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.