Author Kazuo Umezz
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I was really surprised by Drifting Classroom. On the surface it’s a pretty standard horror manga. A classroom of kids needs to fight for their survival. But the gift of Drifting Classroom lies in its characters, that’s where it really deviates from the norm.
The classroom in question is spontaneously drifted to a strange new land that no one recognizes. The children and teachers have no idea what has happened and must learn how to survive if they have any hope of returning.
Turns out the very young children, think elementary school aged, are much better at this than the adults. The teachers erupt immediately into a violent panic, there are many casualties. A lot of the shock of The Drifting Classroom comes from the author’s willingness to kill off young children.
The protagonist is Sho, a 6th grader and natural born leader. He takes the role of helping everyone work together to find solutions. I really enjoyed watching him find his place in this new society. He handles all sorts of conflicts with a grace most adults could never hope for.
But my favorite character is Yu. He’s a tiny 3 year old who happened to be riding his tricycle just too close to the school when it drifted. He’s the cutest thing! The way he’s drawn, the way he speaks, the way he acts. It’s all just so danged adorable! Every time he showed up on the page I was overwhelmed with a motherly urge to protect him and fight for his survival.
I can’t do justice to how cute Yu is with words alone. But I did find myself nearly crying from joy at one point in the book, soley because of his absolute purehearted nature. We don’t deserve Yu, he’s too good for this world.
I cared for several of the characters in this book. This is the key to great horror. The consequences have to be high! I actually did care if they lived or died, a surprisingly rare feature for horror of any medium.
In addition to the characters the art is great. Several full page layouts could easily be framed and hung in any room of your house.
It also has a levity that balances well with the horror aspects. Enjoy many many scenes of kids falling flat on their faces.
Seriously, it happens A LOT in this book.
I fully understand now why The Drifting Classroom is considered a classic. It’s absolutely ridiculous and has a lot of stretches of reason but you’ll have to see how it ends. You’ll have to see if the kids get a happy ending, and you won’t put it down until you kow.
4/5 dreams of ramen 🍜🍜🍜🍜
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