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.~