Angelic Days

Evangelion Manga CoverAuthor: Fumino Hayashi
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
Magazine: Monthly Asuka
Date: 2003-2005
Volumes: 6

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days is Fumino Hayashi's manga adaptation of the video game Girlfriend of Steel 2. It is an alternate retelling of Evangelion, based on the 'happy world' scenario seen in Episode 26 of the anime series (the dream that dramatizes Shinji Ikari's experience of the Instrumentality process).

While the manga includes all original Evangelion characters, it diverges greatly from the Evangelion story. It becomes a high school romantic comedy as it focuses on relationships as opposed to the apocalyptic themes of the original television series. Shinji imagines a world where Asuka is his childhood friend, Misato is his homeroom teacher, Rei is a new transfer student, and Kaworu is an old friend with whom he often practices music. The Evangelions and Angels make up only a small portion of the story. The series concludes with Asuka and Shinji finding happiness together.

The Volumes

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days, Volume 1
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    A new transfer student, Rei, starts at the school. Rei takes a liking to Shinji and confides her feelings to Asuka.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days, Volume 2
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    The students learn they are being groomed to pilot Evangelions (Kensuke Aida is included with the canonical pilots: Shinji, Asuka, Rei, Kaworu, and Toji). Shinji and Rei are deployed to stop an Angel attack where, although he is initially paralyzed with fear, Shinji manages to gather his nerves to save Rei and destroy the Angel.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days, Volume 3
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    Kaworu invites Shinji to play at a concert with him. However, Shinji decides to take care of a sick Asuka. Kensuke is able to confess his feelings to Asuka and Rei is able to tell Shinji that she likes him.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days, Volume 4
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    The series climaxes with an assault on Tokyo-3 by multiple Angels, in which Shinji is ultimately brought into a form of Instrumentality, where he finally admits his feelings for Asuka. Afterwards, the pilots are split up to various training facilities across the world, with the story concluding several years later with them reuniting and unearthing a time capsule they buried together.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days, Volume 5
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    Gendo's life as a troubled junior high student frequently involved in fights is chronicled. His relationship with a young Yui, his meetings with the enigmatic Kaworu, and how their lives change is detailed.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days, Volume 6
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    Volume 6 is interspersed through the events portrayed in volume 5, and is separated into four different endings each focused on a pair of characters. The first story details Misato and Kaji deciding to continue their long distance relationship, the second story deals with Ritsuko and Rei dealing with their unrequited loves (Gendo and Shinji respectively), the third story is Touji's disappointment at not being able to pilot an EVA and his reunion with Hikari, and the final chapter has Shinji and Asuka getting into a fight and then subsequently understanding what they mean to each other.
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