Evangelion manga starting up again in April

1:00 AM on 03.03.2011

I'm sure some of you knew this, but for those who didn't: there is a Neon Genesis Evangelion manga created as a tie-in for the anime, drawn by Eva character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. While still similar to the anime in most respects, it differs quite a bit on various plot points and also overall tone, being much less depressing. It's actually ran since December 1994, almost a year before the anime premiered in October 1995.

Or at least, it was running, until it went on hiatus in February 2010. It's not like it was even running consistently before that, having a sporadic printing schedule that has resulted in only 12 volumes over about 15 years. But now this official hiatus is over, and ANN reports that the Evangelion manga will return on April 4 in Young Ace. I'd almost say the date was a tie-in with the release of the film Evangelion 2.22, which releases in the US a week before, but then I remember that Japan has had that film since 2009 and I start shaking my fist in their direction.

All 12 volumes have been translated into English, with the most recent one delving into material from the movie The End of Evangelion. By a rough estimate, he has about one or two more volumes to go before reaching the end. Of course, if Sadamoto took this long to get to that point in the story, there's no telling how much longer he'll take to finish this story. I'm sure that, in the meantime, anyone jonesing for more Eva can partake of the numerous spin-off manga that don't follow the story of the anime and are produced by people who know how to set deadlines.

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