As the Netflix original series ‘Now At Our School’ is a hot topic as soon as it is released, interest in the original webtoon is also on the rise.
The webtoon ‘Now at Our School’ tells the story of students fighting for survival as a zombie virus spreads in an ordinary school.
It is a work by Dong-geun Joo and was serialized through Naver Webtoon from May 2009 to November 2011. At the time of the serialization, whenever an episode was released, it boasted of its hot popularity, ranking first in real-time search terms.
The webtoon vividly captures the extreme situation of human survival and death by adding the fresh subject of ‘zombie’ to the familiar background of ‘school’. In particular, it was praised as a ‘well-made Korean zombie movie’ among webtoon readers for its urgency story, immersive development, and realistic depiction.
The Netflix series ‘Now At Our School’, which is based on this webtoon, was released simultaneously around the world at 5 pm on the 28th. Director Lee Jae-gyu of the dramas ‘Damo’ and ‘Beethoven Virus’ directed the drama, and writer Cheon Seong-il of the drama ‘Chuno’ and the movie ‘7th Grade Civil Servant’ wrote the script.
At the same time, as readers’ interest in the original webtoon grew, serialization was started not only in Korea but also abroad through Naver Webtoon’s global service.
Domestic readers are also interested in the original with the release of Netflix. The webtoon is receiving a lot of attention from readers who said they had come back after seeing the webtoon, as well as comments such as those who came because they were curious about the webtoon after watching the drama, or compared the webtoon with the drama.
The Netflix series added a new setting to the original. Director Lee said, “The specific characters took motifs from the original work, but they formed a relationship with a different feeling by applying slightly different colors.”
In the original story, Onjo, who was the narrator and observer, changed the character by adding the setting that he learned an emergency manual from his father, a firefighter. A new character was also placed. In addition to the police digging up the truth of the virus, various adults such as firefighters, lawmakers, and parents heading to school to protect their children appeared to expand the story outside the school.
Also, the origin of the virus that caused all the tragedies has changed. Writer Chun adapted the zombie originating from an unidentified virus presumed to have originated in the East Sea in the original work as ‘we created’.
‘Now At Our School’ is gaining attention by taking the top spot on Netflix worldwide right after its release.
According to FlixPatrol, an online video service (OTT) ranking site, ‘Now At My School’ ranked first in the Netflix TV program category on the 29th and maintained the top position on the 30th. It is the third time that a Korean Netflix original series has been ranked at the top of the global rankings, following ‘Squid Game’ and ‘Hell’ last year.
On the 29th, the first day of its release, it took first place in a total of 25 countries, and on the next day, the 30th, it ranked first in a total of 44 countries. In one day, the number of countries increased to 19.