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Manga Review - The Shinji Ikari Raising Project Vol 1 - 5

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The Shinji Ikari Raising Project is an 'alternate universe' retelling of Neon Genesis Evangelion, in which Shinji and Co. lead relatively normal lives, but get sucked into familiar but different adventures at the NERV labs. In this installment, let's look at a brief publisher synopsis of the first few volumes.

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Volume 1:

Stunning, hot-headed Asuka Langley Soryu has been friends with Shinji Ikari since they were little. And she always sort of assumed they'd stay together - until the day the beautiful, brilliant Rei Ayanami showed up in class! When Shinji starts to get curious about Rei, Asuka needs to figure out if she wants to be just friends with Shinji, or something more. But why are so many people keeping an eye on these relationships - people like homeroom teacher Misato, school nurse Ritsuko, and Shinji's mother - NERV's chief scientist, Yui Ikari . . . ?

Volume 2:

Even as Gendo plots to submit his entire staff to aerobics training, the sinister SEELE has sent Kaworu Nagisa to sabotage Gendo and Yui's more private objectives... which means he's soon enrolling in Shinji's class! Such a pretty boy starts turning heads inside homeroom 2-A, even Shinji's - which causes Rei and Asuka to agree to join forces, on the grounds that Kaworu's presence could cause trouble for NERV. The irony is that, even if that's just their excuse, they're right!

Volume 3:

Now, it's important for a father to participate when it's time for a parent-teacher conference, but you're still going to feel a little nervous as the student - or, if your father's name is Gendo Ikari, a lot nervous! While Shinji's girl troubles continue to be a public spectacle, Kaworu and Ritsuko are going behind his back... straight to SEELE. Love, comedy, and mystery continue in Volume 3!

Volume 4:

Despite the way "baka Shinji" makes them boil, Asuka didn't get her brains out of a gachapon machine, but from her mother, the brilliant but absent Dr. Kyoko Soryu. There could probably be less embarrassing places for a family reunion than at a drunken cherry- blossom-viewing party - but unfortunately, Asuka isn't picking the occasion!

Volume 5:

Shinji and Rei enter the plugs side by side for their new synchro test, where Rei is given the task to find her way out of an imaginary cityscape, and Shinji is given the job of helping her concentrate - but how likely is that, with all the chaos happening in their personal lives, a chaos everyone seems eager to encourage? Volume 5 includes your fan art, letters, and special giveaways - plus, an exclusive preview of the brand-new Evangelion manga title starting in August from Dark Horse: Neon Genesis Evangelion: Campus Apocalypse!

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