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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 186
  • ISBN: 978-0-345-49151-0
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: School Rumble

School Rumble Vol. #05

By Sakura Eries     May 09, 2008
Release Date: March 27, 2007

School Rumble Vol.#05
© Del Rey

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

What They Say

Harima Kenji has tried everything he can think of to attract his cute, but dim, classmate Tsukamoto Tenma. This time he's grown his beard to enormous lengths. But one snip of the scissors by wealthy beauty Sawachika Eri ruins everything! Can a delinquent punk and a stubborn, quick-to-anger rich girl end their long-running feud? Meanwhile, the inscrutable foreign exchange students from America in rival Class 2-D face off against our hapless heroes from 2-C. The real School Rumble is about to begin!

The Review
Shy Karen finally gets that date with Imadori that she's been waiting for so long. Playboy Imadori however clearly doesn't want to be with Karen, and it will take some help from Tenma to save their date. But while Imadori isn't the slightest bit interested in Karen, Mexican exchange student Lala Gonzalez is plenty interested -- in taking Karen down in the wrestling ring! Meanwhile, things worsen between Eri and Harima when Eri accidentally cuts off his beard! All attempts to right things between the school princess and the school delinquent go nowhere and then seem lost forever when a face from Harima's recent past shows up at the school's health office!

Karasuma fails to make an appearance in Volume 5, and even the love triangle of Karasuma, Tenma, and Harima takes a back seat as secondary characters Karen and Imadori take the spotlight along with the Class 2-D personalities Harry McKenzie, Togo, and Lala. Tenma and Harima do have their roles to play in Volume 5, but Kobayashi either uses them as supporting characters or focuses on their relationships with others (i.e., Harima and Eri, Harima and Yakumo). As such, there is no clear arc in Volume 5, and the stories meander all over the place. If you're interested in more details of the other characters of the high school, you're in for a treat, but if you're strictly looking for more Karasuma, Tenma, and Harima triangle madness, you may come away disappointed.

Ten pages of translation notes, trading cards style character profiles, and untranslated preview of Volume 6 are included as extras in this volume.


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