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Dark Horse Grabs Evangelion: Campus Apocalypse, Shojo Manga

Because a little Eva is never enough.


Hot on the heels of Eva 1.11, Dark Horse has announced their own little piece of Neo Tokyo-3... Evangelion: Campus Apocalypse. The book, which just completed its run last December, is another entry in the "alternate universe Evangelion" (see Angelic Days and Shinji Ikari Raising Project.) However, instead of being a lighter, more romantic divergence, Campus Apocalypse seems to take the Persona+Sailor Moon approach to the mythos.
 
Official description:

Shinji Ikari’s parents are gone, and he lives with his legal guardian, Ryoji Kaji, while attending the private NERV Academy. But no one ever told Shinji about its secrets . . . or that he’d find his fellow students Kaworu, Rei, and Asuka out on the streets late at night—fighting with sword, spear, and whip against an enemy that looks very human, but who Kaworu insists are beings called the Angels . . . 

My description:

Taking place at NERV Foundation Academy, Shinji stumbles into a struggle for the fate of humanity. Angels are beings after these "cores," and humans can use the cores to manifest their Evas. For instance, Shinji's Eva takes the form of a gun. Expect more person to person pew pew, and very little giant robot. Oh, and expect plenty of romantic subplots, as the characters attempt to balance their school life with their private attempts to save the world. Oh, and... headmaster Gendo?!?!   

But really, what about that doesn't sound fun? Evangelion: Campus Apocalypse is a four volume release, and Dark Horse expects to ship the first volume August 2010. Granted, I may be an alternate reality junkie, but is anyone else excited for this one?

TigerUppercuton March 15, 2010 at 2:32 p.m.
Shinji has a gun? I'd read that.
Void_Wizardon March 15, 2010 at 3:25 p.m.
I will probably get this it sounds great and I pretty much buy anything alternate reality Eva.
Chibi_Kajion March 15, 2010 at 3:46 p.m.
I checked out some of the scanlations a while back. But I never really got into it for some reason...
FoxxFireArt moderator on March 15, 2010 at 3:52 p.m.
I read some of that series on scanlation sites. Really, couldn't get past the first few chapters. Different takes on stories can be interesting, but this really didn't grab my attention.
 
What I really do seriously enjoy is the Gunsmith Cats Revised Edition that Dark Horse publishes. If you like guns. That's the series you read. It is heavy on the gun tech.
sora_thekey moderator on March 15, 2010 at 3:58 p.m.


Please excuse my ignorance... what's "shojo"? 

AV has no page on it...

John_Martoneon March 15, 2010 at 4:39 p.m.
@sora_thekey said:
"


Please excuse my ignorance... what's "shojo"? 

AV has no page on it...

"
Short answer: *checks* We do, but there are like, 4 different ways to spell it, and you can't use alias' on concepts, apparently. 
 
Longer answer: shojo is basically "works aimed at the young female" in the same way the shonen are "works aimed at the young male crowd." (The spellings are varied in the same way shonen's are, but our database doesn't use the one from the magazine Shojo Beat (romantic counterpart of Shonen Jump)
 
Also, edited the article above to include that link
sora_thekey moderator on March 15, 2010 at 5:11 p.m.
@John_Martone: I knew what Shoujo was but in the Vice-world every concept sounds familiar... so I thought it was something different! 
Thanks John!
Konandaon March 15, 2010 at 5:40 p.m.

If it's like the last two Persona games than you are going to find out that someone kind of inconspicuous but a little bit shady like Gendo turns out to be the sub bad guy and is actually controlled by the real bad guy that is some kind of powerful deity that wants to destroy the world for some reason.  
 
Also the mention of a Persona like plot just makes me want Atlus to officially announce P5 since they already have hinted that it's in the works in a Famitsu article last summer. Maybe they'll make an announcement at TGS or E3 this year. Also Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey comes out next week for the DS. Now when to find time to play it between Sands of Destruction and Pokemon Soul Silver. (and Heart Gold eventually)

constanzadellarosaon March 15, 2010 at 9:04 p.m.
Gakuen Datenroku is SO NOT shojo... It starts a bit slow, but watching Shinji actually kicking ass and not whining about everyting...priceless. Plus, the author has respect for Kaworu's character. Kudos for that too.
 
Too bad it got cancelled and had a forced ending.
Black_Roseon March 15, 2010 at 9:12 p.m.
As an evangelion fan I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters of Gakuen Datenroku. It's not terrible, but it fails to hold the reader's attention for too long, also, it's really, really boring. 
HeeroYuyon March 15, 2010 at 9:18 p.m.
This sounds.... bizarre.... sadly this is one case where if it was literally it's own story and not associated with Eva I might be more interested in reading it, mainly because NGE has pretty much jaded itself to me at this point for everything except perhaps the new movies.
John_Martoneon March 16, 2010 at 12:38 p.m.
@constanzadellarosa said:

" Gakuen Datenroku is SO NOT shojo... It starts a bit slow, but watching Shinji actually kicking ass and not whining about everyting...priceless. Plus, the author has respect for Kaworu's character. Kudos for that too.  Too bad it got cancelled and had a forced ending. "

Ahh, well, it was Monthly Asuka, which is a pretty much solid Shojo rag. Though its disappointing that it got canceled/had a forced ending, I hadn't heard that...

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