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Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project Volume 1 Paperback – Jul 21 2009

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (July 21 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595823212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595823212
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.5 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Dark Horse is coming out with omnibus editions of this series this summer and I wanted to try it before I pre-ordered. I was aware this was going to be shojo but I am a lot more pleased with it than I thought I would be. Of course, the story is set before the original series and takes many liberties with continuity to present itself as a possible alternate reality to the one that happened. I'm not sure I'd call it shojo at this point as it is a strange mix of shojo and shonen slice of life school stories. Lots of romantic comedy as expected, but lots of teen boy sex talk and hi-jinx too. What really surprised me and won me over was that the science fiction theme is very much there. All the kids' parents work for Eva, Rei is working for them and by the end of this volume everyone has visited the lab. I really enjoyed the characters as I already knew them quite well and even though their history has been changed their personalities are true to form. I must say I look forward to continuing on with this series through the upcoming omnibus editions.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb3b3169c) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3ed02c4) out of 5 stars (4.5 STARS) Romantic Comedy Meets Sci-fi in "The Shinji Ikari Raising Project" Aug. 20 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a review of the comic Volume 1 of "The Shinji Ikari Raising Project" published by Dark Horse Comics. Not to be confused with Sadamoto Yushiyuki's "Neon Genesis Evangelion" published by VIZ Media, or Fumino Hayashi's "Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days" published by ADV Manga.

Here are liner notes on the back cover of Volume 1 of "The Shinji Ikari Raising Project," which goes like this: "Based on the alternate world glimpsed in the final episode of the famous `Neon Genesis Evangelion' TV series, `The Shinji Ikari Raising Project' explores Evangelion's famous characters through love, comedy, and a new set of mysteries!"

Well, in short, this is a ROMANTIC COMEDY based on the main characters of the Evangelion franchise, Rei, Asuka, and Shinji. Believe me or not, this comic delivers the goods.

[STORY] Shinji Ikari is an ordinary junior high school student living with his father Gendo and mother Yui, both working for "Artificial Evolution Lab." Shinji's ordinary life changes dramatically, however, when a beautiful, mysterious girl Rei Ayanami moved to his school in New Tokyo-3 and starts to live with his family. Naturally, Shinji's friend since childhood, strong-willed girl Asuka Langley Shoryu is not very happy about that.

Unlike the original anime, Shinji is not a boy troubled by his relation with his distant father. Like any traditional romantic comedy set in school, he is a boy attracted to two totally different types of girls. This is a time-tested formula for setting up comedy and romance, if not very original. And it works pretty well with these two well-drawn characters, Asuka and Rei. The comic doesn't forget that it is originally a sci-fi drama. It contains a scene of Ayanami wearing plug suit and one failed experiment.

Those who have not seen the original TV series can enjoy the comic as stand-alone series, though they might miss most of the sly in-jokes (Shinji's bearded father Gendo doesn't speak much because ... he is now a husband dominated by his loving and ever-smiling wife Yui). Jokes are not overused and the story keeps a nice, swift pace, following the romantic triangle of Shinji, Asuka, and Rei, and its consequences that are often funny.

[ART] Though this is the first major work (his first tankobon book), Osamu Takahashi did a very good job with nice art (especially that of Rei Ayanami), which looks faithful to original character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. The comic's art sometimes become slightly "fan servicey," but it is not too explicit or excessive. The book also has very funny bonus pages.

The English version comic has the same front/back cover art and four color pages. It also comes with the 7-page afterword from the editor of the English version.

Original "The Shinji Ikari Raising Project" has been serialized in "Monthly Shônen Ace" published by Kadokawa Shoten since June, 2005. The comic, illustrated by Osamu Takahashi, is inspired by one of the storylines in the game of the same name released in 2004. The first volume of the series was published in May, 2006 and eight tankobon books have already been released in Japan so far. I hope that Dark Horse will keep on publishing the series.

"The Shinji Ikari Raising Project" is one of the several spin-off comics that was created after the phenomenal success of the Evangelion series, and is one of the better projects. Enjoy it.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3d68240) out of 5 stars Rehashing the Rehash Dec 30 2009
By James S. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
How do take an amazing, ground-breaking series, like Evangelion, with its dark psychology, twisted mysteries, tense action, and make it boring? You take all of those things and toss them out the window. What's left? An alternate reality glimpsed for a few minutes in one of the last TV episodes ballooned into a manga series. Okay, but why is that boring? We still have Rei, Asuka, and Shinji. The artwork is very good. We're getting new stories.

Wait a minute, no we're not, and that is the problem. What we have here is simply the Evangelion characters recast in a typical high school comedy romance.

And by typical I mean that moldy old formula used too many times in too many other series. If you've been around the anime community a while you've seen it all before: the one guy torn between different girls, the beach episode, the eat my cooking episode, the oh no you saw my panties episode, the town fair episode, the visit the school nurse's office episode, the let's spy on their shopping trip episode, the school trip episode, and on and on. For a great deal of this you could cut out the Evangelion characters and replace them with those of any equivalent genre manga and there would be next to no difference.

If this sounds like a good idea to you, or you are too new to the anime community to have been around this particular hamster wheel one too many times, then knock yourself out on this series. You'll probably enjoy it quite a bit, because it will be new to you. If you haven't been exposed to this template too many times, this manga will be funny and charming. However, if the idea of Evangelion reduced to this sort of cookie-cutter, formulaic, rehash brings back too many memories of series that felt like a few good starting episodes, a few good ending episodes, and miles of filler in between, then stay away.

Frankly, the first two volumes of this manga seem like a collection of everything that Evangelion was deliberately trying not to be, and, because Evangelion wasn't this, it had a major impact on the anime world and became a classic. Sadly, that will not be the case for this manga, which is more of an old dog desperately in need of some new tricks.
By Chaotic - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a die hard Evangelion fan and I always pick up anything associated to it, and this was no exception. I will admit it's definitely different as it is set in an alternate timeline where everyone is for the most part ordinary people, but I can handle that considering the original was so dark. The art is great, almost on par with the original artist. It's really weird seeing Rei laugh and smile though lol Basically This starts with Shinji and Asuka being childhood friends and the exploits of school and such, Rei comes along and Asuka gets jealous. Definitely a fanservice, but again, I can handle it seeing as though the original was so different. I would pick this up if you want to see a lighter side to Evangelion and its characters, but I probably wouldn't suggest this to those who didn't like Evangelion in the first place (shame on you!!) .
HASH(0xb3a48a98) out of 5 stars Generic School Comedy version of Evangelion. Oct. 16 2015
By Paul,CA - Published on Amazon.com
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These books are a light-hearted read to satisfy your post-Evangelion cravings without making you depressed. Asuka is a typical tsundere and Rei is the stereotypical beautiful, nice transfer student. Shinji is also more well-adjusted and not angsty at all. There is even a bit of a slowly developed and mysterious story revolving around EVA's on top of the comedy slice-of-life. I personally loved it but don't expect deep psychological commentary this time around.
HASH(0xb3d68060) out of 5 stars If Evangelion was a light-hearted romantic comedy April 6 2014
By Daryl1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This spins off from a brief sequence in one of the final episodes where the Evangelion characters are leading alternate, fairly normal lives as opposed to their various abandonment PTSD psychodramas from the series proper. Although, this is even slightly different from that because that sequence had a loud, goofy Rei as opposed to the more traditional introverted one here.

Anyway, that's all kind of superfluous information, basically its the same well-rendered characters you know and love, but you get to see them just flirting with each other or going to the mall and other typical adolescent stuff. On its own the series is incredibly lightweight, but after you've seen all the incredibly dark stuff they go through in the original series (mind rape, having to murder loved ones, elimination of self in oneness with God, to name a few things), you feel so happy seeing them just have a day at the beach or whatever. SIRP has about the same relationship to its original series as New Order has to Joy Division, in other words.(although SIRP perhaps isn't quite that good) What it lacks in innovation and more formal substance, in makes up for in warm fuzzy feelings. The EVAs are also barely in it although NERV is, so I am fairly curious where the actual plot is going as well.

To people new to EVA, this is still a fun and beautifully drawn little high school manga that stands quite well on its own, it just likely won't mean quite as much to you and you'll miss the jokes referencing the original.