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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.
Akira Sengoku and his class were traveling home from a field trip aboard Flight 357 when the plane mysteriously crashed, leaving them stranded on a hostile, prehistoric island. In this place, extinct and colossal animals run wild, quickly devouring many of the survivors and leaving the rest to fight for their lives. Alongside his childhood friend Rion and other classmates, Akira will struggle to survive in this impossible place against all odds.
Drifting Classroom and Eden no Ori are two peas in a pod, differentiated only by the amount of ecchi in Eden no Ori, and the decades apart their release dates are. Both involve a class of students being thrust into a strange new world seemingly at random, slowly getting devoured or destroyed in some fashion. Horror and violence abound in both - fans of one would definitely like the other, though I really was not a fan of all the ecchi in Eden no Ori.
On one hand, you have a group of young whippersnappers trying to survive in a desolate wasteland after the decline of humanity, wrought with monsters and danger. On the other hand, you have teens, adults and boobs trying to survive in a jungle wrought with monsters and danger. If it weren't for the boobs and adults, they'd be as twin-like as a jungle and barren wasteland can be.
Aside from those points, they're still quite similiar. Both tackle survival quite nicely and a decay in humanity and sanity are prevalent some of the events that transpire within the chapters. Both don't shy away from blood and while the crap that happens to both parties gets absurd at times (Mainly Cage of Eden), they maintain a good grip on suspense to keep the reader's attention.
In both series, a group of people are transported to a distant future in which they are forced to fight for survival. They have to not only test their survival skills against the perils of nature but they must fend off against ferocious monsters as well as the evil of man. As the characters continue to move along they also attempt to find out what happened to them and attempt to return home, if possible.
Hated by humans and demons alike, Cat Eyed Boy wanders from place to place, with terror following him wherever he goes. Whether it’s witnessing the tale of a boy who tortures insects, a man who just won’t die, a meatball monster or an ugly boy who wants revenge on the girl who scorned him, Cat Eyed Boy finds himself in a variety of horrific situations in which he’s often cast as a scapegoat. From battling with the Band of Hundred Monsters to trying to save a village from grotesque tsunami summoners, Cat Eyed Boy will see the darkness of the human spirit and the consequences of interfering with the spirit world.
Long ago, Tenshin Elementary School was torn down after a teacher fell down the stairs and died. In its place, Kisaragi Academy was founded, a place where Satoshi, Naomi and their classmates attend class. They and other members of Class 2-9 have stayed after school one day to prepare for a cultural festival, but when a strange earthquake occurs, the group finds themselves stuck back in time at Tenshin Elementary, unable to see each other or escape. Now, the students must try to find each other and a way back to their reality, before they too become nothing but a corpse.
To be clear, Drifting Classroom is in my top 3 manga of all time; Corpse Party was pretty bad from what I read of it already. Regardless, both involve a group of students being transported to a hellacious place and must fight to survive, though Drifting is far more epic/gruesome and Corpse Party is more of a standard horror series.
Medusa is a mysterious illness which causes the body to petrify shortly after infection, found throughout the world and steadily increasing the death toll. After losing his son to the disease, a wealthy gentleman used a large portion of his fortune to turn his medieval castle into a state of the art cryogenic facility. 160 lottery winners were chosen to be frozen until a cure could be found, one of whom is Kasumi - a twin whose sibling was not one of the chosen. Along with a group of others Kasumi awakens from her cryogenic chamber, but not to the same world she left it: prehistoric monsters roam the now-abandoned castle and eat the survivors, while endless giant thorns rise all around them. Against all odds, Kasumi and the others must now try to survive the horror of their situation and discover the truth behind what's happening, all the while waiting for the Medusa to finally claim their lives...
While Drifting Classroom is exponentially more graphic and disturbing, it and King of Thorn are good matches for one another. The characters find themselves in a strange place and struggle to survive against vicious enemies and hardships. Most importantly, they fit very well together horror-wise and will definitely appeal to the same audiences. There's also one spoilerific element that applies to both, but that's only a minor reason for recommending the two.
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...
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!