Neon Genesis Evangelion: Shinji Ikari Raising Project(新世紀エヴァンゲリオン 碇シンジ育成計画,Shin Seiki Evangerion: Ikari Shinji Ikusei Keikaku?) is a computer game based on the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. The player assumes control of Shinji Ikari, the protagonist and main character of the normal Neon Genesis Evangelion series, in the expanded alternate universe that was glimpsed upon for a few moments in the TV episode 26. Basically, the player decides Shinji's fate in how he lives his life. The story begins with the attack of the 3rd Angel, much like the anime. Different decisions and actions lead to various outcomes etc.
Play proceeds in three major ways: The weekly schedule, battle, and dialogue choices. The player chooses Shinji's schedule for each week (each day having two event slots); what Shinji does influences his statistics (for example, taking synch tests improves his ability in an Eva). On Sundays, Shinji can take part in extra activities such as shopping for items which have various effects or Nerv work which unlocks new Eva equipment. Battle controls are menu-driven and the outcome is determined partly by statistics and partly by luck. At various points Shinji will be asked to make choices during dialogue which can have far-reaching influence on the story.
Both the game and manga introduce three new female Nerv technicians: Kaede Agano(阿賀野 カエデ,Agano Kaede?) (voiced by Ai Shimizu), Satsuki Ooi(大井 サツキ,Ōi Satsuki?) (voiced by Maria Yamamoto), and Aoi Mogami(最上 アオイ,Mogami Aoi?) (voiced by Yui Horie).
As the game goes on it is possible for Shinji to develop a relationship with people. Relationships are also raised by certain story choices you make. The following are characters Shinji can develop a relationship with.
Rei Ayanami: Appears during story event
Relationship raised: Attending any event Rei attends
Asuka Langley Soryu: Appears during story event
Relationship raised: Attending any event Asuka attends, buying her cake when asked
Mana Kirishima: Attend school once
Relationship raised: Attend Club (unlocked when you first meet her)
Misato Katsuragi: Appears during game intro
Relationship raised: Talk to her every Sunday
Satsuki Ooi: Attend sensitivity training
Relationship raised: Attend sensitivity training and raise your sensitivity
Kaworu Nagisa: Appears during story event
Relationship raised: Have 0 sexuality and attend any event he attends
A manga serial under the same name, drawn by Takahashi Osamu (高橋脩), has been released in Japan. It currently has sixteen volumes and is published by Kadokawa. It is serialised in Shōnen Ace, the same publication as the manga version by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto.
Shinji and Asuka, who share a rather unbalanced relationship in the original NGE, are childhood friends. In the manga, Shinji and Asuka first met when they were both 4. She has begun to develop romantic feelings towards Shinji at some point just before the manga begins, and sees Rei as her primary romantic competition, though she also sees Kaworu as a threat due to what she sees as his very overt attempts to flirt with Shinji. As such, she often finds Rei to be her only ally in keeping Kaworu from getting too close to Shinji.
Gendo and Shinji's relationship is less negative and has a more competitive nature; the two usually attempt to outdo the other.
Rei is introduced as a distant relative of Shinji's from Yui's side of the family. She is also Shinji's love interest, much to the irritation of Asuka, and the two find themselves competing for his affections. Though this rarely takes the form of any kind of direct physical competition, and Shinji himself often finds the entire situation confusing and stressful. Like Asuka, Rei considers Kaworu an interloper to her relationship with Shinji and will often team with her to make sure that Kaworu does not get too far in what she and Asuka see as attempts to flirt with Shinji.
Misato Katsuragi is the homeroom teacher for Shinji and Asuka's class and Ritsuko Akagi is the school's nurse, although both still have some connection with Nerv.
Kaworu Nagisa is an underground SEELE agent being ordered to disturb Shinji's relationship, which forces Asuka and Rei to put aside their differences to prevent Kaworu from stealing Shinji away.