- Mangaka : Tsujimura, Mizuki (Story) and Arakawa, Naoshi (Art)
- Publisher : Kodansha Comics
- Genre : School, Supernatural, Shounen, Mystery
- Published : June 2021 - Ongoing
Tsumetai Kousha no Toki wa Tomaru (A School Frozen in Time)
The first day of school has resumed on a snowy day. Hiroshi, Mizuki and their classmates arrive at the school and find it strange that it is empty. What’s even more bizarre is that all the clocks, including their watches, stopped at a particular time—a time where a former classmate committed suicide by jumping off the school roof three months ago. No one can remember who it was as their memories have been tampered with by an unknown entity, but they know they have to find the identity of this suicide victim before their times reach the end.
A friendly warning to readers who decide to read this series. This series contains materials about suicide. If you have friends who have such thoughts, be sure to be there for them, and there are helplines for this issue.
Back to the topic, you are going back to school while worrying about your entry college exams in your mind. But it is nice to see your classmates again after a school holiday. Strange. Why is it so quiet here? Did the school decide to extend the holiday? Wait… why can’t we leave?
The story has a similar concept to Danganronpa, Among Us, The Empty Box, and Zeroth Maria. A group of students trapped in the school has to solve the mystery and identity of the suicide victim who everyone had forgotten.
1. Do You Remember Me?
Tanako pointed out that after the horrifying event that happened at their school a few months ago, people will eventually forget it and move forward and such is society. But such thoughts bring about a supernatural occurrence they just entered.
The objective of identifying the suicide victim may be straightforward. Still, there is not much hint presence in school when everyone’s memories have tampered with, and such information happens to appear whenever the clock starts running at the cost of someone’s life. There is a lot of mystery behind everything that has happened in this volume. That is what makes it interesting because it is difficult to investigate with a decent amount of suspense they offered.
2. High Expectations
The manga isn’t about the suicide victim. It is about every character introduced in this series. You would think everyone has a good life, but behind their façade lies despair and sadness as they have problems and issues of their own and how they try to solve them at the best of their ability with the help of others. The main factor that causes such mentality to everyone is how competitive their environment is: if you don’t do well, you will be left behind and rot. Such a concept leads individuals to compare their incompetence to the success of others, but one must understand that everyone is unique in their way. It also shows how important it is to ask a friend or even a stranger depending on the situation, and hear your problems to talk it out rather than contain the negative feelings within yourself.
Tsumetai Kousha no Toki wa Tomaru (A School Frozen in Time) is a suspenseful horror experience for dealing with an unknown entity that could bend reality. Among eight students, one of them is the suicide victim. Aside from finding the true culprit, it also shows the students' unique issues before all of this happens and how much burden they have to meet others’ expectations in such a competitive environment. If someone is asking for your help that requires listening to their problems, hearing and being there for them either in person, phone calls or video calls can make a huge difference to improve their mental health. If you are into Danganronpa, Among Us and The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria concepts, you might want to give this one a try. Who do you think among the eight students is the suicide victim and why?