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Corpse Party Vol. #04 Manga Review

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The surviving students learn the truth of the power behind the hell trap that is Tenjin Elementary School…but can an any of them hope to break the powerful curse before it kills everyone?

Creative Staff
Story: Makoto Kedouin
Art: Toshimi Shinomiya
Translation: Alethea and Athena Nibley

What They Say
A reunion may be in the offing…

Kishinuma and Shinozaki may have escaped the cursed Tenjin Elementary School, but the rest of their surviving classmates are still trapped. Will the pair trade their safety for the lives of their friends? Meanwhile, Morishige’s corpse obsession reaches the point of no return, and Kizami shows his true colors to Yuka-will her big brother save her before it’s too late?

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Despite their misgivings about Naho and her motives, Yoshiki and Ayumi decide to follow Naho’s plan to appease the original Tenjin Elementary students killed by their former teacher. It isn’t an easy task. They must find the missing body parts from each of the three original children killed decades ago. Yoshiki and Ayumi must battle past vengeful spirits, break through spiritual seals, and swim through nasty pool water to find each of the grisly body parts.

It kind of surprises me that it works. Returning the ghosts missing body parts restores the three kids spirits back to normal, breaking their disfigured vengeful spirt forms. It’s a huge step in the right direction as the three kids reveal the shocking truth behind their murders that took place decades ago. This explains the creation of this horrific dimension but not who or why someone created the ceremony that traps the living in Tenjin Elementary School. It also allows the spirits of three original kids from Tenjin to escape the dimension and move on. As thanks, one of the little girl’s transports Yoshiki and Ayumi back to their world. But she couldn’t save all their surviving classmates. While Yoshiki is just glad to be free, Ayumi feels a powerful sense of guilt and wants to return to Tenjin Elementary School with her knowledge of how the curse was started so she can save her friends.

Back in Tenjin Elementary School, the freeing of the original three ghosts has caused the multiple dimensions to collapse into one. With only one dimension, it’s now possible for all the living students to find each other. The bad component to all that is all the vengeful spirits are also condensed into this single dimension. Ultimately, this has caused the horrific world the students were trapped in to get multiplied. Thus, there seem to be angry ghosts around every corner!

To make matters worse, the surviving students learn the truth behind their reason for being trapped after performing the ceremony that was just supposed to make them stay friends forever. Can they survive the truth and betrayal? Can they survive the ghosts and each other before the Tenjin Elementary School dimension collapses forever?

In Summary:
With the last volume, readers were left unclear of the psychic child prodigy Naho’s motives in helping the living. This new volume not only reveals her motives, but also the truth behind the ceremony that traps the living in Tenjin Elementary and basically everything that’s screwed up with this horrific. Naho is obviously too young to have created that ghost world, but she did enhance its power and setup its ability to lure and trap living students. The truth behind Naho’s actions also contain the chance for the students to escape from Tenjin Elementary School and destroy that dimension all at the same time. This volume puts all the cards on the table and sets up a finale that might end terribly for everyone. I’m looking forward to seeing if they can pull off their plan for escaping and how many students might actually make it out alive.

Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: C
Packaging Grade: A
Text/Translation Grade: A-

Age Rating: Mature
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: February 21, 2017
MSRP: $20.00

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