Framed and convicted of murder, Yoshiaki Maeda has just arrived at Shouran Academy Juvenile Detention Center. He is placed in Cell 4 and is soon greeted by his fellow inmates Gou Iwakura, Masafumi Yoshioka, and Mitsuru Yamanoi, all of whom have been detained on varying charges and sentences. Already believing life to be laden with misfortunes, Yoshiaki finds, to his dismay, that the prison is in the midst of a violent power struggle.
However, things are about to get even worse—little do the inmates and employees know that the outside world has been thrown into chaos by a sudden zombie apocalypse, and a van carrying infected humans has just crashed into the prison, abruptly introducing them to the undead threat.
Apocalypse no Toride was serialized in Shounen Rival until its discontinuance in June 2014 (2014-07). The last twelve chapters of the series were published on Kodansha's Shin Zasshi Kenkyuujou website from August 19, 2014 to August 4, 2015.
The series has been simultaneously published in English as Fort of Apocalypse by Crunchyroll since October 30, 2013. Kodansha Comics USA released the series in e-book format from November 3, 2015 to January 12, 2016.
I think this is the best of the 'zombie' mangas out there. The zombies evolve in really cool ways and there is more plot than just survive from one new area to the next one with no new information. There are some boring zombie cliches but also unique twists to this story. There some some strong bonds like a father/child and a huge bromance. The artwork is amazing but gory.
The story feels really incomplete. There are no answers to several very important questions. There was a final boss fight but I still felt like the story could have continued.
While starting to read this manga, I was blown away. It was fresh, unique. Not the zombie genre, but its take on it. It was edgy, but it wasn't trying to. Everything about it was my cup of tea. It was obvious that the author was planning this as a semi-long series. Unfortunately, it was axed since it wasn't that popular. Making the ending abrupt and not fully conclusive. If it wasn't for that, I probably would have given this a 9 or maybe even a 10.
TL;DR Manga was amazing at first but ending was shit since it was cut short.
I haven't read many manga but this one is certainly one of the best.
It is very enjoyable and suspenseful.
The story seems simple, A boy gets sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit and a zombie attack hits the prison and he has to survive as well with the other inmates. What I liked about the story was that the zombies had different species and looked different than your average zombie to make it more interesting. It was very suspenseful and at times you don't know what's going to happen.
The art was great. The zombies were really gory and realistic looking which
I liked and the character designs were nice as well.
You've got your average characters that you see in other manga/anime. The pussy, the badass,the smart one, and cocky guy. The thing I liked about the characters was that it showed their personalities and their past to know them better. Even some of the supporting characters had some development. But overall the characters were decent but not the best.
I really enjoyed this manga. I would stay up late reading this just to find out what happens on the next chapter. The zombies and characters were really interesting. Not all may like it but at least give it a try.
Their may be some flaws of this manga but I really enjoyed it and that is all that matters. I really recommend it to people who like the horror/psychological genre. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Apocalypse no Toride (Fort of Apocalypse) is definitely one of the best manga series I've read. It's packed with action, gore, interesting characters, a bit of fan dis-service, a bit of fan service, and a good storyline.
A good old zombie thriller. The zombie apocalypse starts and the characters have to find a way to survive. The setting starts at a juvenile detention center, but travels across different parts of Japan, giving glimpses of how the world has changed due to the apocalypse.
The plot progression is pretty good, too. It goes at a steady, but quick pace, bringing new information to the reader
with each arc. The only complaint would be how each arc is so conveniently timed. The moment they solve one problem, the next one pops up. Realistically, I would think that these problems crop up in the middle of each other... But I give in to the suspension of belief.
The plot gets rather creative as the story goes on as well. It's a zombie series so it's a matter of shooting the undead and trying to survive, but this series gives a number of nice twists and turns as it goes.
The characters' decisions are believable as well. They match realistically with their personalities. "That is such an idiotic thing to do during an apocalypse!" ...well, he's an impulsive character who likes getting the last laugh so that makes sense.
How do you know that this is a main character??! Well, if they are good looking...
Inabe Kuze's art is gorgeous. From the characters to the scenery to the zombies to the weapons, all of it is amazing. The pretty boys and the pretty girl are all eye candy. The action scenes are smooth and the gore is well done. Occasionally, I question if someone with a snapped neck would move like that, but I imagine there are very few references for that out there.
But yea, the fanservice- pretty boys and girl
The fan dis-service- the zombies. ...The wonderfully terrifying abominations that will haunt me in my sleep.
The four main characters are well done. They're well fleshed out and hints of their hidden sides are shown early on. Unfortunately, what the author seemed to have traded in for character exploration was character development. There's not much of it throughout the series. It was, understandably, more of an action series than a psychological one. However, we do get to see how the main character goes from wimpy to badass.
Also included in my character rating are the zombies. The designs are creative, unlike the average slow moving, grunting zombies seen in movies. For a particular group of zombies, it was so terrifying that I simply stared at it in shock for several minutes. Maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but the shock was definitely there.
This was ultimately a very enjoyable series. There were heartbreaking and hilarious moments alike. And, of course, the terrifying zombie apocalypse moments! It ultimately loses out on a point from me simply because the story as a whole didn't feel complete. It felt like there was a lot more left to explore, but the author chose to end it where it was.
Repeat from above on enjoyment.
It felt like a roller coaster ride of a story, but the rest of the amusement park was left unexplored.