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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NGE,
More character development
As with the series the manga follows Shinji though this time we get a clearer look into his personality, background and motivation. The same can be said for all the other characters but perhaps to a lesser extent.
Now if you haven't seen the anime this is still a great read: fantastic art and a deep and complex plot. It should be noted though this isn't really a mecha story at heart. It does have giant robots yes but a large percentage of the series is about the human condidtion. How differant peoiple look at the world and interact with each other. In the first volume you get introduced to most of the major characters and the world they are in (and a pretty cool fight despite my earlier mecha comment).
So if you are new to Eva or not - have a look it is well worth it.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better "conversions" I've seen in some time!!!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 1 (Paperback)"Neon Genesis Evangelion", written by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, is not your "run of the mill" robot anime/manga... It could be ranked as one of the best all time series that I've seen, out of this genre... Yes, even topping Robotech! There is much more emotion in "Evangelion" in just the first Graphic Novel than I ever remember seeing in the aforementioned series. Not to knock Robotech, but move over SDF... here come the Evas!!! Even if you are not really into Japanese animation, this is definitely something that I would recommend to anyone!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Angel Attack!,
This review is from: Neon Genesis Evangelion Book 1 (2nd Ed) (Paperback)This first volume of 'Evangelion' does a fantastic job of easing you into the story.
Introducing most of the main characters in one form or another, you don't need any prior experience of the anime to understand this book. Interestingly, events here happen in a different order than the series, and some things don't happen at all (such as the ghostly image of Rei in the anime). Maybe this is because the manga started before the anime aired?
The extras in this book are excellent, and Viz should be praised for it's translation and indexing all the sound effects at the back of the book (yay!) for easy reference. This stops them having to physically change the sound effects to english, which alters the art.
And Sadamoto's art is amazing. Not hard to see why he's considered one of the best. The pastel colours of the outside cover contrasts so well with black, white and grey screentones of the story.
I'm not going to ruin the story, but if you enjoy sci-fi or stories based on characters, then this book is a good read. Even if you're an Evangelion aficionado, the differences in character and scenario will have you gripped. By the end, you'll definatly want to read the other volumes!
(P.S Did anyone else see Unit 00's arm sticking out of the bulkhead on page 50? - Cool!)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable,
This review is from: Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 1 (Paperback)Having seen most of the Tv series episodes and the first movie i thought i would span out to the Manga and was thourougly enjoyed when it turned out to be just as good as the tv series. It is a little expensive considering most of Tokyopop's prices are between 5 and 6 pounds but it turned out to be a valued purchase.
It starts out with Shinji being called too Tokyo to what he presumes is a visit with his father but soon gets a surprise when a giant creature called an 'angel' starts attacking and he is only saved by Misato, a strangely fascinating character that takes Shinji under her wing. Shinji may come across as weak and somewhat pathetic when he was offered to pilot the Eva(large machines sculpted after the angels) as some people have said but could you truly say that in his posistion you wouldn't act slightly like that which makes it more realistic(ignoring the fact that huge'angels'are walking around)
I would highly reccoment this book and think that it is an enjoyable read for most.
4.0 out of 5 stars NGE manga,
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This review is from: Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 1 (Paperback)I must admit I was a bit disappointed with this manga adaptation of the classic NGE anime.
This manga is an adaptation of the Neon Genesis Evangelion and is not as good as the original anime. I was hoping for better. The original Neon Genesis Evangelion is a masterpiece.
The manga follows the original story where Shinji becomes a pilot of the Eva. Shinji is just a regular kid until his dad calls for him to move to Tokyo-03.
If you haven't seen NGE then this may appeal to you. However if you have seen the original anime then don't expect this to be as good..
The artwork is flipped so the manga reads left to right like a comic book rather than a manga.
Overall, for everyone who enjoyed NGE it's worth a read. For everyone else I'd recommend watching the original anime first or even the rebuild movies.
4.0 out of 5 stars Evangelion! ^_^,
This review is from: Neon Genesis Evangelion Book 1 (2nd Ed) (Paperback)This is a pretty good read. Like someone else mentioned in a review, you don't need any prior knowledge of the anime to read this. (I actually got about 4 volumes in before I saw the anime)
Now, the introduction of the characters, the extra view into each person's thoughts (Shinji: ''third child? What's she talking about'')Are pretty cool, but ultimately, where I feel that the book suffers is in the ability to convey the action scenes, which obviously can't come close to the way they are done in the anime.
However, aside from this, it's a REALLY good read, and it's becoming increasingly obvious as I get further in that the story is definitely different to the anime, and may even end differently.
There are lots of extras from the western translators to make up for the wait for it to come out, and they are pretty good too, such as, in volume 9, a reference to a mark twain story, and analysing how it may have influenced the creation of Kaworu Nagisa, as well as a mythology segment in one of the current mid point volumes that examines the references to religion covered by eva.
Overall, it's a must read for fans, and I must say, don't worry if anyone more experienced in these worlds tell any newcomers to wait before getting into eva, it was one of my first series, and remains my favourite to date. Enjoy! ^_^
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly Drawn, Psychologically charged graphic novel.,
The Evangelion series was a superb view on this story, but the comics really show how it was meant to be done, with the powerful evas potrayed in a much darker setting, and extra scenes thrown in everywhere. In other words: You MUST buy this series.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellenty Drawn, Superbly written masterpiece.,
By A Customer
Having only read the first book i can't really comment on the quality of the series, but the first book is the best story i've read for a LONG time!
This truly is a tribute to the tradition of japanese anime, and graphic novels........
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Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 1 by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Paperback - Dec 1998)
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