On a day like any other, Shouta Amano plans to confess his feelings to his crush, Koharu Saeki. However, he receives a strange text about something called the "Friends-Eater Game," informing him that he has a "healthy status" and that his antidote is someone's fingers.
He assumes it is just a prank, but later discovers that his entire class received the same message, including Koharu. Later, Koharu calls him to the roof, and she reveals that her message was a bit different than the rest: she has an "infected status"—and her antidote is Shouta's fingers. The two of them brush off this strange development, and Shouta uses the moment to confess to her... only to have her die brutally in front of him a few seconds later.
Realizing that Koharu's death was caused by not heeding the orders of the message, Shouta and his classmates must play the Friends-Eater Game and follow every horrifying command within the time limit, or face a gruesome death.
Friends-eater classroom is a complete mess of a manga. I would not recommend reading this at all. If you want to read it just because there are some gore scenes, skip it. There are other gore mangas that do it a lot better.
I was actually surprised to see that the manga subverted some expectations and had some twists to the usual clichés of the genre. I would have loved it a lot if the execution wasn't that atrocious. The manga suffers from a weird pacing issue: even as the game progresses, you can't really sense a "progression" in the story. Characters behave the same
way in game 15 as they did in game 3.
The artist does a decent job, but that's all there is to it. Characters have a pretty generic look and the gore is ok.
Jesus christ this is bad. This is really bad. A student sees another student that they really like dying right in front of them and they're a-ok in the next day. The characters feel so unrealistic that it alienates us the readers quite a lot.
Eh, it could be worse.
I definitely don't recommend it. Skip this one.
Tomogui Kyoshitsu is... bad. I was looking for another word to describe it but that's the only thing I think of when remembering how reading this manga felt like.
The story? Nonsensical, cliched for the genre (what is up with the 'king's game'-like manga, anyway?) and absolutely disgusting. This is coming from someone who enjoys gore. I'm trying not to spoil it much, but there was NO NEED whatsoever for certain things to happen to the female characters. It wasn't done in a decent or meaningul manner and was clearly there to shock the reader and attempt to make the manga seem darker than it already
The pacing is dreadful and all over the place. One chapter the characters go around talking to each other about nothing and in the next one so much happens that you can barely understand wtf is going on.
Art? It's okay. It seems like the poor artist who had to draw this mess didn't write the story at least. It was pretty average.
Characters? My god. They are awfully written and developed. The main lead has as much personality as a sack of potatoes, and guess what? For some reason everyone is in love with him! Almost every guy is a douchebag who may or may not end up sexually assaulting the female students and said girls' personality amounts to feeling jealously over one another or, you guessed it, liking a guy and thinking about said guy. That's what most of them amount to. Jesus christ.
My enjoyment was almost null if it wasn't for the fact that this is so, so bad, I had a bit of a laugh reading it. Who approved this? Which poor sods had to publish this? I felt sorry for them.
Overall, if you like enjoying things and having a good time reading manga, skip this immediately. If you're a poor soul who read this out of curiosity like me, then godspeed, my friend. Godspeed.
Let me start off by saying this manga is not for everyone. There are so many things this manga has:
-Lots of death
-All around carnage
My full rating for this a solid 9/10
The first chapter starts off as any other survival game horror manga would. Nothing thrown at you, YET. As the plot progresses in the first chapter, we meet our first game and first death. Now this method of death was insane. By far it was the most unique death I have seen in horror lately. It blew my mind.
The story progresses at a nice pace. While it isn't the most perfect one, it is
very consistent. The game doesn't derail. The story doesn't automatically shift into this whole spectacle about the villain and who's to blame. The one thing that does change it is the last chapters where the last few survivors face against this new threat.
What the story does is continue off each chapter like a flowing river. There are no real hang ups. Each character gets a back story (not all, but once you read it, you'll understand). Then, at the end, the true mastermind is not what or who you expect. The one thing I truthfully can confirm is that the deaths truly pack a punch. Some are shocking, while some are more.. well deserved.
All in all, this is one manga that you should read if you can stomach dark themes.
-Interesting characters/minor development
-No shortage of pulled punches
it's not the game you think it will be
-The art is pretty nice
-The story kind of goes to sh*t in the last few chapters (except the last one)
-Characters feel bland at times
-The new threat felt too rushed and brought in way too late
-The explanation for certain things can be... annoying
-Definitely not the story for you if you can't handle dark themes
This manga here my friends is pure SHIT! I usually have easy going mind and always try to find something enjoyable, no matter how disgusting a story might become but this here, just broke my shit scale!
1. No character development.
2. Full of plot holes.
3. The world seems so unreal that even tho there was a killing the previous day, the school started out normally like it's pretty common for this kind of things to happen on school premises. It's not like they got transfer to some other world because there was shown a police response at one crime scene.
4. No Enjoyment whatsoever.