The Drifting Classroom, Volume 1

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In the aftermath of a strange earthquake, an entire elementary school vanishes, leaving nothing but a hole in the ground. While parents mourn and authorities investigate, the students and teachers of find themselves somewhere far away...somewhere cold and dark... a lifeless, nightmarish wasteland among which their school stands like a lone fortress. As panic turns to terror, as the rules start to fall apart, a 6th-grade boy named Sho and his friends must try to survive in a ...

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Overview

In the aftermath of a strange earthquake, an entire elementary school vanishes, leaving nothing but a hole in the ground. While parents mourn and authorities investigate, the students and teachers of find themselves somewhere far away...somewhere cold and dark... a lifeless, nightmarish wasteland among which their school stands like a lone fortress. As panic turns to terror, as the rules start to fall apart, a 6th-grade boy named Sho and his friends must try to survive in a hostile new world...

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Horror-manga legend Umezu (Orochi: Blood, Baptism of Blood) can create a sense of dread with just the sheer volume of black ink he puts on the page-white space is at a premium, shading is aggressive, and the result is an ominous atmosphere that affects the reader before the story even begins. Classroom, originally published in 1972, tells the story of sixth-grader Sho, who has a bitter fight with his mother before leaving for school one morning; later that day, his entire school vanishes in a violent earthquake, transported to a mysterious desert. When a girl falls to her death, teachers and students begin to panic. Nerves continue to unravel when the school's inadequate food supply is discovered. Umezu makes powerful use of two-page spreads, devoting many of them to single, large shots-the school building against the desert backdrop, the massive sound effect that accompanies the earthquake, an extreme close-up of a teacher with a head wound-the result is extremely disturbing. This first volume solves few of the plot's puzzles, ending just as the kids are veering into Lord of the Flies territory. This is a great rediscovery of a classic title, echoes of which can be seen in modern horror manga like Dragon Head. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421507224
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 8/8/2006
  • Series: Drifting Classroom Series, #1
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 310,485
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2014

    No! No! No! WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING?!

    I simply could not put this down after I purchased thanks to an interesting sample read. It was worth every cent. And its perfect for a fall read, espically for the holidays. If one were to read this book and actually imagine themselves in the same predicament as a child and an adult, one would feel the fear and the need to possibly vomit. My inner and past child would have for sure been in tears calling out for my parents. The story as you can read in the what's it about section before purchasing, is very original and grim. It os so mysterious and terrifying. The art is very retro with a past generation vibe which is a very rare and nice touch, its aged well and such a page turner. At times I felt like I was rushing to find out what was next that I forgot to breathe. There are some shocking moments for example...MINOR MINOR SPOILER, using a child in such an inappropriate violent manner for the sake of sanity...I fear for the children and the sanity of the adults who care for them...based on the sneak peak of the next volume...I think no one is safe, its scary what each individual would do for survival...even if it means sacrificing children D:

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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