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The Drifting Classroom Vol. 1: The Drifting Classroom, Volume 1

The Drifting Classroom Volume 1

The Drifting Classroom, Volume 1
In the aftermath of a strange earthquake, an entire elementary school vanishes, leaving nothing but a hole in the ground. While parents mourn and authorities investigate, the students and teachers find themselves somewhere far away...somewhere cold and dark... a lifeless, nightmarish wasteland in which their school stands like a lone fortress. As panic turns to terror, as the rules start to fall apart, a sixth-grade boy named Sho and his friends must fight to survive in an alien world...
Kazuo Umezu
195 Pages
$6.99

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The Drifting Classroom Vol. 2: The Drifting Classroom, Volume 2

The Drifting Classroom, Volume 2

The Drifting Classroom Vol. 2

Madness takes hold as the teachers and students realize they are stranded in a lifeless world! Sekiya, the cafeteria worker, takes control of the school's food supplies, enforcing his authority with a gun. As the adults start to kill one another, sixth-grader Sho makes a startling discovery--the truth of where they are and what has happened to them. Soon, Sho and his classmate Nishi are forced to venture into the wasteland beyond the school gates...and choose between a slow death from hunger or a quick death at a killer's hands...
188 Pages
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