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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: 176
  • ISBN: 978-0-345-50144-8
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

School Rumble Vol. #09

By Sakura Eries     August 28, 2008
Release Date: April 15, 2008


School Rumble Vol. #9
© Del Rey

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

What They Say
Tough Love!

The school cultural fair is only days away. Harima wants to use the prep time to get close to his cute classmate, Tsukamoto, who in turn is equally determined to spend those hours with the object of her affection, Karasuma. While Karasuma.. Well, you get the picture. Can anybody's love survive?

The Review
The battle for the cultural festival theme reaches its climax!  Fighters fall one by one until only two remain: Harima and Hanai.  The two face off on the school roof for a dramatic conclusion to the BB-gun battle!

And then when the dust finally clears, it's time to put the nose to the grindstone and actually get ready for the cultural festival!  However, Class 2-C is pressed for time to get everything done.  So the students resort to staying at school overnight to get the job done!  A bunch of unsupervised students together at night?  Sounds like a recipe for trouble!

The BB gun battle comes to an end with a showdown between rivals Harima and Hanai that’s so overly dramatic it’s hilarious.  There's plenty of gunslinging action, and Harima does a great job at playing the part of the heartless villain (I do have to wonder how Harima wound up with so much firepower at the very end though). Interestingly enough, despite all the energy Class C-2 throws into the BB gun battle, the final outcome of the gunfight actually doesn't help them in their decision-making for the cultural festival. However, it does create a whole lot of rumors about Hanai’s and Mikoto’s relationship.

Then it's on to the cultural festival and Kobayashi includes all the elements you'd normally find in a cultural festival arc, such as preparation scenes, maid cafés, and a haunted house.  However, in having the crew work overtime at school on preparations, he works in a bathhouse scene and Tenma's and Eri's bad cooking. And if that weren’t enough, he also squeezes in interactions between Harima and four of the females in his life plus a random visit from a vampire!

Included in the extras is an extensive two-page relationship chart.  It looks a little complicated, but I actually found it quite helpful, especially with the minor characters.  Five pages of translation notes and one one-page bonus manga are also included as extras in this volume. 

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