In a previous thread, I stated how the End of Evangelion traumatized me emotionally to the point of suicide. thread/20108/End-of-Evangelion-Traumatized-Me/
Upon discovering and reading Re-Take, I found enormous mental relief. In my personal opinion, what makes this manga special to me is thats it’s self aware that it’s an alternative ending. Asuka explained to God that during the third impact, alternative universes were created, all pleasant to Shinji, who critics and audiences claim to represent the audience. This made me think I’d it really mattered to me whether the majority of Otaku’s considered End of Evangelion the true ending. I realized it didn’t, because End of Evangelion is just a valid and canon ending as the original two episodes and other alternative endings, because they are all possible as well. This concept reinforced the fact that End of Evangelion, no matter how nihilistic or brutal it may be, is just one ending out of many. It also helped me recognize that walking down an canonical path was also walking a self-absorbent path. When I read the finale, where Asuka and Shinji we’re back to where they started, I asked myself, “If I were Shinji, would I be better of where I started having leant nothing, yet succeeded where I originally failed, or would I be better off having learnt in spite of the colossal errors which I have doomed the world to?” This opened up a new light and a new appreciation for both Re-take and End of Evangelion. To me, this comic succeeded where End of Evangelion failed. This comic taught me to not let the trauma of End of Evangelion hold me back from creating a brighter future for myself.