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''Shinji Ikari Raising Project'' is a spinoff manga of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', loosely based on the eponymous video game.


A very LighterAndSofter HighSchoolAU, it features Shinji in an UnwantedHarem situation with many girls. Yet another AlternateUniverse in which things aren't hideously messed up.

Compare ''Girlfriend Of Steel 2'' and its spinoff manga, ''AngelicDays''.
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!!Contains examples of the following:

* AbsentMindedProfessor / DitzyGenius: Gendo, Kyoko.
* AccidentalPervert: Happens at least twice every chapter, with an incredible amount of character combinations and occasional {{Raging Stiffie}}s.
* ActionGirl: Kind of. Rei and, to a lesser extent, Asuka can beat up perverts with scary casualness.
* ACupAngst: Rei. She's not happy about her chest. It's a reversal of the original series and especially of the manga, as Asuka used to be the less endowed one. Rei fans must not be pleased. She is still larger than most real-life adult japanese women.
** Asuka is jealous of her mother's breast. Every woman is jealous of Misato.
* AdaptationalVillainy:[[spoiler: Naoko Akagi is a ManipulativeBitch towards Gendo. In the original series, that was the contrary.]]
* AffectionateParody
* AirVentPassageway: Shinji, Rei, Asuka and Mana have to escape this way in the Jet Alone chapter. Justified because the adults (Yui and Misato) can't hold in them, and even for the four teens, it's hard to move in the vents.
** But Gendou manages to do it. When Shinji asks him how he could do so, he answers: "[[HandWave Don't underestimate your father]]".
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: [[invoked]]Rei is much like her original counterpart, but more out of shyness and social awkwardness. She often smiles, can laugh and even do awkward or surprised faces. The most unexpected change is Gendou, who is a CrazyAwesome BumblingDad and the main comic relief, suggesting that's what he looks like when he's happy.[[invoked]]
* AlternateContinuity
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Gendo. Yes, '''Gendo'''.
* AncientConspiracy: Kensuke's take on SEELE.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Lampshaded by Mana and Asuka:
-->'''Asuka:''' Great! We're stuck in that room, and Shinji and Rei are going to reach the target! We got to catch up with them!\\
'''Mana:''' And fast. It could get dangerous...\\
'''Asuka:''' Dangerous?\\
'''Mana:''' Have you heard of the "suspended bridge effect"?\\
'''Asuka:''' You mean... The theory according to which a love declaration is more likely to be accepted if done on a suspended bridge?!\\
'''Mana:''' Yes. In short, people mistake the excitement of the situation with that of the declaration.\\
'''Asuka:''' And how do you think it's relevant to our situation?\\
'''Mana:''' Shinji and Rei are in the perfect position for it! Do you think Rei would be dumb enough not to try and use it?!\\
'''Asuka:''' Crap!
* ArentYouGoingtoRavishMe: When Shinji accidentally gropes Asuka or Rei, thing he can say to them that infuriates them most is: "I didn't mean to do it!"
** In volume 13, [[spoiler:[[AliensMadeThemDoIt hypnotized]]]] Shinji actually does molest them, in Asukas words "clearly intentionally!" (unlike [[AccidentalPervert every other time]]). They get all limp like string-cut puppets, and are left by him in [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization post-orgasmic glow]] that Yui needs to snap them out off.
* AscendedExtra: Mana Kirishima from the first ''Girlfriend of Steel'' video game. So far, she's basically a less {{Tsundere}} and more flirtatious version of Asuka.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Possibly Gendou. He only stays in place when he's sure he'll be punished if he doesn't, and even then...
* AttractiveBentGender: [[http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/k613/SpecularReflection/random/isik_v10_shinji.png Shinji in a sailor fuku]] is troubling.
* {{Badass}}: Gendou has his moments, but Yui is the true master in the story despite looking moemoe. Also, Rei's fighting skills are ''impressive''.
* {{Baka}}: Asuka to Shinji, about a million times. Occasionally, Rei to Shinji due to feeling awkward about her feelings.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Half subverted in the {{OnsenEpisode}}s: the girls have nipples but another "strategic" spot remains hidden by steam clouds.
* BeachEpisode: Many of them. A notable one shows Shinji cooking an impressive amount of veggies and Rei and Asuka in their swimsuits selling ice lollies.
* BettyAndVeronica: Rei and Asuka.
* BeYourself: Lampshaded in the title.
* BishieSparkle: Teen girls and Shinji tend to view Kaworu through a filter of sparkles and roses. Also, whenever someone imagines Shinji in a couple.
* {{Bishonen}}: Shinji, debatable as usual; Kaworu.
* BlushSticker: Asuka, usually around Kyouko.
* BumblingDad: Gendou... has never had any parenting skill to speak of. It's nice to see he's trying, though.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Misato is an incredibly airheaded teacher who's frequently spotted drinking alcohol in public, putting pupils in awkward sexual situations, and using the high school sport competition in her one-sided rivalry with Ryouji. Gendou is pretty much her male counterpart and would probably ''wear'' bunny ears in a far-fetched save-the-day plan if it came across his mind (which would be terrifying.)
* ButNotTooForeign: Asuka; her mom, Kyouko.
* ButtMonkey: Shinji, and how! Gendou and Asuka, to a lesser extent since they still get to be cool.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Gendou gets this all the time, mostly unfairly.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Gendou. It's worth noting that this manga recycled a bit of {{Fanon}} that he has or used to have an alcohol problem.
** A whole chapter is devoted to Rei, Asuka, and Hikari getting drunk on Misato's sake on Hinamatsuri. Asuka acts pretty much as expected, which drives Shinji to the comparison with an angry drunken Misato. Hikari yells at Touji just a little louder than usual. Rei simply falls asleep... [[AccidentalPervert on Shinji's crotch]]. The chapter concludes that [[HypocriticalHumour you shouldn't drink till you're 21]].
* CaptainErsatz: Yui's design increasingly looks like [[Manga/AhMyGoddess Belldandy's]] and Kyouko is quite similar to Urd. Coincidence?
* CashCowFranchise: Seriously, Gainax, what next?
* CerebusSyndrome: Some of the video game's endings display this. [[spoiler: THE THIRD IMPACT CAN STILL HAPPEN. GAINAX, GIVE ME BACK MY LIGHTHEARTED ROMANTIC COMEDY.]]
* ChristmasCake: Misato and Ritsuko. {{Lampshade}}d when Rei has to find a single woman over thirty for a school game and grabs Ritsuko by the wrist.
* ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive: The trademark Gendou pose reappears on both (guess it) Gendou and Yui, though the former probably just does it out of shyness. Yui does it either to make fun of him (like on the cover of the first volume) or when she's really focused on outwitting SEELE or solving a problem. Strangely enough, Rei occasionally does the pose just like in the original series despite not having a strong connection to Gendou.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Gendou must have a rich inner life. Kyouko tends to be "out there" when talking to or about Asuka.
* ComedicSociopathy
* TheComicallySerious: Fuyutsuki.
* ComingOfAgeStory
* CornerOfWoe: Gendou, underneath trademark Evangelion spotlights.
* CrossPoppingVeins: Asuka.
* CuteLittleFangs: When Asuka's being particularly mischievous.
* DeadpanSnarker: Shinji, due to being the OnlySaneMan of the cast. Aoi, occasionally. Yui, of all people, is also able of biting sarcasm.
* DemotedToExtra: Pen Pen is just a toy you see in a few panels.
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: Shinji tends to do that, when trying to explain himself after his AccidentalPervert antics. When he accidentally sees Rei's AND Asuka's breast, and they scream, he says: "No need to cover yourself, I already had a good view..."
* DirtyOldMan: It's hard to know for sure whether Gendou is really this or is just the victim of a long string of misunderstandings.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Shinji accidentally throwing milk at Rei's face is a particularly nasty example. Also, who'd have thought he could dance so suggestively in the swimming suit episode!
* DomesticAbuse: Could lead to the WarpedAesop "Domestic violence is OK if it's female on male", but is actually the perfectly fine "[[SpoofAesop Domestic violence is OK if it's on Gendou]]."
** Also, Asuka's daydreams about [[spoiler: marrying Shinji]] really make one wonder what her couple would look like. Possibly a hundred variations of AccidentalPervert ->{{Baka}} -> MegatonPunch -> [[ComedicSociopathy comical crying / bleeding / bruising]].
* ElegantGothicLolita: Rei (especially) and Asuka, occasionally.
* TheEeyore: Fuyutsuki is the forgotten character from hell and isn't happy about it.
* EroticDream: Shinji gets one. It involves Asuka and Rei as [[HospitalHottie nurses]]. Latter tries to take his temperature with [[AssShove rectal termometer]], while former berates him for acting like wuss when "its not like she's trying to stick her entire arm in!". After waking up [[ButtMonkey Shinji]] [[ChasteHero laments]] that he doesn't get more wholesome dreams.
* EroticEating: Rei, with ''pieces of apple''.
* MrFanservice: Ryouji Kaji.
* EverybodyKnewAlready: Touji and Hikari's relationship. Kensuke even mentally comments on this when Touji asks Kensuke to keep it secret that Hikari made a bento for him.
* EvilAlbino: Kaworu evokes this.
* {{Facefault}}
* FanDisservice: Strangely enough, Gendou's bouts of [[AccidentalPervert accidental perversity]] are [[SarcasmMode significantly less cute that Shinji's]]. He seems to have taken lessons from [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Kimura-sensei]], too.
* FanNickname: [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks Some angry Eva fans]] have nicknamed this Rei "RIAO" - Rei In Appearance Only.
* {{Fanservice}}
* FestivalEpisode: With Tanabata (like in the ''Angelic Days'' manga), Hanami, and Hinamatsuri.
* FunbagAirbag: Shinji gets this from [[BuxomIsBetter Misato]]. Like when she hugs him in her half-drunk half-asleep stupor. Or when he runs into her when didn't paying attention, and she [[ShipTease blushes]].
* FuroScene: Multiple instances.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Of course.
* GenerationXerox: Rei compares her relationship with Shinji with his parents'. [[FreudWasRight Be very afraid]]. [[spoiler: Ritsuko]] shows hints of GenerationXerox too, ''kind of'' like in the original anime. FreudWasRight, I said...
* {{Handwave}}: A few times.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Misato.
* HighSchoolAU
* HilarityEnsues
* HollywoodNerd: Kyouko has a perfect body and skin despite being a socially withdrawn, reclusive geek who hardly ever sees the sun.
* HotBlooded: Asuka, Gendou.
* HotScientist: Yui, Kyouko, Ritsuko.
* TheIdiotFromOsaka: Touji.
* ImprobablyFemaleCast
* IncestIsRelative: Shinji/Rei. In the video game, Shinji can even marry her.
** KissingCousins at most, considering they likely only share about 25% DNA, assuming Rei is still [[spoiler:half-angel]] as in the anime/manga.
* InNameOnly: The game is more or less based after the original series, while the manga goes for the HighSchoolAU. The only thing connecting the two are the three new BridgeBunnies.
* IWantGrandkids: Kyoko - jokingly (maybe) - to Asuka's dismay and mortification.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Touji, depending on how you interpret him.
* {{Joshikousei}}
* {{Kawaii}}
* KavorkaMan: Gendou; possibly Shinji, who's nice and relatively good-looking but quite average, not the kind of youth who'd be a real chick magnet in real life.
* KissingCousins: Shinji and Rei.
* LatexSpaceSuit: The plug suits, of course. Lampshaded:
-->'''Shinji:''' Dad... So you're doing weird research again, uh...
* LampshadeHanging: In the first {{Omake}}, Eva-01 and Zeruel complain about being left out of the show and parody the high school romance genre by wearing high school uniforms and declaring their mutual love; it doesn't end well. Misato's comments about Shinji's mother complex (possibly qualifies as MythologyGag). Kensuke and Touji's (and occasionally [[{{Irony}} Gendou's]]) jealous comments about his sizeable UnwantedHarem. Aoi, Kaede and Satsuki's quip that nobody notices Fuyutsuki because Gendou's co-conspirator is Yui. Shigeru and Makoto drowning their sorrows because they get ''even less screentime'' than Fuyutsuki. The operators thinking that one of Misato's {{Zany Scheme}}s to force Shinji to be more suave "looked just like something from a manga."
* LargeHam: Gendou's enthusiastic outbursts can only be stopped [[{{Tsundere}} through violence]]. Misato also has elements of this.
* LethalChef: Rei can't cook an omelette without producing a poisonous abomination. Even Yui has a DeadpanSnarker moment about it.
* LetsGetDangerous: Gendou on [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann smashing your way through reason]].
* LighterAndSofter: It's pretty much of a {{Moe}} / WidgetSeries version of ''Evangelion'': light-hearted, considerably dumbed down and where almost everybody has his or her cute moments; also, anxiety can probably be cured by hugs, food, or Shinji's radiant goodness. Most of the characters are better adjusted than they'll ever be in the original verse and there's no trace of childhood trauma so far. ''Raising Project'' still includes a darker subtext about separated families, as the Ikaris hardly ever get to have dinner together, Kyouko hides in the Nerv basement, and Asuka's father is absent or dead, with the result that Shinji and Asuka still live at Misato's most of the time. Rei's background hasn't been explained in the manga so far, but she seems to have grown up mostly at Nerv and been rejected by other kids for being "weird," doesn't have parents, and images from the video game suggest [[spoiler: the Reiquarium still exists]]. The children are still Nerv's lab rats and kept in the dark about everything, too, but the direction occasionally throws a party for them for [[strike: damage control]] their efforts.
* LimitedWardrobe: Gendou routinely embarrasses Shinji and creeps people out by showing up in his uniform (which, humourously, is the same as in the original although he's simply Nerv's director. When Shinji calls him out on this, he proudly announces it's the only outfit he owns, cue picture of his wardrobe full of uniforms. A special revolves around his confusion at having to wear a shirt and Bermuda shorts on a day at the sea.)
** Also, Fuyutsuki.
* LotusEaterMachine: Two of Rei's tests happen in virtual realities and nearly become this. Shinji rescues her both times.
* LoveDodecahedron: Shinji is loved by Rei, Asuka, Kaworu, and Mana and can't choose between Rei and Asuka. Asuka is also loved by Kensuke (like in Sadamoto's manga and the ''Girlfriend of Steel 2'' / ''Angelic Days'' manga and video game. Kaworu, by most of the girls of his class. Misato and Ryouji might love each other in a masochistic way... we don't want to know. The main canon couple, Gendou-Yui, is threatened by incursions from Ritsuko and [[spoiler: her scary mom]] (at least Fuyutsuki doesn't seem to have feelings for Yui. Touji-Hikari is the only relatively straightforward relationship of the show.)
** With still indecisive Shinji and slowly [[IfItsYouItsOkay forming attraction]] between both girls it seems that the series converges towards full blown [[TriangRelations type 8 love triangle]] relationship between Shinji, Rei and Asuka. They even more frequently starting to have shared a dates.
* ManChild: Gendou.
* ManipulativeBastard: Seele; probably [[spoiler: Naoko]]; Ritsuko is trying to be one but failing miserably.
* MarshmallowHell: If this doesn't happen at least once a chapter, then you're reading the wrong manga.
* TheMasochismTango: Possibly Shinji-Asuka, Gendou-Yui and Misato-Ryouji.
* {{Meganekko}}: Yui, occasionally.
* MegatonPunch: Asuka on Shinji; Yui on Gendou.
* MoodWhiplash: It's indeed a LighterAndSofter spinoff, but more serious plots (SEELE, Jet Alone... are progressing in the same time as the UnwantedHarem main plot.)
* MsFanservice: Every single main female character and more.
* MythologyGag: Lies at the core of the manga.
** One of the first scenes alludes to the [[spoiler: alternate universe sequence]] in the original TV ending. Shinji is an ordinary teenager, Asuka is his childhood friend who marches him down to school every morning, Gendou is hiding behind a newspaper (because he's embarrassed he didn't have "the conversation" with Shinji!), and Misato is an eccentric, airheaded high school teacher. It later turns out that Ryouji Kaji, Makoto, Shigeru, and Maya teach along with her.
** The ''whole'' Shinji-Gendou relationship drips with all kinds of irony. ''Instrumentality'' Shinji just wants his dad to leave him alone and stop being a silly ADHD {{Manchild}}. Also, the de-powered patriarch is the perpetual victim of Shinji's sarcasms, feels lonely in a matter of minutes, is shy and clumsy around women, [[OcularGushers is spectacularly emotional]], and gets wacked by his wife so many times that acute brain damage might explain his antics. There's also his failure to interact with Rei and the fact she thinks he's a great, caring father and Shinji is as clumsy and melodramatic as him (it's implied he'll grow to be as wacko as him, too).
*** In the original, Shinji vainly tries to get Gendou to care about him by asking him to show up at his guidance counseling day. The ''Instrumentality Project'' answer? Gendou gets carried away and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} shows up hours early wearing toilet slippers]], is mistaken for a sex offender, "whispers" a (wrong) answer to Shinji in class, gets cut down to size by Misato, and daydreams about Shinji wanting to be a scientist on his team. It's implied Yui lectures him for the whole evening after this.
-->'''Gendou:''' [[LargeHam Shinji! It's Tokugawa! TO-KU-GA-WA!]]\\
'''Misato:''' Sir, you're disrupting class. And anyway, it's Kamakura.\\
'''Gendou:''' WHAT!?
*** And Shinji's reaction to all this embarrassment? [[MadnessMantra I mustn't run away. I mustn't run away. I mustn't run away...]]
** Ritsuko's desperate attempts to attract Gendou's attention (he [[ObliviousToLove barely notices she exists at all]]). The irony of the fact that he starts acting like a lovestruck pre-teen whenever [[spoiler: the sixty-something Naoko]] is there, to the point that Yui gives him the Asuka glare. Also, the fact Ritsuko and said spoiler character are bumbling villains.
** The multiple allusions to Rei's similarities with her "auntie" Yui. When Shinji is sick in bed and Rei prepares oatmeal for him, he wakes up and first mistakes her for his mom, which alludes to an early hospital scene of the ''Evangelion'' manga. Shinji's comment that she wrings a cloth just like Yui when she cleans the class is also present in this continuity. Also, Rei thinks she'll never look as good as Yui, but we sure know better.
** Shinji walking on Rei who's just gotten out of the shower. And the fact that this time, she slaps him.
** Shinji tripping and falling atop of Rei in one chapter is reminiscent of the same episode where he did so after she came out of the shower as above. But this time, she actually reacts.
** The multiple allusions to the original series' dancing episode, such as the swimming suit chapter and a recent chapter where Shinji has to wear a dancing outfit.
*** Shinji's "feminine" side and occasional "coerced cross-dressing" in the original anime are also played with when he has to wear a sailor fuku. The girls are embarrassed at what a convincing girl he makes and how cute they find him.
*** A hidden one: during one of the coerced cross-dressings Shinji was identical to Mayumi Yamagishi, a character from an Evangelion videogame whose personality is essentially a female version of Shinji's.
** Shinji and Asuka's shock when they see Rei in her plug suit, and Shinji [[LampshadeHanging calling out]] Gendou on their design while everybody took them for granted in the original series.: It turns out that ''Yui'', of all people, designed the suits, but Gendou accidentally reveals that he likes them while trying to justify himself.
** Ritsuko being the school nurse, which [[spoiler:may be an allusion to what the school really is in the original and the role Ritsuko plays in episodes 17 to 19]].
** SEELE's vague and empty threats, and the meta play on its use of [[spoiler: the school's media room]] when they [[spoiler: abduct Rei]]. When Kensuke tells his schoolfriends that SEELE has been ruling the world from the shadows for centuries and that the Centre for Artificial Evolution works on the horrifying Human Instrumentality Project, Shinji calls him an conspiracy theory idiot and that there's no way his parents'd work on something that stupid.
** The use of trademark ''Evangelion'' spotlights along with the CornerOfWoe and other expressions of wackiness.
** Misato's chest looking like two Leliels when she wears a tight striped sweater.
** Shinji's reactions to Kaworu's flirting, and the fact Kaworu is really gay without any possible ambiguity, and a very playful "villain."
** The allusion to the Jet Alone episode, with Yui both fulfilling Misato and Ritsuko's original roles and snarking the hell out of his creator: a former Kyouto university student who was always lagging behind her! to such an extent that even Shinji and ''Misato'' are scared. And Gendou fixing the password issue by hitting the computer while yelling that disobedient machines deserve punishment. Also, the Jet Alone's reappearance in a B-movie, with Kensuke yelling "JET ALOOOONE! GOOOOO!!" in the theatre.
*** Shinji subsequently wonders why they need to do sync tests and whether his parents create giant robots like the Jet Alone, but Asuka calls him an idiot for thinking about this, mirroring her reluctance to think about the ramification of fighting Angels in the original series.
* NeatFreak: Shinji, as his reaction to Misato's freaking mess shows:
-->'''Shinji:''' When did you clean that place for the last time?!?!\\
'''Misato:''' Er... Never, I guess.\\
'''Shinji:''' HOW CAN YOU LIVE IN SUCH A MESS?!?! (Cleans everything)\\
'''Asuka:''' Ma'am... He absolutely ''hates'' dirtiness.\\
'''Misato:''' Yeah, I've just noticed...
* NeverMyFault: Asuka to Shinji.
* ObliviousToLove: {{Baka}} Shinji, with his whole harem. Gendou, with Ritsuko.
* OcularGushers: Gendou whenever he's overcome by emotion, Yui punishes him, or Shinji is being particularly mean to him. Often includes some incoherent yelling that [[CantHoldHisLiquor no, he's not drunk]].
* OedipusComplex: Parodied. Shinji and Gendou are in a kind of playful(?) rivalry that involves trying to outdo each other at indoor biking while yelling about generational differences, among other things. Their highly conflictual / WellDoneSonGuy relationship in the original series is also parodied in that Gendou is [[http://www.misato.cz/files/u1/isik_19.jpg Shinji's biggest fanboy in existence]] (at least partly because he's such a narcissist). However, Shinji is genuinely annoyed at his father's overwhelming weirdness and disturbing displays of affection, so he usually tries to avoid him. Which just serves to heighten Gendou's desperation for his approval.)
** At one point Rei wonders if she should be more like Yui, since Shinji is "kinda Oedipal" in her view.
* OhCrap [[http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/5274/enlightenedgendocg7.png The look on Shinji's face is]] truly hilarious.
* {{Omake}}: "Guest-starring" Zeruel and Eva-01, Fuyutsuki, and the operators from the original series. Also, the beach and onsen specials.
* OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: SEELE. Lampshaded and parodied.
* OnlySaneMan: Shinji seems to be the only one to notice that the lab's universe and {{Zany Scheme}}s are extremely weird. Well, Asuka also [[LampshadeHanging remarks on it sometimes]].
* OnsenEpisode
* {{Otaku}}: It's a reassuring thought to know that if one ''Evangelion'' character will never change, it's Kensuke. It'd be terrible if he went through CharacterDevelopment in any continuity.
* {{Oyaji}}: Gendou, depending on how you define the term (possibly more towards "oyadi" and how you interpret the character.)
* PantyShot: Too many times to count. {{Lampshade}}d when Touji accidentally sees underneath Hikari's skirt just like in Sadamoto's manga.
* PercussiveMaintenance: Gendo somehow manages to fix the [[spoiler: (possibly sabotaged) main computer at NERV]] by...giving it a powerful karate-chop. [[LargeHam While giving a speech on how machines that turn against their masters SHALL NEVER BE FORGIVEN!]] Lampshaded by Yui, who screams at Shinji to stop Gendo before he makes it worse.
* PragmaticAdaptation: This manga has little to do with the video game that shares its title. Given the original game was a PrincessMaker style "child raising" simulator, complete with Shinji marrying whoever he got into a relationship with, the story ends up being a mix of events from the game played for comedy with elements of a harem manga.
* RagingStiffie: Shinji, too many times to count.
* RaisedByWolves: Rei, though not as much as in the original series; Gendou is implied to be shy and largely unaware of social rules.
* RaisingSim: The video game.
* RedOniBlueOni: Asuka vs. Rei, Shinji, and Kaworu, Mana vs. Rei and Shinji, Touji vs. Hikari, Misato vs. Shinji, Rei, and Ritsuko, possibly Gendou vs. Shinji and Yui.
* RuleOfCool
* RuleOfFunny
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Parodied. Gendou strikes scary poses while announcing his next plans. Also, Kensuke while attempting to reveal SEELE's terrifying plans -much like his role in ''NeonGenesisEvangelionGakuenDatenroku''.
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: Averted. Unlike in the original series, the children have an impressive wardrobe.
* SchroedingersCat: Asuka's mom, Kyouko, is alive and well (if still dysfunctional). In a recent chapter, [[spoiler: Naoko Akagi]] turns out to be fine too. Much like in ''Angelic Days'', [[spoiler: Kaworu]] is nowhere close to dying.
* SempaiKohai: Ritsuko and Maya. Averted at Shinji's school.
* SeriousBusiness: A variety of sports, school events, and beach activities, and let's not forget o-hanami. Also, Touji and Mana strike threatening poses before playing rock, paper, scissors (Mana loses.)
* ShipperOnDeck: Kyoko seems to ship Shinji/Asuka. Misato may be shipping [[OT3 Rei/Shinji/Asuka]].
* ShipTease: Between Shinji and every other character.
* ShrinkingViolet: Rei gets extremely self-conscious and scared when in a crowd.
* {{Squee}}: All the Shinji and deredere fluff. Aoi, Kaede and Satsuki are pretty much the Greek chorus of Squee. And let's just say Gendou is sensitive to Shinji's cuteness. Ritsuko also shows an unexpected side in the latter's presence, and hilarity ensues.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: "I definitely wasn't imagining any perverted situations! Definitely not a situation where I would spread oil all over your body!" Yeah...
* StatusQuoIsGod: Shinji is unlikely to ever actually date someone...or hit fifteen, for that matter.
* {{Stripperific}}: Misato, Asuka, and Ritsuko's swimming suits (Yui ''usually'' keeps it in good taste. The latter stands out as particularly provocative ''even'' compared to Misato.)
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Rei; Ritsuko is either this or a {{Tsundere}}, [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation maybe a complex mix]]. "Damn you, Gendou Ikari, you thwarted my plans again! ...Superb *sigh*"
* SuperDeformed: Awwwww.
* TechnicolorEyes: Rei and Kaworu.
* TenderTears: Rei, on various occasions; Gendou, through oversensitivity.
* ThirdOptionLoveInterest: All of Shinji's potential love interests but Rei and Asuka, which means Kaworu, Mana, possibly Ritsuko, as well as Aoi, Kaede, Satsuki, and Misato in the game. Kaworu stands out as the 'threat' that drives Asuka and Rei to ally against him "[[UnfortunateImplications to put Shinji back on the right path]]."
* ThroughHisStomach: Shinji cooks for Asuka when his parents aren't home, mirroring their relationship in ''Angelic Days''. Shinji cooks for everyone as a display of nurturing; probably originates from the {{Fanon}} idea that he's a great cook. Rei tries to cook for him, but the results turn [[LethalChef terribly wrong]].
* TrainingFromHell: Implied about Rei's martial arts training.
* {{Tsundere}}: Asuka is a glorious Type A (cranky as default mood) / "must glare my way through life", to the point that she nearly injures Shinji and basically expresses her love for him by trying to hurt Rei. Misato has a very similar fiery relationship with Ryouji and so does Hikari with Touji. Yui is a Type B who's nice and sweet to everyone but Gendou -and yells comically once or twice at Shinji over synchro tests, which everyone finds puzzling and somewhat scary. Particularly visible after Gendou's awesome scenes: she usually has a moment of blushing admiration then embarrasses him with a nasty comment. It either suggests that [[TheMasochismTango they're masochists]] or that he's so obnoxious even the saint-like Yui wants to beat him to a bloody pulp.)
* UglyGuyHotWife: Gendou/Yui. Debatable.
* TheUnreveal: This manga is an even more ludicrous case than the original series. In the absence of Evas, it's not clear at all what Nerv is fighting for or against, what the synchro tests are all about, or what's the point of ''anything'' about ''anything'' (there's going to be blood on the floor if the answer involves "allegory" and "to make Shinji grow up". SEELE is probably just doing all of this horrible whatever-it-is for the same reason every villain does: ForTheEvulz and out of jealousy of Shinji's bishie-ness.)
* UnwantedHarem: It's hard to be Shinji.
* WeirdnessMagnet: The series' weirdness level temporarily goes off the scale every time Gendou takes a major decision or solves a problem. Involves kick-starting Nerv's power system by having everyone ride fitness bikes (and shedding ManlyTears when Fuyutsuki collapses after two minutes), forcing Shinji to wear a girl's swimsuit (created by the Centre for Artificial Evolution with groundbreaking fiber technologies! [[FridgeHorror It feels like wearing nothing at all!]]), opening a beach restaurant ([[LargeHam because it's every man's dream]]), and countering a MAGI hack dressed like a pest control employee. In an early chapter, he reveals that he actually does feel shame over his uncontrollable quirks but thinks [[SpoofAesop a man should get over it]]. Shinji also has a special knack for landing in wacky situations, largely because of his parents, Misato, Asuka, [[spoiler: Naoko]], or any combination of them.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Parodied and inverted with Shinji-Gendou, as it is Gendou who lives for his family's approval. Asuka's relationship to Kyouko, however, still has overtones of this. She even acts very childish and cute in her presence, with {{Blush Sticker}}s and vulnerable expressions.
* WidgetSeries: When ''Evangelion'' is [=ODing=] on ten years of antidepressants, things are bound to look weird.
* {{Yandere}}: Yui occasionally looks like this, with SlasherSmile and everything. This tends to confuse Shinji, Rei, and Misato.
* YaoiFangirls: Probably.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Rei; Kaworu. Satsuki is a blonde, which is unusual for a Japanese woman. The rest is either stylized or realistic, with black/brown hair for most characters and the ButNotTooForeign Kyouko and Asuka as respectively blonde and red-haired. Yui's hair is even significantly darker than in the original series.
* ZanyScheme: Very, very random.
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