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Dark Horse Gets Eva: Shinji Ikari Raising Project Manga

posted on 2008-07-04 17:06 EDT
Manga based on game in which players "raise" Shinji main character

At its Anime Expo panel on Saturday, the North American publisher Dark Horse Comics has announced that it has acquired Shin Seiki Evangelion: Ikari Shinji Ikusei Keikaku (Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project), Osamu Takahashi's manga based on an Evangelion game spinoff. The game has the player "raising" Shinji Ikari, the main character of the Evangelion science-fiction franchise, and determining what path his life will take. (Before Evangelion, Gainax developed the Princess Maker franchise in which the player raises a girl to adulthood.) The manga version adapts the game storyline, particularly its school sequences. The manga has been running in Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine — the same magazine that serializes Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's main Evangelion manga — since June of 2005, and five compiled volumes have been published in Japan. Dark Horse will start the manga in late spring or early summer of 2009.

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