Drifting Net Cafe

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Drifting Net Cafe
Driftingnetcafe vol1.png
Cover from volume 1 of the manga series Drifting Net Cafe, published by Futabasha
漂流ネットカフェ
(Hyōryū Netto Kafe)
GenreScience fiction, mystery, romance
Manga
Written byShūzō Oshimi
Published byFutabasha
DemographicSeinen
MagazineManga Action
Original runFebruary 28, 2009June 28, 2011
Volumes7
Television drama
Directed byHajime Takezono
Takashi Fujio
Original networkTBS / MBS
Original run April 15, 2009 June 24, 2009
Episodes11
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Drifting Net Cafe (漂流ネットカフェ, Hyōryū Netto Kafe) is a Japanese seinen manga by Shūzō Oshimi that was serialized in the manga magazine, Manga Action. Drifting Net Cafe is a science fiction mystery involving a group of patrons trapped in an internet café, which has become a strange universe of its own. The story focuses primarily on the relationship between Koichi Toki, a salaryman who leads a trouble-free but unexciting life, and Kaho Tono, his first love whom he never forgot.

The manga was adapted into a TBS television series on April 15, 2009 and stars Atsushi Itō as Koichi Toki.[1]

Plot[edit]

Manga[edit]

The manga was serialized in Futabasha's Manga Action and the 63 chapters were compiled into 7 volumes from February 28, 2009[2] to June 28, 2011.[3] The defunct American publisher JManga licensed the manga and released the first volume in August 2011.[4] The name of the manga is a reference to Kazuo Umezu's The Drifting Classroom, which it is a retelling of.[5] The manga has also been published in Spain by Milky Way Ediciones.[6]

Television series[edit]

The series was released in a 4-disc DVD boxset on August 5, 2009. The ending theme「Brave Heart (Remix)」by MAY'S was released as a single on April 22, 2009.[7]

Cast[edit]

Episode information[edit]

File On Air
(Kansai Time)
On Air
(Kanto Time)
Subtitle Ratings
(Kansai)
Ratings
(Kanto)
1 Apr 10, 2009
0.00 - 0.30
Apr 15, 2009
0.44 - 1.14
Drift
(漂流)
5.0 3.3
2 Apr 17, 2009
0.15 - 0.45
Apr 22, 2009
0.29 - 0.59
To a Forest
(森へ)
3.9 3.4
3 Apr 24, 2009
0.00 - 0.30
Apr 29, 2009
0.29 - 0.59
Tom Sawyer
(トムソーヤ)
2.9 3.7
4 May 1, 2009
0.00 - 0.30
May 6, 2009
0.29 - 0.59
Toki & Tono
(土岐と遠野)
4.7 2.0
5 May 8, 2009
0.00 - 0.30
May 13, 2009
0.29 - 0.59
Seeds of Hope
(希望の種)
2.7
6 May 15, 2009
0.00 - 0.30
May 20, 2009
0.29 - 0.59
Dead World
(死んだ世界)
3.4 2.5
7 May 22, 2009
0.00 - 0.30
May 27, 2009
1.09 - 1.39
Crack
(亀裂)
3.0 1.7
8 May 29, 2009
0.00 - 0.30
June 3, 2009
0.29 - 0.59
Experimental
(実験)
3.5 2.5
9 June 5, 2009
0.00 - 0.30
June 10, 2009
0.29 - 0.59
McEnroe
(マッケンロー)
4.4 2.1
10 June 12, 2009
0.00 - 0.30
June 17, 2009
0.29 - 0.59
End of the World
(世界の終わり)
2.7
Final
(11)
June 19, 2009
0.00 - 0.30
June 24, 2009
0.29 - 0.59
I'm Home
(ただいま)
2.0

Special Rerun[edit]

File On Air
(Kansai Time)
Ratings
(Kansai)
1 Aug 11, 2009
13.53 - 14.55
3.3
2 Aug 12, 2009
13.53 - 14.55
2.6
3 Aug 13, 2009
13.53 - 14.55
3.2
4 Aug 17, 2009
13.53 - 14.55
3.0

Reception[edit]

Katherine Dacey of Manga Bookshelf was disappointed in how the first volume of the manga stood in comparison to The Drifting Classroom, saying the horror was not as well-executed, but felt that the manga had better pacing and artwork: "Long-time fans of Classroom are likely to find Oshimi's update slick but soulless, as it relies more heavily on low-budget disaster movies than the original source material for its characters and conflicts."[5] Sean Gaffney of A Case Suitable for Treatment felt that the horror aspect was pulled off well in the first volume, but was turned off by the excessive violence and sex: "It's as sordid as it sounds, and made me feel ill... [It] didn't take long for morality to erode, much like [The Drifting Classroom]."[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Drifting Net Cafe" becomes drama". Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  2. ^ "漂流ネットカフェ 1". Futabasha. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  3. ^ "漂流ネットカフェ 7 完". Futabasha. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Vertical Adds Flowers of Evil School Romance Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  5. ^ a b Dacey, Katherine. "Drifting Net Cafe, Vol. 1". Manga Bookshelf. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Cibercafé a la deriva". Milky Way Ediciones (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Horyu net cafe releases". Startchild. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  8. ^ Gaffney, Sean. "Drifting Net Café, Vol. 1". A Case Suitable for Treatment. Retrieved 25 March 2015.

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