Welcome to this weeks manga (bookworm) report! Today we are going to be talking about a super weird manga named After School Nightmare. This series is considered a supernatural mystery manga with some romance thrown in. It covers a couple of controversial topics that you don’t usually see in manga too much. I won’t spoil it, but I will say that you shouldn’t read this unless you’re at least 17 years old. This manga also contains yaoi/yuri, depending on how you look at it.
You have just awakened to find your darkest secret revealed to a group of people who wold do anything to destroy you: your classmates!
That’s what happens to Ichijo Mashiro, whose elite school education turns into the most horrifying experience of his life when he’s enlisted to participate in an after hours class. The only way for Mashiro to graduate is to enter into a nightmare world where his body and soul will be at the mercy of his worst enemies. Can Mashiro keep the life-long secret that he is not truly a “he” nor entirely a “she” – or will he finally be “outed” in the most humiliating way possible?
This manga is very strange. Not bad, just odd. It’s definitely unique which is refreshing. In the first volume we get to see the nightmare realm where Mashiro is sent during his after school class. Everyone who takes part is transformed into the image their soul portrays, their true selves. Most of the time you can’t tell who they are based off of these appearances.
The goal of this extra class is to open the doors hidden within the nightmare realm and escape. No one knows who has the key to do this, however. Everyone has a necklace strung with 3 beads. These beads break depending on the amount of stress the person is currently going through. When all three beads break, the person dies and reawakens in the “real” world.
The love triangle in play is also very interesting. All three of the people involved are messed up in the head. They don’t think like a normal person would, they take things way out of proportion . It’s a good add in for the drama and it ties in well with the supernatural element of the story.
If you’re into something different and don’t get offended easily, I think you should give this manga a read. It does a great job of keeping you interested as well as keeping the mystery going.
Let me know if you want me to do reports for the rest of the After School Nightmare series as well as any other manga/video game books or novels. If you’d like to add to the discussion please feel free to comment down below!
Thanks for reading 🙂