A popular Evangelion spin-off manga is coming to a close. Osamu Takahashi’s Neon Genesis Evangelion – The Shinji Ikari Raising Project manga is due to receive its final omnibus volume. Publisher Dark Horse will release the series’ 6th omnibus volume on December 28, 2022, to put an end to Shinji’s alternate-dimensional adventures [Thanks, Crunchyroll!].
The Shinji Ikari Raising Project omnibus vol. 6 collects volumes 16 through 18 of the series.
Check out the cover art for the volume.
Neon Genesis Evangelion – The Shinji Ikari Raising Project is based on the 2004 video game of the same name. The game was a life simulator in a similar vein to Princess Maker. As a “raising”-style title, players manage the everyday routine of Evangelion protagonist Shinji Ikari, with the goal of training up his attributes to find success in life. The manga also incorporates elements from another, similar spin-off, Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days.
The series diverges dramatically from the plot of the original Evangelion anime series and the Rebuild of Evangelion films. It’s more focused on the school-life aspect, as well as Shinji’s relationships with his classmates and fellow pilots. Other prominent Evangelion characters also have their roles reshuffled. For example, Shinji’s mother Yui is alive and well, while Misato is Shinji’s homeroom teacher.
As separated volumes, the manga actually concluded in 2016 in Japan (2018 for the English edition). Omnibus editions are usually printed to save space for longer-running series, as well as save latecomers some money on acquiring the collected volumes.
Omnibus vol. 6 of Neon Genesis Evangelion – The Shinji Ikari Raising Project goes on sale on December 28, 2022. Separate volumes are available from retailers.