From Train to Busan, Kingdom to Alive, zombie fever from Korea is spreading to the world. Newer is All Of Us Are Dead, the series that quickly climbed the Netflix top 10 chart and sidelined the Squid Game.
Of course, zombies, apocalypse and schools are no longer foreign topics. For fans of manga, manga series revolving around this topic appeared many years ago. But among them, which series are worth reading the most?
1. High School of the Dead
High School of the Dead is a famous zombie-themed manga by author Sato Daisuke and Sato Shoji. Manga was first released in 2006, with an extremely dramatic and engaging plot. If you are a longtime manga fan, you are certainly no stranger to this manga.
High School of the Dead revolves around a group of students battling zombies, as the manga’s name describes. After a strange patient shows up at protagonist Rei’s school, the school quickly turns into a sea of blood, as most people have turned into zombies. Rei and a group of survivors must escape the school, go into the city to find their parents in the never-ending battle for survival. Unfortunately, the author of the series passed away while the work was unfinished.
School-Live! is a manga that shows us how not to judge a book by its cover. At first, the manga had a bright, safe feel with its cute drawings and adorable high school girls. But then, the series suddenly took an unexpected turn.
Takeya Yuki is a high school girl enjoying her beautiful young life. With a few friends, she founded a club called “School-Living” and camped overnight at the school. But life is not like life: zombies come out of nowhere, and these adorable high school girls are forced to stand up to them.
3. Fort of Apocalypse
Fort of Apocaypse is one of the most novel and engaging zombie manga series. Not only attractive characters, the details in the story are also very unexpected and unpredictable. The story revolves around Maeda, a young man who was wrongly convicted and sentenced to prison. Here, he meets extremely scary criminals, but the scariest thing is that beyond the prison walls, a wave of zombies of unknown origin is coming.
4. Undead Messiah
The Undead Messiah offers an apocalypse that is both dramatic and entertaining. The plot of Undead Messiah also has many new points, if you are tired of the usual zombie sets, you will probably like this story.
Undead Messiah revolves around Tim Muley, a genuine game addict and especially zombie games. One day, he comes home from school and discovers a shocking scene in his neighbor’s garden. Not long after, many videos of people infected with strange viruses and becoming zombies went viral on the internet. All of this has brought Tim to the end of the world that he never dared to think would come true.
5. Magical Girl Apocalypse
As the zombie genre gradually saturates in anime and manga, many readers seek out more novelty. Magical Girl Apocalypse has lived up to that expectation.
One fine day, at a Japanese school suddenly appeared strange entities. Those were “magic girls” with terrible destructive power, quickly sweeping and destroying the whole city. The main characters – lucky survivors, are forced to flee and find a way to fight these monstrous creatures.
Unlike zombies that often originate from viruses, the power of “magical girls” in this series is so mysterious to the point of absurdity, forcing readers to slowly discover.
6. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
The world in Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress seems to be dying in the midst of the industrial revolution, zombies suddenly appear everywhere. Fewer and fewer survivors, and they are forced to travel together, using stations to be able to communicate and survive. Only Hayajiros can move between stations, but in exchange for constantly facing danger and death.
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is one of those underrated manga despite its potential. Although there are many similarities with Attack on Titan, the series still brings a new and unique concept of the apocalypse for readers.