Book Review: School-Live! Volume 3

June 18, 2016

School Live! Volume 3 cover

Things seem to be going pretty well, huh?

Out of the five books I recently got from Amazon, I covered each one at a time until only two remain.

Today, I will be reviewing one of those remaining titles, which is called School-Live! Volume 3 by Norimitsu Kaihou.

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

After successfully, finding another survivor on their little excursion, Yuki and the gang return to the school.

However, the peaceful days the group knew comes to an end when the new girl finds a manual to be used by staff in times of emergency.

I kind of liked this book.

While the previous volume did not have as much going on, aside from what the characters were going through and one instance of actually having to deal with zombies, this volume actually delves into having to deal with them, whether it be reminiscing about what the characters had gone through or having to deal with them directly.

I was seriously beginning to think that Norimitsu wanted us to think that this was some zombie apocalypse story and then ultimately become a story where the main cast just does whatever they want, instead actually trying to survive and deal with their psychological issues.

After all, how could a zombie apocalypse story be very believable if the characters do not have to deal the situation on hand, like how Tomoya Okazaki had to ultimately break things off with Ryou in the Fujibayashi route of Clannad?

Fortunately, that was not the case, because the first volume showed quite a bit of potential by showing trying to focus on the internal conflict of each of the characters, while they had to deal the zombie problem, and I have to give Norimtsu credit for at least remembering that this story is set in a world where a zombie apocalypse has occurred.

I also liked how Miki, the new girl, did not really go with the flow of things and started questioning what the other girls were doing and thinking that one of them was just playing along.

Even though I would like to berate Miki for jumping to conclusions so quickly, especially considering that she immediately jumped into the thinking that Yuki had dissociative identity disorder because that was all she ever read about in terms of psychology, instead of really understanding people and how to make them become loyal, like Yokoya and Akiyama seem to throughout much of Liar Game, I have to hold back because what she did really helped to shed some light on what was going on and help me understand why Kurumi and Yuri were trying to shield Yuki from what is now reality.

If I were in this situation, I would probably not do anything, other than question why Yuki was acting like somebody else was when there was not, because I would be more preoccupied in trying to find out more information before actually confronting people, since confronting issues like these are more about being right and trying to get the other person to see that there is a problem than trying to force them to change their ways.

Here, that information is provided and that Yuki's psychological trauma, which was hinted at in the first volume, triggered a mental defense mechanism that prevented her from seeing things as they were, at least in the school, and Kurumi and Yuri did not want to make Yuki have another major breakdown like the one she experienced before.

Of course, that does not mean that Yuki will not have some kind of breakdown, because the emotional state of a person does affect them just as much as physical well-being.

As a result, I have to give Norimitsu a lot of applause, because we are supposed to be able to explore the characters of series as time move on, otherwise they will feel as one dimensional as many characters in religious texts.

The thing that I liked the most though was that I actually found myself laughing while reading this book, though it was mainly because of what Yuki did or said around the other girls than anything else.

Now, the previous volume did have some moments that I found funny, but, unlike that book, they actually got a better reaction out of me than just a chuckle, and it seems like Norimitsu really improved in this department.

Hopefully, it can remain this way in the coming volume, otherwise it might lose some charm.

Outside of those things, I cannot really think of anything else that I particularly liked, since Yen Press has stayed pretty consistent with the volumes so far.

The fact that the psychological trauma is explored a bit more and that there seem to be more danger present here than the previous volume, as well as the fact that I was actually able to laugh, made this book fairly enjoyable.

Although I liked the book, there are some issues.

However, aside from things that are too minor to talk about, such as typos, nothing really bothered me too much.

As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that there was more to like than hate about this book, especially considering that I was able to get some laughs, this was definitely worth reading.

I recommend this to fans of horror and zombie stories.

As for everyone else, this is worth giving a try and may give a better impression of the series than the second book did.

What are your thoughts on School-Live! Volume 3? 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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