Sherlock Bones

HA HA HA HA HA! HA… PPY HA… LLOWEEN! Man, October 30th! Sure is the spookiest time of the year! Oddly, I haven’t seen any trick-or-treaters all night!

What? Halloween is tomorrow? Oh. Then… why am I reviewing the scariest manga for last?

Ah, who am I kidding? Spooktacular Month on the Manga Connoisseur blog has been a flop. Aliens? Magicians? Midori Days? BAH! Now I’m reviewing… Sherlock Bones?

I feel like Sherlock Bones should be a straight-to-DVD Disney movie. The concept, at least. I’m not even doing a plot section this time, because I bet you can guess. Guess what a series with a dog on the cover with a pipe in his mouth does.

HE SOLVES MYSTERIES. It’s a mystery-solving DOG. A… A DOG. More specifically, SHERLOCK HOLMES IS REINCARNATED AS A DOG. And the kid? WATSON.

The kid is skeptical about this information, but hey, Disney’s Sherlock Bones can’t be wrong. Now you can own the sequel, Sherlock Bones 2: Revenge of Meowriarty. And this summer, the all-new Sherlock Bones 3D: The Baskerville Pound! Spare me.

The difference is, this manga… actually good. Well, passable. Well, livable. Okay, I have no real complaints. Yes, the idea feels… dumb. But honestly, it’s the execution that works. And in the end, that’s what counts.

They solve two cases in the first volume. The first is about a car accident. Sherlock uses his skills (Sherlock-skills, not dog-skills; he hates dog-skills) to find the body of a boy in the trunk. Simple enough. That’s alright by me.

The next case is interesting. A boy has committed suicide, and Sherlock finds the corpse of the bully who tormented the first boy. Sherlock suspects that Not-Watson’s (or Notson’s) teacher, who was the bullied boy’s mother, murdered the bully.

And… well, it’s pretty obvious to the reader that she did it. However, the manga acknowledges this, and rather than bring in other possible suspects, we only focus on the teacher. See, they’re pretty sure that she did it, but they need tangible proof. So it’s not so much about solving the case, but more along the lines of realistically piecing it together. Actually, that’s pretty clever. I like that.

This was fairly interesting, despite the cliched subject. It’s no Sherlock or Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century, but it’s dark and fun. A good mystery story, and there’s no bones about that!

SIGH.

I’d love to review something actually scary. Something just in time for Halloween. Preferably something about Frankenstein’s Monster, with the skills of Dr. Frankenstein, but a cute girl. That’s the one for me.

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VS Aliens

See, it’s Halloween in a few days, and ALIENS! Because… yeah, I don’t really have that much in the way of horror manga. Nothing notable, at least.

I owe you a story. At least, I said that I would last time. I bought GEN 1, not realizing that it was a collection of stories. For those of you who don’t know, GEN publishes indie manga. This is one such title in the first GEN collection. At Comic-Con, I went over to the GEN booth and was like, “I LOVE VS Aliens! Why, I’m hooked on GEN! One full collection, please!” They were so appreciative to hear me say that, they gave me a free button! And that’s the story. End of review.

Okay, fine. I read the manga. It’s… disappointingly mediocre. It might even verge on terrible territory. So here we gooooooooooooo!

Plot: Kitaro is confronted by Aya, who claims that their classmate is an alien! Sana, the possible alien, resents this notion, but then Sana tells Kitaro that her mother got upset for mentioning the incident. So is Sana really an alien?

Well… okay, this is a one-shot, so spoilers.

No, she’s not an alien. It was all a convoluted plan to get Kitaro and Aya together. Let me take a breath here…

*Haaaaaaaa*

Sana noticed that Aya had a thing for Kitaro, so she devised this plan to get them together. First, tell Aya, “I’m in love with Kitaro! Help me by pretending I’m an alien!” Aya goes along with it, tells Kitaro, who asks Sana if it’s true. Sana resents it. Sana tells Kitaro that she told her mother, who freaks out. So Kitaro, Aya, and Sana must travel to a mountain to escape the “aliens”. They get there, take shifts keeping watch, and Sana disappears. Aya reveals that this was all a ruse to get Sana alone with him, and they go looking for her. Sana appears, saying, “I AM really an alien!” Then “aliens” show up. “Aya, I’m not really in love with Kitaro! You are!” Kitaro busts the ruse, and discovers that his friends and Sana’s parents were in on it, pretending to be aliens. Sana says, and I quote, “But I knew that if I didn’t do it then you would never tell Kitaro how you felt!” The reason? Kitaro is moving away! Except not, that was just an April Fools joke.

*Hooooooo*

Notice my direct quote. Sana claims that if she didn’t put on the act, Aya never would have said how she felt. Oh, but she didn’t. Sana said it. So… WHY BOTHER DOING THIS COMPLICATED PLAN? It’s convoluted! The people at Convoluted Inc. chose a good review to sponsor.

Really, really explain why the plan needed aliens at all. If she was going to say it for Aya anyway, why does Sana need to involve anyone else? And they thought it was a good idea? “Sure, honey! We’d love to help you in this complex plan! It’s totally rational!” Spare me.

Mostly, I’m upset that they copped out. I was so happy to see that they were real for a brief moment. Although I kind of knew that they couldn’t have been, since there were too many moments when Kitaro pauses and says stuff like, “That can’t be right… the handwriting… ooh, a butterfly!” And the metaphorical butterfly occupies Kitaro’s attention until the very end. So no, it couldn’t have been real.

And why does Aya love this easily fooled guy? Here’s manga teenage-girl crush #2: He was kind to an abandoned cat. Wh… where’s the Pulitzer Prize, people? We need to cease making it, since clearly, VS Aliens deserves it.

A great setup, ruined by the disorienting plot and frenetic strategy. The characters aren’t great, either. They’re mostly blank slates. Not much pops out at the reader, which is a shame, since the odd setup supplies for less restrained characters. I say this is a one shot not to give a single shot.

Aventura

I went to Comic-Con! More on that next review. Anyway, welcome back to Spooky Month at the Manga Connoisseur Blog! This time: More witches! Because… because there isn’t much manga about Frankenstein’s Monster. Well, there’s one that’s close. But we’ll get to that.

Little back story: I bought this one in Israel, where I took pretty much any manga that I could get. Not a huge supply, you know. At the time, I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of reviewing it, since it’s just… meh. But here I am, two years later. Do I have more to say about it? Meh.

Plot: Lewin Randit is such a loser! His fiery nature gets him in trouble a lot, he can only use one spell, and his mother abandoned him because she thought he was evil! At the Magic Whatever Academy, Lewin makes some friends, gets into hot water, and must fight… SKELETONS! Ooh.

Yes, Harry Potter and all that jazz. You got a Snape, Lewin has a male friend and a female friend like Harry with Ron and Hermione, and he’s parentless. So yes, “knockoff” tag.

No, the lion doesn’t appear, at least not in the first volume. I know nothing of other volumes.

Lewin is… alright, I guess. He doesn’t really make for a great lead. Forgettable, but harmless. The others? Also forgettable. It’s mostly a forgettable… wait, am I reviewing something?

What’s this? “Aventura?” Hey, that sounds cool! Maybe that sweet lion on the cover talks or something!

*one read later*

Huh. It does not. Strange how I can’t seem to retain anything about this manga. I feel bad because the author dedicated this to his late parents. The art’s decent, but cluttered. Speech bubbles move in a confusing manner. And skeletons? Really?

Lewin’s thing is that he can light his finger on fire. That’s it. so really, it kind of makes for a dull lead. Not as dull as Mahurabo. That lead couldn’t do magic for the life of him–LITERALLY!

One thing that stuck with me is the beginning of the manga, where the nurse says that even though they live in a world of magic, he won’t heal Lewin’s scrape with one, since over-reliance on magic brings the downfall of society. Like, without medicine, we wouldn’t need plants. See, Mahurabo needed THAT as its message. Instead, they cast a cross-dressing spell. GREAT!

I don’t recommend this manga. I hoped I’d have more to say about it, but I guess I never will. Some manga are just like that. Next time: ALIENS! See you then here on the Manga Connoisseur blog! Spooky Month! Trust me!

Maburaho

Welcome back to Spooky Horror Scary Creepy Freaky Month at The Manga Connoisseur blog! Today: Witches! Because witches are scary. At least, some are, but for the wrong reasons, in Maburaho.

Plot: Kazuki is such a loser! Really, not only does the manga tell us at every opportunity, but so do the girls and he himself! Way to hammer it right in, guys! Okay, it’s a magic-based world, although it seems to function entirely like ours. Three “beautiful” (read: mediocre in attractiveness) girls all want Kazuki, though… for his DNA!

Read: They want to have sex with him. No, not because he’s an amazing lover! Because he has ancestry of legendary witches and wizards in his blood! Although he himself can only use magic seven times (eight, but we’ll go into that later), the girls think that his child will be enough to raise their families’ prestige.

Sigh… sigh, sigh, sigh-sigh-sigh. Where do I begin? First, the implications of this plot are horrible. It seems to say, “Women only want to have babies! That’s all they’re good for!” At no point do any of the parents appear, so we never know if they approve or disapprove of their babies sleeping with Kazuki.

There’s the word of the day: Babies. How do they know sleeping with him will make a super magician? And it’s never explained HOW they know who ranges on what power level.

Let me explain the whole “power whatever thingy”. Apparently, there’s a limit to how many times you  can use magic. The girls have thousands of magic dealies, but Kazuki has seven. What this means is never explained in the manga. Instead, the back cover and ad for the anime say that if you use all your magic, you die.

Well that’s nice! In that case, people of this world would naturally limit their magic for emergencies, even if their level is high! So do they? Not in this manga! Yuna, the designated obvious choice for Kazuki to pick, uses her magic to attack the one she loves and cast spells that forces him into girl’s uniforms! And I called her the “obvious choice”.

The manga wants you to side with Yuna because she “truly loves him”. Unlike the other two, she’s the only one to actually hurt him. The girl is a psycho. Okay, so in one story she tries to control her anger. We get some examples. The first is of Kazuki dropping his eraser, so a girl (I think?) hands it to him. She stares in rage. WHY??? No one is THAT jealous! Well, except me. But still! Then a guy prods Kazuki into saying that he likes a certain type of girl, but Kazuki doesn’t dignify that! SHE STARES AT HIM IN RAGE.

Look, maybe the idea that girls using guys to have babies is wrong, but putting up with this psycho is worse. This is Guardian Hearts level of misplaced sympathy. Also, might I add, as an addendum to that thought, WHAT DO THESE GIRLS PLAN ON DOING? WOULD THEY SERIOUSLY GO AROUND HIGH SCHOOL PREGNANT? And by the way, manga generally doesn’t have high school pregnancies, unlike most Western dramas.

Kazuki is no prize. Yes, he’s a standard loser archetype, but there’s more. He’s… ugh… Mr. Nice Guy. Look, manga as a whole, can you stop with this character? The aforementioned Guardian Hearts used it. That was awful. Inukami! used it. That, too, was awful. Urusei Yatsura? Ataru’s a jerk. He makes the manga NOT suck! He deserves all the mistreatment, and by the way, it IS mistreatment! Because the Nice Guy’s problem is the opposite of Ataru: “How will I stay a virgin until marriage?” Who ever wants to read that? Ever?

His Mr. Nice Guy role is saying generic soothing words. This often makes the girls actually start falling for him. In Yuna’s case, he used one of his eight magic spells left to make snow for her. So she’s “for realz, yo” in love with him. Uh-huh.

You know, if Kazuki’s semen is such a prize, why not, I dunno, DONATE TO A SPERM BANK? There must be plenty of women who want a handsome magician doctor lawyer son! And one of Kazuki’s faults is that he’s broke. There! Two birds, one Rock-type move!

Sperm Bank: “Hello, can I help you?”
Kazuki: “Yes, I would like to donate sperm. I have amazing ancestors, including Houdini, Jesus, and Alakazam.”
Sperm Bank: “Wonderful! And what’s your magic level?”
Kazuki: “At first? Eight.”
Sperm Bank: “SECURITY!”

Still, though.

The other two girls. One is… rich powerful girl type, the other is shy small priestess type. The former is generic, but the latter, Rin, can be interesting. I thought she was just going to be catty, but she’s uncharacteristically bashful, and apparently has a huge lesbian following. You heard right. The problem is, this, like many of the ideas, are never fully fleshed out. That’s probably the worst structural flaw of the manga.

Okay, the rich girl hypnotizes Kazuki. Guess what? He tries to have his way with her! Then she gets all fidgety, “I’m not ready, even though I forced you into the same situation countless of other times!” Double standards? I like mine with milk, please!

Overall, it’s bad. Really bad. But probably not as bad as the back cover of the anime box.

Ahem… “Harry never had it this hard”. Harry. Harry Potter. Aside from the obvious ploy, daring to compare this with Harry Potter, it’s factually wrong. Harry had to deal with being an orphan, raised by cruel relatives, hated by Slytherin, attacked by his parents’ murderer… and what did Kazuki deal with? “Durr, I got three girls fawning over me!” BOO, SIR.

If they utilized elements like Rin better, it would have made for a nice read. But for what it is, I recommend lots of other titles. Tune in next time for more Spookiness!

Midori Days

Welcome back to Spooky Month! What’s that you say? Midori Days isn’t a horror series? Sure it is! It’s… uh… Body Horror! Yeah! I mean, listen to this plot!

Plot: Seiji is… say it with me now… “such a loser! He doesn’t even have girlfriend!” “Mad Dog” Seiji Sawamura is a thug, but all he wants is a girlfriend. One day, he wishes for a gal to call his own, and then… HIS HAND TURNS INTO A GIRL. Shocked at first, Midori, the handy girl, confesses her love for Seiji. He’s horrified that this is how he gets a girl, and tries to hide her when some ladies come over. Midori saves Seiji from getting decapitated by the femme fatales, and realizes, hey, maybe Midori is good to have around! And thus begins our adventure!

Okay. Yeah. I hated this when I saw it in a Viz Media preview book. Just like I hated Happy Hustle High and loved Mar. Well, news flash. I love Happy Hustle High, and Mar is mediocre. Yeah, much better than Shark Boy & Lava Girl, but it’s mostly the Tenkaichi Budokai. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but… where was I?

Midori Days! Right! So my brother bought the series since he loved the preview. On his recommendation, I took a glance. I got hooked like a fish gets hooked on Worm Phonics.

How do you describe love? Love between a man and a manga? Well, I guess I’d take letters, put them into words, put the words into sentences, and we’ll take it from there. Everything is strong in this series. Everything.

Art? It’s polished, recognizable, and fits the mood. Although maybe Midori is a little too cutesy considering this IS a horror manga. I mean, that’s totally what this is. But I love that there’s no awkward sketchiness that ruins other series. While scenery isn’t prevalent, so we don’t get glorious depictions of lush fields or factories or toboggans, it’s the characters that matter, and it does the job. Speaking of…

Characters? Take your pick: The tough but kind Seiji? The outgoing and bubbly Midori? The underdog minion Miyahara? The prudish bookworm who tries too hard Ayase? The American stereotype Lucy? The nerdy yet lovable Takamizawa? Seiji’s domineering yet caring sister Rin? The closeted friend of Midori Kota? The… whatever the heck Nao is? Stop me if I’m going too fast. The characters are all so diverse, and each one has a story of their own, something that makes them unique. You really end up caring about what happens to everyone.

Plot? Well, yeah, it sounds dumb. It sounds like a fetish manga. But it doesn’t go that route. Sure, the concept is explored with Takamizawa, who first sees Midori as a doll, but she clears that right up. And with such dignity! This manga is really a mentch.

Humor? Why, yes! Lots of it! The jokes hit hard and fast. This manga also contains one of my favorite chapters ever.

Drama? Did you not see the above image?

So yes, I love Midori Days. A lot. Problem is, it’d make for a boring review to just talk about why I love it, so I’d like to focus on certain aspects.

First, the lack of hiding Midori. Okay, so it’s not like everyone knows who Midori is. Ayase never learns, and various others are kept in the dark. But when someone finds out, they usually stick with it. Sometimes a character will get amnesia or think it was a dream, but the amnesia is undone and I don’t care at all about Seiji’s bratty neighbor. More on her later.

Sometimes knowing about Midori seems unnecessary, but more often it’s important. In the case of Lucy, she doesn’t discover Midori until right before she leaves. Pointless, you say? Well, not from a dramatic point of view. At this point of the series, Midori and Seiji were questioning if they should stay like this forever. Lucy’s departure exists primarily as a contrast for Midori’s hesitance to return to her millionaire girl body.

While Midori fidgets at the thought of forgetting her time with Seiji upon waking up from her… being a hand, Lucy realizes that she has to go back to America with all the other American-flag wearing stereotypes with blonde hair and huge boobs. She can’t stay in Japan forever, much as she loves the friends she’d made. She has to get back to real life, and not stick around in a place that, while she adores it, simply isn’t home.

Other characters to learn Midori’s existence include, as mentioned, Takamizawa. He’s mostly comic relief, but has plenty of drama of his own. He questions if it’s right for Midori and Seiji to stay this way. Midori’s friend Kota also finds out. He’s half-drama, half-comic relief. He also questions Midori and Seiji being stuck together. Rin, Seiji’s sister? Heartwarming backstory and drama, although she has her moments. Also wonders if this is the best option. Nao? No. She never questions if Midori should stay a hand. Yet out of all of them, she’s the only one in love with Midori, so there’s that.

Seiji is an interesting male lead. Unlike a lot of other characters in his position from other series, he deserves the attention he gets from women. He might be a brawler, but he only fights the strong. And… well, I kind of feel bad for him.

“Seiji? You feel bad for him? But he’s got at least three in love with him!” Oh, but they don’t love him. They love his fighting. None of the girls really KNOW Seiji at first. Midori was too shy to talk to him before the series began, but she fell in love with him because he defends the weak. Ayase fell in love with Seiji because he saved her from, as the anime put it, “THAT AWFUL GANG!” Lucy falls in love with him because he saved her purse, then starts comparing him to a samurai. Oddly, he never goes for Lucy, who’s the most blatant and isn’t a hand.

So they only have the most minuscule information about the guy. It’s all sort of crush-like in nature. Midori and Ayase drive themselves mad over this guy, Midori eventually going from girl to appendage, and Ayase descending into madness. But they only have so much to go on. Yes, Midori learns more about Seiji, but she doesn’t at first. In fact, when she wakes up, she forgets about her time with Seiji. It all works out, but still.

Seiji has two other girls in love with him, and I hate them both. Yeah, I don’t love all the characters in this. The first is Seiji’s aforementioned bratty neighbor. Obviously it’s just a kid’s crush. The girl is such a brat! “How bratty is she?” She’s such a brat that her step-mother walks into Seiji’s house, asks her nicely to come home, and the brat acts like the biggest jerk in the world! Now, it’s kind of uncomfortable to hear the whole “You’re not my real mother!” speech. Heck, it’s kind of justified to feel that way. No one wants their beloved mother replaced by someone else. What ISN’T that justifiable is the step-mother slapping her. And this is supposed to be a person we side with. They make up, but still. It’s… awkward on both ends. I just feel bad for Seiji. “Why won’t these people leave?” That… that would be me, in that situation.

There’s also a boy who has a crush on the brat, but he’s far too good for her. They get together, so that puts a kibosh on that setup.

The other character I kind of hate is a senior who wants Seiji to take over the school since he’s “Mad Dog” Sawamura. Problem is, he’s become tamer as of late, so she attacks him with various minions like a hitman, a missing link, and a sumo wrestler. “Oh boy!” I said. “So we’ll get some stories like this? Seiji casually beating up mooks? This should be great!” It was… for the chapter and two pages it existed for. Having the senior as a recurring character feels like a total waste. She does turn into a lesbian at the end, so that’s… good? I don’t really know. That’s the problem, her character is mostly just there. I prefer her quiet lesbian friend, who threatens Seiji after he rejects the senior’s love confession. Still, feels too rushed.

Now we get to the brunt of the review: Ayase Versus Midori. Who deserved Seiji more? If it wasn’t obvious by the title, Midori wins Seiji in the end. But there is a vocal minority who feels that Ayase should have won him over.

Let’s look at our ladies. Midori is a rich girl with a shy demeanor and a kind heart. God or Fate or Time has to intervene so she can tell Seiji how she feels. So really, all she does is make herself nuts over the fact that she can’t talk to this guy. In the end, she confesses because, while she doesn’t remember being a hand, she feels more confident.

Ayase is a prude, but she has a feminine side to her. She’s a genius, but is clueless when it comes to telling Seiji how she feels. Instead of just coming out with it, she fumbles and twitches using schemes and tricks to try to get her way. At first, it’s kind of funny, but after a while, Ayase becomes sympathetic. It all comes to a head when she finally works up her courage to tell Seiji how she feels. He rejects her because he’s in love with Midori.

Ayase might not have been the best option for Seiji. They say opposites attract, but Seiji simply didn’t like her that way. When Ayase blurts out how she feels the first time, he thinks, “Maybe I’ll just say, ‘I love you too!’ …Wait, that’s not true.” So the love wasn’t even there. I can see why, though.

Ayase can never be honest, not with herself and not with Seiji. Sure, she schemes, but she also goes back on her own words. “I was just joking about being in love with you!” Her character is cheapened because of it. Even after Seiji rejects her, she refuses to be honest. “WHEW! Glad that’s off my chest! See you tomorrow!” *runs away from Seiji, looks up at a lamppost, cries* She can’t face her feelings, so the lies are simply easier to take.

In contrast, Midori is consistently honest. Okay, not to the letter, but she doesn’t scheme. She flat-out tells Seiji how she feels, even if he doesn’t reciprocate immediately. In a sense, she’s the more worthwhile choice in the long run. She might run from her life, but never from the truth.

What I like about Midori Days is that it doesn’t focus on what the cause of this is. There’s Rin’s boyfriend, who explains that there’s hieroglyphics of a man with a human on his hand (Rin’s boyfriend also carries a Dragonball and a book from Zatchbell with him [which is made even better considering the author is friends with Zatch Bell’s creator]), not to mention Midori’s mother learns from a Native American that Midori’s soul caused it, but it never goes into more than that. But the point of the series is the way Midori has touched the lives of other people.

However, while the manga is “Midori Days”, it SHOULD be called “Seiji Days”. Yes, it focuses on Midori, but Seiji’s the one who grows the most. At first, he would have taken Ayase or Lucy flat out. But now he only wants Midori, which shows how much he had changed from the first chapter. And that’s what I love about Midori Days. Does it have Midori’s breasts flat-out in the first chapter? Yes. Does it ruin the manga, or put Midori in situations that can get her topless? NO. It does not! Kazurou Inoue cares about all of his characters, not just the ones that can get nakedest the fastest. Male or female, human or hand, this is one series that has heart, soul, and rhythm.

And now, since you’ve been such good little girls and boys, I leave you with outtakes from the Midori Days anime. Next time, something spooktacular, here on The Manga Connoisseur blog.

Limit

Welcome to Spooky Month here at The Manga Connoisseur blog! Boy, have we got some chilling, thrilling, skrilling horror manga in store for you! Wait… I already reviewed Haunted House and Uzumaki, so what’s left? Oh, come now! There’s more horror manga than that! Like “Limit”!

Okay, it’s more of a situational horror, but it still counts! After all, what would you do if your bus crashed in a pit/forest and only a few of your classmates survived? Probably find a gun, I suppose.

Plot: Konno is an airheaded teenager! She only thinks of herself, shutting everyone but her friends out! On the way to a field trip, the bus crashes in a pit or something and most of Konno’s friends and classmates die. Four other girls live, but each one has their own problems. Will Konno make it out okay?

Hold on a second! A bus leading to students having to survive? Desperation filling the air? Weapons determining might? This is Battle Royale!

Okay, not really. But it does sound a bit familiar if I use that many vague terms. However, I think Konno is a good contrast for Battle Royale’s protagonist, Shu. Shu is the wunderbar Godchild of the world. Konno hates everything that doesn’t involve her or her friends. She mocks Kamiya, the best character in the first volume (possibly all five other volumes) for helping out a drunk man. As the wonderful Kamiya describes her later on, she “showed insecurity and griped and whined”. Honestly, that’s the best line.

This line comes from Konno complaining about her situation being stuck in the ditch, so Kamiya totes serves her, telling her that because of the aforementioned, she has no right to reproach Morishige. Speaking of…

I… kind of hate Morishige. Okay, so she’s a victim of bullying. I, too was a victim of bullying. She draws manga. I drew comics. Her bullying comes in the form of verbal and isolation. I had… verbal. I kind of isolated myself because of the bullying.

Did I wish any ill on my bullies? Of course. Who wouldn’t? Would I feel good if any of them up and died? NO! I wouldn’t! I’d feel terrible for having wished such a thing! And if we got stranded somehow and I had my teacher’s sickle, I certainly wouldn’t use it to seize control! I know nothing of food division, or even the basic act of division!

Morishige is far too ugly. No, not physically, but I chose the least flattering image of her above. She dominates the situation. Rather than act like she always had, shy and withdrawn, she becomes a tyrant. So… the death of your bully allows you to become domineering? I don’t buy it. And it just gives off the wrong message, like the victims are inherently insane. Speaking of insane, Sakura.

Sakura dies in the first chapter. She’s the queen bee of Konno’s group. Men want to be her, women want to be with her. But she says… odd things. She wants “fuglies” to die. Now, since she herself died before anything could happen, I find it hard to believe that they wasted this character. Morishige hated Sakura. Wouldn’t this have been a great opportunity to have Morishige in control of her prime persecutor? Instead, it falls flat, since she just up and dies. What a waste.

The character of Kamiya, as I’ve said, is the best. She’s in control, she’s levelheaded, and overall, just a nice person. But there’s the problem: She’s too good for these girls. The other two girls, Usui and Haruka, have their own issues, as I’ve said. Haruka was like a sister to Sakura, so she lashes out at Konno. Usui… is kind of just there. She’s shy, but unlike Morishige, plays the role consistently.

Konno actually has some well-thought-out backstory, and it justifies her coldness. Haruka’s is weak, but still works for her. But in the end, I just don’t find myself loving this manga. Between Morishige and the plot itself, which seems all too contrived, it’s an okay manga. But I don’t think I’ll end up getting more.

Oh, and next review is 150! Wow, feels like a year ago since I reviewed Azumanga Daioh for the 100th! Well, it’ll still be horrorlicious! Tune in then!