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From Go! Comi: 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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At first I just wanted the story to be over, it didn't catch my interest, but I am glad I continued reading until the end. The storyline was unique, as well as the "real" setting. But I feel kind of let down due to the anti-climatic ending. The mystery and emotions were building up, then it came out flat. Even with the end, I believe anyone who has an interest in manga should read this series at least once. Wow, this comment is completely hypocritical.
The premise is good. I like how original this story is. It's very psychological and all. That's charming.
But as much I liked the idea, I don't have the patience to sit through ten volumes of the same emotional "boy-or-girl" question. And the worst part?
I read up to volume 5 or 6, and then skipped all the way to the end. And it still made perfect sense.
I didn't like this as much as X-Day. But the one thing I do like about this story is that, at the very least, this manga-ka lets always chooses one in the end. She doesn't leave you with the "protagonist picks neither love interest" ending. So, if you want to know who Mashiro ends up with, fear not.
You'll find out.
this manga isn't as good as everyone says. beginning is good, ending is good, but everything else is awful... just another ditzy, indecisive, shoujo heroine. only difference is this heroine is half-guy, which isn't much really.
The Best Manga Ever!
Never in my life have I read such a brilliant manga... and believe me, I have read A LOT (but Shoujo mostly). This manga starts off a little weird. One the first few pages I was a little disturbed admittedly and wondering what the heck was going on, especially since the summary really put me off. But, thank gosh I kept on reading!
The ending of the first chapter was really something. I fell in love with it because I had never read something with a mixture of morbid as well as romantic cliché scenes which somewhat gave off a gothic feel (though it's not really a Gothic manga). There was also very few smut scenes but I feel it was well-balanced along with the plot. And the art is just amazing!
The plot is quite tense but really, you just can't put the manga down once you get into it! It's just truely amazing. I admit the romance is extremely cliché but it fits with a complicated plot like this.
But maybe they should have focused on perceptions such as Mashiro possibility of being 'homosexual'... But then again, I guess there is no genre stating Shounen Ai or Shoujo Ai and it might put Yaoi/ Yuri haters off.
The characters are very well portrayed. You hated and loved them all, which is perhaps why I love this manga. It showed how everyone had a flaw like in reality. It was also interesting how everyone in this manga seemed to use others. It could get depressing/ annoying at times but just face the facts - that's what we all do!
The main character, Mashiro pissed me off most of the time. Nevertheless, I couldn't help liking him/ her at the same time. It was as if he/ her was portraying how us human make our decision whether it is wise or not.
Kureha is just awesome. Although she was whiny near the beginning/ middle, she really tried to fight away her fears and became strong. I seriously admire her for that. And in this case, it was as if the mangaka was now portraying our 'strong/ independant' side we have.
As for Sou, we all love him! He just made this manga so amazing... His character portrays our 'weak' side of humans or how we need to 'rely on others'.
I disagree with mogiks about the minor characters just 'dissapearing'. They were pretty vital as they gave away some of the clues or attempt people to not predict what would happen.
And as for the dream-like world, I thought it was even more interesting. I mean it represented the character itself and it made me think what would I be.
I also came up with a theory, for example:
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Some people have said that once the people 'graduate', they are reborn. However, I disagree with this.
In my opinion, the people attending the school are like sperms. As for the black hole, it's like a womb or the ovary. And do you remember a minor character dissapearing because she hadn't attended class two weeks in a row? This is as if her sperm died out due to lack of speed or something.
As for the nurse looking like Mashiro's mother. I was thinking that maybe the nurse looks different to everyone, e.g. Sou's version of his nurse would look like his future mother. I could be wrong on this theory as there is no proof.
Any, I also love this manga because you can come up with different theories... Also, after reading this manga my whole idea of life suddenly changed.
This is the best manga I've read in... forever!!! *____* I even finished reading all 10 volumes in 1 day!! (my family has been looking at me weird for talking to the computer screen all day, lol XD)
Sure the love triangle(s) and all the drama that kind of go in circles in the middle can be a pain in the butt to read through, but little by little (and therefore believably) the characters learn so many life lessons through the often-disturbing plot (and I can also learn from more than a couple of them ^^ ; ) . Plus the drawing is absolutely beautiful (...Sou is beautiful... XD). Also it was fun to guess which characters takes which forms in the dream (believe it or not, my first guesses were actually right!! But I almost fell for the author's trap in the middle D: ) .
Ugh... now I won't be able to get it out of my mind for a while... it's just too epic and emotionally haunting O__O , that's how good this manga is.
In conclusion, READ IT! XD
... Last updated on June 2nd, 2009, 11:43am
Wow this has been a favorite manga of mine for a long time, though just recently I had the opportunity to finish. Awesome ending, and the whole manga is all really deep with fore shadowing and symbolism every where. It's like an epic adventure without the actual physical journey.
I'm really into boys love, and so all the reviews I've ever happened to pass by are yaoi fangirls bitching about how "IT'S A TRAP" and despite it's start, how it doesn't ever really fall into the yaoi category, and I must say who cares as long as it's a kick ass story? And this, definitely falls under THAT category.
one of the most unique endings and concept. It gets confusing if you don't think through it but it just sucks you in. i'm sad that this manga has to end.. *sighs*
A great read
The earlier part might be a little bit annoying but if you hold on to it until the last chapter, I'm sure you'll be satisfied. It's different, but a great read. You'll be surprised on what it's all about at the end. Go read it
I have read a few of Setona Mizushiro's works and am always impressed by her imagination and thought. The art is very clean, certain aspects may put people off, but her colour artwork is to die for and you get some full colour pullouts in most volumes if you buy it in English, I was very impressed with Go!Comi's treatment of the series.
At first I was a little weirded out by the idea, but it's very well handled. Despite my frustration at a somewhat clichéd love triangle and a bunch of minor characters who usually disappeared in a chapter or two and didn't seem to serve any purpose, I would definitely recommend you read the whole way through as the ending ties everything together perfectly. The end is just exceptional and I really do think this is an outstanding psychological manga worth buying. The best thing is the thought she put in throughout the series which only becomes apparent after you've finished, causing you to read it over many times again with renewed insight and attention to detail.
i like this manga... it is confusing yet it has the ability to stab you in the heart...
it can make you realize a lot of thinks and makes you think life is full of mysteries and reality is the truth... the romance of the story is quite confusing though...
you know what? i think that mashiro really likes kurosaki sempai and not sou... she might be thinking about sou but she cares for her sempai more than him especially when she keeps on praising her sempai and opening up to him... i think that their love is mutual since kurosaki likes to tease mashiro in the dream world and he also offered help even once... and also, he kissed mashiro before entering the gate..
this is a really great story... i recommend it, really...
ps: if you're gonna ask me what i want to happen after the ending, i'd say mashiro and sou will be great friends... kurosaki will show up and he will be together with mashiro...