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Synonyms: Aphorism Dainibu, Aphorism Part 2
Japanese: アホリズム
English: Aphorism
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Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: May 18, 2010 to ?
Genres: Action Action, Fantasy Fantasy, Horror Horror, Supernatural Supernatural, Suspense Suspense
Themes: Psychological Psychological, School School
Serialization: Gangan Online
Authors: Kujo, Karuna (Story & Art)


Score: 7.261 (scored by 49894,989 users)
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Ranked: #52472
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Popularity: #1158
Members: 15,945
Favorites: 140

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Naraka High School lies above the clouds on a floating island over the bustling streets of the Saitama district. Graduating from this prestigious academy can improve one's social status, and anyone who is able to see the school after applying has been accepted as a student. Such is the case for Momiji Rokudou, who views this as his big chance for a fresh start and a new purpose.

Upon arrival, students are asked to write down a word of their choice that they will use later on. On his right arm, Momiji writes the kanji for "change." Unfortunately, the change he awaits becomes a nightmare when the school is flooded with monsters, killing those unfortunate enough to get in their way. Momiji and his fellow classmates must now survive the neverending hordes of beasts in order to graduate from this hellish institution; who said high school was going to be easy?

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Aphorism originally ended with 14 volumes and 84 chapters (81+ 3 side stories) on January 28, 2016. Serialization resumed on March 21, 2022 under the title "Aphorism Dainibu" (アホリズム第弐部). The chapter count was reset to 1, but the volume count continued with 15.

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

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Aug 16, 2013
Preliminary (49/? eps)
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.
Mar 12, 2010
Preliminary (2/? eps)
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, ...
Sep 26, 2022
Preliminary (60/? eps)
The author just does not care. It starts out full of promise, mystery, and neat if not typical characters, and decent story progression. It's a horror/mystery/shounen which was quite rare in the day, and somehow still isn't that popular even after Attack on Titan and Death Note. the premise is pretty interesting, the setting is interesting, but midway through it completely runs out of steam.

The broad strokes of it are that the author just seems to have run out of interest, or possibly ran out of ideas but it got popular enough the author felt the need to continue it. Chapters become 1/3rd of ...

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