Hyouryuu Kyoushitsu
The Drifting Classroom
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Hyouryuu Kyoushitsu

Alternative Titles

English: The Drifting Classroom
Japanese: 漂流教室


Type: Manga
Volumes: 11
Chapters: 44
Status: Finished
Published: 1972 to 1974
Genres: MysteryMystery, HorrorHorror, Sci-FiSci-Fi, ShounenShounen
Authors: Umezu, Kazuo (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Sunday


Score: 7.521 (scored by 33673,367 users)
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Ranked: #23702
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Popularity: #967
Members: 11,220
Favorites: 189
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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.


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Aug 10, 2013
tlne (All reviews)
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 read more
Jul 23, 2016
bIGgUMBLE (All reviews)
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 read more
Dec 26, 2007
InformationGeek (All reviews)
I really enjoy this manga, The Drifting Classroom. Heck, it’s my favorite of all the manga I read. But! That, however, will not affect my review of this series. Even though I like it, I will deliver a totally honest review about it.


We have a lot of disaster manga in the past such as Dragon Head or Eden that deal with the end of the world or a certain place and the characters must find a way to survive the area that they live in. This series is no different and that’s why I don’t give it a 10, but read more
Dec 31, 2019
Takunoshibooks (All reviews)
I am a huge horror fan--movies, manga, anime, TV shows, you name it. I am personally a huge gore fan though, I love the true horror, gore-filled, gross type of depiction in a show haha... but this is definitely for those who do not want to see all the blood or gore, this is a timeless horror classic that's not overly gross or gory by no means, almost any age could read it. So if you don't want a "scare" but want to read some horror, this is definitely for you. At least try out some chapters if anything, and I say chapterS because it read more

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