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aka: Apocalypse No Toride

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Fort of Apocalypse (Apocalypse no Toride) is a horror action manga written by Yuu Kuraishi and illustrated by Kazu Inabe. It was serialized in Shonen Rival from 2011 to 2015 and collected into 10 volumes.

The story follows four inmates at the Shouran Juvenile Reformatory: the falsely accused Maeda Yoshiaki, cool but dangerous Masafumi Yoshioka, the strong and silent but fair Iwakura Gou, and the smart-mouthed genius Yamanoi Mitsuru. Upon arriving at Shouran on false murder convictions, Maeda Yoshiaki would rather be anywhere on earth, but when a van full of infected zombies crashes into the prison and its passengers begin to attack the guards and inmates, Maeda and his cellmates begin a fight to the death to stay alive amongst the infected from the outside world and the anarchy that arises within the prison. Eventually forced to leave the prison's walls of safety, the boys of Cell 4 find horrors in the ravaged cities beyond what they could have ever imagined.

This manga provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Mitsuru's mom was mentally unhinged and would lacerate his hands if he scored anything less than 100% on all of his exams. Mitsuru still cared deeply enough for her to murder a social worker who'd come to get him out of such an unsafe household.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Maeda thought they were going to kill him, but they were simply planning on cutting off the limb that was bitten by the Bokor.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Maeda's certainly infected, showed the increased regeneration and the ability to control the mindless zombies. The change wasn't full yet though, he still had only 1 pupil... and his genitals. Not so much for Yamanoi, who was later revealed to be infected when he was earlier scratched by an infected days ago. But he managed to retain what is left of his humanity long enough to saving his friends in a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Apocalypse Anarchy: Type 2, and only because it happened fast. Uninfested shops are treated as open season for free supplies and equipment.
  • Artistic License – Awards: In the epilogue, Yuuko Sagami earns a Nobel Prize for finding a cure for the infected.
  • The Assimilator: Baby Bokors grow into giant humanoid forms after absorbing zombies into their bodies. Getting a taste of someones DNA also allows them to take their appearance.
  • Assimilation Plot: The goal of the Bokors is to find other Bokor, fuse with them, and then become a larger lifeform with the original Bokor living on as a Hive Mind inside it. The first Bokors to do this become the baby Bokor.
  • Badass Pacifist: Played with when it comes to the cultists. They believe the zombies are divine, and have developed a special fighting style to deal with them without killing them. However, when it comes to humans who get in their way, they either shoot them on sight or toss them to the horde.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: At first. Maeda tries to hang back from the action, but eventually is forced to carry his weight in combat.
  • Bald of Evil: The "nimble" creatures.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: The Bokor has no nipples, genitals, or even excretory organs.
  • Beauty Is Bad:
    • The beautiful blonde woman's beauty is what tips off the group that the soldiers from the UN are suspicious and of course she turns out to be part of a cult.
    • The Bokors are all represented as completely immaculate specimens of the human form. The first one as a well toned body and flowing hair. The second one had the body of a female supermodel. The last one is so musclebound he could be a Pillar Man.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Half of humanity died from the virus and the ensuing chaos, but Yuuko Sagami managed to create a cure and within a few years civilization slowly returns to some semblance of normality, similar to Europe and Asia after World War II with food rationing and other emergency measures. The infected still remain, however, and they are locked away in sealed-off sections of cities until further cures can be discovered. Maeda and Iwakura (who lost his left arm) are working as gardeners at an apple orchard and Yoshioka runs his family-run game center and keeps Yamanoi's broken glasses as a keepsake.
  • Blob Monster: The Bokor uses a mound made of hundreds of zombies, which can form 'arms' to strike or capture targets. The mound also shift its mass around to protect him.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: While the "pretty" part is debatable*: , the trope mostly comes from the fact that there have so far been two female characters in the entire series so far. Justified in that the main setting is a male juvenile detention center.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Iwakura's missile launcher, which he used to intimidate one of the Nakazaki brothers from checking up on an infected Maeda, was later used by Hitotsukabuto to shoot down the helicopter piloted by Hatt.
  • Child Soldiers: Iwakura Gou's backstory revealed that he lived in Africa and his parents were murdered by an anti-government guerrilla group called the "Light Brigade," in which he is forced to join them or he will be killed.
  • Cool Chair: On top of the mound made of hundreds of zombies, The Bokor sits on a chair made of several zombies kneeling subserviently in the form of a throne.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Hitotsukabuto claimed that he can see 2 seconds into the future, allowing him to preemptively react to many dangers. He wasn't exaggerating.
  • Compelling Voice: How the Bokor controls the zombies.
  • Crapsack World: Whether it was before or after everyone died isn't entirely clear.
  • Cult: The people pretending to be from the UN worship the Bokor as one closest to God and view the zombies as "angels".
  • Distant Finale: The final chapter takes place in the aftermath of the infected epidemic and shows the fate of some of the surviving main characters
  • Dwindling Party: At the end of each chapter there is a tally on the population of the academy for both inmates and guards. The initial tally was 144 survivors and, as of Chapter 29, now currently has 31 (including the protagonists and along with additional survivors).
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Yoshioka leads the boys to his mom's old arcade, which she kept open even after he left home, and sets the high score one last time.
  • Elite Zombie:
    • Played with. On their base condition, the zombies are your standard fare mindless, slow, shambling undeads, although they're stronger than normal humans. But when a Bokor comes and exerts its influence to control the zombies, they gain massive increase in physical performance, capable of running on par with a car or performing acrobatic flips, enough that even a single one of them is a massive threat.
    • During the trip to the JSDF armory, the survivors meet the Nimble Ones, Zombies who have turned into dog-like creatures. Unlike normal zombies, these guys are fast and smart, herding people into traps. Interestingly, they are not affected by the Bokor and seem to even be afraid of him. At least one tried to attack the Bokor and was instantly devoured by the pillar of bodies.
    • The Bokor himself is this, being able to control zombies, have hyper regeneration and a sonic blast that can incapacitate it's prey. Later on more show up, as it turns out they are the result of a different strain of the virus infecting everyone. They also have the ability to merge into a single titanic being with other Bokors and even normal zombies and are surprisingly eloquent when communicating mentally, as Maeda found out.
  • Evolutionary Levels: The Zombie Apocalypse is previous life evolving/dying out so that a new ecosystem in which the Bokor can survive in thrives.
  • Fetus Terrible:
    • After having its head blown off the Bokor grows a babies head in its own head, which proceeds to bite off Maeda's fingers.
    • Then we get a male and female bokor who merged together to create a giant fetus which absorbs hundreds of infected to make up its entire body.
  • Flesh-Eating Zombie: This is what happens to the vast majority of people infected with the virus. With the mutant variants, it's not limited to just human flesh, but even the flesh of their own that had been killed (or in the case of the seals, one of them will actively kill another for their flesh). However a Bokor's influence can override this, which is one of the tip-offs that a Bokor is nearby.
  • Gag Penis: In Chapter 27, poor Maeda suffers the indignity of getting his boxers yanked off by the other boys for a reason that Makes Sense In Context. Their faces register shock and what looks like horror for a second, but the tension is hilariously deflated by the discovery that their mild-mannered friend is seriously hung.
    Yoshioka: Jesus Christ, talk about a monster.
    Maeda: I said I'd check it myself!
    Yamanoi: Was it that big before you got infected?
    Iwakura: Man, you're packing a desert eagle down there.
  • Healing Factor: The Bokor can regenerate from having its head cut off or even its brains blown to bits, though it takes time for it to fully regenerate.
  • Heroic Willpower: Yamanoi's infected as well, and is rapidly turning. In his final moments, he still managed to keep his senses to tell Maeda to shut up and take cover, while he's off to light the fire that's going to trigger the big explosion in the tunnel.
  • Hive Mind:
    • Maeda encounters a mysterious man who can exert some form of sound-based control over the zombies. They pile on top of one another to carry him, and grow in ferocity to defend him.
    • When the merged Bokor attempt to assimilate Maeda, it's perceived in Maeda's mind as two people (presumably the mind of the two Bokors that made it). Subverted later on when we're shown the mental scape again; the two bokors have merged into one, one half male one half female split down the middle, implying that eventually their minds would become one and Maeda would suffer the same fate had he joined them.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The Bokor, who look like an immaculate youth with long hair. At least until it starts charging it's sonic attack.
  • I'm a Humanitarian:
    • Nimble zombies were shown doing this after one of their own was killed.
    • When the group meets the seals, one titanic one comes out of the surf, breaks the neck of a smaller one and proceeds to start chomping on the remains.
    • The Bokors can do this with each other. It's the only time they're shown actively "eating" anything, but it's to break down their skin so they can merge on a cellular level into a Zygote.
  • It Can Think: Maeda and Iwakura are chased into a shed by the Nimble Zombies and find several mutilated survivors. Turns out they were herded here by the nimble zombies; this was their larder.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The surviving and defeated cultists were made to pay dearly by the inmates. One cultist is seen strung up from a tree and being beaten up like a pinata.
  • Monster Clown: The doglike nimble zombies' facial features - dark-rimmed eyes, missing noses, no lips, and disgusting grins - evoke makeup rather than gore.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Yoshioka coined Yamanoi's nickname "Noiman" ("no-man") initially as an insult when he was disgusted over the fear-induced reverence that Yamanoi had built upon himself among the inmates. However, Yamanoi actually liked the nickname as it is an alteration of the name "Neumann", as in John von Neumann.
  • Our Zombies Are Different:
    • Mitsuru theorizes on the fly that a virus is to blame. Later evidence of severe mutation and an apparent hive mentality could either support or contradict him; the cast may never find out.
    • At first the zombies show intelligence even as they try to devour others, but become mindless very quickly. The "nimble" zombies appear to retain their intelligence and even trick the protagonists to entering a shed where they store food. They are also shown running away from the Bokor. There's also hints that there is still sentience in some normal zombies, shown by them obeying one Bokor over another.
    • There's even those that "evolved" into seal-like creatures who get eaten by killer whale like beings.
    • Later in the story it is discuss by Yuuko Sagami as to why the infected are different: there are two known types of infected humans that are infected by two types of viruses—F-Virus and M-Virus. The majority of the zombies are infected with the M-Virus, which some people remain in their humanoid forms, while others evolve into other forms, such as dog-like or walrus-like creatures. Humans infected with the F-Virus are more rare, as this strain apparently gives its carrier the ability to heal quickly, and eventually the ability to control M-Virus infected humans.
  • The Pen Is Mightier: Yamanoi subdued the Bokor by puncturing his chest with a ballpoint pen and preventing him from using his sound blast and controlling the infected. The end of the pen when it shot out from the Bokor almost speared Maeda.
  • Perpetual-Motion Monster: The Bokor has no external genitalia or waste excrement, and unlike the other zombies has shown no desire to eat at all. Studies done by Yukko on her late husband show that one of the symptoms of becoming a Bokor is a steady loss of appetite; the last thing her husband ate was a cookie, 10 days after infection. He would not fully transition into a Bokor until 14 days later.
  • Power-Upgrading Deformation: First appearing in Vol. 2, the mutant nimble zombies are roughly canine quadrupeds with human heads, hands, and feet. They completely lose the ability to speak, but run much faster than normal undead.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Arguably, Hitotsukabuto. At first he kicked the main characters out of the Academy as a form of death sentence, but when they returned with the promised weapons, he stuck true to his words of letting them stay (albeit with a little threat). During the Rikkun incident, he was willing to let the main characters go because they were attacked first. And during the Bokor's attack on the Academy, he protected Maeda from the Bokor's sound blast. Later on, he help the heroes in finishing off the leader of the cultists with a rocket launcher.
  • Reign of Terror: Inside the prison, once an inmate with serious mob connections takes over.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Who knows what the deal is when it comes to the Bokor, but it's been obsessed with Maeda ever since he first harmed it and its got is to infect him and make Maeda into another Bokor.
  • Storyboarding the Apocalypse: Yamanoi simply explains to the rest of the inmates that humanity is heading for extinction by comparing to how new species begin to appear in rapid succession and alter their environment to suit their needs - which also kill off every other species that existed before them. Namely the new "species" are the Bokor and the infected.
  • Theme Naming: One of the other reasons the UN soldiers are believed to be suspicious. They all have names of characters from Thomas & Friends.
  • The Team:
  • Too Good to Be True: The UN soldiers, especially when pretty much everyone who asks them about their loved ones is told that they evacuated safely.
  • Undying Loyalty: The main group of four roommates, which later grows to six when they encounter two more survivors, almost always survives primarily because of their fierce loyalty to one another.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Daisy suffered a very literal one after being betrayed by Hatt that her mind regressed to that of a child and believes Hitotsukabuto is her "daddy".
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Subverted. Hatt almost had Maeda to gain his Bokor powers, betrayed his expendable followers, and close to escaping on a helicopter until he sees Hitotsukabuto pointing at him with a missile launcher.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Hatt was truly after the Bokor (namely Maeda) and obtaining its power all for himself and used the other cultists as unwitting pawns, in which he bashed Daisy with a rock and abandoned her and even killing the helicopter pilot.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Subverted. Half of humanity died but the world eventually got somewhat better after Yuuko Sagami synthesized a cure for The Virus. However, the infected still remain and the military have them locked away until further cures can be found.
  • Zombie Gait: Regular zombies do this, but they'll start running if the mysterious man is nearby and in danger. Nimble zombies are very fast.

Alternative Title(s): Apocalypse No Toride