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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 182
  • ISBN: 0-345-49150-3
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: School Rumble

School Rumble Vol. #04

By Eduardo M. Chavez     March 07, 2007
Release Date: December 31, 2006


School Rumble Vol.#04
© Del Rey


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

What They Say
Cute Tsukamoto Tenma is desperately trying to help juvenile delinquent classmate Harima Kenji win the girl of his dreams: Tenma's friend Mikoto. But when Tenma hears Kenji say "I love you" to someone else, she begins to have serious doubts about Kenji's loyalties.

Now, in an abandoned school in the middle of the woods on a rainy night, Tenma is ready to confront him one-on-one about his infidelities. Little does she know that she has totally misread the situation, and that the love-crazed punk has actually developed a hopeless crush on her!

The Review
Summer is about to end and some of the kids from School Rumble are starting to feel the pressure. No, they are not that concerned about their summer break homework. They can see the days left to find summer love running out quickly. School is only days away now. Opportunities to hang out at the beach or the pool are becoming infrequent. Obligations like sports tournaments and school projects are once again getting in the way of those final precious moments of youth these high schoolers can enjoy. The gang only has one more chance to grab a hold of those youth love moments before school and exams grab hold of their free time and energy.

A trip to the mountains will give the kids a chance to come together one last time. This could do more than spark romances but it could also help clear up the air around a troubled friendship. If you have read your share of manga, you possibly know what the outcome will be. Love is definitely in the air. However, it is mixed in with tension and confusion. Miscommunication and misinterpretation prevent these young hearts from coming together. And even when a perfect match is given the perfect setting for that ultimate expression of love, fate jumps in and turns romance into humor (and frustration).

School Rumble continues to improve by building on the various relationships shared among this huge cast of characters. By creating conflicts amongst friends and testing the strength of those relationships, Kobayashi infuses this comedy with some well needed tension. These characters obviously have issues. Up to this point most of their problems have been humorous at best (silly at times). Friendships breaking down and confrontations spices this title up changing the dynamic of the series in a positive way. At the same time readers can continue to expect all of the humor that has made this title so popular across the board. Good to see a shounen romance comedy improve with age.

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