Ranked #1788

Aphorism (Manga)


Alternative Titles

English: Aphorism
Synonyms: Ahorism
Japanese: アホリズム


Type: Manga
Volumes: 14
Chapters: 84
Status: Finished
Published: May 18, 2010 to Jan 28, 2016
Authors: Kujo, Karuna (Story & Art)
Serialization: Gangan Online


Score: 7.751 (scored by 2899 users)
Ranked: #17882
Popularity: #527
Members: 8,616
Favorites: 114
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Nara Shika High School, is a seemingly normal school. However, unknown to the public is the cruel truth of what really goes on in the school's halls. Rather than studying, students are forced to struggle for their very survival. And the strong bonds of friendship may be the only difference between life and death.

(Source: MU)


Aphorism has been published digitally in English by Yen Press since November 24, 2015.


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Mar 12, 2010
This is more of an expansion on the synopsis rather than a true review since I've only read the first couple of chapters due to the translations being so recent. However, I hope with my "review" I can add some information that might intrigue others to read this so-far-so-good series. ^-^

As previously stated, the story is based in a high school setting where the students must fight for survival. What we read and learn is that the high school is unknown to the majority of the public due to supernatural forces. If you can see the school floating among the clouds on an island, read more
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Nov 30, 2013
My review might contain some spoiler but I made sure it was minimal that will not affect your enjoyment while reading this manga.

*dual/split personality - Shingetsutan Tsukihime and Samurai Deeper Kyo
*powers given by school - baka to test to shoukanjuu(though this one is more of a comedy harem)
*floating island - Sora no Otoshimono,Date a Live, Magic Knight Rayearth(many animes have this)
*the usage of kanji for a certain power - Rekka no Honoo
*a certain SOMETHING that can only be seen by special persons, and it is above the sky - Virtua Fighter
*a survival theme very similar to SAO, in which you don't kill each other but read more
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Aug 16, 2013
I started it after a search for a good psychological read. Aphorism doesn't have the most original premise--a school of horrors has been done before--but the way the story is carried out, the mix of characters, and overall arcs make it a well done manga.
Aphorism isn't an extremely gory horror, and it has good characters and a good use of their special abilities. The main character isn't amazing, but at least he's likable. Most of the characters are.
Either, it's a good read for a psychological horror.
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Manga: Gantz
Both Aphorism and Gantz have the main idea of surviving against strange beasts/aliens. Both are really bloody and grotesque.  
reportRecommended by InfiniteRhapsody
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A group of people have to fight monsters in order to survive. 
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Students in the school fight each other for survival, but unlike Aphorism, the students in Ware ha Kenou!! are grouped into two. The "King" must find a "sword" that will represent him/her to fight against other teams to claim territories to make their "sword" stronger. 
reportRecommended by xie_anne_22
Manga: Mx0
In both, main lead (male) entered a school they thought was normal, but students there are able to use magic/mysterious power. That's the only similarity. Mx0 is much more light-hearted, students there learn and use magic, and having fun. Aphorism is of serious tone, bloody/gory.. Students entered the school are 'jailed', they are forced to stay in the school until they graduated(if only they could make it), and forced to fight monsters every now and then. Aphorism is really what I called a hidden gem. 
reportRecommended by hokaru
Manga: ənígmə
- In order to survive the cruel life in their school, MC in Aphorism (Momiji Rokudou) and Enigma (Sumio Haiba) has to use their unique powers.
- Both manga deals with unknown supernatural powers that overshadowing the MC and his friends.
- Mysterious accidents and fateful events always occurs within the storyline of both manga.
- The MCs in both manga has a sense of determination and friendship within them and they want to escape from their school along with their friends. 
reportRecommended by Kazumi-
Manga: Kamisama no Iutoori
Blood! Slaughter! Survival! In both manga the students are forced to participate in many life or death trials by a so called God. The god in both stories are mysterious and all powerful and are kind of interested in the main characters. Both main characters has his own unique strength that helps him get through the trials. The trials in both stories are well thought out and exciting.  
reportRecommended by zcigaara

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