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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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Associated Names
Aphorism อักขระสยบมรณะ

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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
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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (415 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.99 / 10.0
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September 26th 2017, 3:25pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Gangan Online (Square Enix)
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English Publisher
Yen Press (12 volumes - Ongoing; Digital)

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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.
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Rating: N/A
by eynit
July 28th, 2011, 9:21am
entertaining, but stupid. for one, if you've read chapter 12.5,
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
there is absolutely NO WAY that that many corpses and deaths would go unnoticed in real life. it's just too unrealistic. what was it like, 2000+ dead people in that big room? gee, this manga sure is good at making me frustrated.
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Why not just kill the freaking teachers!?   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by himjl
July 18th, 2011, 11:57pm
I love ultra-violent manga. I have no problem with fictional gore, carnage, injustice and brutality, in fact, I'm currently the translator for a project just as violent and horror filled (Corpse Party Musume). So when I say I hate this manga understand that it's not because I hate the horror genre but because I think this manga is f*cking stupid. Chapter after chapter progresses without ANY character realizing the painfully obvious fact that the ones they need to be fighting are the administrators of this school and a later chapter even has them condemning the murder of one of these teachers. I cannot read this anymore. Not because I dislike horror but because these characters piss me off to the point where I feel like smashing my computer. I cannot bring myself to care about characters this stupid and I hope the mangaka kills them all before he quits his job to become a gladiator.
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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.
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Nice but typical   
Rating: N/A
by reivatin
February 4th, 2011, 3:45am
typical ordinary hero with hidden power that even he doesn't know how to use it
only use in the verge of his death bigrazz

but still many of the student skill unveiled yet
so it's exciting

and well i'm pretty intrigued for his "henshin" self
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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
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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
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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.
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