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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 176
  • ISBN: 9781569708194
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Can\'t Win With You

Can't Win With You Vol. #02

By Patricia Beard     January 15, 2008
Release Date: November 01, 2007

Can't Win With You Vol.#02
© Digital Manga Publishing

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Yukine Honami/Satosumi Takaguchi
Translated by:Bruce Dorsey
Adapted by:

What They Say
When class president Sango Tsutsui and the other student administrators end up sequestered away at a director's meeting, Yuuhi-kun is left back at the school, alone and defenseless: Will Yuuhi's naive country ways make him fair game for the Ezaki trio? Or will Tsutsui-san return in the nick of time to save him? Could it be that absence truly makes the heart grow fonder-are Yuuhi and Sango ready to take their strange relationship to(gasp)...the next level?!

The Review
This volume presents quite a few resolutions, both social and romantic, for Yuuhi and the students of Shuuiku Academy.

Yuuhi, owner of the mountain upon which the branch of the Shuuiku Academy is built, is the sole representative of order on the campus with all of the student administrators and his brother, teacher Morio Torishima, attending the director's meeting. Yuuhi is an earnest young person, who takes responsibilities seriously, and he refuses to ignore the flagrant violations of the school rules by the Ezaki trio, sons of the director. These upperclassmen previously have harassed Yuuhi sexually and otherwise, but Yuuhi does not back down when confronting them about after hours bathing. His manner of reading them the riot act will leave the reader smiling, and it's enough to get the Ezaki boys to grant Yuuhi a bit of respect and grudging acceptance of his authority as resident advisor. Yuuhi can take care of himself.

As expected, the bulk of the volume is taken up with romantic matters with lots of behind the scenes manipulation by numerous parties. Even Yuuhi gets into the act. Yuuhi may not be behind the school mores in principal, but he does understand relationships between individuals. Since he acts from the heart and instinctively, he recognizes that the conflicts between Miki and Houjou are wrong. He uses his position as resident advisor to promote some "understanding" between the free and easy Houjou, unsure of how the flirtatious Miki feels about him, and Miki, whose outgoing personality stands in the way of convincing Houjou of his sincerity. This is the one relationship in this series that is the best developed in terms of character motivation and predicament, and is the most satisfying on the emotional and sensual level when it is resolved.

But what about Tsutsui and Yuuhi? Well, Miki and Houjou, especially Houjou, are tired of Tsutsui dragging his feet in his relationship with Yuuhi, so they intend to create a situation where Tsutsui can be alone with Yuuhi. With the assistance of Koneko, who has made a turnaround from bratty little creep to charming, clever imp, they stage a blackout during the General Meeting of the school. However, as funny as this is for the reader, things don't work out as planned, and unintended results with respect to Torishima sensei lead to house arrest for Miki and Houjou. (Would they really mind?)

Yes, but what about Tsutsui and Yuuhi? The question as to whether a person's personality changes when someone takes off his glasses becomes the focus of a school wager as to when Tsutsui will "remove his glasses" for Yuuhi. Of course, he does so very much in this metaphorical sense, in scenes that are short, tender and tentative, very much the opposite of scenes of the lingering, hungry sexuality of Miki and Houjou. As she did in the first volume, Honami sensei is deliberate in what she reveals to the reader - the limited number of non-graphic scenes show a sweetness and sensitivity that is touching, not crass or obscene.

This volume will not win over those offended by Yuuhi's youth and the aggressive sexual dynamics of Shuuiku Academy in the first volume (which aren't much in evidence in this one). However, if you enjoyed the first volume, you will definitely like the second. The humor, weighed down by heavy sexual antics in the first volume, comes through well in the second, especially in the interactions between Torishima sensei and Director Ezaki.

This is not a sexually graphic series so far, the 18+ rating is for concept rather than execution.


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