Great Place High School Vol. #01 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Release Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Translated by:Sachiko Sato
What They Say
The GP High School Technologies & Information club is filled with all sorts of weirdoes, narcissists, and worse. It's hard enough for their president, the kind Ryouichi, to put up with all that and keep the club running. But when Minami joins the club, things get even worse! Minami is a good boy, but any machine he approaches breaks...
I don't remember high school being terribly interesting, and this manga proves it because it's not a terribly interesting thing to read at all... except for the occasional bouts of pretty boy sex.
The front cover shows an image of the entire Information Management Club with the school logo printed out behind them. The title of the manga is written over the crest, the original kanji for it written out underneath it. The front cover might get some attention due to the pretty boys, but it's the back cover that'll make boy's love fans stop and grab the book. The back cover has a picture of the student council president (Rin) with the vice president (Eichi), both looking absolutely gorgeous as the president licks the vice president's finger.
If you've read "Our Kingdom," you'll immediately recognize the art work right off the bat. This is definitely one of those books to pick up for shallow reasons of wanting to see vast amounts of pretty boys, especially with the color inserts readers are treated to. The style the manga is done in may throw readers off at first. It's done in four-panel comic strips that progress as the story moves along. The manga doesn't stay like this all the time, it goes into the standard manga format whenever it's dealing with some semblance of a plot that goes beyond the day to day antics of the Information Management Club.
There's a large amount of humor (or at least an attempt at it) so be prepared for some sweatdropping, some blank stares, and some chibi versions of the characters running around in the manga. There isn't a large amount of sex in this manga, but the sex we're given is absolutely amazing and it made my brain praise the gospel of a) pretty boys and b) pretty boys doing it in the classroom and in an elevator.
All Japanese honorifics are kept in tact, and while there's no translation page the words are easy enough to figure out (sempai,ect.) Sound effects are kept in the original kanji with English translations underneath them. There is a lot of use of small text outside of the speech bubbles to show what each character is thinking at the moment, especially since (for the most part) the manga is done in third person. The only time we get inner monologue is in the parts that are done in standard manga format verses the four panel comic strip format.
Contents: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
This portion of the review is going to be incredibly small, because there isn't much to discuss here. The entire manga goes through the day to day events of the club... and that's about it. Sometimes, it'll go into the relationship between Rin and Eichi (which is the only thing with any kind of real plot), or it'll go into the relationship between Suzune and Kotone (one of two sets of twins in the club), but these moments only last for a few pages before we go back to the four panel adventures of the Information Management Club.
If you remove the final paragraph in the summary of the manga you actually have a dead on description of the book.
It's high school, and that's about it.
Do not pick up this book thinking you're going to get some high school romance between Tsuruga and Minami, because it's not there. What you're actually getting is some bland four panel comics about some pretty boys in a club together. As I read it I kept telling myself that eventually something would happen, surely I'd get more than pages and pages of Minami meeting different members of the club and trying to tell the two sets of twins apart. It reads like the first episode of a high school drama where we meet all the characters, but instead of having twenty-six more episodes, it stops there.
The only thing interesting about the manga is the relationship between Rin and Eichi. They're kinda like the two characters in a bad movie that try desperately to save it by being more interesting than everything else in the movie, but is it really worth $12.95 to get very few pages of plot and hot sex? If you're willing to shell out the money you'll definitely enjoy the moments between these two boys. Or, if a friend has the book already, have them scan those moments for you because that's all you really need to have... unless if you like seeing cute boys play guess which twin is which.
All and all, the story in this manga is a waste, but Rin and Eichi manage to save it from a failing grade... almost.
Mania Grade: C-
Art Rating: A
Packaging Rating: A
Text/Translatin Rating: A
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Great Place High School