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Book Title: Neogénesis Evangelion, Vol. 4|
The author of the book: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Date of issue: April 2004
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 762 KB
Edition: Norma Editorial
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So I don’t really know why when I ordered this I got one of the really old editions of it, and it’s a bit beat up, but I suppose I will forgive it that. Perhaps at some point I will go back and buy the newer edition of it, so that it fits with the other volumes of this series that I have. As it is, I suppose it has little to do with the actual content of the mange (except that it reads right to left in this volume and left to right in the newer edition). But yes, this volume is really about introducing Asuka, the brash German Second Child who shows up to cause Shinji ever more troubles and angst, because Shinji reacts that way to most things, and to attractive Germans especially so.
And really, Asuka is here to give us a second “romantic” interest for Shinji, one that will contrast the relationship and thoughts he has about Rei, because the two girls are about as different as people can be. Where Rei is passive, quiet, but true to herself and to those she cares for, Asuka is fiery and deceptive, playing the part that gets her the best results and that serves her own purposes. The characteristic they share is that their actions are geared towards keeping people at a distance, as neither of them are really that open about what they want and how they are damaged. But each reacts to Shinji in some ways, so it’s rather a weird mess he finds himself in as Asuka makes her debut.
At first glance she is also there to contrast Shinji himself, because where he hesitates and doesn’t want to be thought of as an Eva pilot, and as a result continually doubts himself and his abilities, Asuka is sure of herself, at least outwardly, and arrogant to those around her. She knows that she wants to pilot Eva, basks in the attention that brings, and gets annoyed that Shinji doesn’t share a genuine desire to do it, because his skill then lessens her own importance in her eyes. She is the classic overachiever, the A Type personality, and that works because Shinji is so passive himself. The plot of the volume bears this out, with the main conflict coming from Asuka and Shinji having to work together to defeat an Angel that splits into two versions of itself that have to be taken down at the same time.
This leads to Shinji and Asuka having to live together and train together while they try to synch up with each other. And as it might sound, hilarity ensues. This is definitely the funniest of the volumes so far, with the conflicts between the characters being played for laughs, mostly, while keeping more serious and tragic story beats in the background, buried under the lighter tone. It is a nice break, I suppose, from some of the larger issues that have been looming, but at the same time it arrests Shinji’s development to some degree, stunts his growth while introducing a new character and concentrating on the funny. Now, it is rather funny, because Shinji is rather a loser and to see him with someone like Asuka is striking and rife with hilarious situations, but it seems a little strange given that through this there is supposed to be the danger of the Angels, which necessitate the use of a very powerful weapon that supposedly irradiates a good part of the area.
So the silliness of the volume works but also conflicts with what is happening. It allows the reader some time to enjoy the story without being worried, but is also doesn’t exactly mesh well with the rest of the series. I guess the only solution is to keep reading, which will no doubt happen at some point. This is not a fast series, after all, and there are still volumes that look rather difficult to find, so I’m not sure when I will get the next volume, but for now I continue to enjoy the series. It maintains the angst and drops a little of the drama, injecting some humor into the story and introducing some new characters, and leaves it reenergized going forward. For that, it gets a 6.5/10.
Read information about the authorYoshiyuki Sadamoto is a Japanese character designer, mangaka, and one of the founding members of the Gainax anime studio.
Also the character designer for the .hack//Games and the Package designer for the .hack//GU games.
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