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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Go!Comi (25 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933617160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933617169
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,406,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can only echo what previous reviewers have said. Beautiful sumptuous artwork rich in atmosphere without sacrificing clarity and impact, an extraordinary narrative which achieves the near impossible for a manga series and doesn't outstay its welcome, characterizations which range from the fully fleshed to the hauntingly unknowable; all these things are here in abundance. ASN is the only series to date I completed only to go back to volume 1 and start again, eager to revisit the experience, something which only enriched my appreciation of the depth and detail Mizushiro-sensei brings to this work. This is a mature work which addresses difficult themes (sexual violence, incest, extremes of physical and emotional pain)in alternating everyday and fantastical settings and with a sense of compassion and respect for the reader which will disarm all your assumptions about manga. As such it may challenge it's target audience, for whom I wouldn't presume to speak. If you'd appreciate something to remove the lingering, cloying smell of Potter, H and his ilk from your nostrils then I'd say you can't do much better than this. A masterpiece and one of my great discoveries of the year, decade, whatever.
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By Deborah, on 18 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
I've only read this volume so far, and I just cannot wait to get the next! Definitely my new favourite!
The character depth it goes into - for so many different characters, and in such a short amount of time - is brilliant, I already feel for each character! It touches on some pretty 'odd' issues, and handles them superbly, and it even scared me in some places too!
The artwork, is a different review entirely - it is just too beautiful for words. The dream sequences will have your heart pounding, and all together leaves you wanting to know more about everything.

I've ranted and raved enough, I think, hehe. I just couldn't resist!
I'm shocked nobody's reviewed this yet.
I'd be even more shocked if you brought this, and weren't impressed.
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By Mr. D. Ryan on 23 Sept. 2009
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I love manga my favourite two are deathnote and Claymore. I bought After school nightmare on a whim I didn't read the plot I just liked the cover art sometimes manga is worth buying for the art work alone.

I read this last night after reading the blurb I was some what skeptical however I'm glad I gave it a try.

It does touch on some deep topics and is probably more aimed at females than males even so I quite licked it, it is deep and haunting and the art is superb.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Same story, different twist 27 Oct. 2006
By Shukaku - Published on
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After School Nightmare is an interesting mix of typical teenage confusion with the unique twists of a Twilight Zone episode. The premise of the story is that Ichijou Mashiro's elite high school has one particular class that is required for students to graduate. A graduation that is possible even for a freshman, provided that they can pass this class. What is the class? Basically it is a foray into the human mind. This is accomplished by each student within a small group delving into a shared nightmare. Within this nightmare each student sees and will have seen their true self, the scars of their pasts, and their worst nightmares. This sounds simple in theory, but if one thinks on it for awhile it could truly be a horrible experience. There are always pieces of our pasts and fragments of ourselves that we would never wish others to see. For Mashiro-kun, unfortunately, this means that his fellows classmates find out that "he" is also a "she". No, this is not a simple case of cross-dressing. From the waist up Mashiro-kun is a male, from the waist down a female. Definately not your garden variety problem. At least, not on the surface. In all actuality, Mashiro-kun is facing the ever important question of "Who am I? What am I?" and in some ways more importantly "What do I want?" These are questions that invaribly other characters within the story will face. And these characters are definately interesting. As is the triangle forming between Mashiro-kun, Kureha-chan, and Sou-kun. In the end, this story may be dipping into familar waters but it is certainly being done with an enjoyable flair.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Keep reading! Its more than it appears... 6 Aug. 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Until the last two volumes of this series, I had no idea why I was reading it. The characters and their relationships all seem so shallow. The school setting seems so strange and doesn't seem to fit into the world around it--like others have said it really does have a twilight zone feel! But I was having a slow few days and was still mildly interested in the "omg-who-ends-with-up-who?!?!111!" so I finished reading all ten volumes.

For anyone who's started reading and is uncertain about continuing, please finish reading the series! There is an incredibly interesting and unexpected revelation in the last volume, that makes it well worth finishing. I honestly loved it. I promise there is much more to After School Nightmare than sexual tension--it becomes much deeper in, I repeat, a VERY unexpected way (although the author states in the end that many subtle hints are splattered throughout the series). The Twilight Zone feel has much more to it than the after school class, and is explained in the end. I won't say much more, because I don't want to spoil the ending, but I'll also add not to worry about the incest another reader mentioned. It becomes much more than it appears.

For me, the concept of this story deserves five stars, but its execution pulls it down to four. I found the relationships in the series very shallow...not enough character development.

While there are reasons for these flaws which become clear later (in my opinion, they are still flaws), the author does little to hold attention until then. The foreshadowing in the series could have been not-so-subtle, to make it clear to the reader that there really is more coming.

Still, all-in-all a very interesting manga, set in an environment far beyond the typical shoujo high school setting. And the "after school" class is just the tip of the iceburg there! Definitely enjoyable and more than worth the read. I plan on rereading!
After School Nightmare 10 Mar. 2013
By Lauren Johnson - Published on
Format: Paperback
As Ichijou Mashiro's hard kept secret is revealed to his classmates, Mashiro's dream world is turned upside down. The after-hours class Mashiro signs up for is not at all what he expects it to be. Passing the class is his only chance of graduation and the horrors he finds there are only the beginnings to the mysteries yet to be revealed.

This dark series is filled with controversial and emotional issues that take the reader on a journey through what the characters are feeling and what they experience. There is always some sort of twists throughout causing the reader to re-think about the issues involved.

Interesting concept to say the least! The story itself invokes a creepy mysterious concept taking place throughout the school. I was impressed with the complexities of the students and situations involved throughout the series. Reading this series the author does an amazing job of making the reader feel the characters pain and suffering.

Note: This review was completed after reading volumes 1-10.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Another awesome work of Go! Comi.. 4 May 2007
By HatsumiShinogu - Published on
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book because the publisher is Go! Comi and I am a big fan of their other works. I didn't read it right away but when I did, I was astonished and surprised to find myself sucked into the book and the story. It is the story of Mashiro who is both a male and female but since his lower part is that of a female, then some might see him as a girl more than a guy.

The love triangle of Mashiro, Sou, and Kureha is the best part and I totally root for Mashiro and Sou.

I am so looking forward to get my hands on the third volume and hopefully there will be another kiss between Mashiro and Sou.

Good job, Go! Comi and congratulations for the nomination of the After School Nightmare for the 2007 Eisner Award!
This series is amazing. The art is to die for while still ... 13 Dec. 2014
By ToasterPuppy - Published on
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This series is amazing. The art is to die for while still being like classical paintings with hidden meaning. This is plot and comic done right. Their is no way this story can be told in any other form [though I would not protest a anime]
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