is a post-apocalyptic
by Minetaro Mochizuki
. It was published by Kodansha
in Young Magazine
from 1995 and 2000 and collected in ten tankōbon
volumes. It is licensed in English
, with Volume 10 released 2008-04-01. In 1997, the manga won the Kodansha Manga Award
for general manga.
The series was adapted as a live-action movie written and directed by Jôji Iida
, released in Japan in August 2003. It starred Satoshi Tsumabuki
and Sayaka Kanda
Arc 1: Escaping the tunnels
Teru Aoki (青木 輝) is on a train to Tokyo after a school trip. A disaster occurs which partially destroys the train and blocks a tunnel. When Teru awakes, he finds all his classmates and teachers are dead.
He finds Nobuo Takahashi (高橋 のぶお), who is going crazy, and Ako Seto (瀬戸 憧子), who is unconscious and wounded. Teru gives what medical attention he can to Ako, who wakes up after several days. The two of them move some supplies outside of the train, and live in the tunnel. Nobuo is convinced that there is something in the darkness. He kidnaps Ako and paints her, and mutilates the body of a teacher. Ako flees. Teru, meanwhile, finds escape through a ventilation shaft.
Teru returns to stop Nobuo from killing Ako. Another earthquake hits, and Nobuo flees into the darkness. Teru and Ako escape.
Arc 2: Searching for allies
The two surface in a deserted water-treatment plant. The landscape is covered with... Read More