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After School Nightmare, Vol 1
After School Nightmare Vol 1
Author: Setona Mizushiro
You have just awakened to find your darkest, ugliest secret revealed to classmates who would do anything to destroy you. This is what's happened to Ichijou Mashiro, whose elite school education turns into the most horrifying experience of his life when he's enlisted by a mysterious school nurse to take an after-hours class. Only those who pass t...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781933617169
ISBN-10: 1933617160
Publication Date: 10/11/2006
Pages: 200
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 23 ratings
Publisher: Go!Comi
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 2
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reviewed After School Nightmare, Vol 1 on + 25 more book reviews
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This book was interesting! Disturbing, but interesting. I don't think I've seen a manga (or a book, for that matter) with quite the same premise before.

The premise: a group of students in this school are messed up in one way or another, mentally and/or emotionally. They've been enlisted by a shadowy female doctor to participate in an afterschool course, where they all sleep. During their dreams, they have forms that reflect their "true" selves in some way, and are given a necklace with three glass orbs on it. When they're upset enough, the glass orbs shatter one by one. If all of them shatter, they've failed that particular class. In order to pass the course, they need to find a "key," (and also, it's implied, conquer their internal demons). They need to pass the course to graduate.

The main character, Ichijo Mashiro (mid-cover), is a hermaphrodite (male on top, female on the bottom). Ze's been raised as a guy, and has real issues with getting hir first period and being identified as feminine. (Among other issues, which are too spoilery to mention here.) Other students have issues ranging from being afraid of men due to being raped as a child, being expected by parents to change their personality in order to get into a good university...etc. Pretty heavy stuff.

I'm intrigued, and hope to continue the series. I'd like to see how things turn out.
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jadecade avatar reviewed After School Nightmare, Vol 1 on + 5 more book reviews
This book is strange and a little creepy for my taste. While not altogether terrible, the synopsis sounds a lot better than it actually is. It quite literally lives up to it's title where I thought it was more of a social setting, more like group therapy than an actual dreamscape where they try to kill each other, which was another thing I did not expect to be so literal, I imagained the "destroying each other" part meaning reputation-wise.

I admit it was misunderstanding on my part, and it might suits someone else's tastes but not my own.