Title: After School Nightmare Vol 10
Author: Setona Mizushiro
Publisher: go! comi
May Contain Spoilers
Once again, I am scratching my head at the end of After School Nightmare, wondering if I really get it. I don’t think I do. I’m going to try to write this without giving away too many spoilers, but that is going to be very hard. We’ve come all this way, only to learn that the ending is really just the beginning, and that Mashiro, having struggled with himself, grappling to accept what he really is, must leave everything behind and start all over again.
After Ichijo has finally gained a sense of acceptance, Sou and Kureha are determined to see him graduate. Kureha is especially focused on this task. Kureha has found her courage, and now that she’s set her heart on seeing Mashiro find the key and unlock the door, and nothing will stop her from achieving that goal. She’s come a long way from the terrified shadow that she once was, to the young woman in shining armor. She has discovered her freedom, and now she wants to help Mashiro find his.
Sou has also come a long way. Working through the issues dealing with his sister, he, too, has found freedom from the chains that bound him. With his new strength of will, he wants to help Mashiro find his true happiness, even if that means that Mashiro will graduate without him. Sou finally found his anchor, and he was going to make sure that Mashiro could finally accept himself.
This was a great series, full of twists and turns, and a very unusual cast of characters. Everyone had enormous personal issues to deal with, whether they wanted to admit they had a problem or not. After a very rocky start, the three main characters meshed together, becoming stronger and more accepting of themselves because of their friendship. Weird and wonderful, this was an intriguing series from start to finish.
Rated for Older Teen
Review copy provided by go! comi