Book Review: School-Live! Volume 5

School Live! Volume 5 cover

I hope that everyone is doing well, and beginning to think of how they will spend their weekend.

Things have been going fairly well, aside from there being too much noise, and my schedule still allows me to do something that enjoy.

A few days ago, I got some books from Amazon, and, even though I did have to temporarily stop to cover a new release, it is time to continue plowing through the remaining five books.

Today, I will be reviewing one of those five, which is called School-Live! Volume 5 by Norimitsu Kaihou.

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

Kurumi, who had been infected by a zombified teacher, has now seemed to stabilize and the girls start trying to do a radio broadcast, in order to find other survivors, and think that they struck gold when they see a helicopter fly overhead.

However, when that same chopper crashed into the ground, the girls finally decide that it is time to leave the school and must now find a way to leave and determine their destination, under the guise of graduation.

While the previous volume was kind of interesting, that does not mean that the series will improve from then on, and after reading this, I think that it was okay.

From the moment that I opened up and started reading this volume, I was pulled right back into the world and did not feel like putting it down for any reason, at least when this volume was exciting.

Now, I was not expecting anything amazing from Norimitsu, as he or she was not able to impress me as much as Jun Mochizuki, but even though quite a bit did happen, the only things that I really found interesting were the events that happened after the helicopter crash.

Yes, the exciting stuff needs to be interesting, but compared with what happened in the previous volume, this was nothing really that different from the overdone zombie flick, and I can only call this passable.

Many people desire to get into the creative fields, but delivering a work that can only deliver the bare minimums expected from the kind of work it is will not give it any kind of prestige.

Still, that does not mean that writers should not be praised for doing something right, otherwise they do not know where they need to improve.

I also liked how there were a few things that made me laugh.

Even though this series does not always deliver too well on the premise of a zombie apocalypse, and this volume was one of the better ones in delivering what is expected, the thing that this series does pretty well is provide some bit of humor.

In the case of this volume, I think that I had a few more laughs than in the others, and it really helped to save the volume from joining a list of titles that I consider to be the worst books published, though some might not be as bad as what others consider horrible books, such Fifty Shades of Grey and one book that I heard was far worse, both of which I am glad that I never read, since the summary and blurbs alone for the latter sounds far worse than all the fan service I have ever seen in anime and manga, though I do steer clear of the clearly pornographic stuff.

This series has been known more for its comedy than a decent zombie apocalypse story, and I am glad that things have not grown stale, even though much of the volume still took place inside the school or on school grounds.

If this aspect of the series was not present in this volume, I doubt that I would be willing to continue on with this series past the sixth volume, which was the last volume of the series that I purchased this week.

Fortunately, Norimitsu did not forget about it, and I can finally give him or her the first round of applause that I felt like giving for this volume. Nice job, Norimitsu.

The thing that I liked the most though was how this volume ended right where the anime adaptation from Lerche, and is available to watch on Crunchyroll.

On the Internet, the anime and manga community gets inundated by questions from those in the community about where the various anime adaptations leave off in the original and for some series, such as Detective Conan, that gets kind of difficult because there are events covered in the episodes people have access to that chronologically occurred after the events that have not seen or the last event to occur in the anime happened in the middle of a particular volume, so it is not quite that easy to pick up right where one left off, even if important details or events were not cut from the anime adaptation like they were in the episodes of Detective Conan that FUNimation dubbed over here.

However, the people over in Japan decided to end this volume in a similar fashion as the anime, though this volume was released before the anime adaptation, as Norimitsu asks fans to have high hopes for the anime adaptation and future volumes towards the end.

As a result those that want to transition from the anime over to the manga could either just read this volume as a refresher or go on to the next, which will supposedly be all new content, and I think fans will be happier than those have to reread content just to get to the manga exclusive stuff.

Seriously, if ending manga this way was more prevalent over in Japan, telling people who already saw the anime where to start reading would be so much easier.

Unfortunately, like movie studios in Hollywood, Japanese anime studios seem to have free reign over how they handle their adaptations, according to Yoshihiro Togashi's foreword in Yu Yu Hakusho Volume 10, so adaptations will have to become completely faithful to the original, which is not always something that is desirable, considering that there are anime out there that are considered superior to the original work for a reason.

So, I guess that the real credit for this positive aspect belongs to Lerche for deciding to end the anime where did.

Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked, at least that could stand out as much as those that I have already mentioned.

Because my interest was captured and held during the important moments, the comedic moments were still present and had not grown stale, as well as the fact that this volume ends at the same place the anime did, though that had more to do with the studio that made the adaptation than those that put this volume together, this volume was fairly decent.

Although there were things to like, there are some issues.

However, aside from things too minor to talk about and the things that I already mentioned that did not exactly meet my expectations, nothing really bothered me too much.

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

Despite the fact that there was nothing majorly wrong, the good did not exactly impress in more than one area that was important and makes it only good enough to kill time.

I recommend this to fans of Norimitsu Kaihou and School-Live!, as they will enjoy this the most and fans of the anime could easily read this as a refresher.

As for everyone else, this might be worth checking out, but it is not really the most impressive entries in the series.

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