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- Art Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Text/Translation Rating: A
- Age Rating: 16 and Up
- Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
- MSRP: 12.95
- Pages: 200
- ISBN: 978-1569708378
- Size: A5
- Orientation: Right to Left
- Series: Kurashina Sensei's Passion
Kurashina Sensei's Passion Vol. #02
Kurashina Sensei's Passion Vol. #02 Manga Review
By Matthew Warner
May 14, 2010
Release Date: January 13, 2010
Kurashina Sensei's Passion Vol. #02
© Digital Manga Publishing
A somewhat shallow, yet still enjoyable, follow-up to the first volume.
Writer/Artist: Natsuho Shino
Translation: Sachiko Sato
Adaptation: Sachiko Sato
What They Say
Welcome back to the renowned Shoei Academy, a school which prides itself on educating young men from respected families from kindergarten all the way through senior high school. Newly-arrived teacher Reiji Kurashina is just as popular with his students as ever, inspiring feelings of passion in all of them. And now the battle between the executive committee and the student council for the teacher and is under way!
As the volume opens, we find Kurashina wandering the school, still perplexed by the kiss from Takashi at the end of the last volume and the meaning behind it. However, he doesn’t have long to linger on the matter, as he is soon forced into the middle of a dispute between the Student Council and the Events Organization Committee. The Events Organization Committee wants a budget separate from the Student Council, but the Student Council claims the budget is far too tight to allow for it. However, when it comes up that there is emergency money that could be used for the Events Organization Committee’s budget, things become incredibly heated and end in a contest between the two groups, with the cumulative grades on the midterm tests of each team as the determining factor.
If the Events Organization Committee wins, they get their budget. However, if the Student Council wins, they get Kurashina. Everyone does their best to study, and as a result, things amazingly end up as a perfect tie. Unwilling to accept this incredibly unlikely result, the two groups once more begin bickering and decide that they will end things once and for all with a one-on-one basketball competition between the leaders of each side. The match is a close one, but Takashi manages to pull out a win for the Events Organization Committee, procuring the budget and keeping Kurashina as their supervising teacher.
The rest of the book is spent on an assortment of bonus chapters. In the first, we see Takashi and Kouki as children, taking care of Kouki’s baby brother Mizuki. In the second chapter, Satomura (the leader of the Student Council) asks Haruka out on a date and shows that he might actually be serious about him. We then get a few shorts detailing the daily lives of the characters and what they want to be when they grow up.
Most of the time here is spent on the introduction of the Student Council members, who are an interesting enough group of characters and seem to fit in well with the rest of the cast. However, this means that in turn the romance between Takashi and Kurashina is more or less left hanging (though we do at least get to see the characters make attempts at progress, even if they are interrupted every time) and there is very little time spent developing the characters we already had. Still, the main arc supporting the volume is a fun little story, and there’s a good bit of enjoyment to be had here. With any luck, the next volume will take the base of characters introduced in these first two books and really flesh them out properly.