Item description for After School Nightmare Volume 1 (After School Nightmare (Graphic Novel) (Adult)) by Setona Mizushiro...
Overview Mashiro, a hermaphrodite high school student, joins a "special" dream class to become completely male but faces obstacles from other students along the way.
Publishers Description You have just awakened to find your darkest, ugliest secret revealed to classmates who would do anything to destroy you. This is what's happened to Ichijou Mashiro, whose elite school education turns into the most horrifying experience of his life when he's enlisted by a mysterious school nurse to take an after-hours class. Only those who pass the class will graduate, and the only way for Mashiro to pass is to enter into a nightmare world... where his body and soul will be at the mercy of his worst enemies. Can Mashiro keep his life-long secret - that he is not truly a "he" nor entirely a "she" - or will he finally be "outted" in the most humiliating way possible?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.4" Width: 5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Oct 25, 2006
Publisher Go! Media Entertainment
ISBN 1933617160 ISBN13 9781933617169
Availability 0 units.
More About Setona Mizushiro
Setona Mizushiro's professional debut, Fuyu ga, Owarou Toshiteita (Winter Was Ending), won the 1993 Shogakukan Manga New Author Award. Her series After School Nightmare was nominated for an Eisner Award and recognized by YALSA as a Great Graphic Novel for Teens in 2007.
Reviews - What do customers think about After School Nightmare Volume 1 (After School Nightmare (Graphic Novel) (Adult))?
5-Star BY FAR Aug 11, 2008
Recipe: --1 typical high school romance manga. --Inject with a dash of horror and mystery. --Add a large cup of deep exploration on gender and male/female relationships. --Finish it off with crisp and unique artwork that includes lots of background, and very distinguishable characters.
For over a year I passed over this tasty title, reading the back cover's summary and putting it back on the shelf. Finally I gave in on a whim and now it's one of my favorite series ever--and I've read tons over the last several years.
Lots of reviewers already gave this 5 stars, but I hope that by adding my review this series will start to get the recognition and popularity it deserves. Maybe in the future more interesting and non-generic manga like this will come stateside.
I eagerly await volume 8...
A review by Stephanie Apr 2, 2008
After School Nightmare By: Setona Mizushiro
I have really enjoyed this book because it deals with this guy named ichijo...We all have that problem trying to find who we really are are. What would you do if your worst nightmare cam to life.
I thought this was a good book because it deals with normal high school drama. You know you have the guy every girl wants, but he has a secret.
I recommend this book to people who like manga that deals with love, drama and secerts.
an X-Day it is not... Apr 1, 2008
I was extremely bias going into `After School Nightmare'. Setona Mizushiro's first work, X-Day, stands as my second favorite manga. I love that manga. Psychologically naked, exploring the darker side of high school life, paired with a haunting pace & beautiful, raw character interaction & development. I was excited to discover another Mizushiro title released in America, I thought `After School Nightmare' was to be a second coming. It had everything going for it.
But it wasn't.
The story concerns a cryptic boarding school & a hermaphrodite (the manga never actually refers to him as this, instead claiming that he is `half male & half female', which makes me wonder whether the Japanese language lacks a word for this condition or if Mizushiro is just being poetic) named Mashiro, who is both ashamed & afraid of his female half. But soon he finds himself exposing his ugly secret to everyone, trapped inside a dreamworld where he must battle his peers' own ugly secrets--locked away in a classroom, where the only way to escape is to conquer that ugly secret.
Does that sound just a little corny? Well it is. Are the characters very likeable? No, no they really aren't.
But I could stomach all these minor problems, because once again Mizushiro cast her lovely magic, gracefully dissecting these humans' fragile & flawed psyches. Honestly, the first 2 volumes of this series were a worthy 3.5 stars--not a 5 star X-Day, but decent. But this rich, deeply psychological fabric slowly... slowly... unraveled into little more than fluffy sexual tension. By the 5th volume I felt frustrated & cheated. Sex! 'Who's going to sleep with who?' It became all about sex, with all the depth evaporated. If I wanted to read smut, I'd have bought smut.
& the characters, while tolerable before, became just plain annoying in the later volumes. Mashiro just whines & complains & complains & whines & never does anything about it. I understand that he is confused, & I can appreciate a flawed protagonist, but must that confusion shadow every waking moment of the series so heavy-handedly? It just got old. Obnoxiously old.
There's also incest. I am aware that incest is a rather popular fetish in Japan, & it's expected that it'd show up in their works. Now I'm not necessarily against incest in these artforms, however I cannot stand when it's thrown in for the soul sake of `that's hot', & that's just the vibe I'm plucking from ASN. These characters, they seem to have no understanding that their relationship is abnormal, they feel no guilt nor shame. In the hands of someone like Mizushiro this could have been a truly fascinating aspect. Instead it just feels like some cheap booty call, playing to a crowd.
Lastly, the art. Once again Mizushiro lays out a beautiful, delicate pacing where soul-filled expressions tell the story. But the artwork itself... it's about average all right... but it pales in comparison to X-Day's. This confuses me. X-Day was Mizushiro's earlier work, so shouldn't she have gotten better? Instead, in ASN there is distinctly less detail & the eyes lack their unique tranquility, rage, & vulnerability. Clearly less time was spent on drawing.
If you are someone looking for a rich, heavy, character driven shonen-ai-ish manga with a fantasy twist, I highly recommend `Loveless' by Yun Kouga. Not only is it a beautiful piece of its genre, it's a beautiful piece of manga as a whole. & it certainly kicks ASN's *gluteus maximus*.
What an amazing book! Jul 30, 2007
This book absolutely amazing. I bought the first two volumes on a whim and once I started reading them I couldn't put it down. The story is very interesting and you really experience what feelings all the characters express. A must read!!!
Another awesome work of Go! Comi.. May 4, 2007
I picked up this book because the publisher is Go! Comi and I am a big fan of their other works. I didn't read it right away but when I did, I was astonished and surprised to find myself sucked into the book and the story. It is the story of Mashiro who is both a male and female but since his lower part is that of a female, then some might see him as a girl more than a guy. The love triangle of Mashiro, Sou, and Kureha is the best part and I totally root for Mashiro and Sou.
I am so looking forward to get my hands on the third volume and hopefully there will be another kiss between Mashiro and Sou.
Good job, Go! Comi and congratulations for the nomination of the After School Nightmare for the 2007 Eisner Award!