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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 really liked this story, and the theme about finding and accepting yourself for what you are. But the end was too abstract and contradicting compared to what has happened throughout the manga. This makes me drop the rating of Houkago Hokenshitsu.
The ending shouldn't keep you from reading it, though.
... Last updated on July 23rd, 2012, 5:28am
I dont blame...
I really love this manga i really do!! and yet again i don't blame Ichijo for the decision he made...
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I don't get how people don't really get him\she being a she in the end. but i think that Ichijo was in denial about being more girl than a boy yet again this is my total option but i think that she CHOSE that in the end because she felt better being a girl...
... Last updated on June 2nd, 2012, 2:57pm
Very Original But...
I found this one very original and interesting up until the point where the whole point of the class and what graduating really means is finally revealed. The ending was a complete let down though....
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When you consider that Mashiro was actually two souls sharing one body, he/she never really comes to terms with him/herself. Instead the female version kills the male before graduating thus only she is actually born. When you get down to it, the character never really grew in the sense of being able to accept both sides, which is probably the whole point of the nightmare class in the first place. Oh well.
Begins with a very strong "dark fantasy" and "psychological thriller" feeling, which is quite fascinating. There's a lot of mysterious imagery that isn't trying too hard to confuse. This lasts for about three volumes, and it is excellent.
Then it devolves into a love triangle and a pretty hackeneyed one, to boot. The dark fantasy angle becomes an occasional punctucation rather than the central mechanic. A little later after that, it's turned into a downright high-school soap opera. Better executed than most, perhaps, but just as twisty and aimless, and not without its share of cliche...including one the author really should be ashamed of. Finally, it just becomes a sucession of cheap nonsense. I couldn't even recognize it anymore.
Like too many seralizations, it began with an intriuging idea that the author just couln't maintain for long enough.
... Last updated on May 12th, 2010, 1:55pm
i know there are more extreme stories out there, but for me who dislike these type of abit angsty/horror stories usually this is already enough of a mind-fuck. it had some horror and mystery involve, but NOT the meaningless type, which was why i grew fascinated enough to read finish it. the mangaka sure knew what she was doing, what she wanted express and clearly planned her story properly.
read it in one sitting, and the ending was satisfying. non-conventional. lots of angst/pain in between start and end, so won't recommend if you're looking for light-hearted stuffs.
... Last updated on May 5th, 2010, 7:22am
Edge of my seat
It has been a awhile since i have felt compelled to finish a manga such a long manga in one sitting. But this manga had my emotions on a roller coaster. If you are looking for a strange romance, with mystery and a bit of horror then read this.
Definitely worth the read. I tried reading it before, couldn't get into it, tried a few months later (by accident! I didn't know it was the same story), and i got into it after the first two chapters. The story has soooo many wild twists and turns. I definitely didn't see that ending coming. =) I like that. Anyway, worth the read if you can get past a small first chapter and read into the second. =)
A good original plot
I admit this is a good story, like what I expect from Mizushiro Setona sensei. I just finished reading the story. But there's one thing that I dont understand. Please someone answer this :
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I Know the meaning of graduated is they are finally born as a child in a real world. But why do they have to have an experience in the dream like that? I mean...is what they felt in dream is something that they will get in a reality?? Or is it just their past? please tell me.
I think I should reread it so I'll know ALL the meaning of this story. but still...it's good. Just confused with the ending
Aaah...it's like I reading Yuri-Yaoi-Het story XDDDD (I'm a fan of Yaoi)
btw, OMG!!!! IT's Like reading Het story of The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese!!! Imagase = Ichijo! XD
... Last updated on March 11th, 2010, 6:56am
this was one of those mangas which is awesome while reading, and it hurts to realize it's not finished yet... you think about it all day. it's simply AWESOME. i didn't understand the symbolism of the manga, but still though it was amazing (i read about the symbolism after i finished it)
Curious and suspense!
This is one of the most intriguing manga... it pulls you into the story and you'll explore further on the characters. Mystery pops out one after another and it'll only make you wonder even more.
And then, when you approach the ending... POOF! you'll find the answer to all your questions. So what I mean is, READ IT! The ending is really different from what one would expect.