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Stunning hotheaded Asuka Langley Soryu has been friends with Shinji Ikari since they were little. And she always sort of assumed they'd stay together - until the day the beautiful brilliant Rei Ayanami showed up in class! When Shinji starts to get curious about Rei, Asuka needs to figure out if she wants to be just friends with Shinji or something more. But why are so many Stunning hotheaded Asuka Langley Soryu has been friends with Shinji Ikari since they were little. And she always sort of assumed they'd stay together - until the day the beautiful brilliant Rei Ayanami showed up in class! When Shinji starts to get curious about Rei, Asuka needs to figure out if she wants to be just friends with Shinji or something more. But why are so many people keeping an eye on these relationships? People like homeroom teacher Misato, school nurse Ritsuko, and Shinji's mother and NERV's chief scientist Yui Ikari... Each volume of Neon Genesis Evangelion features bonus color pages, your Evangelion fan art, letters, and special reader giveaways!


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Stunning hotheaded Asuka Langley Soryu has been friends with Shinji Ikari since they were little. And she always sort of assumed they'd stay together - until the day the beautiful brilliant Rei Ayanami showed up in class! When Shinji starts to get curious about Rei, Asuka needs to figure out if she wants to be just friends with Shinji or something more. But why are so many Stunning hotheaded Asuka Langley Soryu has been friends with Shinji Ikari since they were little. And she always sort of assumed they'd stay together - until the day the beautiful brilliant Rei Ayanami showed up in class! When Shinji starts to get curious about Rei, Asuka needs to figure out if she wants to be just friends with Shinji or something more. But why are so many people keeping an eye on these relationships? People like homeroom teacher Misato, school nurse Ritsuko, and Shinji's mother and NERV's chief scientist Yui Ikari... Each volume of Neon Genesis Evangelion features bonus color pages, your Evangelion fan art, letters, and special reader giveaways!

30 review for Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project Volume 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Citajuci ovo dobijam utisak da citam neki fanfic koji je slucajno dobio oficijelnu licencu. Ima par cute delova ali sve ukupno razocaravajuce nekako. Meh, zaobici.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Devin (Mostly Manga)

    It's basically a school romance manga but with Evangelion characters. Some characters having different roles than their original. If you like Evangelion ships then you'll probably like it. I really did like how close the art was to the original. Also the bonus pages at the end were pretty funny. It's basically a school romance manga but with Evangelion characters. Some characters having different roles than their original. If you like Evangelion ships then you'll probably like it. I really did like how close the art was to the original. Also the bonus pages at the end were pretty funny.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Victor The Reader

    Based on the popular anime, it’s something of an alternate version and centers on Shinji Ikari, his childhood friend Asuka and the mysterious new girl Rei. Most of the story is full of funny and familiar high school moments, while the last part gets more serious. Even though I’ve haven’t watch the anime, this story and its characters are still pretty entertaining and sometime to look out for. B+ (83%/Very Good)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maggie BB

    First off let me say that I watched Evangelion back in the 90s and it DESTROYED me. Want to have your mind blown away and shattered? Get your hands on the original series. Don't get me wrong: I loved it. But that ending? Holy shit. I would rewatch the whole serious and just not watch the ending. SO. Got this manga in a nerd block with mixed emotions. I love to revisit familiar and beloved characters. But can my psyche handle revisiting this world? Will this be a slippery slop back to revisiting t First off let me say that I watched Evangelion back in the 90s and it DESTROYED me. Want to have your mind blown away and shattered? Get your hands on the original series. Don't get me wrong: I loved it. But that ending? Holy shit. I would rewatch the whole serious and just not watch the ending. SO. Got this manga in a nerd block with mixed emotions. I love to revisit familiar and beloved characters. But can my psyche handle revisiting this world? Will this be a slippery slop back to revisiting the original and trying to wrap me head around the ending again? Who know. What I do know is this is a MUCH more light hearted story, at least so far. Plus I find myself quite liking Asuka... I was not a fan of hers when watching the original anime. Rei is a bit less enigmatic and easier to like right off the bat. Shinji is still Shinji. Though slightly less mopey. Suppose his life isn't as sucky right off. Enjoyable read. Will probably try to get my hands on the rest of this series. (and then crave the original. Lord help me.)

  5. 5 out of 5

    PvOberstein

    Back in the day, I was really into Neon Genesis Evangelion fanfiction. Like, really into it. Like refreshing-FFN-several-times-a-day addicted. I went through FFN, AFF, AO3, Wattpad, then down the rabbit hole of individual fan sites, all the way back to bloody Gopher servers. The thirst was unquenchable. Yet one thing I almost religiously avoided was The Shinji Ikari Rising Project, a Gainax-authorized manga series by Osamu Takahashi. I must have skimmed the first few pages a dozen times, always Back in the day, I was really into Neon Genesis Evangelion fanfiction. Like, really into it. Like refreshing-FFN-several-times-a-day addicted. I went through FFN, AFF, AO3, Wattpad, then down the rabbit hole of individual fan sites, all the way back to bloody Gopher servers. The thirst was unquenchable. Yet one thing I almost religiously avoided was The Shinji Ikari Rising Project, a Gainax-authorized manga series by Osamu Takahashi. I must have skimmed the first few pages a dozen times, always putting it back because it didn’t feel right. Now that I’m in a (marginally) better headspace, and can safely explore the edges of Evangelion (the EoE, if you’ll pardon the joke) without falling into a depressive spiral, I decided to actually power through my bête noire of Evangelion spin-offs. (My instincts were right) The Shinji Ikari Rising Project takes place in an alternate universe (AU), ostensibly glimpsed in the surrealist final episodes of the 90s anime. In this universe, Shinji and Asuka are longtime friends, the Ikaris are a happy family, Rei is a distant relation of Shinji’s, and there are no Angels or apocalypses to be found. Now, anyone who’s read my fanfiction knows that I appreciate a good AU. They’re my bread and butter, really. But Rising is such an AU that it’s all-but-impossible to gel with the canonical source material. (Warning: review and extended essay about what makes an AU work beneath the break.) Which got me thinking about which media adapt well to AU format. Almost all Evangelion fanfiction avoids going Pure AU. Most, like HERZ or (my personal all-time-favorite) Taking Sights distort or deviate from canon, rather than throw it away completely. Even something as batshit crazy as Shinji And Warhammer 40k, which stars characters who are wildly OOC compared to their canonical counterparts, tries to maintain many of the fundamental dynamics or over-arching superstructure from the show. Hell, even lemons with no interest in the plot whatsoever usually just hand-wave the Angels away so that Shinji can build his harem in peace. Why is that? It’s because, at least for Evangelion, the characters are fundamentally tied into the narrative of canon. Shinji Ikari’s personality is a direct result of his Mom “dying” and his Father being a generally abusive asshole, both of which were the result of the Instrumentality plot. The only reason Rei Ayanami exists is for the role she’ll play in the Human Instrumentality Project. Asuka’s insecurities are driven by her mother’s insanity and suicide, both of which were the result of the latter’s involvement with Evangelion Unit-02. Which I think is why Rising doesn’t quite work. If Shinji, Rei, and Asuka have normal parents and a normal upbringing, without emotional neglect or a looming apocalypse, they just aren’t Shinji, Rei, and Asuka. Happily-married Gendo Ikari just isn’t Gendo Ikari, he’s an OC who happens to wear the same glasses. This is, I feel, why a proper AU for Evangelion doesn’t work, unlike, say, Harry Potter. You can drop Harry, Ron and Hermione into a College AU, or a Café AU, or whatever, because the appeal of those stories is seeing how their personalities play out. You have to do a wee bit of switching to work around the magical elements of the source material, but it’s no heavy lifting. You can’t do that with Evangelion, because you can’t take the characters out of Tokyo-3 without fundamentally changing their personalities. Setting and characterization are thus entwined. Anyways, Rising is, according to an afterword by the editor, an opportunity to enjoy the characters without the dread, horror, and psychological drama that made Evangelion famous. It is a fair point – yeah sometimes I just want an ‘everybody lives’ ending – but it loses a lot of its emotional impact by insisting on starting from AU scratch, rather than, say, a fix-it fic. We get a lot of awkward fun and flirting with the supporting cast of Tokyo-3, but since none of them went through the horrors of the Angel attacks, it doesn’t quite have the same cathartic effect as a run-of-the-mill reverse harem lemon would. You can’t really shake the feeling that these are eerie facsimiles of the characters we know, rather than the real think (particularly when Shinji gets cool or Rei laughs). The artwork is a fine adaptation of the original material (better in some ways, truth be told), and I suppose as a rom-com it works. But ultimately, it just doesn’t work.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christian Romero

    Neon Genesis Evangelion A Cruel Angel's Fanservice Neon Genesis Evangelion: Shinji Ikari Raising Project is an Evangelion spin-off based on the alternative world as seen in the final episode of the TV show. Where the Evangelion cast is thrown into a slice of life anime. Now fully developed into a full fledged manga series where Shinji and Asuka are childhood friends, Rei is the new girl and all the nerv members are teachers. Seeing the Evangelion cast catch a break from there usual why are we sti Neon Genesis Evangelion A Cruel Angel's Fanservice Neon Genesis Evangelion: Shinji Ikari Raising Project is an Evangelion spin-off based on the alternative world as seen in the final episode of the TV show. Where the Evangelion cast is thrown into a slice of life anime. Now fully developed into a full fledged manga series where Shinji and Asuka are childhood friends, Rei is the new girl and all the nerv members are teachers. Seeing the Evangelion cast catch a break from there usual why are we still here just to suffer is great. I liked the slice of life segment from the show and seeing here as a fully-fledged manga is great. Sure you have all the tropes of anime such as the accidental pervert and the its not I like you or anything baka (yes they kept baka in the official translation). The one difference that its with Evangelion characters and if you didn't like the characters or just want to see cool mechas, then this series is easily a pass as there's none of that here. As someone who loves the characters and liked the slice of life segments from the show this manga nails the characters and personalities. The art is well drawn as well indistinguishable from the show. Evangelion Shinji Ikari Raising Project is shameless fanservice filled manga and its glorious.

  7. 5 out of 5

    John Ronald

    A more light-hearted treatment of the Evangelion characters focusing on their slice-of-life days as ordinary high school students. NERV is there in the background, and the sense of foreboding about the Angels, and the periodic pilot evaluations and training exercises, but really this spinoff series is more about their emotional lives, their relationships, etc., especially the hypothetical love triangle between Shinji, Asuka, and Rei. The artwork is beautiful and it is a fun read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Colton

    This was of course super cheesy and is nothing more than officially-backed fanfiction, but it's always nice to spend some more time with Shinji, Rei, and Asuka. This volume has very little EVA action; it's mostly just schoolyard romance, which kind of got old after a little while. I enjoyed my time with this book, but I don't see myself seeking out the rest of the series. This was of course super cheesy and is nothing more than officially-backed fanfiction, but it's always nice to spend some more time with Shinji, Rei, and Asuka. This volume has very little EVA action; it's mostly just schoolyard romance, which kind of got old after a little while. I enjoyed my time with this book, but I don't see myself seeking out the rest of the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Traci Cooper

    Great This book was not what I was expecting, but it was still good. This book was more of a romance book than an action book. But the Eva's and the action are coming in later volumes. Great This book was not what I was expecting, but it was still good. This book was more of a romance book than an action book. But the Eva's and the action are coming in later volumes.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robbie Barrat

    i wish shinji ikari raising project type manga (where all the characters attend high school) was available for every series.. i want to read hxh equivalent gon raising project

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    This first volume was okay, so we'll see how it is going further. This first volume was okay, so we'll see how it is going further.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cidnya

    Slice of life Eva timeline... Living my best life

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elbio

    Me parecio divertido ver la vida de los personajes si no fueran tan depresivos pero llega el punto que la historia no se sostiene y es puro relleno. En realidad no tiene un fin mas que ese.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice Monti

    Gli ultimi due capitoli sono davvero belli, perché riprendono quello che è davvero Evangelion. Gli altri non sono niente di che.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    Stuff I Read - Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Rising Project Vol 1 Review So I've been a fan of Evangelion since seeing the original anime back in the day. But it's taken me a while to branch out into the other adaptations. I guess that's okay, seeing as how the original wasn't even done until a few years ago. So I've started reading the manga. And this one is...well, it's cute. It's Evangelion if it was a happy high school drama. It's fun and funny and light and all those things you w Stuff I Read - Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Rising Project Vol 1 Review So I've been a fan of Evangelion since seeing the original anime back in the day. But it's taken me a while to branch out into the other adaptations. I guess that's okay, seeing as how the original wasn't even done until a few years ago. So I've started reading the manga. And this one is...well, it's cute. It's Evangelion if it was a happy high school drama. It's fun and funny and light and all those things you would expect. I'm thinking that, being Evangelion, it must get dark at some point, but for now it's just so darned cute. This could even be considered canon, in a way, based on the false reality that Shinji creates at the end of the anime, the ending that was rather undone by End of Evangelion. Basically, Shinji gets the opportunity to remake the world and he makes his life into a dating sim, a harem anime instead of a mech fighting one. And that's exactly what's here, with Shinji as the inexplicable guy all the ladies are trying to attract. Asuka is as fiery as ever, though obviously that's twisted from her aggression to be now covering for her affection of Shinji. And Rei is very different as well, still aloof but now with some personality, some emotions. The rest of the gang is largely unchanged, but everything is tweaked a bit. Misato is the teacher, and Shinji has both parents. It's an interesting concept, and something that I think I'd like to read more of. Really, it's an excuse to see these character used in a different setting. The essence of them is retained, but they are stripped out of their more meaningful setting and given a light and fluffy world to play in. So far it's not life and death, and there's no terrible angst, just some normal teenage stuff. So it's weird to read, because it's so different from what these characters are normally doing, but it's also fun. Maybe not as fun as the one where Shinji solves mysteries, but it's still full of adorable moments. More PenPen! In the end this volume succeeds at doing basically what it promises to do, which is show these characters in a completely different situation. One that's fun and cute and light and won't make you question your life decisions. And for that I think I'd keep going with the series. Nothing super great, but a 6.5/10.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    Dark Horse is coming out with omnibus editions of this series this summer and I wanted to try it before I pre-ordered. I was aware this was going to be shojo but I am a lot more pleased with it than I thought I would be. Of course, the story is set before the original series and takes many liberties with continuity to present itself as a possible alternate reality to the one that happened. I'm not sure I'd call it shojo at this point as it is a strange mix of shojo and shonen slice of life schoo Dark Horse is coming out with omnibus editions of this series this summer and I wanted to try it before I pre-ordered. I was aware this was going to be shojo but I am a lot more pleased with it than I thought I would be. Of course, the story is set before the original series and takes many liberties with continuity to present itself as a possible alternate reality to the one that happened. I'm not sure I'd call it shojo at this point as it is a strange mix of shojo and shonen slice of life school stories. Lots of romantic comedy as expected, but lots of teen boy sex talk and hi-jinx too. What really surprised me and won me over was that the science fiction theme is very much there. All the kids' parents work for Eva, Rei is working for them and by the end of this volume everyone has visited the lab. I really enjoyed the characters as I already knew them quite well and even though their history has been changed their personalities are true to form. I must say I look forward to continuing on with this series through the upcoming omnibus editions.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

    I sat and read this at a Chapters bookstore while waiting for the GF to get off from work. I usually stay away from Evangelion fanfics (no matter how official this Shinji Ikari Raising Project might be, it's quality is no better than a fanfic) but felt compelled to pick this up out of my blind love for all things Evangelion. It's basically your typical cheesy Japanese high school love drama manga featuring Evangelion cast members. If you're like me and find that stuff juvenile, sexist, and borin I sat and read this at a Chapters bookstore while waiting for the GF to get off from work. I usually stay away from Evangelion fanfics (no matter how official this Shinji Ikari Raising Project might be, it's quality is no better than a fanfic) but felt compelled to pick this up out of my blind love for all things Evangelion. It's basically your typical cheesy Japanese high school love drama manga featuring Evangelion cast members. If you're like me and find that stuff juvenile, sexist, and boring, then stay away from this series and stick to the original Evangelion manga.

  18. 4 out of 5

    R

    I was so excited to read more about these characters but this was such a disappointment. Way too much sexual conversation and Toji's voice is terrible. I see it is that way in the Evangelion series but I still don't like it. Nudity, inappropriate conversation and very little plot line. I will not continue this series. I was so excited to read more about these characters but this was such a disappointment. Way too much sexual conversation and Toji's voice is terrible. I see it is that way in the Evangelion series but I still don't like it. Nudity, inappropriate conversation and very little plot line. I will not continue this series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emma Bull

    I have no idea what I just read! It's the first manga book I've ever picked up. I liked the art, that's what kept me going to the end. But it took me a quarter of it to learn how to read backwards! I don't think I'll pick up another one, but the art was good and there was a discernible story line even if I struggled to follow it! I have no idea what I just read! It's the first manga book I've ever picked up. I liked the art, that's what kept me going to the end. But it took me a quarter of it to learn how to read backwards! I don't think I'll pick up another one, but the art was good and there was a discernible story line even if I struggled to follow it!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brittni

    Great art in this! Of course, it's very fluffy so don't pick up if you're expecting something not lighthearted. It's set in the alternate universe that we caught a glimpse of in the last episode of the Evangelion series. More Asuka/Shinji, please! Great art in this! Of course, it's very fluffy so don't pick up if you're expecting something not lighthearted. It's set in the alternate universe that we caught a glimpse of in the last episode of the Evangelion series. More Asuka/Shinji, please!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Case

    I read this at the Kumoricon reading room. I thought it was okay, but it didn't really grab me. To be fair, I haven't watched Neon Genesis Evangelion, so this might be hurting my impressions on the comic. I'll probably revisit after I finish watching the show. I read this at the Kumoricon reading room. I thought it was okay, but it didn't really grab me. To be fair, I haven't watched Neon Genesis Evangelion, so this might be hurting my impressions on the comic. I'll probably revisit after I finish watching the show.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vanlilith

    fumetti

  23. 5 out of 5

    John Keegan

    Good start...doesn't quite hit my Shinji/Asuka buttons the way Angelic Days does, but it still has some pretty good material, even this early in the going... Good start...doesn't quite hit my Shinji/Asuka buttons the way Angelic Days does, but it still has some pretty good material, even this early in the going...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    I'm a fan of the original Evangelion anime, but this alternate telling was quite lack luster. It did not interest me enough to continue on to the second volume. I'm a fan of the original Evangelion anime, but this alternate telling was quite lack luster. It did not interest me enough to continue on to the second volume.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I like the artwork but I don't know anything about evangelion so I might have to look into the TV show... I like the artwork but I don't know anything about evangelion so I might have to look into the TV show...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jorge Fiengo

    it was fine, a good spinoff, it makes me a bit nostalgic about the original series

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ricki

    I was expecting more mecha, this being a Neon Genesis Evangelion, but found something almost shojo (except for the fan service).

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mirela

    Curious to read more about this project that is going on and definetly love the character interactions and personalities.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shika

    It was completely boring, I could barely finish the first few chapters.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Could not even finish the last issue of volume 1. I hated what they did with all of the characters. The show is so much better.

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