Book Review: School-Live! Volume 2

June 17, 2016

School-Live! Volume 2 cover

I hope that everyone is doing well.

Aside from the books I recently got, I discovered an interesting capability in some software that I got around the end of last month.

Of course, going over that capability and its useful, is not the subject of today, though I may go over it in a future post.

Right now, I just want to focus on continuing to cover the books I got.

Today, I will be doing just that by reviewing another one of those five books, which is called School-Live! Volume 2 by Norimitsu Kaihou.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

Yuki and the gang decide to take a field trip to the local mall, deciding to look for other survivors and have some bit of fun.

However, with more than just their school overrun with zombies, the possibility of any other survivors is not very likely.

I am not too sure about this book.

While I cannot say that I liked it as much as the first volume, it did have some nice things present.

For the first time in the series, I actually felt like chuckling a bit.

Because of my experience watching the anime on Crunchyroll, I was kind of expecting to laugh a bit more than I did with the manga.

Unfortunately, that was not to be anywhere in the first volume.

Here, however, Yuki's childishness made me feel like laughing almost every time it manifested itself.

For the kind of disappointment that I had with this book, and will be talked about later on, this did make things a little better than when I had started reading it, and I feel like giving Norimitsu some praise, but not as much as I would have liked to give him.

I also like how the world outside the school was explored a bit.

Seeing as Yuki and her friends have been the only characters seen so far, I knew that this was eventually going to happen because, no the what apocalyptic scenario, people would eventually die if they stayed in one place the entire time.

After all, it would get pretty boring if the characters did not venture out.

Yes, there are works where there is not too much exploring, like Visual Key's Planetarian, but even they do not the characters sitting around doing whatever. The characters in those works develop bonds with each other and find out more about their world.

In the case of this book, we found out that there were other survivors, and, from the journal of somebody that Yuki's group rescued, that this zombie outbreak happened fairly recently.

This makes me wonder what exactly caused the zombie outbreak to occur and where the other survivors may be.

Each book in a series must give the reader some kind of incentive to continue on with series and Norimitsu has done a bit better of job on delivering this than others, namely, Wataru Karasuma's Not Lives series, which means that he is doing something right and deserves some praise.

I also liked how Kurumi had some bit of struggle in this volume.

Yes, it was apparent in the previous volume that more than Yuki was suffering psychological trauma, but the big focus was all on her, with some hints that things were not the way they seemed prior to actual reveal.

Here, when Kurumi goes to visit her house, she tells the others that she is fine, yet has some nervousness, and enters the house, only to become disheartened by it being empty.

This seems to be kind of similar to how we all deal with things in our lives. We tend to try and do things that we do not really enjoy doing, or, in the case of Kurumi's actions, not really necessary, and we end up hurting ourselves.

While I would have said that Kurumi should have relied on her friends more, I can understand why she did what she did, especially because she and Yuri Wakasa are trying to make sure that Yuki continues to believe that everything is just fine.

After all, we do not want to let those we care about go through something that would hurt them badly in some way, since a person can be hurt in more ways than physically or emotionally.

Because of this, things still seem to be fairly believable in this series, and Norimitsu deserves some praise for continuing on dealing with the mental issues that may arise from apocalyptic events, like a zombie apocalypse.

The thing that I liked the most was what Yuki said some time after Kurumi visited her house.

While Kurumi was still depressed, Yuri went off somewhere and got her a drink and started talking to her about the possibility of somebody out there saving people and hoping they would come.

Moments later, Yuki shows up and says that waiting for somebody to save them is weak and that one must become that hero.

This was the highlight for me because of the fact that we, as a society, just sit back and hope that somebody would come along and change things, when we are capable of bringing about that ourselves, and are just too lazy to do it.

Yes, as individuals, we cannot do everything ourselves, but having unquestioning belief that somebody will come and change this is only going to make people lazy, which is why I do not view optimism as the be all end all that everyone makes it out to be.

This makes me think that Yuki and her group are going to eventually do something, if and when they did with their psychological trauma, and hopefully Norimitsu has them head down this path before he decides to end the series.

Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked.

The fact that the outside world is explored and that one of the main characters berates the other two for wishing somebody would come rescue them, as well as the fact that I did get some laughs, made this book somewhat enjoyable.

Although I liked the book, there are some issues.

However, aside from things that are too minor to talk about, only one thing seemed to bug me.

For much of the book, nothing happened.

This is a story set during a zombie apocalypse and I am expected to believe that the main cast only ran into zombies in two different places?

Now, I will give Norimitsu credit that they only had one safe night outside of the school, since too many zombie attacks can be just as bad as not enough, but I was expecting see more struggle against the zombies than there were.

Besides, it would make no sense at all to just hide somewhere if there were no zombie attacks on town or city streets.

Hopefully, this will be remedied later on, otherwise I may not follow this series at all, just like I chose to not continue on with the Sword Art Online novels, A Certain Scientific Accelerator, and Not Lives.

While there was not much to complain about, the biggest issue that was present did ruin my enjoyment quite a bit.

Despite the fact that nothing happened during the course of the book, the good balanced things out enough to make it good enough to kill time.

I mainly recommend this to those who enjoyed the first volume, as they will enjoy it the most.

As for everyone else, this may be a bit disappointing, so it will be safe to skip it if you have not read the first volume.

What are your though on School-Live! Volume 2? Did you like it or hate it? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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