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Like most teenagers, Mashiro Ichijo has a secret. But Mashiro's secret is that he’s neither fully male nor female! So far, Mashiro's been able to live his life as a boy, but all this changes when he's informed of a new class he must take in order to graduate from his elite prep school. To pass, he must find the “Key”…and the only way to find it is to enter into a nightmare world where his body and soul are put at the mercy of the worst kind of enemies: his classmates!
放課後保健室 After School Nightmare L'Infirmerie après les cours (French) The Nurse's Office After School
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I hated all the characters. Not to mention Ichijo's thinking." If I love a girl I am a guy." WTF!!? A girl can be in love with another girl! "I am a guy, so it is impossible in love with him" Again guys can be in love with other guys. Plus his reaction to when he thinks hes in love, hes like all "My hearts going doki-doki~! Oh No! Im acting like a girl." It depends on the person to what their reaction to the one they love is, not the gender....Im sure everyone feels it when theyre thinking about their beloved. I feel like this whole manga is based on gender stereotypes and discrimination. I admit that this story seemed interesting which was what got me started but now its just repetitive, stupid and hateful. Its unique but that doesnt cover it for me.
Amazing... Highly recommended
After I finished it, I was speechless .. Good thing I gave this a chance,. I was reluctant to read this coz I thought its horror (yeah ryt I'm a coward lol).. But my thirst for gender bender stories convinced me to try it,. I thought it will be some cliche gender bender, but I was wrong.. It's like a hard candy with a surprise center,. When you start reading it, it's as if you are with the characters dreaming ...the main character's conflicting stand of his/her gender is quite a cliche already , yet it was handled so uniquely (u will get it at the very LAST chapter).. I admit there was some parts that piss me like when mashiro started to accept her girl side,. She sound so winy ( just like a real girl) ,. He was so much cooler as a guy (but I still ship him/her with Sou than with his/her gf ).... But it's how the author played with the story line and made us believe of what is real and what is a dream ,,,, and in the end the author actually tricked us (in many many but subtle ways )... I give this manga perfect 10 not because I'm a gender bender obssessed person, but because of the unique story done the right way.... So please give this manga a try
... Last updated on October 23rd, 2013, 10:10am
I was pretty skeptical about this manga and put it on hold for quite a while but actually.. it's weirdly captivating. I actually finished all 10 volumes but it wasn't my favorite or anything. The plot was very interesting and unique but i couldn't really appreciate any of it because of the main character's indecisiveness and fear. Things started to jumble up to me and it became choppy i lost track of what was happening. It was an interesting manga because of how different the plot is but It's not something i would read again.
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The ending? what? wtf? lol
Never would have thought...
I didn't get this manga at all at first. I mean, the first chapters were vague to me, or maybe I just wasn't satisfied. I hated Mashiro's personality: the way he handles things and the way he responds to certain situations and circumstances. I hated how people seem to be irrational, how they tend to always overreact, how they seem to always think that they're more unfortunate that everybody else. But then, the complexity of everything dawned on me during the last volume.
I seriously thought of abandoning the manga once I came to read volume 6; everything was becoming to much for me to handle. I find myself screaming at the screen saying, "How stupid!" or "Are you an idiot or what" or "Not again!" Every little thing was starting to get on my nerves: Mashiro who seems to cry over everything that happens, Kureha who thinks that she should always be understood, Sou who just does as he pleases, Ai who just gets under my skin... But I willed myself to read the rest.
At volume 8 or so, everything became clearer. Everybody's problems surfaced, everybody's emotions and true feelings were shown. I started to think that everything at the beginning was all for this. The annoyance I felt at everything at the beginning began to fade. There was less screaming and more, "Ahh, so that's why!" or "So that's how it is!" Right now I'm thinking, why did I take so long to find this manga? Why didn't anyone tell me about it?
The manga gives you a good understanding of people. It says that we may not always act rationally, we may not always do the right thing, but we'll always have the chance to set things right. We should always be ourselves, not hiding behind some kind of facade, not hiding behind a memory, not hiding behind other people. We should always face our problems head-on instead of running away from them. We should overcome them and use the lessons we learned from them to move forward.
I learned a lot from this manga. My outlook in life will never be the same as before. Kudos to Mizushiro Setona for making such an awesome manga!
I missed something
I missed something. The manga just did not make anymore sense after few chapters. If I think its about the souls before they are born into this world, then what do I think about their interactions with their families and whats with these relationships anyway?
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If you're considering this series then definitely give it a shot! But if you only read the first and last chapter it wouldn't make any sense anyway. It's not a perfect manga by all means, but I don't believe there's necessarily a "perfect" manga either now, or in the future. The characters were what I liked most about this manga. They are all very individual and realistic. The plot is really original and awesome too. It's definitely a mystery what's going to happen next. Although there are some little hints here and there that the author wove throughout the series. It's delightfully expectedly unexpected.
My mind is pretty much blown. I can't find the right words to describe how this manga made me feel. But, what I will say is that it was one of the most impressive, complex and crazy stories I have ever read. It hooked me completely - I stayed up till 4 am to read this sucker. And I don't regret it at all because I know I'll remember it for a while. It's just one of those stories that leave an impression on you. It could be good or bad, but for those who like darker and deeper themed stories, packed with conflicted feelings and trippy psychological issues (that become reflected visually and directly) then you'll probably enjoy it like I did. It was definitely unique in terms of plot and characters that go with it. What I admired and enjoyed most about the story when I look back is the progression and development of the main character. In the beginning he/she is conflicted with her identity but by the end she knows who she wants to be and the story becomes easier to read (it feels a little happier), though you may take the ending as bittersweet. And it's an added plus for me that it focused on overcoming mental weaknesses and searching for who you're most comfortable being.
However, like previously mentioned, be forewarned. It's loaded with crazy psychological and personal problems that are vaguely foreshadowed (so it catches you off guard). Look out for WTF realizations. But despite that, I think that was what gave this amazing story character and its bizarre qualities.
Give it a shot if you're fine with all that in mind. But dont let it intimidate you if you're looking for something different.
... Last updated on July 8th, 2012, 9:40pm
Warning This manga has extreme personal issues raging from rape, transgendered a few other things.
Just a small warning this does have some transgendered situations, if you can't stand the thought of that just avoid this manga but your missing out on a great story. This is my second transgendered manga I've ever read and both had a character who is struggling with him/her self. When I began reading this manga I thought it would be yaoi but it turned out to be a shojo manga. This manga had so many twists and turns I just couldn't stop reading, it took me only 2 days to read 10 volumes of this manga.
Each character in this manga had it's own problems they are dealing with. One character she grew up in a house that her father always yelled at her mother, she was also raped when she was a little girl, so she grew up hating men. Another character Mashiro Ichijo is transgendered not knowing whether she should be a girl or boy. Another character see's something that isn't suppose to be there. They are all connected in this game to find their true selves. The three main characters you will learn to both love and hate at the same time, only when you read this manga series will you know why.
There is confusing romance in this book, first Mashiro Ichijo falls in love with a girl and thinks he could love her even if he's half female, then he falls in love with a boy who forces a kiss on him tell him he's a girl. It's confusing but also very nice love story with a bunch of twist and turns in the romance aspect.
The plot is the most epic thing I've ever read, if you don't mind the harsh background stories of the characters it is really good. You see how the characters come together and try to help each other out over their personal problems. I didn't like how the manga ended though, it kind of ended in a stupid way without any explanation as to what happen to any of the other characters. I wish it would have been more but the author probably just wanted to end the series as soon as she could.
Overall This manga is a really good read, I highly recommend everyone to read this manga. Even with the harsh character backgrounds you will still love it, since it has a bunch of twist and turns during the whole thing
Love this manga, well played out!!
I have got to say between this manga and Arisa are the best shoujo manga I have ever read!. First of all, all the characters had real personalities none of them had cardboard cut out feelings. The story played out so smooth and as you read more the missing puzzle pieces came into play. Also, every character had some significance, most shoujo manga I had read, had some characters that frequently came and go. I love how realistic this manga was, and how they capture that fact that some people might look perfect on the outside but the inside is "ugly".
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However, it feels like some characters learn nothing when they graduated. I think the mangaka was trying to explain the consequences of quickly graduating without embracing and conquering your true side like the heroine did hence the reason why the paper giraffe fell into a black abyss. Also, I had to reread these chapters over again just to understand some things, like what was sou real form in the dream world?, was he his sister AI in the dream world?, and how did the nurse office caught on fire?? and the most important of all, what happen to the students after the fire and will those things like abandonment and rape happen to them again in the real world? Aside from that, there were no speed bumps until the end that really shocked me because I wanted them all to graduate. I also love that fact that at the ending chapters they show ichijo mom in the real world getting ready for labor while ichijo girl and boy soul fight for life in the dream world. I always wanted him to be a girl and I really hope ichijo and sou fall in love in the real world.
I really love this manga, I give it a 10 out of 10
... Last updated on February 28th, 2012, 12:39pm
with sooo many plot twists and turns and drama, this manga was a doozy. it was interesting, though, and i came to care about the characters and their plight. i loved the genius boy especially. the symbolism involved was really enjoyable too. mizushiro setona has a real knack for including lots of subtle symbols in her work, and it was pulled off well here as well.
the ending.....OHH THE ENDING. well, i can't say that it was pulled out of nowhere since there were clear subtle hints throughout the manga, but i do wish there was more explanation and exposition in the ending, instead of just thrusting the readers a "THIS IS THE REAL WORLD. THE END". though well planned and well thought out, it kinda just comes across as a cheap deus ex machina ;( im sure there's a buttload of room for interpretation for the entire manga after the ending, but i feel like the plot is much too complicated for the simple solution of "interpret how you wish". normally i'm a fan of open endings, but this ending, although brilliant, was a little too sloppy in execution.
ah! but it was a good story, though. don't get me wrong.