Nov
27
2009

Manga Series: “Neon Genesis Evangelion – RE-TAKE” by Studio Kimigabuchi

WARNING:  This work contains adult situations and pornographic images.
This is not intended for children.  Consider yourself warned… pervert :)

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NEON GENESIS EVANGELION
“RE-TAKE”

Author/Mangaka: Studio Kimigabuchi

Genre: Science Fiction, Drama, Romance, Adult, Doujinshi

Plot Summary: What if the Evangelion anime ended differently?

Shinji Hikari, the young pilot of Eva 01, wakes up at the infirmary, and discovers that he is seemingly transported back to the time when he is yet to encounter the final angels.  Having seen what happened in the end, Shinji now tries to correct all the mistakes he has made, and tries to improve his relationship with the fiery, red-haired girl Asuka Langley Soryuu, and prevent the tragedies he had witnessed before.  In so doing, Shinji has created an alternate reality – a reality where he and Asuka become more than friends.  A reality where he becomes close to distant friends – and distant to intimate ones.  A reality where Rei Ayanami encounters a crisis of identity.  And a reality where Shinji’s dreams come true – and his worst nightmares become a reality.

Shinji Hikari must decide whether this “new” reality is better than the one he witnessed before going back – whether the End of Evangelion was ultimately a better outcome for his destiny…

Volumes: 6  (4  + 1 interlude + 1 after story)

Review: I have to say that, for a fan-made piece of fiction, this doujin is one of the best I have read.

One thing about doujins (fanfiction) that made me stray away from them was that 90% of them were pretty much hentai (adult/porn) based on other popular manga and/or anime.  Not that I have anything against porn – I like them as much as the next guy – but the norm for porn is that the story and art itself takes itself down several notches in favor of graphic sex scenes.

Such was not the case for RE-TAKE.  This was very inspired work from Studio Kimigabuchi, one that begs the question “did they do the ending better than Hideaki Anno did with the original Eva?”

Neon Genesis Evangelion RE-TAKE

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Oct
24
2009

Manga Series: “Salad Days” by Shinobu Inokuma (Volume 10-18)

(I have split this manga series into two posts, because of some weird WordPress bug. Click here to go to the previous entry that contains Volume 1-9)

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SALAD DAYS

Author/Mangaka: Shinobu Inokuma

Genre: Drama, Romance, Slice of Life

Plot Summary: Love is something that is fresh… like salads. Days when people experience love are days that will never be forgotten… These precious memories are “salad days”.

Salad Days is a large collection of short stories about people and their first love, or finding new love. Although almost all of them are unrelated some characters in previous stories reappear as a support character or as a main character if the author chooses to write more stories about the character.

Volumes: 18

Review: Despite this being mostly a romance manga series, I liked it a lot. The slice-of-life aspect of the series is very interesting and somewhat realistic, and the art is very good. I like the fact that not all stories contain the proverbial “happy ending” that we have come to expect in drama/romance manga, and the fact that all the characters seem to be interconnected by locale and/or history makes it very consistent and very enjoyable, since there is already a backstory to most of the characters when they recur in other stories.

Since this is a collection of short stories, almost all of them are self-contained, except for a few characters whose storie are ongoing. Again, I like that some of the stories don’t have the predictable happy conclusion, but they are not depressing, either. The underlying theme in this series is hope. I rarely recommend works based on romance and drama, but this series is one of my favorites in that genre, and is highly recommended for those who like slice-of-life, romance manga.

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Oct
24
2009

Manga Series: “Salad Days” by Shinobu Inokuma (Volume 1-9)

(I have split this manga series into two posts, because of some weird WordPress bug. Click here to go to the next entry that contains Volume 10-18)

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SALAD DAYS

Author/Mangaka: Shinobu Inokuma

Genre: Drama, Romance, Slice of Life

Salad DaysPlot Summary: Love is something that is fresh… like salads. Days when people experience love are days that will never be forgotten… These precious memories are “salad days”.

Salad Days is a large collection of short stories about people and their first love, or finding new love. Although almost all of them are unrelated some characters in previous stories reappear as a support character or as a main character if the author chooses to write more stories about the character.

Volumes: 18

Review: Despite this being mostly a romance manga series, I liked it a lot. The slice-of-life aspect of the series is very interesting and somewhat realistic, and the art is very good. I like the fact that not all stories contain the proverbial “happy ending” that we have come to expect in drama/romance manga, and the fact that all the characters seem to be interconnected by locale and/or history makes it very consistent and very enjoyable, since there is already a backstory to most of the characters when they recur in other stories.

Since this is a collection of short stories, almost all of them are self-contained, except for a few characters whose storie are ongoing. Again, I like that some of the stories don’t have the predictable happy conclusion, but they are not depressing, either. The underlying theme in this series is hope. I rarely recommend works based on romance and drama, but this series is one of my favorites in that genre, and is highly recommended for those who like slice-of-life, romance manga.

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