Synopsis from Goodreads:
Imagine a Neon Genesis Evangelion where choosing the right girl is more important than saving the world! That’s the gist of Angelic Days – the hit manga that Eva fans have been waiting for! Based on a popular PC and Playstation 2 game released only in Japan, Angelic Days takes the angst-ridden Eva pilots and sets them in a lighter, brighter world.
This is a series inspired by Evangelion. Evidently it’s based on one of the dream sequences Shinji has in the last episode. I just thought it was an alternate universe type thing. Either way it’s good so far. The first four books deal with the kids and their friendships. The EVAs and the angels are more background in their lives. Sort of the opposite of the show.
The fifth book is about Shinji’s parents when they were in high school and how that later affects Shinji and his friends in the first three books. Evidently the sixth takes place after the fourth book. It’s back to focusing on the kids and how they’re coping with their roles as pilots as they get older. It’s an interesting series that I think makes a great contrast to the original.
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days Vols. 1-5 by Fumino Hayashi