Book Review: School-Live! Volume 6

School Live! Volume 6 cover

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 few detours.

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 this.

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 crop up.

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 blog 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 things.

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 peaceful.

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 mentioning.

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.

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