After School Nightmare 1

December 9, 2006

Setona Mizushiro – Go!Comi – 2006 – 10 volumes

Oh my God, this series is SO COOL.  I’m quite enamored and wishing for volume two already.   I’m not even entirely sure what’s going on.

Of course the genderbending is what drew me even though the genderbenders have not been good to me lately.  This one was good, though.  The entire plot is incredible, if very Japanese.  Having to go through training in your dreams to become a better person and graduate… I could do without the better person stuff, but battling it out in dreams to see who gets to graduate is AWESOME.  I just wish we got to see more of these sequences.

The characters are also a little weak at this point, but I’ll give them that since it is the first volume.  The main character is a tad whiny, and the secondary male character is too… I dunno, gruff, and the main female character is a little whiny.  But I still pretty much like them all at this point, I just think they need to kind of grow into themselves.  The romances are definitely something, and I’m glad there’s two for the main character.  I think that was all this series needed, really.

We get a lot of color pages too, which is awesome.  I know there was something else I wanted to say about it… I’ll add it later if I think about it.  But yes, this series is surprisingly good.  I shouldn’t have expected less from Go!Comi though, because I think I’d like all their series if I read them regularly.

7 Responses to “After School Nightmare 1”

  1. Bri Says:

    I bought both volumes 1 and 2 of this series on the latest of my manga-buying rampages, and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites!! I wish they had more of the dream sequences as well but still this awesome and very original story does not disappiont! Any guesses to who the knight is?? Can’t wait until Volume 3…

  2. Connie Says:

    Yeah, the dreams were definitely my favorite part. I kind of have a guess as to who the knight is, but I haven’t read the second volume yet, so I hate to guess the most obvious candidate and have it disproved so early on.

    I literally cannot wait until my copy of volume 2 shows up. I loved the first volume so much, and it’s good to hear that the second keeps going.

  3. Emily Says:

    Yeah, I downloaded volume one after reading your review, and although I found the romances a bit cheesy, I like this series quite a lot! They’ve done the dream sequences pretty well. :P
    My guess for the black knight is of course Sou, but I’d hate it to be him because that would just be to obvious.

  4. Emily Says:

    P.S Actually, now I’ve seen the hands strangling bit, that *has* to be Sou. :P

  5. Connie Says:

    I can’t remember if it was volume 5 or 6 where they finally revealed the black knight, it took awhile, though (and even longer to reveal who the owner of the hands was). Even when they stated outright who the knight was, I still don’t really believe it. I’m not sure if this is because I feel like I don’t believe the person who said it, or because I just don’t like who it’s been all this time.

  6. Sara K. Says:

    I read volume 1 a while ago, and after hearing such glowing reviews, I was disappointed (it was so long ago that I don’t remember what disappointed me … it’s not that I dislike it, it just did not strike me as being particularly amazing). However, since it’s finally over, and it still gets glowing reviews, I might try it again some day.

  7. Connie Says:

    Hmm… the ending is certainly worth a read-through in and of itself, because the entire premise of the series is delivered in a twist that nobody in their right mind would see coming, and it really does put a whole new spin on everything that had gone before. I’m still not sure if I liked the ending, or if it made me dislike the series a little for how absolutely out of left field it was while still obviously planned from the beginning, but I have to give it credit all the same.

    I haven’t read the beginning of the series in a long time, but I don’t think much changes from the first volume other than the agonizingly slow buildup about what exactly happens when someone graduates and what the dream class means and all that. I would say pick up an extra volume or two if you see them on sale, and if you still don’t like it, pick up volume 10 and skip the middle, because that one at least is still worth reading as long as you know the basic mechanics of what’s going on.

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