Boyfriend of Steel is a fangame for the cultural landmark anime series, Neon Genesis Evangelion, which borrows from the premise of its officially licensed spinoff games, Girlfriend of Steel and Girlfriend of Steel 2nd. It is a project created by and for LGBTQ+ fans of the show which hopes to explore its queer themes, which are often left underexplored in canon material, more in-depth. Despite having two canonically LGBTQ+ male characters within the text of the show and movies (Shinji and Kaworu), Eva’s marketing tends to dance around their queerness just enough to give anti-LGBTQ+ viewers enough plausible deniability to maintain them as an audience. The result of this is homophobia directed not only at the show’s characters, but at queer fans or allies who acknowledge the LGBTQ+ themes. Kaworu and Shinji’s sexuality has been the subject of debate for over 20 years because of the culture that "leaving things up to interpretation" has cultivated. This fangame seeks to give LGBTQ+ fans more explicit representation by allowing Shinji to pursue not just Kaworu, but all of Eva’s school-age male cast, as romantic options.
This demo spans one after-school afternoon. You play as Shinji Ikari, the protagonist of the Eva series. You have no obligations at school, nor at NERV, the paramilitary organization which oversees the mecha you pilot. So you decide to wander about, and run into your classmates...
This is a demo build of Boyfriend of Steel which reuses assets from the official Girlfriend games. The final game will be created with Renpy and will have original artwork. As such, the content of this game is not final. This is simply a proof of concept hosted online for easy access.
Disclaimer: This demo assumes prior knowledge of Eva and will not explain lore in depth. Further, there will be spoilers. Eva is available on Netflix for streaming. Please support the official release!
Neon Genesis Evangelion, the TV series, movies and mangas, its characters, games, and all supplemental material is owned and copyrighted by Studio Gainax and Studio Khara. The copyrighted material used Boyfriend of Steel is used under the Fair Use Policy, in that it is being used for non-profit critical/commentary purposes and cannot be used as a replacement for the material in question nor infringe upon any potential market of this material nor its value.
All images used are from Girlfriend of Steel, Girlfriend of Steel 2nd, the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV anime, or Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo. Some have been mildly edited for the purposes of this project.
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Thank you for playing this demo of Boyfriend of Steel! This is a simple proof of concept that will likely differ in several ways from the final build, so please stay tuned for the finished product! In the meantime, feel free to play again...
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This demo is a simple proof of concept that will likely differ in several ways from the final build, so please stay tuned for the finished product! In the meantime, feel free to play again, and remember: connecting with others may open you up to the possibility of pain, but it may also open you up to the possibility of happiness...
Welcome to the demo version of Boyfriend of Steel! This is a proof of concept for a Neon Genesis Evangelion fangame currently in the works, based on the official Girlfriend of Steel games. You can learn more about the project in the "About" tab.
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