Everything begins at a high school where a normal student, Akira Takashiro, is getting ready for a basketball game against his friend Eiji Kudo, the winner will ask a girl out. When he goes to get a ball there’s a very strong earthquake and he loses conscious, when he wakes up he realizes the school is full of monsters eating people, he joins those who have survived and escape in search of a safe place, just to see the monsters are everywhere and there’s no place to hide.
From the first moment this manga looks like another sports manga of two friends who are fighting to
be the star of the team and for the same girl, but soon it becomes in a horror story full of unexpected moments, of people trying to survive and get answers of what’s happening. As the story advances we get to know more survivors and their stories of what they were doing when all started, some of them are ready to help and others are already mad thinking they can beat the monsters by themselves. In the last numbers the story becomes in something weird, with special stormtroopers looking for monsters to take to laboratories to study them, or people who has been infected by the monsters and now they’re one with them, but never trying to help survivors to get to a safe place.
This manga becomes very repetitive like the author was running out of ideas after the first three or four issues. On the other hand, the design of the characters is really good and especially from those places of Tokyo we always see on pictures like Shibuya, Shinjuku or Akihabara. But not from the monsters, although there are plenty of them, you can see this is not the author’s specialty, let’s say they’re “simple” in the way they look, like those monsters seen in the Japanese films of the 1960’s and 1970’s.
I have to say the author and artist, Shingo Honda, has made a very good job after all, make something alone like a manga on thirteen issues has a lot of merit. Don’t expect to find as scary as other mangas because the story is in some way predictable.