I hope that everyone is doing well, even if they must
continue to put up with the daily grind.
As many of you guys know, I recently got a few books from
Amazon recently, many of which titles that were recently released, either as
first publications or first electronic editions, and I have been going through
them rather smoothly.
Today, I will be reviewing another one of those titles,
which is called School-Live! Volume 6
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 have finally left their school behind and
are traveling the streets towards their new destination, though they do take a
However, during a side trip to rescue children in an
elementary school, one of the girls loses it completely and starts exhibiting
behaviors similar to Yuki, which does not help when they finally come into contact
with another survivor.
While the previous
volume was not too interesting, due to most of the great aspects being passable
at best, that does not mean that a series has taken a serious nose just yet.
And after reading this, I have to say that I really enjoyed
From the moment that I opened up this book and started
reading, I did not want to put it down for any reason, which thankfully did not
Now, this series is not oozing with greatness, like how
people think that Attack
on Titan is one of the best series ever created, when there was quite a
bit to hate, but the series was kind of starting to grow stale and Norimitsu is
starting to finally make something interesting again.
Readers want things to remain interesting for the duration
of the entire series, from beginning to end, and, if things become stale for
too long, the reader might drop the series, much like how I dropped Detective
Conan, aside from having a hard time getting volumes, before I decided to
pick it back up when I came across the 42nd
volume on a trip.
Fortunately, Norimitsu stepped up his game a bit and dealt
with a few things are to be expected from a story involving a zombie apocalypse,
and that makes me want to give him some major applause.
Hopefully, things will only improve from here, especially
because I am caught up with Yen Press's releases, otherwise the complaints
about this series will be warranted.
I also liked how there were a few things that made me laugh.
This series is known for its comedic moments, though I would
not put it on the level of Baka & Test, and if I could not really
find anything to laugh about, this series would probably be just as unappealing
as John Grisham's The Whistler,
though the uninteresting lives of the characters did contribute to that.
Thankfully, that was not case, and I can continue reading
this series for a bit longer, especially now that I am in the manga exclusive
content, and I can give Norimitsu quite a bit of applause.
Another thing that I liked was how the most seemingly stable
person of Yuki's party ended up losing it.
Now, some people might find this weird, as people are
supposed to be pretty resilient and fully overcome obstacles, but we are not
quite like that.
After all, people who have been addiction problems can
always relapse if they are not careful.
Of course, this series does not deal with subject matter as
serious as addictions, as things are more focused on the mental states of the
main cast, but relapses can occur for various reasons, such as if some kind of
trigger were, or, in cases like those dealing with sexual abuse, according to a
post by Lisa Nosal on GoodTherapy.org,
if the person is ready to heal on a deeper level.
While I cannot say what brought about this truama, as the
only thing that was really noticeable was the trigger that brought about the
traumatic memories, which somehow reminded her of her little sister, I can take
a guess that something happened to the girl's sister and that she possibly
regrets not making it in time to save her, or even saving her at all, and it
gives a big incentive to continue reading the series, especially because there
are already some hints that the girl has become a bit delusional since her
sister is not really there.
I am not too sure about you guys, but after a rather
lackluster conclusion to the school lives of these girls, I am glad that their
mental states are being explored again, because the physical struggles of an
apocalyptic scenario are not the only things people need to deal with, yet many
of the zombie flicks and stories out there only focus on the physical struggles
that ultimately lead into people killing each other, which can lead to it
becoming rather boring.
Seriously, if fiction writers delved more into how things
were affecting various characters, stories might not have any characters that
just do not feel human.
Then again, this might only be easy to accomplish if writers
were not so focused on using the first person point-of-view and utilized the
third person omniscient view that is prevalent in manga, since I get to know
the thoughts of different characters, so I can only hope that there is some
kind of change to come soon.
For now though, I am just happy that Norimitsu seems to be
doing more right than what he did with the previous volume.
The thing that I liked the most thought is how the girls
encountered yet another survivor.
So far, every time the girls encountered a survivor, they
have had little to no trouble of recruiting them or becoming allies, though
Miki did not realize that Yuki's delusions could have been a self defense
mechanism, and this kind of thing would have grown rather boring, not to
mention less believable, if the girls continued to have such an easy time with
However, towards the end, another human being shows up with
a weapon and demands that the girls drop everything and raise their hands.
Now, I do not expect fiction to be completely realistic, as
that would make it hard for fiction a good way to temporarily escape reality,
but human beings will normally be suspicious of each other in an apocalyptic
setting, especially a zombie apocalypse, and seeing these girls not be
initially welcomed with open arms makes me wonder what will happen next and if
this is the end of their journey in life.
This is what I wanted to see from this series, not the eternal
tea party that the series has been feeling like, and I want to go out and get
the next volume right now, though a product
page on Amazon says that it will not be released until June, so I guess I
will have to just wait for it, even if I decide to preorder it.
If I felt as excited for this series as I am right now, I
would not have any problems calling this one of my favorites, and I hope that
it can eventually get there some day.
Thank you, Norimitsu, for not making this seem to be too
Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else
that I particularly liked, at least that could stand on its own.
Because my interest was held from beginning to end, yet
another character is experiencing a mental breakdown, which makes me want to
learn more about her story, and that something is finally happening, this was a
very interesting read.
Although I liked the book, there are some issues.
However, aside from things that are too minor to talk about,
nothing really bothered me too much.
As a result, I will have to say there is nothing worth
Considering that there was a lot more to like than hate, and
even a few mysteries cropped up, this was definitely worth reading.
I recommend this to fans of Norimitsu Kaihou and School-Live!,
though things are starting to feel more like a zombie apocalypse, as they will
enjoy this the most.
As for everyone else, this might be worth giving a try, though
it might be best to read the earlier volumes first, but if you are looking for
a good zombie apocalypse story, this is not quite there yet.
If you liked this review and would like to see more, please
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