Neon Genesis Evangelion (2000)


Volume 6

Neon Genesis Evangelion - Volume 6 (2000)

Author/Artist: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Original Story: Gainax
Publisher: Kadokawa Comics Ace

The NERV-02 site in America vanishes in a freak accident. Evangelion Unit 03 is then transferred to Japan, prompting the selection of the Fourth Child.

The previous volume featured a lot more slicing and dicing of the original series, but here were have a comparatively more direct adaptation of Episodes 17 and 18. We get more interaction between Shinji and Touji, which I think is effective, and the ending is a little different (or a lot different depending on how much weight you place on the particular point). The Bardiel fight marks a turning point in the series. It's brutal and the fallout is dire.

The art is good as you'd expect, but it isn't until the Bardiel fight that all the violence and horror really gets shown off. It's some powerful stuff.

The Bardiel fight is one of the deepest gut punches in the series and I honestly think the setup for it is better here than in the original. Now if you're the type prone to darkness-induced audience apathy, you may not enjoy what follows, but the power in this volume can't be denied.

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