Mar 9, 2009
I love stories where heroines aren't completely moe about boys right off the start, but circumstances and certain character interactions slowly change her mind and she surmises that maybe there is goodness in the world after all. But I absolutely cannot stand when this happens solely for plot's sake, without proper segues or situations justifying this attitude reversal. Well, this story did not disappoint, though it certainly isn't one of the top ten in its genre.
Enter Tomita, who due to mild childhood traumas, dislikes boys and knows they're generally up to no good. She's the student council president of an all girls school, which frankly
in my opinion is painted really really well! All classmates seem to have extremely funny contributions to the overall estrogen replete atmosphere and her freind and vice president Tudou certainly adds flair to the storyline as the beloved prince character of their school who easily charms any girl with her host like demeanour. Obviously, this blissful existance that Tomita holds onto so dearly will be submerged in chaos when her school merges with an all boy's school. But what can she do to alleviate the suffering? And why won't the male student council president Yuuki from that school stop trying to change her mind about boys?! What's in it for him? Hmm... It's clear where this plot is leading, but its execution is done tenderly, so as not to leave any disgruntled readers.
I think character development in this story is taken at a slow pace and therefore shines through in ever chapter. Most characters are quite unique even though each somewhat resembles standard shoujo protocol for a hate-grows-into-love plotline. The artwork is commendable because all characters look true to their personalities and very attractive at the same time, though not submitting to any common sensibility of wha constitutes good looking. Each character is given sufficient space to air his grievances in life as well as develop as an individual. Scenes are done humourously when the situation demands it, and tender when intimacy is warranted. Some of the plots seem hackneyed, especially those revolving around Tomita and Yuuki, but those centering on Tudou and Himeno completely make up for the former in originality as well as entertainment. Once or twice, your nostrils may flare regarding how easily the lead female is relegated to an inferior position in a race for presidency, but sadly such plots are to be expected in shoujo nowadays.
Overall, this is a short read, but a suitable one if you're looking for comedy and high school plots, but falls short of being a great romantic read because the characters just aren't meaty enough for that. Situations and dialogue are relatively novel and keep you laughing, while the art is soothing and a feast for those who enjoy delicately drawn bishounen.
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