"That night started out no differently—I went to the same vending machines I usually frequented, and bought the same juice as always. But that night was different. That day, I said goodbye...to my ordinary nights."
Campus Apocalypse (Japanese title: Gakuen Datenroku, which translates to Academic Record of Heaven's Descent) is a 2007 Alternate Continuity-Neon Genesis Evangelion manga by Ming Ming wherein Shinji Ikari is your average middle school student attending NERV Academy, a Catholic school, and living with his guardian, Kaji, whom the former's father sent to take care of him while he worked overseas. One night, while at the vending machines, Shinji sees his crush, Rei Ayanami, with a boy that he doesn't know and then stumbles upon a small orb. The next day, the very boy Shinji saw, Kaworu Nagisa, transfers to his class. Curious about the relationship the two may have, Shinji decides to investigate and finds himself in the middle of a battle between Rei and Kaworu, and a hideous Angel! Turns out that Rei and Kaworu, along with Shinji's other classmate, Asuka, are working for a secret organization bent on preventing the Angels from taking Cores, small orbs (like the one Shinji found) that help the great tree Yggdrasil keep the universes from intermingling and falling into chaos. Now he too must join him, using his EVA, a device that molds into a weapon based on the user's will.The manga was licensed by Dark Horse and released in late 2010 under its English title.
Cassandra Truth: The website where "the man who received the angel's revelation" predicts the end of the world was widely debunked as an urban legend, but it hints at the truth. In fact, NERV planted it as a hint to flush out Angels.
Chekhov's Gun: The Core Shinji finds at the very beginning (also a defining moment in his relationship with Asuka, as she isn't pleased he took her "trophy").
Rei's notebook is actually Yui's diary, which was given to her to help her become more like Yui.
Cosmic Keystones: The Cores/the angels: their motivation is not wanting to go back.
Cyber Cyclops: In a sense; Iruel's nanotech body is a buxom female with a one-eyed helmet.
Disappeared Dad: Gendo, of course. Turns out that the original Gendo of this universe is dead, and the current Gendo is from an alternate universe, presumably based on an alternate version of canon Evangelion.
Gainax Ending: Naturally, being an Evangelion Spin-Off and All. Kaworu does...something, Gendo says something vague, Shinji talks to a Naked Kaworu and then somehow Shinji ends up walking to school with Asuka and Rei like nothing weird ever happened. Typical Evangelion Ending here, folks.
Kaworu becomes the Heart of the Evangelion Universe. It's foreshadowed that some time passed after this and Shinji's waiting for his return, convinced he's watching over them and he'll come back one day.
Gratuitous English: There's a scene of a nun reciting the Lord's Prayer in English. There aren't any grammatical errors or anything, but the wording is different from the English norm, as if it was a translation of the common Japanese version or something.
Gratuitous Foreign Language: Two schoolchildren/Angels are Italian-speaking. Also, Hebrew words appear when the Evas are used (and at other times), although the grammar is incorrect.
Intrepid Reporter: Kaji has shades of this when he gets involved with the whole Angels thing.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The sole reason Kaworu is betraying his own kind and helping them, as he reminds Ritsuko when she starts to think that she's the boss of him. If it weren't for Shinji, he'd be struggling to live free and follow his own interests (including gaming and sports) instead of helping NERV save the world. He betrayed his own kind once, and if he had to fight NERV for Shinji's sake it wouldn't count as a betrayal, since he was only on Shinji's side to begin with.
Mind Rape: Just a small one when Asuka is pulled into a hole in the game and nearly choked to death by her 'parents'.
Mirror Match: Iruel pits Asuka against a copy of herself. It is a literal mirror match, too - the other Asuka copies her attacks the moment she makes them. Victory is achieved when Asuka takes a third option, going Back-to-Back Badasses with her copy to doubly attack Iruel.
"World of Cardboard" Speech / "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kaworu reminds Ritsuko that he is not one of her flunkies, he is an Eldritch Abomination; he's only here for Shinji, he doesn't care about NERV or humanity in general; and points out that being too afraid of life's pains to enjoy what it has to offer is just cowardly and despicable, which is especially pointed since that was the motivation of both NERV and SEELE in the original series. It's a Call Back to the original series, where his motivation for letting himself be killed was that Shinji and humanity were the ones who deserved to have the world due to Shinji's ability to keep going after heartbreak and humanity's achievements (especially a certain piece of music).
The World Tree: NERV is out to kill the Angels because their actions are killing Yggdrasil; should the tree die, every Alternate Universe will be destroyed. At least, that's what Shinji's told at first. Actually, Yggdrasil is a method to travel to alternate universes created by Yui Ikari. However, this puts too much stress on whatever separates the universes, so if they don't fix Yggdrasil then all the AU's will end up colliding into each other.