For my forty-eighth Evangelion book review, here is Shin Seiki Evangelion Koutetsu no Girlfriend 2nd 4 Koma Manga Gekijou #2 (Neon Genesis Evangelion Girlfriend of Steel 2 4-Frame Comic Theater #2), published by Square Enix. It is the second official anthology of drawings and parody comics based on the Girlfriend of Steel 2 video game. (You can check out my previous review for information about the first anthology!)
The book is not available in English or French, but there are lots of entertaining visuals. And if you can read some Japanese, the text has helpful furigana which makes it a lot easier to figure out the kanji. Best of all, since the content is based on a video game where you can choose whether Shinji has romantic moments with Asuka, Rei, or Kaworu, there’s a little bit of all three in this book. Yes, prepare for another multiship-friendly review!
This anthology has a removable dust jacket, although the artwork hidden underneath is just an orange version of the cover art. As for the interior content, the first few pages are drawings plus two comic strips that are in full color, and then the rest of the book is in black-and-white. Here is an example of a full color illustration from the beginning of the book:
Keep reading for the rest of the book review, plus a few more pictures!
I have waited three damn years for Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo to come out.
In 2012, my buddy and I were able to find a torrent to watch it, and it just floored me. Not only was Hideaki Anno able to continue his horrific and alienating revenge-fantasy mecha apocalypse franchise, but he did so in such a way where this rebuild of the series has become something completely new. It’s still an incoherent visual narrative with dogmatic and psychological jargon that the audience puts meaning to, but it set the stage for new characters, new motivations, and new events. It doesn’t feel like a reimagining but more as a alternative universe sequel. And I love it. It’s such a beautiful movie with such powerful imagery.
And this is what I absolutely love about Neon Genesis Evangelion. Even though it can be difficult to watch at times, it allows the viewer to connect with these characters (specifically the broken protagonist Shinji) and put meaning behind all the psychological concepts and abrasive symbolism. It is an awesome addition to my Evangelion collection! Only one more movie to go!
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