Apr 8, 2010
Arisu is a japanese girl who has to learn English because she wants to visit her dad in New York. Therefore, her mom forces her to enter an English Conversational Class, despite Arisu's fear of foreigners. At a 100-yen shop she meets her future teacher and they both get a bad impression of each other.
Matusomo Tomo's style isn't for everyone. It's simple. Still, I really like her naturalistic drawings; they aren't overly shoujo or typically shounen. I found Eikaiwa School Wars' art to be less.. passionate than her other mangas; and I think it might be because I didn't find the story
They're a bit of stereotypes; the shy girl, a cold teacher and a flirtatious foreginer, and a jealous childhood friend. But they aren't bad or anything, they've got their little quirks and flaws which make them more human. I found Ish and Arisu's childhood friend's character design to be very alike, so sometimes I got really perplexed about who was who.
The first chapters are very good. But somewhere in the middle, it suddenly gets very confusing which made it difficult for me to understand the whole story. I couldn't fully comprehend what had happened until one forum member explained it.
I think the mangaka rushed the story a bit, which made it confusing. Some of the flashbacks made you question who it belonged to etc. So if you're going to read it, keep in mind to fully focus on the story or you might get a bit bewildered.
It's a good manga, but not as good as her other works. I couldn't really see the chemistry between Arisu and Ish, which made the story less compelling since it's mostly about the romance between the two of them. Yes, I know that Matsumoto usually build up the tension between the characters, but in this one it went on for too long and I got a bit bored, unfortunately. However, it's just two volumes so it doesn't take too long to read it.
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