Neon Genesis Evangelion: ANIMA (エヴァンゲリオン ANIMA) (Previously known Neon Genesis EVANGELION (3 Years After) -ANIMA- and shortened as Evangelion ANIMA) is a light novel that was serialized in Dengeki Hobby Magazine from 2008-2013. 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 was averted by Shinji (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. The designs utilize 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 five books. The first two books were released simultaneously in Japan on November 30th, 2017. The third volume was released on March 17, 2018. The final two volumes were released simultaneously in Japan on March 30, 2019.
On January 11, 2019, Seven Seas Entertainment announced they had licensed ANIMA for an English language release. The first volume of the series was released early digitally on August 15, 2019 and in print on October 29, 2019. Four out of five of the novels have been released so far. The final volume is planned for print release on August 3, 2021, with an early digital release on June 24.
The story begins three years after the destruction of the MP Evas in the Battle of the Geofront. In this timeline, Asuka and Unit-02 were the keystone of Third Impact instead of Shinji. The old Nerv HQ has been trapped inside a black dome where time does not move, along with Gendo, Ritsuko and many workers and soldiers. This place is known as “Lilith’s Chronostatic Sphere.” A new headquarters has been built on the surface, along with a new Tokyo-3. Rei III, now called Trois, has split her soul and introduced shards in three new bodies: Quatre, Cinq and Six. These clones orbit the Earth, each piloting a Unit-0.0, and are controlled by Trois from the planet’s surface.
One day, Trois’ connection with her clones is cut, and Quatre redirects her Eva on a collision course with Tokyo-3. Shinji and Asuka are dispatched to intercept it, and although they manage to minimize the destruction by using their AT-Fields, Rei Quatre lands and begins to fight Unit-01. At the same time, a skeletal version of an MP Eva, housing a cocoon among its ribs, appears and starts walking towards Nerv HQ. When Shinji attacks it, the arm of the Angel Sachiel emerges from the cocoon. Asuka follows the MP Eva all the way down the old Geofront, where she destroys it using a replica of the Lance of Longinus. Meanwhile, in the surface, the Eva of Rei Quatre mutates and fuses its arm with a gamma-ray laser canon. With this, she shoots Unit-01 and kill Shinji before vanishing. The new threat, the resurrected MP Evas, are named “Angel Carriers.”
Unit-01 is transported down to a Cage. They discover that the body underneath the armor is liquefying, with the exception of the S2 Engine, which is actually shrinking and slipping away into another dimension of existence. A few days later, a new Angel Carrier attacks and, using the powers of Leliel, manages to steal the replica of the Lance. Helped by Yui’s soul, Shinji returns to life in a reconstituted, more powerful Unit-01; and he destroys the Carrier. However, Yui seems to disappear from inside the Eva.
They discover that Shinji lacks a heart, and that he’s connected with Unit-01 –renamed as the Super Eva– through the core, which now beats like a gigantic human heart. Trois, having experience in sharing a consciousness among many bodies, teaches Shinji how to keep the Super Eva under control. Their training is cut short when she, along with the other two Reis still in orbit, is taken over by a mysterious entity. Surveillance satellites around the moon localize a giant clad in black armor holding the original Lance of Longinus. This entity speaks through the Reis, demanding “You who have failed your parts, depart the stage at once;” and also declaring Super Eva’s heartbeat to be an anomaly.
The black giant, named “Armaros” by Misato, unwinds the Lance into a radiant line and hurls it at the Earth. Then it releases the Reis from its control, which completely severs the connection between the three. Unable to cope with her newly-gained independence, Cinq falls into a self-induced slumber. Six freaks out, but Toji manages to calm her down through the comm. channels, and she uses her Unit to attack the incoming Lance. However, the attacks not only don’t work, they also cause the spear to release bursts of light which turn 1.9 million people –from North America to Europe to Russia– into pillars of salt. Among the victims is Kodama, Hikari’s older sister, who was in Germany.
The Lance begins to spin around the Earth, which causes earthquakes and other natural disasters as the planet’s mass mysteriously disappears. The birds also vanish en masse, which causes an overpopulation of insects. Rei Quatre returns, now with silver hair, and abducts Shinji. She kisses him and tries to convince him to restart the Human Instrumentality Project; but he rejects her and she disappears once again.
Unit-02 is modified into the Eva-02 Allegorica, fitted with an N2 reactor, wings, thrusters and a centaur-like appearance. Asuka, along with Rei Cinq in her Unit-0.0, is going to be sent to a lunar expedition. However, to reach the moon, they first need to cross the Longinus Curtain, a force field that isolates the Earth from the rest of the universe, created by the spinning Lance. The spear attacks them when they try to breach the Curtain, and Cinq sacrifices herself so that Asuka can go through. All her memories and emotions are sent back to Rei Trois.
These dire news cause Shinji, who was inside Super Eva at the time, to lose control and run away to a desolate area. An Angel Carrier is attracted by the heartbeat of his Evangelion and attacks, but Shinji kills it with help from the UN. Then, a white Eva descends from the clouds, one that has the same type of wings, thrusters and reactor as the Allegorica. Shinji calls Asuka’s name, but Hikari is the one who responds, telling him that Asuka is still alive.
The new white Eva reveals itself as a Unit created in Germany, called Heuterbise, or “Euro-II” due to its similarities with Unit-02. When Shinji notices that it has two of Armaros’ black scales in its shoulder pylons, Hikari claims that they have found a way to harness their power without being contaminated. However, Shinji doubts it, as he notices that his old friend seems to be in a sort of trance. While Super Eva and Euro-II fight, a fleet of UN military planes fly over them, towards Tokyo-3. They blame Nerv for all the people that turned into salt due to the Lance of Longinus, and they want to seize control over the headquarters. Fortunately, a massive swarm of locusts ruins their engines, and the remaining planes are easily shot down by Nerv’s defenses. Euro-II and Hikari abandon the battlefield and fly away. After the failed assault, Nerv, Japan and the UN establish mostly peaceful relationships once more.
On the island of Cyprus, Kaji and Kensuke find Keel Lorenz’s visor. When Kaji puts it on, his mind is taken over by the collective memories and knowledge of all SEELE members. Kensuke calls Tokyo-3 and informs them of the situation, but before a rescue party can be launched, two black Evangelion-like creatures appear near headquarters. They are similar to Armaros, but smaller and with only one wing each. These entities –named Victor 2 and Victor 3 for the moment– open a portal, and three winged Angel Carriers arrive through it. After Shinji defeats the Carriers in his new flying Super Eva, Rei Quatre, in her mutant Unit-0.0, takes Misato through the portal before it closes.
Meanwhile, Asuka and her Eva-02 Allegorica have arrived on the moon, which is now much closer to Earth, swollen to several times its original size and with magma-filled cracks running across its surface. This couldn’t be seen from Earth due to the Longinus Curtain. Asuka defeats an Angel Carrier with the powers of Arael, and then she finds Armaros terraforming the satellite through unknown means. She realizes that the Lance of Longinus is teleporting Earth’s mass to the moon, and that’s why the planet is shrinking. After that, Asuka finds a mysterious crystalline structure, and when she enters in it, both she and her Eva are overwhelmed with data from millions of different lifeforms. She learns that Earth and the moon have been switching places for several thousand years and that it’s about to happen again. Armaros rips them out of the structure, but the Allegorica mutates into a more animalistic version of itself and attacks the black giant in rage.
Quatre and Misato come out of the portal and arrive in Cyprus, where they meet with Kensuke and Kaji, the latter a vessel for SEELE. He explains that Armaros has no pilot nor will; it is simply a safety mechanism to ensure the advance of the Human Instrumentality Project. They are attacked by the Euro-II Eva, so Kaji takes control of Quatre and uses her mutant Unit-0.0 to escape along with Misato and Kensuke, teleporting them to the Atlas Mountains in Africa. This is where they find the Ark, an ancient crystalline structure which contains the data of all life forms that have ever existed. It’s also the same one Asuka found on the moon, since the Ark is split into two existences so that it might survive unharmed thorough eternity. Unit Euro-II appears and attacks again.
Back in Japan, Toji convinces Fuyutsuki to get out of retirement and to return to Nerv in Misato’s absence. Meanwhile, Trois is starting to act and speak like Cinq. Victor 2 and 3 reappear and open another portal, summoning more Angel Carriers; but Shinji and Trois, in the Super Eva, pursue them before the gate closes. They fight inside what appears to be a transdimensional corridor, and the clash trowns Super Eva into the Atlas Mountains. As a result of this dimensional shock, Armaros and Unit-02 to appear there as well, but the latter is so mutated that nobody recognizes it.
Shinji believes that Asuka died on the moon. Super Eva answers to his rage and burst into flames, attacking Armarmos with powers never seen before. During the fight, Shinji keeps yelling “Give Asuka back to me!” The black giant calls down the Lance of Longinus, which pierces through the Super Eva, taking away its “heart.” Then it returns to orbiting around Earth and it dispels the Longinus Curtain, allowing everyone to see the real moon. Armaros vanishes and Quatre frees herself from Kaji’s control; but Trois disappears, and so does the mutant Unit-0.0. Hikari is freed from her trance and she recognizes the mutated Unit-02, calling for Asuka to no avail. In a desperate attempt, she rips one of Euro-II’s black scales and puts it in Super Eva’s chest, managing to revive both the Evangelion and Shinji.
At Hikari’s plea, Shinji calls for Asuka. This causes a reaction in the mutant Unit-02, and it sheds all the excessive genetic material it received from the Ark until all that remains is a humanoid red giant, a fusion between Unit-02 and Asuka. Toji arrives and meets Hikari.
Hikari gives Toji the glass ampoule containing the salt that was once her sister Kodama, and asks him to take it back to Tokyo-3. Hikari will return to Germany and keep piloting the Heuterbise, but she will be the one in control this time. Meanwhile, they discover that the Asuka/Unit-02 fusion –called “Crimson A1”– acts like a small child: curious, unable to speak, harmless but hard to control. When it’s time to return to Japan, Shinji tries to fly, but he doesn’t know how to extract power from the Armaros’ scale in Super Eva’s chest. Crimson A-1 takes Super Eva by the hands and lifts it in the air, the two flying together.
During the flight back to Tokyo-3, Rei Quatre destroys a window of the plane she’s in and falls. Shinji manages to catch her and he gets her inside Super Eva’s plug, but Quatre draws power from Armaros’ scale and wishes for it to “take them to the farthest place.” Thus, Super Eva and its two occupants go through dimensional tunnels and end up in a strange land. There they meet Kaji, who has Rei Trois and the mutant Unit-0.0 under his control. He explains that they’re in Apple’s Core, a planet at the other side of the sun and the testing ground for the first Human Instrumentality Project. Shinji finds the Leliel Angel Carrier who stole the replica Lance of Longinus. He retrieves the replica and hurls it back towards the Earth so that Kaji can’t have it. Quatre frees Trois from the mind control and reclaims her mutant Eva, teleporting away along with Kaji. This event helps Trois to stop repressing her feelings, and she cries for the first time in many years.
Meanwhile, in Japan, the land surrounding Hakone has been transformed by the constant cataclysms. A massive crystalline structure appears on the shores of Lake Ashi, and they identify it as the Glass Egg, the shell of Lilith’s Chronostatic Sphere. Maya wants to separate Asuka from Unit-02, and suggest asking Nerv U.S. to send their pilot, Mari, who has been genetically altered using animal DNA. Maya hopes that, by studying the little girl, she will find a way to reverse the process in Crimson A1. Thus, Mari arrives at Tokyo-3 along with her Unit, an animalistic-looking Eva called Wolfpack. However, before any experiments can be performed, the UN decides to lure Armaros to a trap by replicating Super Eva’s heartbeat. While being transported to the battlefield, Crimson A1 flies off the ship and she’s abducted by strange root-like tendrils emerging from the ground, disappearing. A similar fate happens to Rei Six, as her Eva-00 Type F Allegorica accelerates beyond its flight path and vanishes.
The fake heartbeat summons one of Armaros’ Victors –from now on referred to as “Torwätchers”– who proceeds to fight the UN forces stationed there, including Hikari in the Heuterbise. As the fight goes on, they discover that the Torwätcher has Super Eva’s heart beating in its chest. While this is happening, Shinji and Trois are travelling through the dimensional tunnels, trying to return to Earth. They find Asuka’s spirit, who enters the plug. She hugs Shinji, and through Trois she apologizes to Cinq for her death. Shinji feels soothed by Asuka’s presence, but then her spirit goes away, claiming that “You didn’t bring me here, Shinji! It wasn’t you!”
On the battlefield, the Torwätcher opens a portal, and from it emerges Crimson A1, now contaminated by Armaros’ scales but apparently still acting on her own accord. Maya, who is watching the fight, suggest that maybe Crimson A1 thinks that the Torwätcher is Shinji, since it has Super Eva’s heart. Seven Angel Carriers are also summoned, and all of them attack Heuterbise. Mari and Wolfpack arrive, and when the girl sees Crimson A1, she declares that she wants to be like her, admiring her nature as the perfect fusion of different beings. Toji takes a small plane and flies into the battle, where a stray attack shoots him down. He’s saved by Crimson A1, and Toji tries to convince her that the Torwätcher is not Shinji; but Hikari attacks, believing that he’s in danger, and Crimson A1 flees.
The Super Eva emerges from the ground, following the beating of its stolen heart. The Angel Carriers encase it, along with Wolfpack, inside a crystalline structure called The Tower of Babel, which causes everyone around it to become unable to communicate. During a long and tense battle, Shinji has a vision of the Torwätcher’s and Crimson A1 flying though the dimensional tunnels and notices that one of her hands is touching the heart of Super Eva. Shinji learns how to draw power from it, even if it is far away, so that he no longer has to depend on Armaros’ scale. With Hikari’s outside help, Shinji destroys the tower and kills all the Angel Carriers. Even after that, he can still feel Asuka’s warmth close to his heart. Mari and Wolfpack go their own way.
Shinji, Trois and Toji return to Tokyo-3, where they discover that Lilith’s Chronostatic Sphere has been stolen by Armaros. Shinji deduces that it has most likely been taken to the moon, still in the process of becoming the new Earth, getting closer and bigger each day.
A chunk of the growing moon breaks off and hurtles toward Earth, spelling immediate doom for the planet even as the Lance of Longinus continues to suck it dry. Shinji moves to destroy the deadly asteroid before it can make contact, but is felled by a horrifying, unforeseen force. Can he be resurrected once more before it’s too late? Or are Earth’s defenders finally out of miracles? (Official description from Seven Seas Entertainment)
Asuka explains to Shinji that he managed to stop Third Impact with 0.8 seconds to spare, but as a consequence, his dream is now invading reality, and the two are merging. This manifests in The Classroom, a mindscape where egos can communicate with each other, even if they’re miles apart. Gendo and others are now trapped outside of time, watching events unfold. Meanwhile, Lilith’s Chronostatic Sphere has been stolen by Armaros.
In Europe, Hikari and her unit, Heuterbise, become the new Armaros, taking Kensuke with them and causing untold destruction. After leaving the Asuka suggests they go to Yomotsu Hirasaka, a new island formed using pieces of the moon, and destroy the spatial lenses siphoning seawater into space, believing that such an action will attract Armaros’ attention. Shinji returns his ego to his body, frozen in time inside the Super Eva –now christened as the Final Model–, and reactivates it, still keeping the last 0.8 seconds of Third Impact at bay somehow. He takes off, Asuka and Toji following in a VTOL. Meanwhile, using her mutant Eva, Rei Quatre takes Kaji to Nerv, where he negotiates with Misato: information in exchange for their replica of Longinus.
In Yomotsu Hirasaka, Shinji is attacked by the Angel Carriers, who have regenerated thanks to the power of the Ark. During the fight, he falls into subterranean magma and finds Lilith’s Chronostatic Sphere. Influenced by its power, Shinji contacts two other possible versions of himself, and together they summon the Lance of Lucretius, which Kaworu’s voice identifies as “the lance of philosophy.” Using its powers, Shinji destroys the spatial lenses, bringing Armaros to the island. In the meantime, Asuka sees Mari running through the jungle and follows her.
Upon arrival, Armaros is attacked by a reconstituted Wolfpack, who now has Unit-02 embedded into its forehead. Mari, who has become more animalistic, fuses with Wolfpack while Asuka climbs to the head and manages to reactivate Unit-02. They aid Shinji in the fight against Armaros, but the black giant summons a Torwätcher based on Kodama’s soul, and then turns Toji into another Torwätcher. The original Lance of Longinus comes down from space and tries to stab the Final Model, but it’s absorbed by the roots of the World Tree, who manifest all across the world, bloating the skies. In Nerv, Kaji explains that the roots are “the road that connects the Human Instrumentality Project.” They’re also what Armaros, Towätchers, the Angel Carriers and Quatre’s mutant Eva have been using to teleport freely around the world.
Using the power of the Ark, Asuka fuses with Unit-02 one more time, becoming Crimson A1. To fight, Shinji is forced to tap into the power of the stopped Third Impact, but in doing so, he brings the cataclysm 0.5 seconds closer to completion. With the original Longinus lost inside the World Tree, Armaros flies through the roots to Tokyo-3, to steal Nerv’s replica, which is currently guarded by Rei Trois and her Unit-0.0. Misato orders her to barricade herself inside the Glass Egg, the shell of Lilith’s Chronostatic Sphere, now hovering over the shore Lake Ashi. Rei Quatre uses the Longinus Replica to crack the Glass Egg, destroying both objects in the process and bringing back the old HQ into reality, along with Gendo, Ritsuko and many others. After this, Kaji is freed from SEELE’s control. At the same time, a massive volcanic eruption in Yomotsu Hirasaka launches Lilith’s Chronostatic Sphere into the moon.
Armaros fuses with the roots of the World Tree, taking the form of an immense giant of darkness, and threatens to destroy Tokyo-3. They urge Shinji to let as many people as possible inside the classroom, since it’s indestructible as long as he’s alive. He also unleashes the full power of Third Impact, turning the Final Model into a giant of light. Shinji burns some of the roots of the World Tree and cuts one of Armaro’s arms, but in doing so he releases the original Lance of Longinus, and the spear plunges right though his heart, putting a stop to the power of the Third Impact. In The Classroom, Toji reawakens Bardiel’s essence within his body, which allows him to take control of his Torwätcher form and extract Hikari and Kensuke from inside Armaros. Asuka realizes that Shinji’s consciousness must be intact somewhere, since his dream still exists, and she calls out to him. Kaji tells her to “think of the one she loves” and that she “must give him a vessel.” On the real world, a dimensional rupture appears on Crimson A1’s lower body, and a brand new Eva, piloted by Shinji Ikari, comes out. This process returns both Asuka and Unit-02 to normal.
Shinji gets ready to destroy Armaros, knowing full well that he will become the new one; but Mari appears, still fused with Wolfpack, and kills the black giant. Using her powers as the new minister of the Human Instrumentality Project, Mari takes the Ark and the Lance of Longinus to Apple’s Core, a world at the other side of the Sun where the Human Instrumentality Project was first tested. The moon becomes the New Earth, since the original has lost both its Ark and too much mass. Shinji, Asuka, the Reis and the other pilots will have to look for a new moon to stabilize the orbit of New Earth; but first, Shinji wants to speak with his father.
- Shinji Ikari
- Asuka Langley Sohryu
- Rei Deux (mentioned only)
- Rei Trois
- Rei Quatre
- Rei Cinq
- Rei Six
- Kaworu Nagisa
- Hikari Horaki
- Misato Katsuragi
- Toji Suzuhara
- Kensuke Aida
- Maya Ibuki
- Ryoji Kaji
- Kozo Fuyutsuki
- Makoto Hyuga
- Shigeru Aoba
- Gendo Ikari (mentioned only)
- Ritsuko Akagi (mentioned only)
- Professor Mizusato
- Liteunant Colonel Kasuga
- Warrant Officer Endo
- NERV Germany Commander
- Evangelion Unit-01 Type F
- Evangelion Unit-01 Type CQB (mentioned only)
- Evangelion Unit-01 Stage 2 Specification (mentioned only)
- Super Evangelion
- Super Evangelion Final Stage
- Evangelion Unit-00 Type F
- Evangelion Unit-00 Type-F Allegorica
- Evangelion Unit-0.0 Mutant
- Evangelion Unit-0.0 [Cinq]
- Evangelion Unit-0.0 [Six]
- Evangelion Unit-02 Type F
- Evangelion Unit-02 Type II
- Evangelion Unit-02 Type II Allegorica
- Crimson A1
- Evangelion EUROII Heurtebize
- US Evangelion/Wolfpac
- Mass Production Evangelion
- Angel Carrier
- Strategic Defense Force Integrated Mechanic Soldier Type-4 "Akashima"
- SEELE Reconnaissance Drone
- Type-3 Prototype Maser Howitzer
- Su-37 SMN² Platypus 2
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: ANIMA (Light Novel) page at Seven Seas Entertainment
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: ANIMA (Light Novel) Vol. 1 at Seven Seas Entertainment
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: ANIMA (Light Novel) Vol. 2 at Seven Seas Entertainment
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: ANIMA (Light Novel) Vol. 3 at Seven Seas Entertainment
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: ANIMA (Light Novel) Vol. 4 at Seven Seas Entertainment
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: ANIMA (Light Novel) Vol. 5 at Seven Seas Entertainment
- Volume 1: ISBN-13: 978-4048933728 (Tankobon Hardcover – November 30, 2017)
- Volume 2: ISBN-13: 978-4048934565 (Tankobon Hardcover – November 30, 2017)
- Volume 3: ISBN-13: 978-4048937429 (Tankobon Hardcover – March 17, 2018)
- Volume 4: ISBN-13: 978-4049121209 (Tankobon Hardcover – March 30, 2019)
- Volume 5: ISBN-13: 978-4049124064 (Tankobon Hardcover – March 30, 2019)
- Visual Book: ISBN-13: 978-4048685269 (JP Oversized – August 1, 2010)
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