Jun 23, 2013
The story is decent and easy to follow – it’s the typical murder mysteries set within an all-girls high school and how the protagonist, the school’s maths teacher goes around solving them and gathering the pieces of puzzles together while in danger of being the next target.
At the beginning, new characters are introduced at every few pages and it’s easy to get lost and confused. Nevertheless, the art style makes up for it as each character is distinctively drawn, although remembering their names can be baffling. However, given that the characters and their circumstances are intertwined with one another in some way, these
characters are not redundant as they add to the bigger picture.
The murder mystery and methods of execution is somewhat easy to solve and this could be due to the fact that rather than focusing on the complexity of the murder methods, the author wanted to focus more on the dark side of the characters through the series of events that unfold.
Nevertheless, I believe that there could have been more depth in the development of the characters and the way they interact. Further, the hint of a teacher-student affair could have been more elaborated - I was a little disappointed that the relationship between Maejima (the male protagonist who is married) and one of his female students were brought across so placidly and ended way too abruptly. From the tone of their conversation and the way they interact, there is definitely something deeper between the both of them which I believe would have made the story more appealing if the author had dwelled more into developing their relationship. Without revealing any spoilers, it’s hard to describe the frustration one felt towards the end.
Further, the motive for murder wasn’t that compelling and I wasn’t convinced by both the victims and the culprits. Most of the characters failed to move me although I must say that after completing the series, I developed a love-hate relationship towards the male protagonist, who in some way is that typical gentleman cum jerk who destroy the lives of unlucky women albeit unintentionally.
Overall, this manga is still a good read, although I believe there are even better titles of the same genre out there.
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