I don't know how someone who had actually read the manga could say something like that...
Originally Posted by dark1angel
The anime and manga are incredibly different... especially as the series develops in it's later stages. The manga is more detailed, especially in character interactions and background information. Quite a bit of information only implied or guessed by fans in the series has been confirmed by the manga version. Dialogues are longer, character development deeper and at least two characters have changed drastically from their original interpretations, Asuka gets (I think) a far more sympathetic treatment, Kaworu a less messianic one, major relationships/connections that are not established in the series (Rei and Kaworu, etc) are established. Events in the timeline are changed, others are added... While major happenings follow the outline set forth in the anime and do nothing to directly contradict information given there: quite a bit MORE happens in the manga that changes the potential meaning/implication of some of those events.
ex. in the anime, Kaworu is
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an enigmatic emotionless messenger figure who offers Shinji the only pure, unconditional love he's ever known ~ he serves as a catalyst for 3rd Impact and marks a turning-point for Shinji's character. He's a plot device. Original screen time: 17 minutes (1 a still-shot without dialogue).
In the manga, Kaworu is
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a naeive, emotional, rash, demanding teenager acting as a Seele double agent. He actively schemes against Gendo and pursues Shinji as a friend/"science experiment" while forming a bond with Rei that ultimately leads him to pursue Shinji on a more personal level. He actively fights alongside the other pilots (taking Asuka's place) and goes to school with them. His feelings are NOT returned by Shinji and his rejection plays a large part in his choice to die at Shinji's hands (which seems designed more to "tear open" Shinji's heart by force than to offer any sort of solace or hope). It's not an obvious act of sacrifice the way it seems in the series: it's actually pretty nihilistic (and is directly compared with the mercy killing of a starving cat that has been rejected by a potential owner). Total time in the story (2.75 volumes... out of 11).