In the spring of 1998, Koichi Sakakibara transfers into third-year class 3 at Yomiyama North Middle School. But little does he know..his new class has a horrible secret. When he takes his seat in class for the first day of school, Koichi is unsettled by his fearful classmates. Despite this atmosphere and warnings from fellow students, Koichi is drawn to the beautiful, distant Mei Misaki, another classmate. But the closer he tries to get to her, the more mysterious she and their class become. And when a fellow student dies a disturbing death--the first of a long chain of deaths--Koichi seeks to learn the truth behind the curse of third year class 3. But can he get answers before the curse kills him?
I bought this recently after I finished watching the anime a few months ago, and although there were a few minor differences, the majority of it was the same in both the story and the fact that I enjoyed it. The one thing I never got from either the manga or the anime was why they didn't say anything about the curse to him, to prevent worse things from happening, although it did start a little while before he started going there--with Mei's secret twin sister who died a couple (?) months before Koichi started school. One difference was the role of a former class 3 student from the class Koichi's mother graduated with, he had less of a part in the finding of the tape which told about how to rid the curse halfway through the year. Also, I'm pretty sure in the manga the owners of the place they stayed in on the class trip never went mad and tried to kill everyone...and of course the beach scene never happened in the manga, lol. I really enjoyed reading this manga adaption and I hope to someday read the original novel.
My Rating: 5 stars