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Drifting Classroom Perfect Edition Manga Volume 1 (Hardcover)

4 star rating out of 5
4 Reviews
SKU: 9781974709373

Retail Price: $34.99

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About Drifting Classroom Perfect Edition Manga Volume 1 (Hardcover)

The Drifting Classroom Perfect Edition Volume 1 contains volumes 1-4 in a hardcover omnibus format featuring story and art by Kazuo Umezz.

A definitive edition featuring an all-new translation and deluxe hardcover design that reestablishes Kazuo Umezz’s The Drifting Classroom as a timeless horror classic.

In the aftermath of a massive earthquake, a Japanese elementary school is transported into a hostile world where the students and teachers are besieged by terrifying creatures and beset by madness.

Out of nowhere, an entire school vanishes, leaving nothing but a hole in the ground. While parents mourn and authorities investigate, the students and teachers find themselves not dead but stranded in a terrifying wasteland where they must fight to survive.


  • Publisher: VIZ BOOKS
  • Media: Manga
  • Genre: Horror
  • Themes: Supernatural
  • Age Rating: 17+
  • Release Date: 10/15/2019
  • Page Count: 744
  • Dimensional Weight: 3
  • Written Language: English

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Ratings & Reviews

4 reviews

4 star rating out of 5

A Perfect Edition Addition Your Bookshelf Demands!

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This series will definitely wear its age, but it is a beautiful edition, and the great art, at least, is timeless. It is also one of those foundational works that inspired much of the horror manga that follows. The story of an elementary school transported to a desolate landscape may be frightening in concept, but I found a lot of the face-to-the-floor fainting bits (and there are a lot of them) hilarious! The reactions are over-the-top and terrific. This is a very fun read!

5 star rating out of 5

Mmmm.. Excellent!

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What a great purchase. The hardcover is a beautiful part of this edition. The Drifting Classroom is an important part of the Japanese manga/anime culture as it has made an incredible impact towards the culture itself, along with its writers in today's day in age. I admire the author, Kazuo Umezu, for being involved in the force which created said impact. Without titles like this we may not have had the inspiration and drive needed in modern authors to create other wonderful works. For the time period in which it was created, the animation is astounding! Also, Sho reminds me of a younger version of Ganta from Deadman Wonderland.
WARNING - After reading, one may feel some great questions and/or concerns arise, such as, "Why has this title not been adapted into an anime yet?!" or "As if this was created in the early 70's!"

3 star rating out of 5

Great art, lackluster story


As other reviewers stated, this series is a corner stone in the foundation of horror manga as a genre, and the art is beautiful. You can definitely tell where Junji Ito drew inspiration from with the style. The first chapter was a strong start.

All that aside, however, this series is rather dull. It shows its age with misogynistic tropes which added just about nothing to the series. The characters barely have any personality to endear them to the reader, and the deaths feel meaningless. Im a pretty emotional person and i didnt even bat an eye at the numerous scenes of child death. They literally did not matter. If I hadnt bought the whole series on sale, I would have stopped after this volume.

4 star rating out of 5

Japanese Lord of the Flies


To me, this series felt like a sci-fi, Japanese take on Lord of the Flies. I don't mean that to say that the series is wholly derivative, but it does deal with a lot of the same themes. Our child protagonists have to manage survival after being marooned in, let's say, another place. One notable difference from LotF is the inclusion of adult characters, so the added element is who do adults deal with stresses and the unexpected/unexplained in comparison to children.
The art is great (unnerving at times, but that is the goal...). These books are thick, so the hard cover format is welcomed.