself a big favor and read it because it expands on the story of evangelion so much yet remains truly canon. If you manage to read the manga and the anime the references made in 're-take' are given so much more value.
Oh and for those people complaining that the manga lacks the raw feel of the anime, let me get this straight, the manga interprets Evangelion much like a book and leaves many of its devices explored, yet open to thought, unlike the Anime.So I guess if you have your own imagination and are willing to read between the lines, then maybe the manga would be more enjoyable to ya.