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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 184
  • ISBN: 0-345-49149-1
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: School Rumble

School Rumble Vol. #03

By Eduardo M. Chavez     October 11, 2006
Release Date: September 01, 2006


School Rumble Vol.#03
© Del Rey


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Kobayashi Jin
Translated by:William Flanagan
Adapted by:William Flanagan

What They Say
Love has betrayed Harima Kenji, but now he has moved on in an effort to find himself. His new paths include being a fortune teller who is able to communicate with animals and a helpful deity who watches over a local shrine. But what happens to a man who goes on a journey of self discovery when he can't find himself anywhere?

Then Tenma and her friends go to the sun, sand and surf of the beach! But they're accompanied by four guys with less-than-noble intentions!

Plus, the introduction of a brand-new main character!

The Review
For Tenma and her friends high School romance continues to be two steps away - front or back. And after the undoukai volume, the gang decides to welcome the summer with trips to the pool and adventures at sea. Summer fun in the sun can often lead to romantic encounters abroad. Imagine the encounters that can come up while hanging out at the water park. The sun is hot, the bathing suits are hot and hearts are racing. Oh and add some sea-breeze to the mix and the possibilities shot through the roof. Booze, yukata and swimming lessons can easily parley themselves into intimate moments that seem to be so short and so memorable when fall comes around.

But if you are reading School Rumble, you know summers are going to be filled with miscommunication, monsoonal rains and summer school. Those are the facts of life in Japan. Not everyone is going to have a good time. Actually, some people are going to try hard to not have a good time. So ultimately, summer is going to be as hot as these kids make it.

As a reader these types of stories can be hit or miss. I really think the combination of gag manga and sitcom romance is one that is particular to specific sentimentalities. Fortunately for me this volume was perfectly suited to me. As the leads and their rivals were clearly established the tension really came through well. Finally these character have advanced from unconditional school crushes to memorable moments of heartache/heartbreak. That's an important step in any romance's development. But for this title that allowed for real belly laughs, tender moments and a new dynamic as character development seeped in. You know how you feel when you asked people to grow up? School Rumble's cast did and it was very refreshing especially in this heat.

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