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The Drifting Classroom, Vol. 4 (The Drifting Classroom #4)

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In the aftermath of a strange earthquake, an entire elementary school vanishes, leaving nothing but a hole in the ground. While parents mourn and authorities investigate, the students and teachers of find themselves somewhere far away somewhere cold and dark... a lifeless, nightmarish wasteland among which their school stands like a lone fortress. As panic turns to terror, ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 20th 2007 by VIZ Media LLC
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David Schaafsma
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sho decides he has to create a government for the elementary school / .. not unlike the one Japan itself has…. Can we expect political commentary? This is of course resonant of The Lord of the Flies, another child horror story about the darkness in children's souls…. So there's an election, he defeats the Princess. .. puts together a cabinet. The insect monster attacks. .. but has laid eggs that are now hatching. Insane, hysterical, breakneck pacing. After form books, the Alien-level intensity, ...more
Charles Dee Mitchell
A mass suicide among first graders convinces Sho he must set up the school as a nation. First he defeats Princess in a very close election, then he sets about establishing his cabinet He knows that the insect monster from the wastelands is soon to attack. The working out of just what this monster is is the most implausible portion of Umezu's story so far, although the use of the term "implausible" here must be relative.

Monster defeated, many lives lost, almost a return to normalcy in the Nation
Ahmed Jadaa
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Its the kind of weird and stupid shit that grows on you and you decide to humor it. Kinda like that pimple stuck in your inner thigh. wait what? Or kinda like that unibrow
Orrin Grey
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
The Drifting Classroom continues being weird, violent, and kind of amazing. One mystery gets solved in this volume, but, of course, more crop up. The one notable problem with The Drifting Classroom is how it sort of careens from one disaster to another. So far it hasn't really detracted, but I could see how it could get a little exhausting before I've finished eleven volumes. We'll see!
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
An election between the bully 'Princess' and Sho happens after the kids decide that they must look at their school and population as a country and not a school anymore. Hopefully, with a government in place things will get back to normal.

Until the discovery of the monster!

And as with all of the volumes before this it is a nonstop terror fest. Once they seem to have triumphed over one obstacle another one stands in the way. These kids are seriously doomed!

The students' panic and paranoia increase in this volume as they discover that the monster that has been threatening them has a surprising origin. Things turn Lord of the Flies as they turn on each other rather than the monster. Sho, as always, saves the day in an ingenious way. And then a new threat emerges...
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphicnovel, ya, horror
"besides, girls don't make good leaders. they're too emotional and narrow-minded because they have children." -- a male child
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
The bug continues! It only gets worse. People with bug phobias would not approve of this book, it's great!
Tariq Bokahri
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lost limbs...trying to be a chair...huge crab monster...girl self-proclaimed "Princess" beating-up all the boys...INSTANT HIT!
Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better! There's some real literary content evolving beneath the horrorshow. I would even go so far to say that this is better than Lord of the Flies!
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
That bug is deeply upsetting
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Japanese name 楳図 かずお (birth name 楳図一雄)
He is an author of Japanese manga, mainly horror (but he wrote some shonen comedy manga and shojo comedy romance, too) as well as a musician and actor.
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