Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion is an manga series in the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise
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Manga adaptation of the Neon Genesis Evangelion Anime.


Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 1 JPN (Aug 1995)
Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 1 JPN (Aug 1995)

Japan's most controversial anime series is over...but not the manga version of Neon Genesis Evangelion! Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's personal interpretation of the Evangelion characters and story is sure to intrigue new and old fans alike.

Written by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, the character designer of the anime, it was published by Kadokawa Shoten in Shonen Ace, in 1994, but was moved to Young Ace in 2009. It was used to publicize and bring attention to the anime, but has also developed into a story of its' own.


  • Kadokawa Shoten (Japan)
  • Viz Media (North America)
  • Madman Entertainment (Australia and New Zealand)
  • Glenat (France)
  • Editorial Ivrea (Argentina)
  • Grupo Editorial Vid (Mexico)
  • Planet Manga (Italy)
  • Carlsen Comics (Germany, Denmark)
  • Glenat Benelux (Holland, The Netherlands)
  • Japonica Polonica Fantastica (Poland)
  • Conrad (Brazil)
  • Bonnier Carlsen (Sweden)
  • Kadokawa Media (Taiwan) Co.,Ltd. (Taiwan, China)
  • Taiwan Tohan Co.,Ltd. (Taiwan, China, first five volumes only)

Publication History

The manga was first published by Kadokawa Shoten in Weekly Shonen Ace, in December 1995. Currently, it is composed of twelve volumes. In July 2009, the magazine was moved to the more teenage-oriented Young Ace, also published by Kadokawa Shoten. There have been several hiatuses and irregularities with the publishing schedule: it took two years between volumes 4 and 5 for the volumes to be printed. It went on hiatus on January 2010, so that Sadamoto could work on the 3rd Rebuild of Evangelion film. The hiatus will end with the publication of the latest chapter on April 4, 2011.

Viz Media publishes the series in North America, releasing the first volume on March 24, 2004, and with eight volumes having been released already. It is their first recorded series that is "unflipped", i.e. preserved in the traditional right-to-left Japanese format.


Shinji Ikari

The main protagonist of the manga. He is an introverted and shy boy, crippled emotionally by his father's lack of love for him and his own incredible lack of confidence, but lacking the almost nihilistic attitude of his anime counterpart. He also functions as a pilot for the EVA units.

Rei Ayanami

A frail, seemingly weak girl who is one of the pilots of the EVA suits. Rei seems to love Shinji's father Gendo Ikari, if not romantically then at least platonically. Her counterpart expresses her feelings more, although she still refrains from talking too much.

Asuka Langley

A hot-headed, half-Japanese and half-German girl who constantly abuses Shinji, both physically and verbally, and is also a pilot of one of the EVA units. She behaves properly around authority, but has to have her way, even at the cost of her companions' comfort.

Kaworu Nagisa

A boy who is ignorant of the basics of human interaction, mainly as comic relief. However, this is also used to eerie effect, making him appear slightly inhuman. He constantly flirts and makes advances towards Shinji, who becomes increasingly uncomfortable with Kaworu's behavior. He is also an EVA pilot.

Gendo Ikari

The commander of the NERV operation, and Shinji's father. Gendo is a cold, calculating man, who works diligently to bring about the success of his organization. He makes use of people to reach his goals, very much working under the belief that the ends justify the means.

Book # Name Rating Release Date
Father and Son
April 3, 2010
A Fistful of Memories
June 19, 2007
Feb. 25, 2006
The Fifth Child
April 3, 2004
Dec. 19, 2002
A Man's Battle
Dec. 1, 2001
The Fourth Child
Dec. 15, 2000
Dec. 17, 1999
Asuka Comes to Japan
Oct. 17, 1997
White Scars
Oct. 29, 1996
Shōnen and Knife
March 5, 1996
Angel Attack
Aug. 29, 1995
General Information Edit
English Name Neon Genesis Evangelion
Japanese Name: 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン
Romaji: Shin Seiki Evangerion
Publisher Viz Media
Start Year 1994
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