School-Live! Volume 5 Review

Author: Norimitsu Kaihou

Art: Sadoru Chiba

English Publisher: Yen Press

English Release: November 22 2016.

The pattern I mentioned in my last review has been broken! Only because the anime didn’t make it this far so if you watched the anime like I did this volume should be entirely new content for you. This volume takes place over a relatively short period of time, but that certainly doesn’t mean it is slow.

We start off with the group noticing a helicopter in the area that crash lands in the school yard. Kurumi and Miki rush out to see how the pilot is and a fire breaks out separating them into two groups with Yuki and Yuuri having to make it through the burning building and Kurumi with Miki in a field of fire and zombies.

I’m curious if Norimitsu-sensei would be willing to kill off one of our main four. Yuuri has yet another mental breakdown in this volume that Yuki is able to pull her out of but what will happen when Yuki isn’t there? I also found a certain scene in chapter 29 really impactful. While I don’t want to get into it exact Yuki repeats her monologue, altered a bit, from the first chapter in an entirely different context, both for the reader and Yuki and it almost seems out of place but it works really well.

One final thing is something weird about the cover. Miki is wearing an eye-patch which I thought would be relevant for the entire novel as the cover foreshadowing before was usually quite subtle but she didn’t get it until near the end. Maybe it would have been better to have drawn the cover with her eye hidden somehow but you can see the straps for it or something.

The girl from the anime didn’t make an appearance in this volume but looking at how this volume ends (and the fact we’re about to catch were the manga would have been in Japan when the anime ended) I’m pretty certain she’ll be in the next volume, at least the very end. I liked this volume a lot, I’m curious if next volume will be a little slower as we’ve had some pretty action packed releases in a row now.

Written by: Conor

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