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Manga: King of Thorn
The first manga cover.

King of Thorn is a short, post-apocalyptic Survival Horror manga. The story begins when the main character, Kasumi, and 159 other people are chosen to go into cold sleep until a cure is found for their mysterious disease, the Medusa virus. The Medusa virus is a disease which, six weeks after infection, causes the victim to have seizures; within five hours, all of the victim's cells have solidified into a clay-like substance.

When some of the sleepers wake up, the world has drastically changed; there is a veritable jungle running around and through the facility. Massive monsters roam through the facility, and there are no signs of any other human beings.

A movie adaptation was released in May 2010, whose trailer you can view here. The movie deviated heavily from the canon, watering down many of the characters' back-stories and omitting the Big Bad from the manga. It was, however, nominated for the 4th Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

King of Thorn contains examples of:

Kingdom Hearts IICreator/Tokyo PopKyou Kara Maou
King Of HellMadmanEntertainment/Anime and MangaKino's Journey
Kiddy GradeCreator/FU NimationKodomo no Omocha
Little Busters!SeinenKin-iro Mosaic
King of RPGsMangaKin-iro Mosaic

alternative title(s): King Of Thorns; King Of Thorn
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