Wednesday, 27 June 2012


Everyone knows what Evangelion is. If you don't, you're either very new to all of this or a lemon, and naturally as a lemon you would have far greater things on your mind, such as how you came to be a lemon.

The Neon Genesis Evangelion manga, originally pre-dating the TV series with volume 1 serving as promotional material for the up and coming mindscrew to rule them all, is the work of Evangelion character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. It deviates from the original TV series many times along the way, the biggest deviations of late being Shinji managing to save Asuka from dying at the hands of the MP Eva units instead of curling up in a ball and thinking about what he's done and Ritsuko managing to survive Gendo's shooting to, in turn, shoot him in the neck after Rei's rejection and assimilation of Adam. Of course the manga could never hope to capture the total despair that End of Evangelion managed to conjure up so well, but it seems Sadamoto is having a crack at it anyway. The manga, notoriously long between issues, has finally hit Big Giant Rei territory. What happens from here on will surely be something to keep an eye on, but I can't help but notice how much is lost in text form. No Komm Susser Tod, no shrieks from the Bridge Bunnies, no Shinji muttering to himself throughout it all, it makes for a very odd... thing. The art is VERY good, though.

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