Houkago Hokenshitsu: After School Nightmare

Name: Houkago Hokenshitsu (After School Nightmare)
Manga-ka: Mizushiro, Setona

Volumes: 10 (Complete)
Licensed: Go Comi!
Scanlations: V.10 Ch.39 (Complete)
Scanlator: They are all real scans from Go Comi!
Type: Manga
Genre: Psychological/Horror/Mystery/Josei
Age Group: Older Teen

Summary: Like most teenagers, Mashiro Ichijo has a secret. But Mashiro’s secret is that he’s neither fully male nor female! So far, Mashiro’s been able to live his life as a boy, but all this changes when he’s informed of a new class he must take in order to graduate from his elite prep school. To pass, he must find the “Key”…and the only way to find it is to enter into a nightmare world where his body and soul are put at the mercy of the worst kind of enemies: his classmates!

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Graphics Rating: 4/5
Plot Rating: 4/5

Opinion: Graphics are strange. There is something about them that make them beautiful and ugly at the same time. I loved a lot of the graphics most of the time. Lots of really gorgeous moments that warranted a right click.

Story is completely unique. Gorgeous and interesting. It is long though and there is this weird feeling I get from it. I felt very detached from the story and never got extremely absorbed. It was just weird. But I thought the character arch was amazing, you can completely see the change from weak to strong in the hero/heroine.

Since the character is male and female all the relationships the main character ends up in left me feeling a little uncomfortable. Not that there is anything wrong with homosexuality but it was just weird cause it was but it wasn’t. You would have to read it to understand.

The ending. So there are a lot of debate about the ending. I feel completely indifferent to the ending but a lot of people were upset with the ending. I’m sure if you look into it more you will find the meaning of life but if you prefer simple endings don’t bother reading this.

EDIT: I went through the forums and then the wiki page, and the ending is actually amazing now. If at the end you don’t understand, go on the wikipedia page and you will be impressed. I know I was.

Final Rating: 4/5

Extra: All the “Scanlations” are scans from the GoComi released books. Please support the author by buying the series if you enjoyed it! (If you can.)

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