Air-Vent Passageway: 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.
Alternative Character Interpretation: invokedRei 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 Crazy AwesomeBumbling Dad and the main comic relief, suggesting that's what he looks like when he's happy.invoked
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!
Ascended Extra: Mana Kirishima from the first Girlfriend of Steel video game. So far, she's basically a less Tsundere and more flirtatious version of Asuka.
Bumbling Dad: Gendou... has never had any parenting skill to speak of. It's nice to see he's trying, though.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: 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.)
Can't Hold His Liquor: 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... on Shinji's crotch. The chapter concludes that you shouldn't drink till you're 21.
Cerebus Syndrome: Some of the video game's endings display this. THE THIRD IMPACT CAN STILL HAPPEN. GAINAX, GIVE ME BACK MY LIGHTHEARTED ROMANTIC COMEDY.
Christmas Cake: Misato and Ritsuko. Lampshaded when Rei has to find a single woman over thirty for a school game and grabs Ritsuko by the wrist.
Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: 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.
Dirty Old Man: It's hard to know for sure whether Gendou is really this or is just the victim of a long string of misunderstandings.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: 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!
Shinji: Dad... So you're doing weird research again, uh...
Lampshade Hanging: 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 Mythology Gag). Kensuke and Touji's (and occasionally Gendou's) jealous comments about his sizeable Unwanted Harem. 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 Schemes to force Shinji to be more suave "looked just like something from a manga."
Lighter and Softer: It's pretty much of a Moe / Widget Series 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 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 damage control their efforts.
Limited Wardrobe: 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.)
Lotus-Eater Machine: Two of Rei's tests happen in virtual realities and nearly become this. Shinji rescues her both times.
Love Dodecahedron: 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 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.)
One of the first scenes alludes to the 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, 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 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.
Ritsuko's desperate attempts to attract Gendou's attention (he barely notices she exists at all). The irony of the fact that he starts acting like a lovestruck pre-teen whenever 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 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 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 the school's media room when they 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 Corner of Woe 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.
This troper only hopes the manga gets to use Mari Makinami before it's over.
Neat Freak: 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...
Ocular Gushers: Gendou whenever he's overcome by emotion, Yui punishes him, or Shinji is being particularly mean to him. Often includes some incoherent yelling that no, he's not drunk.
Oedipus Complex: 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 / "Well Done, Son" Guy relationship in the original series is also parodied in that Gendou is 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.)
Pragmatic Adaptation: This manga has little to do with the video game that shares its title. Given the original game was a Princess Maker 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.
Schroedingers Cat: Asuka's mom, Kyouko, is alive and well (if still dysfunctional). In a recent chapter, Naoko Akagi turns out to be fine too. Much like in Angelic Days, Kaworu is nowhere close to dying.
Serious Business: 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.)
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.
Suspiciously Specific Denial: "I definitely wasn't imagining any perverted situations! Definitely not a situation where I would spread oil all over your body!" Yeah...
Status Quo Is God: 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.)
Through His Stomach: 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 terribly wrong.
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 they're masochists or that he's so obnoxious even the saint-like Yui wants to beat him to a bloody pulp.)
The Unreveal: 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: For the Evulz and out of jealousy of Shinji's bishie-ness.)
Weirdness Magnet: 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 Manly Tears 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! It feels like wearing nothing at all!), opening a beach restaurant (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 a man should get over it. Shinji also has a special knack for landing in wacky situations, largely because of his parents, Misato, Asuka, Naoko, or any combination of them.
"Well Done, Son" Guy: 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 Stickers and vulnerable expressions.
Widget Series: When Evangelion is ODing on ten years of antidepressants, things are bound to look weird.
Yandere: Yui occasionally looks like this, with Slasher Smile and everything. This tends to confuse Shinji, Rei, and Misato.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: 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 But Not Too Foreign Kyouko and Asuka as respectively blonde and red-haired. Yui's hair is even significantly darker than in the original series.