Just read finished the translated versions of STUDIO KIMIGABUCHI’s RE-TAKE series, which is a retelling of the story of Evangelion, a what-if that Shinji was revealed to the events of the End of Evangelion before it happened and tried to change the outcome of the series.

It’s quite possibly one of the best doujins that I’ve read in recent times, with a totally heavy focus on storyline, executed masterfully and elegantly, that even Anno Hideaki would find it a good one, retaining the infamous “brainfuck” property of the original EVA series.

Art is pretty good and the doujin artists made a pretty good effort to emulate Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s style, causing less of an “art shock” that’s typical of most series doujin’s. This doujin is undeniably for mature audiences, with some sex scenes that are actually contributing to the storyline though, and more importantly going down the Shinji x Asuka road. I personally prefer Asuka over Rei, most probably for my bias now on *tsunderekko*’s.

I highly recommend this series to any EVA fan, hardcore enough to explore other possibilities. But for those underaged, be warned :). I’d like to thank the translator of this doujin for his/her effort in bringing this doujin to the non-Japanese enlightened, like me ^_^.

RE-TAKE 01 Torrent
RE-TAKE 02 Torrent
RE-TAKE 03 Torrent


  1. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    September 22, 2006 @ 10:11 am

    >>It’s a shame there aren’t more H doujinshi like this that use sex as part of the plot as well as for romantic purposes and not just random “fucking”.

    Well, them Japanese are perverts :P. Still, I agree with you on this point.

    For my thoughts on the ending of RE-TAKE. I agree that both Asuka and Shinji are just both taking a break and have accepted each other.

    As for the girl, that appears at the end (who strangely looks like Envy from FMA), I’m not really sure whether to take her as one of the random people who rejected Instrumentality or as Asuka and Shinji’s daughter.

    So far, I’d rather prefer on the random person theory, as in the “original” storyline, Asuka and Shinji haven’t got to each other yet XD.

  2. darkdog Said,

    October 23, 2006 @ 2:13 pm

    great set of doujins, i’ve just found this page in google, just asking does anybodt knows of another links since, the Torrents (especially the older ones) semm a little dead
    keep up the good work :P


    November 29, 2006 @ 7:59 am

    Hello! can anyone tell me how to get Vol.2 faster, the link might be dead. I also have dial up so it may just take to long but if you could, please post another link to it? thanks


    December 6, 2006 @ 5:31 am

    darn it! Now vol.3 isnt an active torrent! can someone help me please, it took 3 weeks to get vol.2 working…
    love the story…
    it makes you feel something when
    asuka dies in vol2
    you know waht i mean…
    well i would just like to see if anyone can help me with vol3 thanks
    seeya : )!


    December 6, 2006 @ 5:38 am

    oh sorry forgot to add but even if i could just get the whole thing emailed to me post a quote if your willing to help out!

  6. Redman Said,

    December 7, 2006 @ 12:27 pm

    Please would some one seed these i really want to read the rest

  7. tenmark Said,

    December 11, 2006 @ 5:41 am

    My 2 cents – I thought the girl at the end was Misato. She came back as a child brecause that is the time of her life before she became traumatized by her father’s neglect of her and her mother.

  8. tenmark Said,

    December 11, 2006 @ 8:39 am

    Here’s 2 more cents – I see that some of us arent sure if Shinji & Asuka are dead or asleep – I assumed they were asleep, but now am reconsidering. Asuka kept demanding the she and Shinji die together. If they did die together, then maybe the child is a merging of the two of them.

    These kinds of things keep me from sleeping!


  9. Sailor Star Dust Said,

    December 12, 2006 @ 3:18 am

    MORE RETAKE?!? O_o
    Look here: http://www.kimigabuchi.com/
    Hmm….I’m interguied. Although I hope it’s not gonna be one of those things were continuing (or retalling) the story will make it suck. (for instance, I have high hopes for Rebuild, mostly because it’s the orginal staff from the Series but also because it’s *not* a continutation of the orginal one.)
    Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

  10. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    December 12, 2006 @ 3:24 am

    >>MORE RETAKE?!? O_o

    I didn’t know about that :3.

    Well, the release date seems to be on the 31st of December, which is quite soon. Hopefully it’ll be good.

    The title is RE-TAKE ~after~, so it could be an epilogue of sorts. There’s quite some questions not yet answered in the end of RE-TAKE.

  11. Cat42 Said,

    December 15, 2006 @ 3:23 pm

    Seeding 2 & 3.

  12. Red Priest Rezo Said,

    December 28, 2006 @ 5:37 pm

    Anonymous Spore, I want to ask you, (if you’re still here, off corse): if you won’t translate Re-take novels, at least read them and make a little summary, ok?
    And, off corse, we’re all waiting for RE-TAKE ~after~ ^_^

  13. Cat42 Said,

    January 1, 2007 @ 12:38 pm

    RE-TAKEs 01, 02, 03, 00, 04

  14. El Portablay Said,

    January 5, 2007 @ 8:58 pm

    umm how do i view the file cause i really wanna read

  15. Cat42 Said,

    January 9, 2007 @ 7:42 pm

    click the url in my last post, and download it. Then unzip it. It’s in jpg format.

  16. Serp Said,

    January 12, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

    Does anyone have a link to RE-TAKE 4english? Rapidshare and deadfrog are both down :(

  17. Grey Said,

    January 13, 2007 @ 5:52 pm

    Serb: I’ve reuploaded it to rapidshare. Here’s the link. http://rapidshare.com/files/11482201/_Studio_KIMIGABUCHI__RE-TAKE_4_E-Trans_V2_.zip.html


  18. Gendou Said,

    January 14, 2007 @ 12:05 am

    I’m really looking for Re-Take After, i can’t wait !!!

  19. Akagi Ritsuko Said,

    January 17, 2007 @ 3:53 am

    For the retarted, the MEGAUPLOAD, which works still, of all 5 previous volumes in ENGLISH, is http://www.megaupload.com/?d=3TL2XWF0 the link is also provided in URI spot of this post, like it was in Cat42’s. This means that when you click on my name you are taken to the link that is also in my post.

  20. An Onymous Said,

    January 17, 2007 @ 6:43 pm


    R-T ~after~ is up and scanned. Not translated yet, though Spore has indicated that he’s read it and is starting translation.

    Ending was surprising as all hell, but Spore hints that it’s not as crappalicious as it seems to be.


  21. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 17, 2007 @ 11:07 pm

    RE-TAKE After… woot!

    I’ll be waiting for Spore to t/l it :D.

  22. Sailor Star Dust Said,

    January 24, 2007 @ 4:43 am

    Thanks for pointing us to a raw of ~after~! :)

  23. Ryke Said,

    January 24, 2007 @ 6:09 pm

    Wow did I enjoy this doujin but after doing some googling can someone give me a quick idea if there’s a bonus 09 track for the OST?


  24. Krauka Said,

    January 26, 2007 @ 9:29 pm

    ok, silly question, does Retake-00 come before 01 or in between 03 and 04, because I always see it between 03 and 04,

  25. Cat42 Said,

    January 28, 2007 @ 1:53 am

    Between 03 and 04. 00 is 01-03 from Instrumentatilty Asuka’s point of view.

  26. dennisud Said,

    January 29, 2007 @ 8:46 am

    Is there a place where us Mac users can download the whole series?

  27. Cat42 Said,

    February 4, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

    If Macs can’t read zip files, then they are even more useless than I thought they were…

  28. RAZVAN Said,

    February 9, 2007 @ 10:57 am

    HI ,im new here but i can’t download anything anymore from rapidshare so can you guyssend me like the zip. files on my adress im only missing RE-TAKE 04 and RE-TAKE_AFTER

  29. Cat42 Said,

    February 9, 2007 @ 4:29 pm

    it is also entirely up on Megaupload as one file, minus ~After


    also, the torrent for 04 by it’s lonesome

  30. razvan Said,

    February 11, 2007 @ 7:02 am


  31. Sushi!? Said,

    February 16, 2007 @ 9:42 am

    yeah I’m waiting for the translation too
    this is one hell of a doujin series.
    does anyone have any other suggestions for good evan doujins? preferably Shinji x Asuka since, after reading Re-Take, it’s the only thing I want to see =D

  32. Good Noodle Said,

    February 27, 2007 @ 6:09 am

    Amazing doujin, beats the living shit out of those official spin-off manga of GAINEX.
    Preserves a healthy chunk the emotion and mystery that made EVA what it is, though Rei’s new personality threw me off a bit (not a bad character, in fact I liked it, but just not totally in sync with the series like the most of the other characters).
    Can’t wait for spore to translate ~after~… Actually, does he have a website? Would make it easier for me to check for news of ~after~, which has become almost a daily chore.

  33. raziel Said,

    February 28, 2007 @ 8:03 am

    hey does anyone know spore’s website??

  34. EVA FAN (eclectic mind) Said,

    March 11, 2007 @ 10:51 pm

    THIS HAS TO BE THE GREATEST MANGA OR STORY FOR THAT MATTER I HAVE EVER READ! i loved the eva anime and hail it to be the greatest achievment in moving pictures and animation and all of storytelling. however this beat it by like half a percent. phenominal. it is emotionaly moving, and most of all it makes you think. the one thing the world kind of threw out, thinking. By the way is ~after part of the series/ about to download it anyways…Again, amazing…

  35. Ginji Said,

    March 17, 2007 @ 3:44 pm

    You rock. Send me some pictures at my e -mail.

  36. Simmister Simm Said,

    April 13, 2007 @ 2:02 pm

    I agree that this was a truly amazing story. I might even go so far to say it’s worthy of being a sequel to the events in End of Evangelion. Makes for a better story than my idea of them sitting there on the beach working out their problems anyway :-P. I must say though, despite the H-scenes being more relevant to the plot than other doujinshis, they felt needlessly tacked on and often could have been substituted for images of the two embracing or kissing. When Asuka the much-overused phrase that she’s dirty down there, the overall feel of a good story kinda fell flat on its face before having to lift itself up again.

  37. NekoNeko Said,

    February 15, 2008 @ 1:06 am

    Wow. I just finished reading this doujinshi. It is incredible & brought out so many different emotions in me. I loved how it stayed very true to the series & answered so many different questions, yet it still left scores left unanswered.

    I can only hope that the creative team that made Evangelion read this doujinshi. This is how the series should have ended.

  38. Edgar! Said,

    May 14, 2008 @ 3:17 pm

    Evangelion RE-TAKE(The best Evangelion sequel ever made!)

    Story 10/10

    The story is one of the best I have ever read. Its focus is on Shinji and Asuka, but it’s still packed with action. The sex scenes are a part of a plot and nothing else. My favorite is Evangelion RE-TAKE After. It’s the final volume to the series it has the scene where Shinji is thinking if he really love Asuka because he can’t remember his feelings back then. The ending was magnificent!

    Art 8/10

    The art was not as great as the original creator.

    The story of RE-TAKE was the best! I think that Yoshiyuki Sadamoto should make this the
    real sequel of The End of Evangelion. I just wish! XP

  39. Enki Said,

    May 27, 2008 @ 1:12 pm

    I just finished the entire doujinshi today, and its now 6 volumes long. (Probably completed) The author has created in total about 5 endings for Evangelion. Though several are written off as alternate realities or Shinji’s mind coming to terms with EoE, they each made sense and stuck to the character’s personalities. I honestly can’t see a better ending to the series for any reader. Except in one ending Shinji had to have boinked a retarded Asuka and then married her. (They say her mind is still at a child’s level when the child is being raised.)

    My favorite aspect of this doujinshi was that Shinji applied his knowledge of the future so readily. Shinji showed the same determination and resolve any Evangelion fan felt when they dreamed up a way of preventing the tragedies of the story. I really want to share this doujinshi with everyone Evangelion fan out there.

  40. Me Said,

    September 17, 2008 @ 7:22 am

    I read from 1 to 3 and i got disturbed because of shinji being an angel and asuka being as crazy as kyoko did

  41. Nubblet Said,

    September 27, 2008 @ 1:10 pm

    You know, I’d like to comment but the link for 04’s dead. However, from 0-3 I like how Shinji is a much stronger character than the weaker ones in the other endings. And as open as I am to it, the sex was a bit much. Even though it does elaborate on the suggestiveness of the original series as a “possibility”, I think that the series would have been alot more entertaining and not drive me crazy if it went in a more logical, action-based deviation. Yea, I know, it’s for the art though. But I do find that this ending is a lot more self-explaining than the others and I can find more of a closure from it. But I’d like to see the final issue! I’d really appreciate it!

  42. Nubblet Said,

    September 29, 2008 @ 7:52 am

    yeah never mind

  43. Robin L Said,

    November 24, 2008 @ 3:54 pm

    I wish that I could thank the makers – it really is fantastic.

  44. rvgrtgvbhf Said,

    March 9, 2009 @ 2:47 am

    ffgfg ola su pagina es ultra mega super patetica son unos lucers ya que son una verdadera mierda

  45. YenYen Said,

    March 28, 2009 @ 10:13 pm

    Could someone please re-upload a link to Re-Take 04? None of the direct links/torrent links work and I’m dying to find out what happens next~! D:

    Also thank you so much for posting parts 0-3 all at one time! It was such a treat to get so many parts of this collection so quickly! ♥

  46. YenYen Said,

    March 28, 2009 @ 10:17 pm

    Oops~! Hahaha been located~! Thank you! ♥♥♥

  47. omegablue Said,

    April 26, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

    that was an unbelievably legendary series…i doubt i will find anything as win as this ever

  48. charizardpal Said,

    June 20, 2009 @ 5:51 am

    I’m hoping this group continues to do good work. I was ticked at EVA’s ending until I read this. Its good enough that I can pretend its canon, and lay the original series to rest.

  49. victor Said,

    April 4, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    hola soy victor leeo re-take eva …y megusto mucho y espero que sigan asi yo lo compre muy barato y que salgan mas …adios.

  50. DoomRavager Said,

    May 19, 2010 @ 6:08 am

    Possible Spoiler:

    Hmm. I wonder if Shinji and Asuka’s child is considered “God” due to possession of both the Fruit of Life (Angel) and Fruit of Wisdom/Knowledge (Human) as Shinji was mentioned to have had in the End of Evangelion.

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