I have read the manga, all of it, and I have watched the first 13 episodes of NGE. And it surprised me, because the plots were different with the manga (well, just some of it). Especially the ending in manga. I wonder why the ending and the plot were different? What's the reason for that?

And how was the manga made in 1994, while the anime aired in 1995? Which one came first? Was Evangelion based on manga?

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    the manga was a way to generate interest in the upcoming anime release. so it was published before the anime series. It's not really that uncommon.
    – Darjeeling
    Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 14:34
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    You might be able to get more insight from this question that I wrote an answer to a while ago. Not a duplicate, but possibly of interest.
    – Torisuda
    Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 16:20
  • because the manga itself just ended in 2013, i mean the original series was ended long long ago ( 1995-1997 ) but what happen with NGE manga ? it took about 20 years to complete the series (1994-2013), why does the author didn't follow the original sources ?
    – Gagantous
    Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 16:25
  • Wikipedia seems to have an explanation about this while the info might not be updated.
    – Aki Tanaka
    Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 16:55
  • why should it reiterate what the show does?
    – Raildex
    Commented Apr 25, 2023 at 7:16

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Because the manga is by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto not Hideaki Anno. I think he talks about it somewhere. Sadamoto simply had a more positive view of the story, so you see Shiji talking more. Not even Anno himself sticks that much to the story as the fans do, see Rebuild series. So, relax and enjoy.

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    Can you please provide the source to support your opinion?
    – Gagantous
    Commented Oct 17, 2017 at 7:56

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