Following the events of The Second Try the Ikari family is back together. However, this is not the world little Aki Ikari grew up in, this is not the world Asuka and Shinji Ikari have been living in for the past seven years, and there is still quite a bit of work that needs to be done — for one thing, Mr. and Mrs. Ikari need to get remarried. So join Aki and her parents as they go through life, face the challenges of the world, and look darn cute doing it.In other words, Aki-chan's Life is a primarily Slice of LifeFan Webcomic that acts as the sequel to the fanfic The Second Try. The story is told in chapters, with each chapter being its own self-contain mini-arc, and the strips themselves are read right-to-left instead of the standard left-to-right. All similarities to Manga or Doujinshi are completely intentional.The comic can be read here.
This comic contains examples of the following tropes:
On a side note, Aki was born when her parents were about 16 (before the aforementioned time travel).note They're not sure on the specifics because they didn't keep track of the passage of time between Third Impact and when Shinji realized that Asuka was pregnant
Animesque: Art style and format wise the comic is just like a Doujinshi. In every other respect though it's clearly a Western webcomic.
Badass Adorable: Not many toddlers can climb a fully-grown tree. Aki was like a prepubescent Tarzan in that regard.
Big Sister Instinct: Rei had a bad experience with school, and she correctly anticipates that Aki's...unique tendencies will cause her to have a similar experience. In order to protect her from that, Rei is willing to argue with her parents repeatedly about it. And when they still put Aki in school, Rei waits just outside the school building for most of the day, just in case.
Fish out of Temporal Water: Technically a case of someone from the future coming to the past, though Aki is too young to really understand the situation. She's still learning about the world, meeting new people and such, and in many ways her situation isn't that much different from a typical 4 year old. She does, however, tend to draw worried looks when she talks about the post-Third-Impact world where she used to live.
When dropping her off for her first day at Kindergarten, her parents explain that they "used to live out in a secluded part of the countryside" to excuse Aki's more oddball moments; a pretty good comparison if you think about it.
Friendly Rivalry: Naota and Seita, who are, in their own words, "Bestest Rivals!"
Mythology Gag: When Maya offers to get Aki some tea at a vending machine she responds with "But I'm a girl...!"
Also, when Aki first sees the Geofront, she says, "Wow! A real-" "-ly big cave!"
Later, when Aki falls out of a tree, she lands gracefully on her feet, in a manner extremely similar to Rei falling out of the vent in NERV.
Not What It Looks Like: Subverted. Yes Touji, yes Hikari, that little girl who just answered the door of your friend's apartment is their kid. It's a long story.
Oh, Crap: The older Ikaris finding out that Hikari's older siter Kodoma works at the kindergarten where they're enrolling Aki.
OOC Is Serious Business: When Touji and Hikari see Rei smiling, they freak out and decide they MUST have landed on an alternate universe somehow (and they are not so far from the truth, if you think about it).
Peggy Sue: While the comic itself doesn't directly have this, the effects of The Second Try being an example are discussed though. For one thing, Ritsuko doesn't believe that Aki is Shinji and Asuka's daughter till she does a DNA test.
Right in Front of Me: Kodoma suspects she knows Asuka when she goes to drop Aki off, but seems to believe she's mistaken.
Kokoma: I guess it's the hair. The only other redhead I know is that obnoxious friend of my little sister.
Unfazed Everyman: Touji figures out who Aki is within minutes of meeting her. More to the point, he has very little trouble believing it:
Touji: I guess I shouldn't have been so surprised... I've seen so many weird things the last few months... So... congratulations.
Wig, Dress, Accent: Shinji and Asuka dress up in business outfits to hide their age when dropping Aki off at Kindergarten; You know, because two teens dropping off a 4-year old at school would raise a lot of awkward questions.