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PhD: Phantasy Degree  
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Description
A young, spunky, fearless girl named Sang is searching for the Demon School Hades. She runs into a group of misfit monsters who are all ditching classes from the same school. Sang convinces them to take her to the school... and, since only monsters are allowed in, she 'monsterizes' herself by letting one of the misfits - a vampire - bite her.

Type
Manhwa

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Associated Names
마스터스쿨 올림프스
올림프스
Master School of Olympus
Phantasy Degree
PhD

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Latest Release(s)
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 7.4 / 10.0 (35 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.12 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 6th 2015, 3:35pm PST


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Year
2001

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
TokyoPop (10 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1079 increased(+235)
Monthly Pos #2657 decreased(-103)
3 Month Pos #3517 increased(+767)
6 Month Pos #5177 decreased(-376)

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On 94 reading lists
On 198 wish lists
On 58 completed lists
On 18 unfinished lists
On 70 custom lists

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Phantasy Degree.   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Doki
August 6th, 2015, 2:32pm
First thing about this is you can't go by the synopsis; it becomes apparent very quickly that PhD has a much more complex plot than the first couple chapters suggests.

It's actually somewhat sad, because there was definitely potential in this series. There are definitely some unique plot lines running through this, memorable characters, and the art is a crisp and appealing.
Sadly, it almost felt like the author couldn't decide what they wanted this to be. There were so many characters, so many settings... it was both simple and ridiculously complicated.
I actually think the vast number of casual character deaths in PhD is partially due to the fact there were so many characters that most had to die just to keep the plot even partially straight in the reader's mind!

One of the most glaring disappointments alongside the rushed ending were the missing chunks of time that became more and more frequent as the series continued. It definitely reads as though the author realized they had far too much plot for the space given.
I'm far from opposed to time skips, but nonsensical gaps are present between volumes that don't so much build mystery as create frustration.

Overall, there are parts of PhD that I enjoyed, but it's hard to recommend a work that was so clearly rushed.Hee-Joon Son clearly had many unique ideas but was either not offered or did not want to commit to an epic-length series.
That being said, fans of shounen fantasy may find PhD a refreshing bit of something different.
... But, really, there is literally no ending. No answers to anything. Not a one.

... Last updated on August 6th, 2015, 3:34pm
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What the **** is this?   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by sagesmith
April 12th, 2015, 12:20am
You call that an "ENDING"? I read this series a long time ago and I liked it, despite the fact that
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All of the good guys are introduced and then killed off, then the next group, introduced and then killed off - I can't stand it. Especially when I fall in love with certain characters. And even when characters survived they still disappear for the next group to be massacred


It felt like this manga is just impulsively thrown together with a bunch of random ideas, and when the author got tired of it he just ended it in the middle of the story. What is this? I don't like that nothing makes sense. I don't know what anyone is doing, the entire story is random as hell and everyone seems to do things just for the hell of it.

I give this series a 3 score because I liked the art and I enjoyed some of the characters (although see spoiler above.) This series has a LOT of potential - unfortunately the beautiful art and GREAT potential is left in the wrong hands.
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A little too all over the map   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by oriana3k
June 26th, 2008, 12:40am
Let's see...for the first three volumes or so, you sort of have a clear idea what this series is about and where it's likely to go. Then most of your ragtag group of heroes gets annihilated. That's okay, we start off with a new group. Repeat.

It's a bit difficult to make sense of the overarching plot of PHD, as we're treated to heroes fighting the bad guys, retreating to power up, then coming back and still getting squashed anyway. Development of the main main character happens largely off-screen, which is not helpful.

Good guys and bad guys fight, and fight, and fight, and I don't think we ever really figure out what exactly their motivations are. Like I said, too much happens off screen, leaving the reader to try and fill in the blanks.

Still manages to be somewhat entertaining, despite being confusing as hell.

Especially the ending. What the heck was that?
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