Hyouryuu Kyoushitsu
The Drifting Classroom
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Hyouryuu Kyoushitsu

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Japanese: 漂流教室
English: The Drifting Classroom
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 11
Chapters: 44
Status: Finished
Published: 1972 to 1974
Genres: Horror Horror, Mystery Mystery, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Sunday
Authors: Umezu, Kazuo (Story & Art)


Score: 7.421 (scored by 62536,253 users)
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Ranked: #34702
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #784
Members: 21,901
Favorites: 328


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Sixth grader Shou Takamatsu is a troublemaker who refuses to grow up. However, one fateful day, his world is turned upside down, forcing him to quickly mature—or die. When Shou arrives at school that morning, an earthquake of mysterious origin strikes, and the campus is teleported to an empty wasteland, far removed from society. Not only do Shou and his peers face an immediate crisis of food shortage, they must also contend with other problems, including new and dangerous external threats, and rising conflict among the student body. With the adults having a hard time adjusting, Shou finds the immense responsibility to quickly adapt to his new dystopian reality a heavy burden on his small shoulders.

Written by the horror specialist Kazuo Umezu, Hyouryuu Kyoushitsu is regarded as a classic in its genre—a unique blend of the riveting mystery behind the entrapment of Shou and his classmates on the barren, hostile world, and their struggle for survival.

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Hyouryuu Kyoushitsu won the 20th Shogakukan Manga Award in 1975. It received a live-action film adaptation on July 11, 1987, as well as a loosely adapted television drama called Long Love Letter on January 9, 2002.

The series was published in English as The Drifting Classroom by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint from August 15, 2006 to April 15, 2008. It was also published in Spanish by Ponent Mon from October 2008 to August 2010.



Aug 10, 2013
I like horror manga; I generally always do. So it should come as no surprise that I avidly read works by Itou Junji and Kazuo Umezu (the latter of which I will be focusing on), two well-known masters at the horror genre. Works such as Orochi (by Kazuo Umezu) may have an “out-there” kind of premise but the way it seems so natural and tangibly believable is what really scares us. I mean, if the characters act in a similar way we would in a situation (and things go horribly wrong) then we can’t help but feel vulnerable to that fact. The reality of the ...
Jul 7, 2023
Drifting Classroom is an quite amazing science fiction manga. It explores human nature during apocalyptical situations. Like many of the similar stories (The Walking Dead, etc.), the biggest enemies are humans rather than monsters. The science fiction aspect is not perfect, the explanation of a dynamite causing a space time disruption is quite weak. The art is from the 1970s, a little bit different from what we see today but still quite good.

What the manga does best is the feeling of desperation. The atrocities committed by some of the characters are very believable based on the situation. Another aspect I really liked ...
Jul 23, 2016
Mixed Feelings
The Drifting Classroom is a curious horror manga, a story that sets Lord of the Flies in a desert surrounded by nightmares. Children are transported to a wasteland along with their school and the surrounding grounds. Chaos ensues as they negotiate the dread of limited food and water, as sixth grader Sho Takamatsu tries to prevent his fellow students from becoming ravenous animals. First published in 1972, The Drifting Classroom still manages to create an eldritch atmosphere thanks to Kazuo Umezu’s classic manga artwork.

After the first volume gruesome scenes occur nearly every other page, saying far more than poorly translated dialogue. At times it’s ...

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