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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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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.
I don't even know what to think about this one. I wonder if I'm the only one who found the end sad?
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The whole story is about the main character being both boy and girl, and in the end, just ends up being a girl. It kinda felt like a rip-off. Half the main character dies. Just kinda left me feeling disappointed or something. And I also don't get the part where if you graduate you're reborn, but in the end everyone? was reborn.
But, don't let that deter you. It really is a good manga. Pretty original too.
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.