Neon Genesis Evangelion: Anima

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Anima (Japanese: エヴァンゲリオン ANIMA, Hepburn: Evangerion ANIMA), shortened as Evangelion Anima, and formerly Neon Genesis Evangelion (3 Years After) -Anima-, is a Japanese light novel series written by Takuma Kageyama and later by Ikuto Yamashita, based on the Neon Genesis Evangelion series created by Khara. It was originally serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Dengeki Hobby Magazine from January 2008 to January 2013. It was later republished into 5 tankōbon volumes from 2017 to 2019. Set on an alternate timeline, three years after the events of the original Evangelion anime series, it focuses on the events where Shinji Ikari manages to avert the Human Instrumentality Project, the culmination of the plot of the original series. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the novels series for an English release from 2019 to 2021.

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Anima
Cover of the first English novel volume
エヴァンゲリオン ANIMA
(Evangerion ANIMA)
Created byKhara
Light novel
Written by
Illustrated byIkuto Yamashita
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
MagazineDengeki Hobby
Original runJanuary 2008January 2013
Volumes5 (List of volumes)

Plot edit

Anima is set into an alternative future, three years after the events of Neon Genesis Evangelion are cut short by Shinji managing to avert Seele's plans as they'd take place in The End of Evangelion. It portrays a conflict between a reformed Nerv agency and Seele, now denounced as a rogue organization, still attempting to enact the Human Instrumentality Project. There are several new variations and upgrades of the Evangelion units fighting for both sides, including a mysterious, monstrously powerful autonomous Evangelion unit called Armaros.

Shinji is now taller and has long hair which he uses as a ponytail. He has matured a great deal, and is now the de facto leader of the Eva Team. Asuka is a much more cheerful and happy self, having overcome her childhood trauma, and is now much closer to Shinji, though she maintains some distance from Rei. Rei is referred to as a "No. Trois", in reference to her being the third Rei to appear in the series. She looks much more like her genetic donor Yui Ikari. There are also three more Rei clones present in the story, as Rei "No. Quatre", "No. Cinq" and "No. Six". Toji Suzuhara now has cybernetic limbs. He is closer with Hikari Horaki, who is no longer class representative. Mari Makinami is also present as a six-year old. Shinji's father Gendo Ikari was absorbed by a mysterious black barrier released by Lilith when Instrumentality was stopped, and his status is currently unknown. In his stead, Misato Katsuragi took over as Acting Commander of Nerv. Ryoji Kaji is not confirmed dead, and was instead kidnapped.[1]

Release edit

Anima was originally released in the Dengeki Hobby Magazine from 2007 to 2013. In 2017, to commemorate the series' 10th anniversary, Anima received a full print volume release, split into five books, by Kadokawa Shoten. The first two books were released simultaneously in Japan on November 30, 2017,[2][3][4] and the last two were released on March 30, 2019.[5] On January 11, 2019, Seven Seas Entertainment announced an English release, with the first released on August 22, 2019 digitally and on October 29 physically, and the last released on June 24, 2021 digitally and August 3 physically.[6][7] There is also a "visual book" containing artwork and information for the series.[1] On December 4, 2023, Seven Seas also announced an audiobook adaptation of ANIMA, narrated by Asuka's ADV/Amazon English voice actress Tiffany Grant.[8]

Reception edit

Right Stuf called Anima a "wild ride" and appreciated seeing the pilots interact as normal teenagers, but noted that it was "lacking the heart and realism of the original television series".[9] Honey's Anime expressed a similar opinion: "It was amazing to witness the characters we’ve grown to love interacting with each other like the rest of us."[10]

References edit

  1. ^ a b Shinseiki evuangerion ANIMA vijuaru bukku = EVANGELION ANIMA VISUAL BOOK. Tōkyō: Asukīmediawākusu. 2010. ISBN 978-4-04-868526-9. OCLC 703301786.
  2. ^ "Ikuto Yamashita's Evangelion Anima Novels With Alternate Ending Get Print Book Release in Japan". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  3. ^ Yamashita, Ikuto.; 山下いくと. (2017). Ebangerion anima : 1. Kashihara, Yasuo., 柏原康雄., Karā., カラー. Tōkyō: Kadokawa. ISBN 978-4-04-893372-8. OCLC 1013875568.
  4. ^ Evangerion anima. 2. Yamashita, Ikuto, 1965-, Kashihara, Yasuo., 山下, いくと, 1965-, 柏原, 康雄, Kara., カラー. Kadokawa. 2017. ISBN 978-4-04-893456-5. OCLC 1019695867.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ Evangerion anima. 4. Yamashita, Ikuto, 1965-, Kashihara, Yasuo., 山下, いくと, 1965-, 柏原, 康雄, Kara., カラー. Kadokawa. 2019. ISBN 978-4-04-912120-9. OCLC 1099222832.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ "Seven Seas Adds Evangelion Novels; Wize Wize Beasts of the Wizarding Wizdoms, Nicola Traveling Around the Demon's World, The Brave-Tuber Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  7. ^ YAMASHITA, IKUTO. (2021). Neon Genesis Evangelion Anima. [S.l.]: SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT. ISBN 978-1-64827-202-8. OCLC 1235950153.
  8. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (5 December 2023). "Evangelion: Anima Light Novels Get English Audiobooks Narrated by Tiffany Grant". Anime News Network. Retrieved 6 December 2023.
  9. ^ "Neon Genesis Evangelion ANIMA Novel Volume 1 Review". Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  10. ^ Anime, Honey's (2020-07-13). "Neon Genesis Evangelion: ANIMA Light Novel Review". Honey's Anime. Retrieved 2021-02-08.

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