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Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. #14 Manga Review

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Neon Genesis Evangelion Volume 14 CoverHead trips in store for everyone as the manga version comes to a close. Crazy ending and interesting afterword wraps up this iconic series.

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Translation/Adaptation: John Werry and Evan Galloway

What They Say
..and he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new…

The Instrumentality Project comes to its apocalyptic conclusion. With the earth now covered in a sea of LCL, every human consciousness in the world has become one-a combined entity waiting to be reborn. Deep within Lilith, Shinji comes face to face with everything he ever knew, loved and feared. The fate of the world is in his hands, and the choice he makes will doom or redeem humanity. Everything ends here. Everything begins here.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The tough part about reviewing the final volume of any series is avoiding major spoilers. This final volume proves to be the most difficult that I have encountered, thus there is little discussion of the content to avoid ruining it for the reader.

Rei has been unleashed on the world and her doppelgangers rush through NERV headquarters, presenting each surviving person with their true desire before destroying them. Their bodies are turned to LCL to merge with an entire world covered in LCL. It proves to be an interesting last examination of the deepest desires of these characters; both reinforcing things I had always suspected about certain characters and then surprising me with a few other characters.

As everyone in the world is reduced to fluid, Shinji’s consciousness merges with Rei’s and the have a surprisingly calm discussion about the end of the world. It forces Shinji to relive many of the painful moments of his life, but he also remembers some of the good ones. Basically, Rei gives Shinji the choice for the future of the planet; rid the world of pain or return the world as it was.

What will Shinji choose?

In Summary
This last volume has numerous pages without text as so much is happening at a worldwide scale. The human race is coming to an end, or perhaps to a beginning as everyone has been merged together in an attempt to remove pain from the world. Ultimately, Shinji will be the Decider, but that only takes up the first half of this volume. The second half of this volume is both an afterword and a flashback to before Shinji was born. I really enjoyed both chapters and can say that I am quite satisfied with how Sadamoto wrapped up the manga version of this iconic story, and one that got many of us into anime in the first place.

Content Grade: A
Art Grade: A
Packaging Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: A

Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: February 10th, 2015
MSRP: $9.99