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The Drifting Classroom, Vol. 5 by [Umezu, Kazuo]
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The students flee from man-eating insects, but they can't run from a deadly plague. As the situation becomes more desperate, the children arm themselves, and the school erupts into an orgy of violence. Can Sho end the savagery, or is it all he can do just to survive? Meanwhile, out in the wasteland, the shifting sands uncover a buried secret from the past...

About the Author

Kazuo Umezu was born September 3, 1936 in Wakayama, Japan. Umezu, who started drawing professionally in the 1950s, is considered the most influential horror manga artist ever. His many horror and sci-fi/horror works include Nekome Kozo ("The Cat-Eyed Kid", 1967-1968), Orochi, The Drifting Classroom (1972-1974), Ultraman (a manga adaptation of the TV series), Senrei ("Baptism"), My Name is Shingo, The Left Hand of God/Right Hand of the Devil, and Fourteen. His popular gag series Makoto-Chan (1976) and Again prove that Umezu is also an accomplished humor cartoonist. (He is also a musician.) Umezu's weird style, incredible ideas and sometimes terrifying imagery have made him a fixture of Japanese pop culture, and his work has been adapted into movies, anime and collectibles.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 195817 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media: VIZ Signature; 1st edition (March 25 2013)
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  • Language: English
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa6148b58) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
HASH(0xa5603024) out of 5 stars Eerie & Disrturbing March 31 2008
By JackFaust77 - Published on
Format: Paperback
Volume 4 continues this long, strange and dread-filled saga in fine fashion. The situations - i.e. what is scary aside from monsters and mutants?: answer: other people when they're under pressure - are keenly observed. After the epic BUDDHA and the utterly delightful YOTSUBA&! (a Japanese Calvin & Hobbes that I would recommend as a classic to any and everyone), DRIFTING CLASSROOM was my next managa series. Think LORD OF THE FLIES and you'll get the picture of social groupings run by children and how terrifying they can be. The series was first serialized in the early 1970s, so there are a few antiquated touches, such as sixth grade boys wearing shorts to school, but those elements do not detract from the eerie, unsettling proceedings. I respectfully disagree with the first reviewer: the series maintains a consistent tone and level of quality and invention.
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HASH(0xa5b68f3c) out of 5 stars The Drifting Classroom has elements familiar with Lord of the Flies, but this graphic novel series really goes for the gruesome Oct. 19 2012
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Sho's elementary school --- and the students inside it --- have been mysteriously transported into a wasteland that seems to be Japan after a few million years have passed. The children try to make their own government with a prime minister, but the truth is they don't know what they're doing. They're going to run out of food before long and the only water they have comes from their swimming pool.

To make matters worse, a giant insect-like creature continues to show up and kill some of the children. In a frightening and clever moment in the story, it turns out one of the boys drew this monster several years ago. How could he have known about it? One student comes up with the theory that the monster exists because the boy somehow is making it exist. Other students run with that idea and want to kill the boy. Sho stops them, but when the boy is attacked, it does halt the monster, giving credence to the theory.

Besides the monster, there are other pressing issues. An outbreak of the plague strikes the children, spreading rapidly. They need medicine. Somehow Sho is able to vocally communicate to his mother in the past, and begs her to get them medicine. This interaction between Sho and his mother was more prominent before, and after disappearing for a while in these volumes, it comes back again. Sho's mother gets the medicine and tries to find a way to leave it where the kids will locate it in a few million years. Everyone else thinks she's crazy, yet she won't let this stop her.

Things continue to go wrong, as the children run out of water and pray for rain. They get rain all right...a flood of it that might sweep them away.

The Drifting Classroom has elements familiar with Lord of the Flies, but this graphic novel series really goes for the gruesome and creepy. Indeed, "gruesome" and "creepy" are better words to describe this series than "scary" or "frightening." The books create a world that seeps uncomfortably into the reader, just as it's intended to do. It doesn't try to jump out and scare anyone. Kazuo Umezu is considered by many to be the master of horror manga, and he shows his skill in the macabre and ominous throughout this series. The mystery of how the school was transported remains strong, and there's no clear solution in sight.
Reviewed by Danica Davidson
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HASH(0xa4b11840) out of 5 stars getting better Aug. 13 2007
By idurner - Published on
Format: Paperback
alright, #3 and #4 sucked... but finally this series gets going again. #5 was a breath of fresh manga air as it was much better than the last two. keep reading