Rika, an average girl in her senior year of high
school, has recently quit the track team and her boyfriend has broken
up with her. She's reached her limit. One day while on a school chat
room she meets some rather interesting people. All of them are
seriously stressed about school. After Rika comments on just getting
rid of it Polaris, someone in the chat room, takes her seriously and
blow up the school. She decides she is going to blow up the school
and anyone who wants to, too can join her in "Polaris's
Room". Rika decides the people were scary, but seeks out
Polaris's room anyway. When she gets there (an online chat room)
three others (including Polaris) are there chatting quite normally.
Polaris reveals she set her chat room so that only these three could
enter. They all exchange phone numbers so they can text message. That
is the beginning of the friendship of these four people, forged by
the common wish to blow up the school (of course, when no one is
there so no one is hurt). When Polaris decides to commit suicide it
brings the four chat room buddies together in person. After that the
four begin to work towards building a bomb. All of the problems that
have brought these people to such extreme measures is revealed as
they try to help one another and destroy their school.
I found the overall plot (trying to blow up the
school) funny and that's why I decided to buy this series. Four
unlikely characters form a friendship as they come together to
destroy the school, which they so hate. That may seem a little
warped, but oh well. I like the characters in this story and the fact
that it isn't dragged out (e.g. it's not, like, 16 volumes).
X-Day was created by Setona Mizushiro. It's two
volumes long and has been published in English by TokyoPop.
This series is rated 16+. There are some mature
situations and the overall fact that the characters are trying to
blow up their school. ^_^;
Rika (11)- The main character. She used to be on the track team and
was a great athlete until she hurt herself. After that she never
rejoined the team, even though her wound healed. Her boyfriends has,
also, recently broken up with her and started going out with someone
else. Still, she always keeps on a happy face. (I have to mention,
her old boyfriend was a real JERK!!!)
Nanaka (Polaris)- At school Nanaka is quiet and shy, but outside of
school she dresses...uniquely... and is bold. She was the one who
decided to actually blow up the school and gathered the other three
members. She tried to commit suicide after her favorite band broke
up. (I really like the way she dresses outside of school. It's so
cute! ^^) She supports Reichi and they get pretty close in the second volume.
Yumihiko (Mr. Money)- The youngest of the group (by just one year).
He seems very sweet. Yumihiko doesn't have a very good family life at
all. He fell in love with Rika the first time he saw her, and tells
her so. ^^; He wants to be useful and that's why he lets his mother
mistreat him and joined these three (in the chat room). He has a fear
of women because of his abusive mother.
Reichi (Jangalian)- The timid and anti-social biology teacher.
There's a really creepy woman obsessed with him... talk about a
stalker. He really doesn't like to talk to other people and only
likes cute things (like his adorable hamster).