Thursday, July 2, 2009

Evangelion without Evangelions

Today's Manga recommendation is a little out of left field, and though I usually hate when a description for a work can be summed up as X meets Y, this combo is the beautiful fusion of two of my favorite things: Evangelion and Persona.

Of course the Persona part isn't official, and the Eva part is.

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Gakuen Datenroku is an ongoing weekly manga that is currently running in Monthly Asuka. The plot uses MAJORLY modified versions of the Eva cast, all enrolled in a Catholic High School, where it soon becomes neccisary for them to use a hidden power within them called Evangelion which provides them with different weapons to fight the Angels... who actually look like angels.

It's a fun concept, and as far as being an Eva story not handled by the original creators it is a whole hell of a lot more enjoyable then Angelic Days. The story is good and the characters are interesting. It doesn't stay completly off base from the original show as a lot of the benchmark moments are there, such as Shinji's absentee father, and issues surrounding that. Also, Karou and Rei are both genetically created to fight Angels, and Asuka is hot and awesome (though so far I think Rei might be my favorite female in this series so far (She fights with the Lance of Longinus!!!)).

Admittedly I haven't gotten that far into it, but as an Eva fan I already highly recomend it. The downside of course being that while "offically" put out by Gainax, it is one step away from being doujin (which isn't a bad thing necessacarily).