Shinji Ikari is a typical teenager who attends Tokyo High School. He has a fiery-tempered friend Asuka, who always makes sure he wakes up in time for school. One day, Shinji bumps into a girl he's never seen before, and she accuses him of looking up her skirt; her name is Rei, and she's a new transfer student at Tokyo High. Despite their awkward first meeting, Rei quickly develops feelings for Shinji, while Asuka quickly becomes jealous; thus their love triangle begins. But Shinji has other things on his mind, due to the strange dreams that have been plaguing him recently...
It's not often that fans of a particular series find any type of a spinoff of that series as charming, compelling, or absorbing. So, how much more rare to find all three in one of the most controversial and talked about anime of all-time! While die-hard proponents of Neon Genesis may take offense at Angelic Days I for one do not. In fact, It is quite refreshing to see one of the alternate universes from the end of the series come to life and still stay true to the core of each character. That is except Rei. She goes from having less personality than a wet mop to a very interesting character that makes her have a warm glow everytime she is in a panel. While ultimately Shinji has to choose her or the "high-spirited" Asuka, the story around these three makes for some tense moments and some revealing emotions that run through each character. Whether you understand the tsundere nature of Asuka or fall for Rei's grace you won't want to put this one down. I found the story to be quite engaging, a what if scenario so real, you wonder how such a complicated plot as Evangalion could br retold with such wonderful originality. The art is pretty good, as the characters have their own unique mood and style. From Rei's glowing energy to Asuka's angst, from Gendo's gruff exterior to the up-and-down emotion of one Shinji Ikari, it is impressive to say the least. Overall I gave it a ten, simply because of the tremendous depth and feeling not only in the main characters, but in the depth of other chacters such as Toji and Hikaru, and the mission of the Eva pilots at hand. I highly recommend this manga whether or not you liked the series, but especially to those that did, because this one will put a smile on your face. -lordsess18
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