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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Paper Vs. Video


How does the famous Neon Genesis Evangelion anime compare to its manga counterpart? Does the text-heavy version make the storyline any more comprehensible? Is there more movement in the manga?

Most anime out there are adaptions of manga. Usually the path to television or movie stardom begins with a humble paperback book created by one or two people, shaded with speed lines and dot patterns. Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the rare exceptions.

In the case of NGE, the anime came first and then the manga adaption showed up afterward. The official Frederator YouTube channel examines both versions in their latest comparison video to see how they stack up.

The Neon Genesis Evangelion manga released its first volume in 1994, drawn by the character designer behind Wolf Children and Summer Wars. Not unlike the latest movie adaptation, it took quite a while to complete: the final volume wasn’t released until 2013.

Frederator’s hostess here has a fondness for the manga version of Evangelion, believing it to be superior to the anime in some ways. Check out the comparison video and see if you agree.