manga04_jpg login_tab_left_jpg
Username:   Password:    Forgot Password?
Try out our new iPhone application!
Manga Poll
What do you drink in the morning most often?
Soda, pop, soft drinks, cola, coke
Other alcoholic beverage
Other non-alcoholic beverage
See Old Polls

Manga is the Japanese equivalent of comics
with a unique style and following. Join the revolution! Read some manga today!

Coded in ConTEXT

Join #baka-updates

RSS Feed
center_left_tab Manga Info center_right_tab
ALL    A    B    C    D    E    F    G    H    I    J    K    L    M    N    O    P    Q    R    S    T    U    V    W    X    Y    Z   
Login to add items to your list, keep track of your progress, and rate series!
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.


Related Series

Associated Names
Aphorism อักขระสยบมรณะ

Groups Scanlating
Cosa Nostra Scans
Death Toll
Fandom Business!

Latest Release(s)
c.74 by Waterflame Scanlations 6 months ago
c.73 by Waterflame Scanlations about 1 year ago
c.72 by Waterflame Scanlations about 1 year ago
Search for all releases of this series

Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (415 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.99 / 10.0
 28% (117 votes)
 19% (78 votes)
 22% (90 votes)
 16% (67 votes)
 7% (30 votes)
 3% (14 votes)
 0% (2 votes)
 1% (4 votes)
 0% (2 votes)
 3% (11 votes)

Last Updated
September 26th 2017, 3:25pm PST



Category Recommendations





Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Gangan Online (Square Enix)
Gangan Wing (Square Enix)

Licensed (in English)

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

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #454 increased(+208)
Monthly Pos #908 increased(+171)
3 Month Pos #1295 increased(+134)
6 Month Pos #1461 decreased(-197)
Year Pos #1294 decreased(-25)

List Stats
On 2457 reading lists
On 1065 wish lists
On 62 completed lists
On 112 unfinished lists
On 424 custom lists

Note: You must be logged in to update information on this page.

Forum Posts
Aphorism Ends over 2 years ago

Click to view the forum

tickmark preloadxmark preloadxmark preload
User Comments [ Order by time added ]

You must login to comment for this series! Register an account.

I really enjoy this   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by thatlazybum
February 1st, 2011, 7:49pm
Art- Great art, extremely well drawn and perhaps, this is the part that people dislike. This makes blood and gore pretty darn well done. If you can't stand a little blood here and there, some body parts, make that a lot of blood... this isn't a manga for you. But, it isn't the worst, the gore is not the worst I have seen. But other than that, characters are fantastically drawn and I like it. 9.5/10

Plot- There is a plot, I can feel it. It is leading up to something... I mean, I only read about 9 chapters as of now and I cannot comment about it. It is still like in chapter two of a novel. Introductions are still being made but, its coming, it most definitely is. 9/10

Originality- HAHA, if I was to say this is original, I am lying to myself. I mean, super powers in a boarding academy where they have to fight and stuff. OVERUSED. It has cliches like super powerful all the sudden when it comes to helping people. Useless main character (he actually admits it!), its all something that has been done before. BUT, for some reason, this was interesting, it wasn't boring. Perhaps I just like this topic or something, but I really enjoyed this. (No rating)

Character- Some characters are so... common. Like useless main cast (who has some awesome power, in this case, he makes himself not as incompetent)... But they are developing in their own way, we can see the characters literally explaining themselves. I mean, some characters are pretty forgettable. Eh, I am bad at explaining this. 8/10

Enjoyment- I enjoyed it a lot. I laughed, I got goosebumps and I smiled here and there. I was excited to see an update and I am anticipating the update. i can't wait and I think about this manga. 10/10

Recommended and it is one of my favorites.

... Last updated on February 1st, 2011, 8:31pm
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
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.
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
my opinion   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by grundomnia
July 10th, 2010, 9:06pm
an amazing manga it simply captures the interest mainly on how the characters present themselves, the fighting, and the plot itself is very interesting. The only problem is that protagonist because for now he seems to be far too ... cliche in this line of manga but I'm hoping that the mangaka will do something and shake off that.
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
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.
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
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.
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
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
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
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.
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
death is cheap   
Rating: N/A
by nugro
October 22nd, 2011, 11:02am
One of series where you'd expect death on almost every chapters, just don't get attached to any characters since he/she could be the next one. I'm surprised this still categorized as shounen as the gore is pretty graphic and the theme isn't shonen-like at all.

@below me
Did you even read the manga? they impersonate dead person to a degree and there are some people who does notice it, it is not believable, true. But that's not the point of a manga anyway.
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
Its okay   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by chirpy
May 11th, 2011, 5:16pm
It's a pretty good manga. Personally I've just been reading one or two chapters like every few weeks/months. Really easy for me to pick back up on. I find main character very annoying. The whole "I want to change myself for my love I just met!" VERY ANNOYING.

On the good side, I find it very inspiring with the plot and the characters are pretty good.
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by whistlebird
January 17th, 2011, 12:15am
To be honest, I really can't decide on this manga. On the one hand: it's beautiful. The art is very high quality, the characters are interesting and the plot is just mysterious enough to keep the reader wondering. The over-all death count is super high but the characters that matter don't disappear (so far anyway) and I'm loving the idea of using your special word to fight in creative ways. I also can't help but love the main character and his "other self?" He says he's useless but he does try hard. But argh, the blood and gore, wow. Maybe I'm just sheltered, but some of this is... urgh, that's painful. This probably won't phase some, and others may enjoy (seeing the chopped up body parts, over abundant blood spatters, people with their eyeballs stolen straight from the sockets and brains from their heads and the like).but I'm not so sure I'm fond of all that part of it... though I'll probably keep reading despite myself, for the art, and for the characters and the plot. Anyway, awesome manga, but if you read it be prepared for plenty gore and death.

... Last updated on June 19th, 2011, 12:11am
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
  Pages (2) [ 1 2 ] Next Page
Show  entries per page 

You must login to comment for this series! Register an account.
Manga Search