It's been a long long time since I watched Evangelion.
Again, it was one of the earlier series I watched, though not my first at all.
Problem is, the ending soured me on what was a great series for pretty much the rest of my life.
Even a remotely halfway decent ending combined with "first love" anime syndrome would have been enough to vault it into my most beloved (Magic Knight Rayearth, Escaflowne) series list.
Instead I just get a feeling of mild disappointment which slowly built to a "most overrated" stance because of the people who could actually seriously watch the movie and extract something more than a "FUCK YOU" out of its contents.
However, when someone was talking about some random Evangelion doujin and how it was the greatest doujin he ever read and such, I admit it had me curious.
After all this guy doesn't really read doujins, and it was an odd person to come from.
Plus he said it was "adult," which had me even more curious, as he doesn't really touch the stuff. (Yeah, I on the other hand -_-a)
Anyway, so I decided sure, why not, and downloaded Re-Take 1, 2, 3, 0, 4, and AFTER.
It's to be read in that order.
Honestly, he was right.
The entire series is extremely well-written "what-if" piece that does incorporate both the anime and the movie into its premise, but retells the end of Eva as what some would say is what should have been the ending.
The art does a good job at imitating the old style to prevent artist shock, the character development is pretty off the hook, it still keeps a great deal of the mindfuck that makes Eva oh so special (but not eva movie fuck you mindfuck), and it wraps everything up nicely.
It's nice to see old friends grow spines :3
Anyway, highly recommended piece of work for any and all Evangelion fans and former fans (i.e. myself), just a warning that it IS for adult and not for kids, and there IS violence and sex in it.
By the way, it does go down Shinji x Asuka, so just a warning for the Rei doll lovers out there (well they do good by her, but it's not Shinji x Rei).
Temporary Direct DL link