Shun is a girl who used to be shy and gloomy. Wanting to change, she transforms herself into a bright girl when her family transfers into a new place. Hoping to fit in, she laughs and smile at everything agreeing with everyone. She starts to fear that her young teacher is seeing right through her. Is she just imagining, or is it true?
Included one-shots: Shishunki Baby (Puberty Baby), Kimi no Kotonoha (Your Kotonoha)
As a three chapter story, 7th Period is a Secret is obviously very short and intended for just a quick read. It portrays a common struggle of fitting in that many teenagers face in today's society, and teaches a little lesson while it's at it as well. 7th Period is a short and sweet manga that doesn't delve too deep, but gives enough of a story to satisfy.
The story is very slice of life, and the inner struggles and actions of the main character, Shun, to fit in is something that many people would easily go through in their real life
growing up. As she struggles to fit in, she distances herself in the process, defeating the entire purpose of having everyone like her; this is how the story begins. As she begins to question her choices, her involvement with the other main character helps her to see what's really important. Yes, if you couldn't tell, the story is very cliche and standard, but it's still sweet. Don't expect anything big; I'd like to emphasize the point that this series is very short, and as such, keep that in mind while reading the remainder of the review.
The art is pretty well defined and nice to look at, but can get somewhat clustered at times. It's a style that almost is reminiscent of One Piece, with overly large and round eyes, and lanky body frames. The inclusion of backgrounds in many of the frames is a nice touch, but it is somewhat distracting and takes your attention from the main action a bit. Also, many of the characters are hard to distinguish, so it can be easy to get lost at times. Overall, it's not too bad though, and I found the way in which the main character was drawn to be rather appealing. There are a few awkward body angles here and there, but nothing too major.
There are only two main characters in 7th Period, supplemented by three minor ones, and a stock class environment. The development for the main character, Shun, isn't too bad for three chapters, and she provides a decent message to the reader through her efforts. Shun could almost be seen as a very slight tsunderekko, however, the inner look at her personal emotions and struggles makes it so that her development avoids this, and although her emotions are a bit rushed, they are understandable and easy to relate to. Beyond that, don't expect too much.
I picked this series up as just a little something to read during some down time, and it provided me with a decent, realistic, if shallow, story, and kept me entertained for about 10-20 minutes. I didn't go in expecting anything big, just a nice short story, and that's exactly what I got.
Really, there's nothing too big involving 7th Period. It'll probably take you less time to read it than download it. As a 3 chapter slice-of-life manga, it is appropriately satisfying. If you're bored and are just looking for a quick fix to kill some time, check out 7th Period. Even if you do find that it wasn't to your taste, it's so short that it really doesn't matter.
Score: 25/40; 62.5%
I won't give this series a letter grade based on percentage, since it's too short to really be graded in the same way as longer manga series.
I had started this manga several times and never completed it. I believe for me, it was getting used to the art. I found the art to be too dark and usage of a lot of shading so that didn't appeal to me. When I did become used to it and also determined to finish such a small manga, I got over the art and really enjoyed the story for what it offered.
This story is one of the more popular and well known mangas for the Student/Teacher genre, if one is a fan. As a fan, it's a wonder it was
not my first read. As I said, I had a lot of things to get over in regards to this manga before I delve into it fully.
The story is so well done and poignant. You feel for both leads. Shun is a young student who just recently transferred from another High School, and based on an educated guess she probably transferred because of the shunning she previously experienced. She's a nerd who is a bit more studious, and serious than the others with a healthy insecurity issue. She feels the best way to be "included" or part of the "in crowd" is to hide aspects of her self for the superficial which is more popular. Jun is the young teacher who is playful and more like another student than teacher who sees the 'real' Shun and brings her forth. Makes her drop her insecurities and became independent of past angst and also drop the cowardice to show the her real self to the world. He showed her that she deserved love, not the character she created like the dramas she watches to fit in.
It's commentary on the insecurities people face and in particular the more studious students is quite interesting for a manga. I loved the story for successfully doing that within a taboo love story.
I think everyone who gives it a chance will like this story. The plot is not complex, but the character associations and relations are which enrich the story. The art is definitely a great piece and really gives you a solid understanding of the characters and their feelings. The characters were cool. I would have loved to know more about Jun, the sensei, but overall it was decent. I enjoyed it immensely as I mentioned so overall it was a good read.
As for the two other minor fics attached to this story they were decent.
They are cutesy stories that are very lighthearted for the reader. I like the art, not as detailed and almost sketch like in affect. It was very appealing.
The first story is about a sweet girl who confessed to a boy she liked when they were young kids. Said boy moves away and has suddenly come back to the town. What he does is blackmail her with the confession letter to do things for him. It's very cute and sweet. I like the twist of how he blackmails the girl to be his slave. What's interesting is that he knows the confession letter by heart---this is how you know that he took the letter very seriously. I really liked this story.
The second one shot is about a girl who is older than the boy and they were raised like brother and sister where she's his protector. The thing is, she sees him as her brother and even though he's around 15 she still baby's him. His mother is totally agreeable with the relationship and basically you are sitting through their drama of the lead girl understanding her feelings for the lead boy. While the lead boy is using his abilities to make her jealous----he's a hot gorgeous bishie in school (the girls flock). It's another nice read.
Short and sweet. Proper approach to Student-Teacher relationships, as well as a strong message on showing your true self to in turn have true friends. A nice story with a feel good message and cute plotline. Strongly recommended for all fluff shoujo readers, fans of personal development stories, or anyone looking for a quick and light read.
7th Period is a Secret is a short story consisting of three chapters. The last two chapters are one shots and are not related to main chapters.
I started reading this with some expectations for it, but I have to say, I was a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong though; for such a short manga, 7th Period is a Secret was actually quite good. The story is about a high school girl who was an outcast at her previous school. She transfers to a new school, determined to be popular, while hiding her true personality within her. She deceives all but her teacher, who shows
her that living in such a state is degenerative, and thus teaches her to live as herself. The story was short and sweet, and for three chapters, 7th Period is a Secret was enjoyable.
The two one shots focused on developing relationships between two different couples despite apparent difficulties.
The characters, however, were the weak point of this manga. The mangaka relies on extremely typical personalities, personalities that are not only predictable, but are seen almost in any other boy-girl romance manga. In the two one shots, the boys and girls could've been secretly programmed machines designed to simulate a romantic relationship, and I wouldn't have noticed the difference. Their every action was extremely predictable and calculated, they didn't seem like real teens struggling through thick and thin to find love. The characters in the main chapters were better, but this was probably due to a more different setting of the story.
Overall, the characters were dull. Unlike in other manga where one grows attach to the characters' unique personalities, characters of 7th Period is a Secret were predictable and did not show any signs of personal traits or characteristics.
The art style was quite good. The background of various high school scenery and cityscape allowed pages to be very pleasing to look at. The mangaka went along with the sharp, clear drawing style, as opposed to blending and smearing to create lighting effects that are typically seen in Bleach or Claymore. As a result, every panel looks clean and neat. Perfect for a high school romance manga. :)
Overall, 7th Period is a Secret is not unique at all, but was surprisingly enjoyable. It doesn't take long at all to read through its 5 chapters, so give it a go.