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Manga Volume 7 Commentary

Manga Volume 7 Commentary

Written by: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Translated by: William Flanagan & David Ury
Source: Originally published in the Japanese edition of Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 7

Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

This volume first came out in Japan in 2002 the year I hit the big 4-0!

Now—let's flash back to 1992, the year I turned 30. If you had asked me then whether I expected to grow up a bit in the future, I would have said “Why—surely.”

However, new research has uncovered the finding that my emotional age had by then already stalled permanently in place. Sometime during my twentysomethings, apparently.

Let me close on a recent illuminating anecdote. The other day I saw a withered coot clutching a glossy teen idol book in the store. At first I looked upon the dirty sod with disgust. Then my disgust was overcome by fear—fear that I was looking at Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, circa 2022 A.D.

The upshot was that I left the store without buying all the idol books that I had wanted. The future is unknown. But just for that one day, I had proven myself better than the old man.