Want to scare yourself silly? Then settle down on the couch and read a few chapters of Zekkyou Gakkyuu, a manga illustrated and written by Ishikawa Emi. Personally, I don’t typically read horror manga, mostly because I’m easily scared – just the title screen from a horror movie can send me running for blankets to hide behind. But when a friend recommended me Zekkyou Gakkyuu, I decided to give it a chance. An interesting blend of supernatural and horror, I was completely terrified but couldn’t stop reading.
The many chapters have been rechristened “Screaming Lessons”, and each contains a short supernatural story. Since these are mostly unrelated to one another, it’s easy to put down the manga for a while and pick it back up later. Or, if you’re like me, it’s easy to go “just one more” and keep reading for one more hour. Your instructor, a levitating girl missing the bottom half of her body, introduces you to each lesson, foreshadowing the events to follow.
Each Screaming Lesson contains a small story about a protagonist with a vice – be it ungratefulness, a tendency to gossip, or greediness. These fatal flaws then lead to the main characters’ eventual horrifying downfall as they are punished with supernatural justice.
Zekkyou Gakkyuu makes for a good read, and I’d highly recommend it to those who aren’t easily scared. If you’re like me…I would still recommend it, just keep those blankets close at hand.