3.962 out of 5 from 124 votes
Mishima is a salary man who's constantly away from his wife and child due to his grueling, overtime-heavy job. After being stuck in the office on the eve of his son's birthday, Mishima boards the train with remorse and ponders his life. Before he can return home, however, a 7.0 earthquake strikes, crippling the train and leaving its passengers helpless. Mishima now finds himself as the appointed leader of a group of survivors who want nothing more than to stay alive. Together, they will try to make their way to the surface, but starvation, cave-ins and other fatal obstacles stand in their way...
The world is never quite the same once we grow up. Villains and robots that once ran rampant in our imaginations are reduced to drawings in Manga, and our lives are distilled until there is little left but the daily grind; so it has been for Kenji. After a childhood of dreams he now runs his late father's liquor store and is raising his sister's child. The memories and friends from his early years bring him some happiness, but they become tainted as a string of murders find connections to his past. Kenji and his friends must now fight to save the future from their past and unravel the mystery of "Friend."
On a day like any other day, Shou, his classmates and the entire elementary school were mysteriously transported to a barren wasteland filled with terror. There's no food or water, nothing in sight but an endless desert in all directions, and both the students and teachers are so terrified that they are rioting, murdering, and falling victim to their fears. With no idea of how they got there or how they'll survive, these students must work together and set forth into the unknown to discover the truth of their circumstances.
While Drifting Classroom is more of a horror, and Metro Survive a thriller, both are very suspenseful survival stories of the best kind. If you liked how these manga portrayed how people react differently to tense situations, and how there were constantly plans being made for survival, don't hesitate to give the other a try!
Two people who used to know each other in middle school – Jin, a university student and would-be TV anchorman; and Nanako, a gothic lolita who lives only for her favorite band – meet one day in Odaiba by chance. However, their unlikely reunion is shattered with the advent of a powerful earthquake that decimates Tokyo. Now, in order to survive, the two travel together through the ruins, death and carnage, encountering tragedy and hardships at every turn.
Hands down, Metro Survive and 51 Ways are the two most realistic survival manga I've read. Metro Survive takes place more on a small scale with a group stuck in a subway while 51 Ways plays out a lot more like the anime title Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, but both are filled with horrific discoveries and tragedy, and focus on how to survive hour by hour after such a terrible disaster.
A boy awakens on a desert island, unable to remember how he got there. He found the remains of a lifeboat with a few days’ worth of food, a survival kit, clothes and a trip schedule. Luckily, he soon discovers that one of his classmates, Chika, also is on the island. Together, the two catch fish, build a raft and try their best to survive and wait for help – not to mention try to remember how they came to be on the island.
Unlike most other survival manga which tend to be based on supernatural or fantastical plot points, Metro Survive and Let's Lagoon focus on realism (for all of MS, and at least for the current 5 chapters I've read of Let's Lagoon). If you're into realistic survival, definitely check out these titles.
Metro Survive and Meteor focus on a group of people who must survive an apocalyptic scenario (earthquakes or meteors). Each is devoid of supernatural elements (at least, up to the 2nd vol of Meteor) and focus more on the human factor of survival, loyalties, betrayals, etc. The main difference being Meteor is sub-par, and Metro Survive is fantastic.