Manga is the Japanese word for comics. Unlike North American comics, manga are typically black-and-white and are published one chapter at a time in weekly manga magazines. Popular publications are later compiled and re-released as full-sized graphic novels, often spanning several volumes to tell one story. Manga are widelly accepted by readers of all ages, and are therefore used across all genres, including action-adventure, romance, sports, historical drama, comedy, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, horror, sexuality, and even business. Outside of Japan the term Manga refers to comics specifically published in Japan.
Neon Genesis Evangelion Manga (1994-Ongoing)
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a long-running manga series by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. It began in the February issue of Shonen Ace in December 1994, and currently consists of 11 volumes. The manga coincides with the television series fairly closely, with some exceptions.
Angelic Days (2003-2005)
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days is a manga by Fumino Hayashi based on an original story Gainax-Khara. It is an adapation of the video game Girlfriend of Steel 2, and dramatizes the actions of the Human Instrumentality Project from the final episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Shinji Ikari Raising Project (2005Ongoing)
A manga adaptation by Takahashi Osamu of a computer video game of the same name. It is serialised in Shonen Ace, the same publication as the original 1994 manga version by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. The manga diverges from the original Neon Genesis Evangelion, but shares several plot similarities with Angelic Days.
Academic Record of Heaven's Descent (2007-Ongoing)
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Academic Record of Heaven's Descent is a manga series by Min Min serialized in the shojo manga magazine Monthly Asuka. The manga features many characters from the anime, including Shinji Ikari, Rei Ayanami, and Asuka Langley Sohryu, but in an original story. In the manga Shinji attends the NERV Foundation Academy, and leads a peaceful life until he learns from Rei and Kaworu about non-corporeal beings called the Angels. The Angels posses human bodies to collect small spherical objects called Cores, which were originally supporting devices for Yggdrasil. The Angels intend to the Cores to escape their destruction.