School Rumble Vol. #08 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, May 12, 2008
Release Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Translated by:William Flannagan
Adapted by:William Flannagan
What They Say
LOCK AND LOAD!
The school festival is coming, and Harima and his cohorts want to present a play. But Hanai's group is set on a maid café. So the two stubborn parties decide that the only way to come to an understanding is s rumble in the middle of the night-with BB guns at the ready!
Harima is in the worst of all dilemmas. Tenma -- and the entire school -- think that he's in love with her younger sister Yakumo! Unfortunately, the more he tries to clear the misunderstanding, the more committed Tenma thinks he is to her sister. As a result, she invites Harima to accompany her on a shopping trip -- in order to have a man's opinion on Karasuma-kun's birthday present! So ensues the day of ecstasy and torture for Harima. In the meantime, Hanai is crushed at having lost his ideal woman to Harima. But never fear, the warrior Hanai will be revived in time for a showdown between the two halves of class 2-C. The prize? Their theme for this year's cultural festival!
Adolescent angst abounds in a fresh spin on the miscommunications between our dimwitted main characters as Harima goes shopping with Tenma. They go through all the motions of a typical high school date, but Tenma only sees it as borrowing her sister's boyfriend so that she can buy the best present possible for Karasuma-kun. As such, the afternoon is a hilarious juxtaposition of Harima's highs and lows with Tenma oblivious to his turmoil and not feeling the least bit romantic the entire time.
The second part of the manga, while still engaging, requires a bit more mental effort to enjoy as Kobayashi turns the entire school into a literal battlefield so that he can poke fun at war story stereotypes. However, the conflict involves the entire 2-C class, meaning there is a larger number than usual of characters to keep track of (not that School Rumble's cast was small to begin with). Considering the only thing differentiating most characters are slight variations in hairstyle, it's easy to get confused with who's who and who is on which team. On top of keeping track of all the students involved in this game of BB-gun capture the flag, keeping tabs on the team's tactics and moves also gets a little complicated, especially when the extra teams jump into the game.
Four pages of translation notes and three one-page bonus manga are included as extras in this volume.
Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translatin Rating: B
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: Del Rey
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: School Rumble