Mashiro Ichijo is a student in a high school, and he has a SECRET. He finds out from the school nurse that he has to take a mysterious class in the basement of the school in order to graduate. This class involves trying to find your way out of your own nightmares - in order to graduate, you have to find the key. In the nightmare, you appear as you truly are - so why the hell is Ichijo wearing a SKIRT in this dream?!
Surprise! While Ichijo identifies as male, and is male from the waist up, his LOWER half is FEMALE. This leads to some very interesting situations, such as a girl falling in love with him as a guy, and a guy thinking he's a girl, and everyone being very seriously fucked up. It's deliciously odd.
The nightmares are something else - there are several other people in the dream, and they all appear as THEY truly are, so you have Ichijo in a skirt dealing with his period, as well as a teeny princess with a taste for blood, a disembodied hand, a giraffe, a knight with a whole barrel of issues involving Ichijo and a big fucking sword, and a girl with no face. They're all competing to find the key so they can graduate.
They win by ripping each other to pieces, because, oh yeah, the key is INSIDE SOMEONE.
Half of the manga takes place in the nightmare world, the other half takes place in the real world, and it's all completely strange and completely awesome!
IS IT GAY OR IS IT STRAIGHT?
IS IT FEMSLASH OR IS IT HET?
HINT: ALL OF THE ABOVE.
Clearly, the answer here should be threesome, but no one ever listens to me.
All of the characters are completely fucked up, and Ichijo doesn't know who's trying to kill him or take him out in this world or that world, and he can't decide if he wants to suck face with a girl or get felt up in the locker room by a guy! HE'S A LITTLE CONFUSED.
So! Why should you read After School Nightmare?
Canon gay! Canon het! Canon femslash! AND ALL OF THEM ARE THE SAME THING! Blood! Gore! Giraffe! Incest! (oh, did i forget to mention that?) Serious gender confusion! Creepy girls without faces!
Fun FUN manga - you should give it a try!
Also, hey look, I made some icons!