Neon Genesis Evangelion Manga

Evangelion Manga CoverAuthor: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
Magazine: Shonen Ace
Date: 1994-Ongoing
Volumes: 11

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a long-running manga series by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, one of the founding members of Gainax. The series began in the February issue of Shonen Ace magazine in December 1994, and currently consists of 11 of a planned 12 volumes.

Ironically, the manga was created prior to the anime series to help build interest in the show. Ten years following the conclusion of the anime series, only 11 manga volumes have been published. This is often blamed on Sadamoto's irregular publication schedule (at one point two years had passed between volumes).

The manga follows the events of the anime series fairly closely, with some exceptions. For instance, in the manga Touji Suzuhara dies during the battle with Bardiel, whereas in the anime series he looses a leg but survives. The final volumes follow the events of The End of Evangelion instead of the anime series.

The Volumes

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion, Volume 1 |

    Rei's injuries at the beginning of the story are revealed to be due to a failed attempt to battle Sachiel using Evangelion Unit-01. Ristuko Akagi brings Shinji and Misato to the EVA hanger where the damage from the failed activation test of Unit-00 is still evident.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion, Volume 2 |

    Misato decides that Shinji should stay with her, and introduces him to Pen Pen. Shinji is shocked of Misato's lack of cleanliness. After a battle with an Angel where Shinji disobeyes Misato, she questions his motivation to be an EVA pilot and sends him back to his uncle. Misato eventually has a change of heart, realizing Pen Pen and Shinji are her attempts to have a 'family', and convinces Shinji to stay.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion, Volume 3 |

    Shinji must work together with Rei to defeat a new Angel by drawing on the power of all of Japan.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion, Volume 4 |

    Gaghiel is defeated by Asuka in Unit-02 with very little effort. This is depicted through a video playback with Unit-02 using the progressive blade rather than in the anime which uses the combined weaponry of a few naval warships. Shinji meets Asuka Langley, a new EVA pilot.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion, Volume 5 |

    Shinji goes with his father to visit his mother's grave.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion, Volume 6 |

    Asuka, while trying to display her affection for Kaji, discovers the identity of the Fourth Child. Toji is selected as the next pilot however Unit-03 is discovered to be an angel. Shinji refuses to attack Unit-03 in fears of Toji safety. Commander Ikari activates the dummy plug system and controls Unit-01 to defeat the Angel, but killing Toji in the process.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion, Volume 7 |

    After Toji's death, Shinji vows never to pilot an EVA again. However, with the appearance of a new Angel with the strongest AT Field yet, Kaji must convince Shinji to return once again to battle.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion, Volume 8 |

    Shinji is absorbed into Evangelion Unit-01 after achieving a 400% sync ratio during the battle with Zeruel. During this time Eva's Angelic aspect is revealed to have its own identity, and is depicted as the unarmored Eva. It manipulates Shinji's desire to have contact with his mother to ensure he remains trapped. During this time Shinji's hatred for his father is also examined, and unlike in the anime series, Shinji imagines killing his father. Rei eventually communicates with the Eva to urge it to release Shinji. He comes back afterwards and then Rei asks Shinji if she could hold his hand.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion, Volume 9 |

    Kaworu is introduced as the new pilot of Evangelion Unit-02. Asuka fights against Arael but is put into a coma when she remembers her past. Kaworu is made the new pilot of Unit-02 in Asuka's place.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion, Volume 10 |

    It is revealed that Naoko Akagi's death was a suicide after she kills the first Rei. Her daughter Ritsuko nearly kills Rei II but stops after the realization that she is following her mother's footsteps. Rei sacrifices herself in a battle against Armisael and comes to realize her deep feelings for Shinji. Rei III comes to life.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion, Volume 11 |

    After Shinji is forced to kill Kaworu, the manga begins to loosely follow The End of Evangelion as opposed to the TV series ending (Do you love me? and Take care of yourself.). Gendo attempts to initiate Third Impact and consumes Adam's embryonic body. The invasion of Nerv has begun.
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Last Updated
July 11, 2014
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