Synopsis from Goodreads:
The human race nearly ended in 2000 A.D., when a top-secret encounter between an Antarctic expedition and an entity code-named “The Angel” triggered a global catastrophe. Now, in 2015, the Angels have returned, and Shinji Ikari, a fourteen year-old child of the new Earth, is summoned to the super-technological city of Tokyo-3 by his long-estranged father Gendo, and forced without warning to pilot the monstrous biomechanical weapon called “Evangelion” to match the fearsome power of the Angels. Beaten unconscious in his first sortie, only to have the Eva defeat the Angel on its own, Shinji tries to recover from an encounter he neither understands or remembers, and he is still disregarded by the father from whom he desperately seeks approval. Moving in with his commanding officer, Capt. Katsuragi, Shinji sets out to try and re-start a “normal” life in school. Neon Genesis Ecangelion Vol. 2 contains a special bonus interview with Yoshiyuki Sadamoto himself!
I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t watched the anime for a while or if it just comes across better in the books, but Shinji really makes a big step here. Of course it helps that Misato realized what he needs and how he’s feeling. It’s hard to put into words that sometimes you need to hear that you’re needed. Not because of anything you do. Just because you’re you.
Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 2 by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
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