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From Shinnen:

Naraka High School is a seemingly normal school. However, unknown to the public is the cruel truth of what really goes on in the school's halls. Rather than studying, students are forced to struggle for their very survival. And the strong bonds of friendship may be the only difference between life and death.


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Aphorism อักขระสยบมรณะ

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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (414 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.99 / 10.0
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September 26th 2017, 3:25pm PST



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Gangan Online (Square Enix)
Gangan Wing (Square Enix)

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English Publisher
Yen Press (12 volumes - Ongoing; Digital)

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Weekly Pos #594 increased(+114)
Monthly Pos #985 increased(+219)
3 Month Pos #1381 decreased(-4)
6 Month Pos #1461 decreased(-197)

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The phrase that describes this series "Meh"   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by RIP131
August 15th, 2016, 9:56am
Setting somewhat interesting but the world building is painfully slow and the rules are fuzzy at best, that leaves plenty of room for plot holes and plot conveniences. For me this is a huge turn off, it is good to have mystery but that mystery can become superfluous if the author don't establish some ground rules essential for the world,and no - god, superpowers( without distinct range) and survival does not count.
The plot is shallow as it can be - why don't they actually train volunteers, and just trow hundreds of unaware kids "to the wolfs", as long I as I remember there is no rule in the contract that forbid this particular action, I've predicted some plot "twists" ten or twenty chapters before they happen.
The characters are either generic, forgettable or both. Every character that had some potential for real development is killed off in rather anticlimactic way, the best villain of the series of the show that was massive psychopath and killed or tortured a bunch of characters got killed off in one chapter without even punting up a decent fight. There are some characters killed off just for the shock value witch is lacking because you can predict their deaths in advance.
Overall the manga is not down right unreadable but could've been better. If you want to read something with a lot more quality in a similar setting I recommend the book "The library at mount Char" by Scott Hawkins.
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rare manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by clover999
July 31st, 2016, 3:16am
this is what i seek for when im looking for manga to read. ive read quite a lot of manga. but now everything seems predictable and the same. this is sooo good. good plot, story, philosophy, good art. i dont mind slow update as long as the quality and consistency of the plot is good.
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Great for a quick read   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Suxinn
August 15th, 2012, 11:06pm
Yeah, so as everyone else has said, Aphorism is really the kind of series that you have to employ a certain amount of suspension of disbelief as the premise is so utterly laughable. After you get past the original necessary brain shut-down, however, Aphorism actually becomes quite enjoyable.

Aphorism is, in short, a series that is going for something utterly original, never mind that, even on a fantasy-level, the idea seems very, very dubious. Now, once you get past the "dubious" part, you have got yourself some nice, gory horror-action with a bit of mystery on the side. It's all very interesting and entertaining, actually, and I find myself looking forward to each new chapter more and more.

The characters are decent. They have somewhat more personality than the traditional shounen heroes (in other words, I can't really sum up their personalities in only one word), and none of them are a particular hardship to watch.

And, the gore, while definitely not on the level of seinen, is quite a bit more graphic than traditional shounens, which I appreciate, the art is really nice, and the paneling is not at all confusing. What more can you ask for, really? (Well, other than a believable premise, but we've been over that already.)

In short, Aphorism is great for a casual read. It isn't anything particularly life-changing, but if you love blood and gore and action to go along with it, this is certainly a worthwhile series to invest your time in.
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Good and getting better   
Rating: N/A
by chakan
July 3rd, 2012, 6:06am
its pretty good I think. Its exactly what I would expect of a Shounen horror. the reviewers who bashed it I think were expecting more along the lines of a Seinen horror which its clearly not. It does take alittle build time but once it get rolling its been a fun read.

one word of warning the volume count is very deceiving, they are only around 120 pages for the most part so you will zoom through 7 volumes like nothing :/
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A Guilty Pleasure.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by b.dasani
June 6th, 2012, 12:00am
Aphorism is one of those stories that requires so much willing suspension of disbelief that it might give you a migraine. The idea is interesting but its execution sub-par, the pacing is terrible, the main cast is full of predictable stock characters, the students' reactions to horrible gory deaths are only touched upon (and very unrealistically). It's obvious the author wants to make this a fun high school story whilst also a gritty, survival horror. You just can't have both - not with this execution.

That being said, I like Aphorism a lot a lot. Despite some really stupid elements that had my head reeling in confusion as to what in the WORLD the author was thinking, there were some genuinely interesting plot twists, ideas, and side characters (I am bored with all the main ones) that keep me reading.

So it's a guilty pleasure. If you can get past the first, oh, 3 chapters, you might find yourself liking it. Give it a chance.
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This is soooo good... T_T   
Rating: N/A
by Pebble_
June 5th, 2012, 3:55pm
Not too gory, lots of great characters, the plot is building up nicely and at a fast, satisfying pace and the atmosphere is great. I'm really looking forward to the continuation of the story, I'm expecting a lot. I'm especially wondering what kind of relation ties Rokudou and
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They obviously have one, why else would
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go to such extents to protect Rokudou? My wildest guess is that Rokudou is a dormant incarnation of
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the real Yama
or something like that...
Anyway, great read, can't wait for more! ^_^

... Last updated on June 5th, 2012, 3:57pm
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Leosten
May 16th, 2012, 12:09pm
I find the story very interesting, even though it's nothing new in the killing games genre. I'm not really fond of gory shonen, I prefer seinen by far, but this one hit the spot pretty good! Thanks to its pretty common but interesting storyline, you can see that it still has a lot to offer, which makes it kind of addicting, as long as you can like/identify with the characters. It's thrilling and keep you hooked!
The art is not really the greatest, it does its job though.

Overall it's a great read since I got addicted at the first chapters, and I think that it still has a lot to offer, especially if it keeps to the shounen/gory genre, and does not drift too much into comedy...

... Last updated on May 16th, 2012, 12:10pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mncz04
May 1st, 2012, 2:30am
made me freakin' addicted. I'm not into gore, but I can read any type of manga anyway, and so far this one is amazing.

the main character and his transformed self are interesting. on the other side, the story and art are also awesome and loveable. I can't wait for the next chapters.

OMFG, wishing I can understand chinese more.
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I like it   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by emriel
October 28th, 2011, 6:23am
I know I'm pretty biased this time. First and foremost, before I begin to read a story, I have to like the art, and so far this one was pretty awesome. The plot is somewhat unique... although murder games are kinda... well, I won't say common, it's there... but more like, it's hard to come by a really good one.

I agree that the filler chapters make no sense... they're extras that attempt to lighten the mood... and it did a half-assed job of doing so because the people who are reading up to this part are happy for it because of the gore and the insanity that comes packed with the whole idea ... of having to survive while deadly monsters attempt to kill you / your own classmates attempt to murder you.

Either way, I'm pretty happy with the gore.

I say the story has a lot of potential. My rating is 9.5 as of now but it might go lower because I still don't see a lot of plot development.

There are a lot of questions that are left unanswered and once the story begins to explain why exactly:
...the main character has an alter-ego that calls him master/commander/boss, why there's a school that reminds me of deadman wonderland, and why and how they're given powers... (= big WTF. )

will make or break the series.

The most likely reason why the deaths aren't noticed is because... no one begins to suspect until it's too late to speculate. They could make the connection that it's because of the school they were sent to... but think about it, if such a school exists... then wouldn't it be easy for the ones in power (probably the government officials, a graduate who has the power of memory manipulation, monsters from blight... etc) to control the protests and keep it under wraps?

~_~ I like blood and gore. I love the plot. The characters.... they are developing... kinda. I wish for some more growth... especially on the main character. He shouldn't turn into someone that needs constant protecting/saving by his alter ego. because one... that would raise the shounen-ai factor *___* which is good too... TWO, on the serious side, he IS the main character... so he's not allowed to become some wimpy useless damsel all the time. From one of the covers... i think he was once depicted as a ruler... his costume in the "dead world inside his own mind" -.- is cute. adorable. he looks like a girl. but it looks like he's some sort of Chinese noble. or w/e. *-*... too mysterious. gah. I really want to read the next chapters... because the questions are piling up and I WANT ANSWERS.

i agree that reading this is pretty frustrating if you don't have the patience. but art more than makes up for it. * o *......

meh >.> I rambled too much.
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Average Manga   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by pythrym
October 23rd, 2011, 12:01am
At first the manga was quite good and it seemed like a genuine thriller horror, but opposite of many horror manga that take itself too seriously, this one doesnt take itself seriously enough. There are too many "comedic" fillers that spoil the mood of the manga and make it seem too much of a joke to be any good. I felt real emotion seeing characters die, but i felt pure disgust at how playful and non-chalant characters were in their situations. Its just a real mood killer when there is so much filler, and all of it only serves to completely kill the mood. I myself love romance cute things and comedy, but not in my horror manga. This had so much potential, truely a disappointment.
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