Dissolving Classroom - Reviews

Alt title: Youkai Kyoushitsu

Dissolving Classroom
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nathandouglasdavis's avatar
Nov 5, 2021

There are five chapters about Azeri Yuma and the dissolving incidents fe's involved with, followed by two very short standalone chapters called "Meet Again" and "Children of the Earth." I'll briefly judge those last two first to get it out of the way: they are centered around inexplicable and weird occurrences affecting peoples' loved ones and are entirely uninteresting (1/10). As for the main story, it is also not a very strong story. It is built around the idea of disingenuous words, with a specific focus on how apologies can be a form of self-satisfaction and how flattery can be a form of gaslighting.

Azeri Yuma apologizes all the time for all sorts of things (many times related to the creepy and cruel actions of feir younger sister, Chizumi). Even if initially unreceptive, those who hear feir apologies will often eventually start seeing Azeri as a genuine and nice guy simply because fe's apologizing. And that's when their brains will start dissolving. In this manga, the brains literally dissolve and melt, but it's also clearly intended to be representative of people in real life letting go of their critical thinking skills and sound judgment in the face of apparent remorse. Each chapter focuses on slightly different angles of this story, with the climactic final chapter feeling like it was based on the public apologies of celebrities or politicians. I didn't care for how heavy-handed Chizumi's explanations were and how stilted the dialogue and characterizations were in general. Like many Junji Ito stories, it relies more on the gore and gruesome imagery to evoke reactions than on strong storytelling. We see decapitated heads, bulging and distorted faces, and many scenes with shlop pouring out of peoples' eyes and mouths. Chizumi also has some licking action and some creepy-looking eyes.

2/10 story
6/10 art
1/10 characters
2/10 overall
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Curiousmadra's avatar
Aug 28, 2021

I really wish Junji Ito expanded this x(

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
6/10 overall
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