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Neon Genesis EVANGELION [3 Years After] -ANIMA- (often simply shortened as Neon Genesis Evangelion -ANIMA- or Evangelion -ANIMA-) is a light novel that was serialized in Dengeki Hobby Magazine from 2008-2013.[1] It is set in an alternate future of the Evangelion world in which the Human Instrumentality Project, seen in episodes 25 and 26 of the anime never happened (along with some plot changes such as Kaji not getting shot or Unit-00 being not completely destroyed).

The initial announcement was presented in the November 2007 issue, with a short introduction by and interview with Ikuto Yamashita in December 2007. The first chapter was published in the January 2008 issue. The chapters are accompanied by numerous illustrations of the characters and many redesigned and upgraded Evas. On a side note, those designs use a lot of scrapped ideas from Neon Genesis Evangelion Proposal as well as "foreshadow" the Evangelion designs used for the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy.

ANIMA is advertised as "Ikuto Yamashita presents," and he is credited as the supervisor of the entire work, mecha designer, and illustrator. Character design and character illustrations are done by Hiroyuki Utatane, with coloring by Ryou Ramiya. The series also features additional mechanical designs by Seiji Kio and, in a few issues, models built by some of the Dengeki Hobby modelers as well as Bandai prototypes. The Chōgōkin Super Evangelion toy was finally released in March 2010 after more than 2 years of development by Bandai and supervision by Yamashita.

In the June 2010 issue of Dengeki Hobby Magazine the Neon Genesis Evangelion -ANIMA- Visual Book was announced for release in the summer. The August issue of Dengeki Hobby dated the book for a July 24, 2010 release, costing 2,000 yen. It was subsequently delayed until August 11.

To commemorate the series' 10th anniversary, ANIMA received a full print volume release, split into three books. The first two books were released simultaneously in Japan on November 30th, 2017.[1][2][3] The third volume was released on March 17, 2018.[4]

On January 11, 2019, Seven Seas Entertainment announced they had licensed ANIMA for an English language release. The first volume of the series will be released early digitally on August 15, 2019 and in print on October 29, 2019.[5][6]

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Volume One Edit

What if reluctant hero Shinji Ikari had saved the world? Now, at seventeen years old, he is the defacto leader of the EVA team. Under the leadership of Commander Misato Katsuragi, the Evangelion suits have been updated with advanced designs and powers, in preparation for the possible return of the monstrous Angels. Four copies of Rei Ayanami have been tasked with operating a global anti-Angel search-and-destroy program. But when one of these clones goes rogue, it’s up to Shinji to stop her (Official description from Seven Seas Entertainment)[6].
First ANIMA Logo

The first logo for Neon Genesis Evangelion -ANIMA-


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