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From Viz: Out of nowhere, a Japanese elementary school is transported out of the world they know, and into a nightmarish wasteland. Have they gone to another planet, or is this toxic world actually a vision of Earth's future? Soon, the students and teachers must struggle to survive in impossible conditions, besieged by terrifying creatures and beset by madness. Part Lord of the Flies, part post-apocalyptic science fiction, The Drifting Classroom (1972-1974) is a classic can't-put-down manga series. It was adapted into a Japanese live-action movie (1987).
It was awarded the 20th Shogakukan Manga Award in 1975.
漂流教室 โรงเรียนผ่ามิตินรก 표류교실 Drifting Classroom Hyoryu Kyoshitsu Lớp Học Phiêu Lưu The Drifting Classroom
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A Classic Horror
Good for it's time. I fully understand the concept of this story. However there's something to note rather than this manga being a "horror", it's more to an adventure, tragedy and psychological kind of manga.
Second thing I'm about to mention here is the ending. It doesn't matter how good the story was at it's earlier chapters, a good story MUST be paired to a good and reasonable ending. After years of reviewing the same, I'm not really surprised to know that my thoughts has always stayed the same. The mangaka, ineed, rushed the ending and it's like he wanted to finish this work quickly. I'm gonna be honest here, the ending doesn't reach the standard from a good manga that was created by a well-known horror mangaka, Kazuo Umezu.
On the other hand, I find this manga to be a rare and truly a masterpiece for it's category. It's rare to find something as solid as this at these days. It's the thrilling that really got me. Drifting Classroom never failed to caught my attention, I've stayed tune with my heart beating. I'm staying to see more of it's ridiculousness. Which later on, I got myself disappointed for having a high expectation for the ending.
A good and solid classic "horror" manga that I'd recommend for the horror manga lovers. Overall, I'd give this 7.8. Minus the rushed ending.
I think this is a very good horror manga, although it's true that you need to be open-minded to fully appreciate it. The greatest aspect of this manga is the powerful feelings conveyed through the situations the children have to face. Rationality is out of place in such a twisted setting, and we can only sympathize with the children, who are just what they are supposed to be, terrified and lost. It's a classic of survival and post-apocalyptic manga and is definitely worth a read. The ending, however, does feel a bit rushed, but it doesn't take out the pleasure of the whole story.
Old school horror
I have to admit I needed to give this manga several tries during the years, before I finally managed to finish it. It really requires a certain openmindedness, more than other manga you need to enter even a state of childlike "make belief" to buy some of the harder to swallow parts in the beginning. If you can manage to do this, it's a pretty addicting read that never slows down once it kicks off. Seeing how this was written in the 70s, predating the huge horror boom that was seen in the 80's, one can imagine how groundbreaking this was at the time.
... Last updated on November 22nd, 2011, 5:53pm
People just don't seem to get this series
Kazz Umezu, the author, had once stated (I think in the interview in the back of volume 11) that many of these elements in the story haunted him as a child- and still do to this day. This is a ludicrous story, it's absolutely insane, makes close to no sense, yet it doesn't make fun of itself, even in spite of its absurdity.
And yet, people overlook the fact that, as adults, we'd find this stuff 'kind of creepy' now, if we were Sho's age or younger when we read this (I actually was a 6th grader when I first read through this!), we'd be shocked, horrified, probably lose sleep for days. The point of Drifting Classroom is- it's a childish tale, pure and simple- it doesn't have to make sense. That's the whole point- Sho is still a child, he's telling this from his childish POV, this story is about (really) being able to connect with that guillibility of youth, the untouched innocence that we all once held- Sho and the children are able to survive because they're still young, and able to accept these things- they make no sense to us adults/older people- but to these young kids, who are able to adapt to the most hellish surroundings, they are quickly able to accept their fates.
This is a story that forces you to think about what you feared as a child- your parents disappearing forever, being thrust into a horrible scary nightmareworld, being attacked by monsters, being left alone and forgotten...That's what Drifting Classroom is REALLY about. Not blood, not gore, not "omg Y IT DOES NOT MAEK SENS TO ME!111!" this is a true horror story- the fears we all experienced in our young lives come alive here.
It's a good manga- really absurd, and practically ZERO logic, and I'm rereading the series- it's addictive and quite a fun escape from reality.
Ridiculous and quite bad
In many ways, this is the most retarded thing I've ever read. I think it's meant to be serious and wants to be taken seriously, but it's too ludicrous for that.
There's also something very weird in the pacing. I can't put my finger on it, but it was like it was moving at breakneck speed all the time without slowing down to connect with anything. I'm not really sure if it was like that, but I certainly didn't connect with anything - in better hands, it could have been poignant. The characters are never really explored and don't develop much. Everyone who isn't in the established group of protagonists keeps doing inexplicably stupid and psychotic things.
It missed a lot of opportunities to be an effective horror story. Felt kind of like a half-hearted version of Uzumaki. It could have been good, but ... y'know - who cares about body horror that's happening to someone that we hardly know? If the character had been developed more effectively, it would have been good - Junji Ito has the same ludicrous-nonsense thing going but still manages to make it good horror by good characterisation and such, so it's not just the silliness that's the problem.
The survival aspect is better, but if you don't care about the characters then it doesn't matter much whether they die or not - and when they die because no one but the protagonists can string a non-psychotic thought together for the entire story it really doesn't leave much of an impression.
Uh, anyway - it wasn't completely bad to read, but I wouldn't recommend it. It's just too stupid.
terribly dumb and nonsensical
during the first 2-3 volumes i thought this was a cult gem...i had some real hysterical laughs at the stupidity and the oddity of the whole thing but then it dried up...with all these screaming faces and punches and abnormal outlandish reactions this was quite a laugh..also the way adults were portrayed in the first volumes was insane...."the moon!!! this is not how the moon used to be....i've turned insane now...i'm going to kill some kids"....i thought i was watching a b-movie but a genuine b-movie not some pretentious crap which wants to be called b-movie..something that was taking itself too seriously and thought it was great but it was terribly bad and you couldn't stop laughing at all the effort to desperately deliver some dramatic tension and what not...i can't wait to finish this so i can read somethin else...this is definitely not for ppl who want a good story...it is maybe a nice glimpse in the past as to what was considered good (maybe it was shocking at the time) and you can see it influencing modern horror manga titles nowadays...other than that it doesn't hold any interest for normal folk who just want to read a nice storyline...this is seriously childish stuff
"i shouldn't have attacked it!!! but i was so scared, i couldn't even move!!!!" then how did you attack it if you couldn't even move see what i mean? it doesn't make any sense this manga...dozens of times you'll say that per volume
... Last updated on April 20th, 2010, 8:11am
Uhhh... what to say about this one? This manga is considered to be a horror classic. It could sure fit that description. Basic idea is just phenomenal. Entire school, just out of a blue, transported in the middle of a unknown desert. Bunch of stranded kids trying to survive with limited supplies hits the bull's eye. First few volume were like a dream. THE best any horror manga can give. The mystery, suspense, thrill. Entire manga is actually pretty much like this.
Unfortunately, as the story progresses more and more flaws comes to light.
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Call me petty but first thing you don't understand is how far into the future they went. I mean, everything on the surface is literally dust. Then all of a sudden appears that huge hotel building still in one piece. We also see those giant mutants which should normally took hundreds of thousands of years to evolve. But it can't be that long, the freaking subway still works. We don't find out exactly what happened, just that humans are responsible (who would guess, ha). There are many more unrealistic stuff, like how they all, with out almost any food and water, take a hike of some 100 kilometers over wasteland to Mt. Fuji. Like that wouldn't be enough, Sho just comes back to school carrying that girl, but no food and water, holding a distance between him and all the others chasing him. Some kids those Japanese are, right? Still, this is to be expected by horror genre and do mind this is standards setting title.
I considered giving this manga lower rating, but I actually liked the ending. All I'll say is that it turned out as I hoped and not as I feared it'll be. The pace, though, is quickened towards the ending and the last volume felt kinda rushed.
Art was probably top notch in it's days, and even though it's old school don't let that put you of from reading this gem; really even today it doesn't look bad at all. My conclusion is that this title is certainly worth your time. If you are a horror freak, a must-read. Everyone else who can stand up some blood and death, this is a survival title you've been looking for. Mind that my rating would be around 9, but those pesky little things bug me a little, although many of you probably will not notice them. I did account for the manga oldness and so should you. Last thing for me to say is "Good reading!".
... Last updated on February 26th, 2010, 12:01pm
Survival manga, if you like Dragon head or Battle royal you'll like this one.
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