I was originally going to post my thoughts here
, but that's tangent-bait so the proper thread is best.
I've complained several times that I wished there would be more spin-off manga where Rei is still Rei instead of RiAO. Campus Apocalypse where Rei's somewhat Rei-like still despite her horse-love and GoS2 manga RiAO are fitting as RiAO--they work very well as they still have Rei's sincerity and occasional soft-spoken or apathetic moments. But something about SIRP Rei strikes me as inconsistent personality-wise and somewhat Uncanny Valley, she doesn't properly feel like Rei where it should count, just somebody who looks like Rei but is better than SIRP manga Asuka at everything
I think I've also complained somewhere that it'd be nice for more manga to maintain the NGE feel of broken characters but still decent people. Hell, when SIRP manga first came with scans then stateside, I was hoping that perhaps the manga would have something deep/sinister to it by actually relating to some 3rd Impact or Instrumentality plans.
Not just how the Ikaris are attempting to gear Shinji's life in a certain direction instead of letting the kid decide for himself for...who knows what reason. So, were
those background Nerv conspiracies ever properly developed more, or completely dropped to make way for more Asuka and Rei panty shots?
Don't get me wrong, I get that this is a harem based manga. And I'm completely for light and brighter works; huge fan of the GoS2 manga and game, Shinji Raising Project game, Asuka & Rei Raising Project games and other games too (Eva2~)! I just wish this would have some slight depth or more in-the-background-workings since this IS Eva and all. The majority of the games/manga maintain being somewhat Eva in feel at least, whether it's due to the mecha only OR exploring the psychological elements somewhat. Which is why I'm mildly annoyed at this series.
Based on recent scans, it appears the manga is finally slowly returning to something of a plot (maybe slightly serious with comedy, but not sure.) instead of JUST fanserivce (I'm sadly not exaggerating that around Volumes 09 through 11 are pure fanservice Stages)
. There's nothing wrong with fanservice but too much of anything becomes tiring and old, fast. Some plot sprinkled in despite any sexy happenings would be perfect
. So why not go that route? And hell, the GoS2 manga had no fanservice proper but it had plenty of cute moments during the plot. GoS2 manga's only downside was the art sucked.
Too bad we in the fandom can only create fanfics/fanart/doujinshi, I actually think some of us could do better with spin-off manga storytelling. (I don't mean to be harsh towards any of the manga-ka, just sayin'.) I have volumes 01 and 08 of SIRP manga, and I'd be perfectly willing to buy the whole series if it would actually be going somewhere instead of the "20 times more fanservice!" approach.