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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Comic Tribute (Neon Genesis Evangelion (Adv) (Graphic Novels)) [Paperback]

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5 Mar 2013 Neon Genesis Evangelion (Adv) (Graphic Novels)
If you thought Evangelion's characters have a tough time in the anime, wait until you see what happens when some of Japan's most unhinged manga artists get their ink-stained hands on them! Neon Genesis Evangelion: Comic Tribute is an officially authorized one-shot anthology of parody stories assaulting Evangelion from all directions. Inside, Mine Yoshizaki (Sgt. Frog) leads a band of manga pranksters including Hideki Ohwada (The Legend of Koizumi), Yun Kouga (Loveless), Nawoki Karasawa (Sake Jock, Super Cruel and Terrible Tales of Manga-ka), Yoko Sanri (B Gata H Kei: Yamada's First Time), ComiPo! mastermind Keiichi Tanaka, Rui Takato (Cynthia the Mission), Astroguy II (Queen's Blade Struggle), Kotaro Yamada (The Sacred Blacksmith), Sessyu Takemura (Domin-8 Me!), Jun Abe (Portus) and Tony Takezaki (Space Pinchy. A.D. Police). Also contains contributions from normal people, like Rikdo Koshi (Excel Saga).

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (5 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616551143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616551148
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 494,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Desperate for more Evangelion? 14 May 2014
By Dewdirk
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The various different stories presented vary wildly in quality, from great parodies of the show (Neon Genesis Revolutionary Legend Evangelion), to just borderline porn (Let's Study with NERV!). I didn't spend much on it, and it is a little more Eva until 4.0 is released.

So, if you're clawing at the wall for a little more Eva, and if you can get it for pretty cheap, then I'd recommend it
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4.0 out of 5 stars very funny 2 Aug 2013
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ive allways liked the evangelion anime, and i was looking up prices for the manga when i fell over this tribute, it looked interesting so i bought it, and im very happy i did, its hilarious, with alot of different manga artists, making a funny tribute to the series, if u buy it u wont be dissapointed
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4.0 out of 5 stars (3.5 STARS) Collection of Evangelion Parodies: A Mixed Bag (But Tony Takezaki's Are Hilarious) 27 Mar 2013
By Tsuyoshi - Published on Amazon.com
Probably, if you don't know anything about the "Evangelion" franchise, Dark Horse's new comic "Neon Genesis Evangelion: Comic Tribute" doesn't make much sense. As the book's title says, the book is a collection of parodies based on the Evangelion characters and episodes. As you know, parodies are nothing unusual among the anime/manga fandom, as the countless number of doujinshi or self-published manga testifies, but what is interesting about these "tributes" is that comics or illustrations are done by professional artists.

The book starts off with three color pages. Character designer/manga artist Haruhiko Mikimoto and manga artists Rikdo Koshi ("Excel Saga") and Mine Yoshizaki ("Sgt. Frog") have given one-page illustration. The one you are looking at on the book cover is Yoshizaki's. Sorry, but only illustrations and no comics here.

This brief section is followed by the main part that consists of sixteen black-and-white one-shot manga pieces. Except the slightly serious one by Yun Kouga (of "Loveless" fame), they are all comic spoof.

The best is the ones by Tony Takezaki, (known for his Gundam spoof), whose clever and often hilarious parodies of famous scenes from the original are worth reading. You may remember Rei Ayanami's secrets. Takezaki turns them (with very surprised Shinji) into comedy (yes, comedy!) while re-creating the original illustrator Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's touch. In another parody Rei runs with bread in her mouth - like in dating sim game - because dead serious Gendo tells her to do so.

Perhaps you may not get some of the jokes. In "Neon Genesis Tanakagelion" manga creator Keiichi Tanaka, best known in Japan for his parodies of the "father of manga" Osamu Tezuka, borrows various art styles from different creators including Nobuyuki Fukumoto (and Tezuka, of course), to spoof the world of Evangelion. Please image search "Kaiji" (Fukumoto's hit comic series) and you know why Gendo looks like that.

I can keep writing, but maybe I shouldn't. Like most manga anthologies published in Japan, the collected works vary in quality. Some readers may think rightly it is a bit too fan servicy. Plus, most verbal jokes are hard to translate ("kaeru" meaning "frog" is a pun on the name of Kaworu). Still, I for one enjoyed reading the book, which is certainly a mixed bag, but has a few good things to offer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was just flat out funny 29 Mar 2013
By Zonza Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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This is (simply put) a comic tribute to the Neon Genesis Evangelion series as a whole and if you have read or watched the series this relatively inexpensive comic will make you laugh your buns off. Pointing out problems that aren't really noted in the series (such as public opinion of Nerv) and presenting these in hilarious short comics that address them. Naturally the language is what you would expect out the series so you should keep this away from children but if you are looking at this you probably already knew that.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evangelion franchise parody you've always wanted to see 28 Aug 2013
By S. Du - Published on Amazon.com
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Being a NGE fan since it's debut, the parody in this comic book is nothing short but satisfaction in a funny way.

There are some heavy weight and even legendary artists contribution to this book.

Variety of stories, style and some good laughs.

If you are a NGE fan and wanted some parody, get it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Novelty With Little Else of Value 13 July 2013
By Ali Conan - Published on Amazon.com
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Much has been said about the series 'Neon Genesis Evangelion' over the 17 years (counting the manga's first publication in Japan), with a plethora of in-depth discussions and even the much-needed humorous jokes and fun poked at this behemoth of a series. So, why does this humorous anthology of our loved Evangelion get only two stars from me? Simple. Humour and the lack thereof.

I eagerly ordered this book and read it cover-to-cover, word-for-word. You can even sneak a peak at the first comic spoof and find that the vast majority of the joke involves a saying "Having the handkerchief dropped behind you". Now, correct me if I'm wrong, or maybe I just don't "get" this humor, but I asked five of my friends and my parents if they had heard of this saying - not a single one had. This rocky start only begins to spiral downward in a kaleidoscope-like pattern with random short chapters followed by rather long ones, then came a few four panel comics (which, I must admit were kind of easier to get the humor of) and then they even threw in some downright depressing chapters in there.

The joke material is rather unfunny; most artists/authors rely on breaking the fourth wall and very little fan service, if that was what you were looking for. There are maybe two chapters with fanservice, but if you are a KawoShin shipper you are SOL and I would recommend you wait until the Shinji Ikari Detective Diaries comes out; this comic had such little amounts of Kaworu it was almost odd, considering how much joke material you could pull from that character alone. There is far too much Gendo in this book, and I actually support all characters, but each and every chapter and panel with this poor man in it did him zero justice, even from a humorous standpoint. There was really nothing fresh, save for one scene which was the only time I laughed throughout reading the entire book. It was a Kaworu scene. Again I reiterate the missed opportunity.

Finally, the artwork. Some of the artwork was good, some was adequate and some was wretched. There were quite a few contributing artists, so it was definitely a mixed bag and I was aware of that when purchasing this. If you have read Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's Evangelion manga series, you would probably expect a certain quality of art to be upheld. Unfortunately, some artists may just have a style that does not fit well with the Eva characters, which was true for one or two of them. The others, however, I genuinely wasn't attracted to their design. If the art didn't pull me in, and the jokes aren't funny, what is left besides a novelty for a die-hard Eva fan like myself?

Humor - 1.5/5
Art - 3/5
Execution - 1/5

Overall - 2/5

~I should mention this at the end. If you are a Shinji fan, and you prefer to ship him with Rei and Asuka in lieu of Kaworu, this book might just be worth buying as a novelty. Otherwise, you could probably do a better job writing one yourself. Any of you. I mean it. Any of you could do a better job than anything in this book, you just need to have some grasp on what is considered funny in America, which might have been good to look into before shipping it overseas.~
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-collect for 'Eva' fans! 3 May 2013
By Reki_Fan - Published on Amazon.com
There have been plenty of parodies or humorous comments made of 'Evangelion' in America, whether it be to poke fun at its sillier aspects or just make light of it in general. Does Japan share that same sentiment with its groundbreaking, classic series? If the Evangelion Comic Tribute is any indication, the answer is a resounding "YES!"

This anthology is made up of chapters and four-panel comics contributed by various artists, all spoofing and commenting on Evangelion and all its characters from almost every which way. They make fun of certain things that we in America would've made fun of, such as that Evangelion is a "franchise made to make money," then scratched out and "corrected" to being a "story of Nerv protecting mankind," and the confusion of pluralizing "children" when talking about the 2nd or 3rd "child," something Matt Greenfield admitted having trouble with when directing the dub for the original TV series. Some chapters take select moments from said series and spin humorous takes on them, such as Shinji wrestling with Misato from removing the box of toothpicks (you should know what scene I'm referring to), or Shinji being quite the opposite of horrified at the sight of all the nude Rei clones.

I am a devoted non-fan of 'Shinji Ikari Raising Project', so consider it the hugest relief to know that there are indeed Eva fans even in Japan that recognize its trashy aspects. We get one whole chapter spoofing that specific title, where Shinji is considered a danger to all the female staff due to his "propensity for stumbling into girls in a compromising manner," while not forgetting to mention that's what "drives over 90% of what passes for plot events."

And then, believe it or not, there are a couple chapters that are--not comedies. 'Shinji And Asuka's Hot Day' contains very minimal humor, and is really simply about Shinji making amends to Asuka and Asuka actually accepting it. Then there's 'I Forgave You Long Ago', which has absolutely no humor whatsoever. Rather, it's a heavily sentimental, even poetic piece of Shinji sitting all alone on a winged angel statue in a desolate world, lamenting that he is fine and accepting of all the bad things in his life and what happened to everyone, but not fine and accepting of feeling that way. It is a chapter of nothing but deep, depressing regret, until Kaworu steps in and assures him otherwise. As out of place as this short story is, it's probably because of that it stands out so much and makes the biggest, most lingering impression.

Otherwise, this is a spoof anthology of a beloved series that can at times be dumb or just weird, but plenty other times have genuine laugh-out-loud gags, offering a fair variety. All the chapters mentioned in this review are just scratches on the surface of the multiple satirical perspectives to be found within.
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