RE-TAKE is a six-volume Evangelion unauthorized doujinshi; it is generally considered to be one of the best Evangelion doujinshi, and is elaborately produced, with an official soundtrack (OST), a trailer (of a hypothetical animated version), and a re-release which omitted the hentai material for an all-ages RE-TAKE.
is an alternate universe
version of the Evangelion
story; the point of divergence from the TV series
is episode 16, "Splitting of the Breast
". While a captive in the Dirac Sea, Shinji Ikari
has, rather than the fleeting contact with his mother
's soul in the original series, a vision of the entirety of the remaining events from the TV series and End of Evangelion
. After he recovers from his captivity, he is haunted by a spectral figure of Asuka Langley Soryu
as she appeared at the end of End of Evangelion
that only he can see. She constantly abuses and verbally torments him, believing that Shinji abandoned her to be attacked and killed by the mass-production Evas
. Shinji retains his memories of the events from his vision, and strives to use his foreknowledge to change the outcomes of the coming battles, as well as redefine his relationships with Asuka and Rei Ayanami
. The plot continues on in a complex multiverse, finally reconciling Shinji & Asuka.
In order of chronology, the volumes are 1, 2, 3, 0, 4, and After. Books 1 and 2 were released in 2004, books 3 and 0 in 2005, and the 4 and After in 2006. Kimigabuchi also released a minor hentai doujinshi, RE-TAKE 1.5
, but it has minimal connection to the other volumes.
There have been no official English releases, only unofficial fan scanlations.