Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days

May 7, 2006 at 11:22 pm 12 comments

Imagine a Neon Genesis Evangelion in which dating the right girl is more important than saving the world…

Yes, that's right.  There's a new manga out that has transplanted the angst-ridden characters from Evangelion into a shojo-ish manga.  That covers the first volume, anyway.  There are hints of what's to come.

Harried, harassed and harangued – that's Shinji Ikari's life in a nutshell.  Still, his days are fairly typical for a Tokyo teenager: he's got a pushy pal in Asuka who rudely rouses him whenever he's running late for school, and he's surrounded by the standard assortment of high school goofballs.  In fact, everything's just as you'd expect… until one day when Shinji bumps into a strange girl he's never seen before, and she promptly accuses him of peeking up her skirt!  But that's not the worst of it.  Strange dreams have been haunting his sleep lately – dreams of a robotic "Other" just beyond the horizon…

So, Shinji's no longer a self-absorbed loner and he and Asuka are childhood friends.  Their parents are all alive and working for Nerve, as are (it is revealed) their homeroom teacher Misato and the school doctor Ritsuko.  One day a perky (!) transfer student named Rei arrives and promptly becomes Asuka's rival for Shinji's affections.  (Yes, really.  It was weird to see Rei so animated.)  Several students from class are sent to Nerve to participate in an experiment that collects their bio-pattern data to use in developing "something that can accept and transport passengers."  Shinji and his friends learn in volume two that they're being groomed as Eva pilots when the mysterious Adam appears and the teens are sent into battle. 

It will definitely be interesting to see how much of the shojo aspect of the manga is kept as the series goes on.  After all, there's not much point in a remake if it's going to be the same as the original.  It seems as though the strained relationship between Shinji and his father remains for this new version.  Hopefully they work on a different origin for Rei, though, especially if they continue this romantic love triangle story.  :)



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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mindspy  |  May 8, 2006 at 5:58 am

    I have the first volume of this. “Shojou” my ass, its just Brand Name Eva Cheesecake!

  • 2. pajcat  |  May 8, 2006 at 7:15 am

    I haven't seen any panty shots yet, sooo…. It looks shojo-like to me so far. :) If it does go the cheesecake route, hmmm. I'm not sure I'd be as interested.

  • 3. akane2040  |  May 10, 2006 at 9:35 am

    I think I will wait and see with this release… I still want to buy the eva graphic novels viz published after the anime was released…

  • 4. pajcat  |  May 10, 2006 at 12:42 pm

    I have a couple of those, but I picked them up in the old days, when manga was still almost $30 a book… For some reason I have the idea that publication on the eva gn’s were stalled, or started over or something. I’ve not actually confirmed that, of course. :)

  • 5. akane2040  |  May 11, 2006 at 12:12 am

    i have the first five or six in the big tp format… unfortunately the series is now published in the more ‘pocket friendly’ edition… i know i shouldn’t start from the beginning but i am tempted… i have horrible timing when deciding to worry about aesthetics sometimes…

  • 6. pajcat  |  May 11, 2006 at 9:23 am

    That’s happened with a few of my series, like Ceres, Fushigi Yugi, X 1999 and Video Girl Ai. I think I’ve either sold or donated the rest of them… Ah, no! My Maison Ikkoku (Ikokku? I can never remember the right “k” combination) are all in the large format. I think that would be the only series I’d be willing to rebuy.

    My bookshelf looking pretty is not reason enough to spend the money….

  • 7. ?wha?  |  May 27, 2006 at 7:31 am

    this is just continuing on from ep 26 of NGE….. in the last 10 mins or so… lets see how this pans out. shouldn’t be too bad

  • 8. pajcat  |  May 28, 2006 at 12:13 pm

    Is it? I confess to only watching the 26th episode once and then stopping at episode 25 the other two times I watched the series. I didn’t remember a world reboot at the end. Hmm. Maybe I should go rewatch it. :)

  • 9. Niki  |  May 28, 2006 at 5:58 pm

    OMB but this sounds like a definite get-table ^^. I loved that bit at the ending of NGE when Shinji’s life went alternate. It should be something to feed the NGE fix as I wait for the next installment of Sadamoto Yoshiyuki-sensei’s series (read the 9th simply ages ago and still no new volume).

  • 10. pajcat  |  May 28, 2006 at 9:49 pm

    You mean they DID do a world reboot? Arg. As you can probably tell the last ep kind of bored me. Too much monologuing after a series of action. As the second last episode, maybe, but… I guess I’m going to have to dig out my Evangelion tapes…

  • 11. Mr.Avatarus  |  June 2, 2006 at 11:04 pm

    It wasn’t a “world reboot” so much as Shinji being shown an alternate reality, another way that the world could have “happened” if you like. Another possible reality.

  • 12. pajcat  |  June 3, 2006 at 12:21 am

    Okay, should I be worried about Shinji waking up at the end of this series? :P And it’s published by ADV, so I’m already worried about them actually *publishing* the whole series…

    Thanks for all the story refreshers, everyone! It’s been about 8 years since I’ve watched the last episode of Evangelion. I’ve watched individual parts a few times (my favorite is when he’s trapped in the Angel shadow and gets absorbed into his Eva unit) but kind of slacked off on rewatching the whole series. Too much new stuff to watch!


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