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Review: The Drifting Classroom

February 28, 2010

When I first read the title I instantly connected it with the book called “The flying classroom” by the German author called Erich Kästner. Sadly, I can’t check if there’s any connection between them as I didn’t read a book. Please leave a comment if you know something about the relationship of these two.

I started reading this manga because of 3 reasons:

1st It’s an old-school manga
2nd I heard that this is the best horror series ever
3rd There where recent updates on

Let my start by saying this: This is NOT the best horror series ever. Maybe it was in the 1970’s but definitely not today. It’s more like an adventure.

The story starts with Sho and his mother having a fight. Sho decides to never come back home. That day he barely makes it to school on time. The lesson is about to start and suddenly a huge earthquake happens. Everyone hides under their desk. When the earthquake is over they slowly realize that everything around the school (like streets and buildings) has disappeared. Now they’re surrounded by a huge desert. Later they discover that they are travelled trough time as they find a memorial stone for 800 pupils disappeared with their names on it in the desert. Now, one by one is going mad as they don’t have any hopes for rescue anymore. The teachers are killing some pupils and themselves too. So after a short time, the pupils are on their own and have to fight creepy monsters which are living in the desert.

The ending is kinda rushed and I never expected it.

I was really surprised that the character developments of old-school mangas are the same as in mangas from our time. Sho was an ordinary boy at first but then in this extreme situation he takes over the role as a leader and now he shows more natural emotions like crying about his mother as he recognizes that fighting with her was wrong. Similar developments you can find in “GantZ” and in “Battle Royale”.

The mangaka really tried to make everything as detailed as possible so you won’t find any big white spaces in this manga. He also over exaggerated some effects like when someone or something is moving fast:

An other thing is the desert: If they wouldn’t tell you that it’s a desert, you would think something like “WTF, what’s that?”. Otherwise, if the mangaka had used clean shapes instead, it would be even worse as it would ruin this kinda creepy and mysterious feeling you get while reading.

The speech bubbles are also kinda strange:

Nowadays this type of bubble is often used when people are angry, have an idea, are surprised, etc. and shouting something in their minds. But this time they’re really shouting. This distracted me at fist but you get used to it. However, sometimes it’s still hard to decide if he person is thinking or actually saying something.

Just give this old-school series a try. Whether if you like it or not, you should continue reading or not. For those who want to experience “modern” horror, read the manga called “Doubt”.

As for me, liked this series so I gave it 7 out of 10 points.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Karry permalink
    March 1, 2010 11:13 am

    Fun fact : 35 years later – and this guy’s art is still crap.

    • March 1, 2010 1:13 pm

      Thx for your comment… yeah the art isn’t cut for everybody’s taste. But you know… weird things are easier to remember 😉

  2. April 1, 2010 8:11 am

    This is so funny… I like it

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