Fujisawa Ayana was horribly bullied at school. At first, she tried to defend herself, but she soon learned to just stay quiet and wait for the pain to end. However, the bullying escalated one day, when someone pushed her into traffic. At the hospital, as she recovered, she suddenly realized that even if she didn't fight back, her classmates were probably going to eventually kill her.
From this realization, she soon decided that the only path left was for her to take revenge. Her new plan included the students who bullied her, those who stood aside and laughed, and those who did nothing to make it stop. She began gathering notes on her classmates, planning exactly what she could do to make each of their lives collapse. While some of the students really seemed to deserve their fate, her plan also included classmates that she used to count as close friends...
After stumbling upon this series and seeing a couple of pages I decided to check it out because it looked gory and the name sounded interesting. It's a good thing that I didn't expect much, because that's just about what I got. This is one of the edgiest manga I have ever read.
The story revolves around the main character who is bullied for whatever reason by various classmates. It's not really explained, she's just really bulliable I suppose. She holds no dislikable qualities, and hasnt done anything to harbor any ill feelings from her classmates. She passively takes it until she's nearly killed by
being pushed into traffic. This enlightening experience pushes her punish all of her classmates, whether involved in her bullying or bystanders, thus the name "Revenge Classroom".
The main character uses various methods to ruin the lives of those around her and destroy the class. She wrecks her classmates socially, psychologically, and physically. One surprising thing is the list of targets excludes her teachers and school staff. You know, people who directly observe school issues and have the authority to deal with it. But somehow the girl so passive about her bullying is now decides to go after those who were as powerless to save her as she was to save herself in the start. Her first realization after getting hit by the car was "kill or be killed" but screw that let's take everyone out whether they intend to harm you or not.
The characters are just plot devices to drive the edginess of the story. There is nothing here. Everyone's crazy, an asshole, incompetent, or a coward, actively screwing themselves over.
The art conveys what it needs to in no exceptional fashion. Not terrible, not good either. Fails to convey emotion and is unappealing
Will prove to be the manga's only redeeming quality. There is some entertainment to be had in the crazy events of the novel, but they'll grow old quickly because the story backing it is so weak and nonsensical. The main character hatches various plan and is maniacally manipulative which may hold reader's interest and serve as the main reason to read
I'm not going further because the manga just loses it's appeal. And when translations take time that becomes a huge issue. If the whole thing was done I may have finished it to see how everything turned out. Dumb fun at best, this is nothing to look to deep into.
So, what is revenge classroom about?
Well, that's simple. It's about revenge.
I haven't really seen many manga or anime that do this.
They take someone who's been bullied, and in this case, the protagonist, Ayana, is consistently raped and stolen from, among other things.
And then, she's almost killed when pushed in front of a car.
And what does she decide to do?
Ruin the lives of everyone in her classroom. Gather information, and put plans into motion. Simple, yet the sheer anticipation kept me hooked in the story.
It's strangely invigorating, watching Ayana plan and execute her revenge.
The art fits the story and genres of the story extremely
well. Ayana just has that sort of "Hey, I might be insane!" Kind of atmosphere. But, when the characters need to, they look cute. The artist also isn't afraid to show blood or death scenes.
So, again, the art fits the tone if the story extremely well.
The characters are one of the reasons that I can't put this damn manga down, even with only 10 chapters currently out.
So, there's the main character, Ayana, who I've already explained.
Then there's her two sidekicks.
Ai, who is almost as demented as Ayana.
And the other one, who's simply trying to support his family.
The targets of Ayana's revenge are also well-done.
There's hardly a single one that's one-dimensional.
From a girl oppressed by her parents to a pair of suggestedly homosexual Highschool prostitutes, they're all captivating.
This was a diamond in the rough moment for me.
If it wasn't obvious from the way I went on about it, I really, really, enjoy this manga.
It's an amazing manga with so much to offer.
If you're looking for a good psychological story, give this a try. I can guarantee that you won't regret it.
I don't usually write reviews for ongoing series, especially not so early on, but I feel I should make an exception for the sake of giving this manga a good early analysis. Also, a fair warning, if this review seems excessively long, feel free to skip to "Summary."
I originally found this manga through a series randomizer. This one popped up and I noticed it's genres included "horror" and "psychological," so I thought that I may as well give it a try, seeing as my first impression based on the synopsis and picture painted this manga as a good, enjoyable, dark manga, and in many ways
I was spot on. But, as always, first impressions, especially those you form before you even begin to read a manga, are sometimes false.
Ayana is bullied, hard. Not the normal type where it's a couple kids just teasing someone. Not the teen drama bullying here. We're talking full on physical, psychological, and emotion torture. The other students in her class ostracize, physically abuse, and even rape her, as well as steal her belongings, on a regular basis. So, one day, while waiting on a crosswalk, she is pushed (presumably by one of her classmates) right in front of a car and is nearly killed as a result. This incident, however, awakens a demon inside her called revenge. She wants revenge against every student in her class, including those who stood by and watched as she was constantly abused.
Now, in terms of originality, this story is something very fresh in a stale setting, the classroom setting. The mangaka forces the most extreme case of bullying into a lax school setting and sees what would result. I think it's safe to say that, if executed properly, this manga could become a very interesting, well paced, well thought-out series that could compete even with the higher tiered manga. However, now we run into the trouble of the execution of this original idea, and that is where we run into our first problem, believe-ability. It's difficult to imagine that a case of bullying as extreme as this could exist. Our human nature tells us that we would ideally care for all of those around us, or, by social contract, "pretend" to care for the sake of the relationships we selfishly desire. The story does NOT contradict either of these ideas. The bullies constantly unite against a single individual with the expectation of improving their social standing or, at least, to not be associated with that individual and hold their social standing. The primary issue isn't the believe-ability of the situation that Ayana is in, it is how the situation escalated to the level it is. Basically, why is she being bullied "so hard" and how did it begin in the first place? This question has yet to be answered (which doesn't mean it will not be later on). That is the primary detriment this manga has on me so far
As with many mangas, the artwork is phenomenal. It can be both aesthetically pleasing and horrifying. This especially enforces the tone the manga tries to invoke. The character designs also reveal a bit about the characters themselves, some of their motives behind their actions, and their social standing.
I do want to mention specifically the character design of Ayana. She is designed very well to look like both, a normal student (albeit, a lonely one) and, what I like to call, a being of vengeance. This gives her a two-way contrast from the rest of her class.
As I mention in the "Art" section, the characters, while occasionally having little (for lack of an appropriate word) screen time, are shown well in attitude and behavior, as well as their hidden motives being able to be analyzed through their designs, facial expressions, and subtle actions.
As stated before through my first impression, this manga looked like an interesting and enjoyable read. I could just watch a girl get revenge against one classmate after another until only she remains on top. This was a misjudgment on my part. While her aim is to get revenge against her classmates, one after another, there are consequences for her actions, and for her classmates' actions. This is probably my favorite quality that makes this manga shine, in my eyes.
This manga is more cerebral than one may first notice. Each character can be analyzed through a lot of their qualities and actions, and, while the premise may seem unbelievable in terms of the extent of the characters' actions, it is very real.
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I really, really enjoyed this manga. By the time I reached the latest chapter -- chapter nine as of currently -- I was nearly bouncing off the wall with adrenaline and demands for more.
Such 'revenge against bullies' type manga often has this effect. Really, it's essentially their purpose. Our hero achieves 'justice' against despicable people and, in the process, makes the readers feel good that 'bad people' get their due punishment and the bullied gets a sense of closure.
Fukushuu Kyoushitsu is exceptionally good at this for a few reasons, but first and foremost is that the main hero, Ayana, uses her smarts rather than a
sword to administer justice in a 'reap what you sow' sort of way. That is she often uses the vices of her bullies in order to get them punished.
This is a surprising good method to go about it. To begin, it teaches you what her bullies did to her and, simultaneously, also introduces their method of downfall. From then on, you're left wondering how she will utilize their vice in order to bring them down. It also helps that 'feel good' feeling because you're seeing people sort of bring about their own downfall (even if Ayana does help things along).
The manga does have its flaws. The issue, I think, is that it doesn't weave its subplots well.
For example, shortly after her revenge begins, a series of 'revelations' begin happening. This is expected and normal, but the author doesn't go about it very well. The revelations would have us believe in things that, frankly, seems contradictory/absurd/overly convenient in the context of what happened. If the revelations were to be believe, then had Ayana just waited a week or two, then things would have completely turned around for her. Bullying stopped, possibly a new boyfriend, and etc. Really?
The manga is also building up some other subplots that hasn't gotten far, but it already has that 'conspiracy' vibe going on. It remains to be seen how well the author does it, but I'm not confident so far.
Still, for what it's worth, Fukushuu Kyoushitsu has been a really fun manga to read and I do recommend it. The subplots are enough of a background then that its nonsensical progress won't be a real distraction to the fun of the main plot.