The School Rumble cast puts on their production of "Sleeping Beauty," and the auditorium is packed with people eager to see Eri as the prince and Mikoto as princess!
Writer/Artist: Jin Kobayashi
Translated by: William Flanagan
Adapted by: William Flanagan
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Tough-guy Harima takes a nap backstage during the school festival. Unbeknownst to him, his bed is a prop in the stage version of "Sleeping Beauty," and he is unwittingly about to make his debut as the princess. Fortunately, the princes are played by six of the cutest girls in his class - including Harima's beloved Tenma!
The School Rumble cast puts on their production of "Sleeping Beauty," and the auditorium is packed with people eager to see Eri as the prince and Mikoto as princess! However, Mikoto misses her cue, and Harima ends up in the princess's bed! But the show forges on -- School Rumble style!
And once the dust clears, Class 2-C takes on a new endeavor: women's basketball! Freshman Satsuki Tawaraya is determined to create a women's basketball team at the school, and she recruits the girls of Class 2-C for her team and Aso as coach. However, will Satsuki be able to focus on her game when she's constantly distracted by the team coach?
It seems as if high school comedy manga always include a play that involves a warped version of a fairy tale and cross-dressing, and School Rumble is no exception. But Kobayashi manages to make his play crazier than average by having all sorts of characters pop up unexpectedly on stage. Seeing our cast in costume is quite entertaining, and Kobayashi even manages to include the swimsuit wrestler trio in the play. The climax of the arc is a showdown between Eri and Yakumo in front of the entire audience. In the midst of their duel, the girls have an interchange about Harima that is meant to be intense, but I found the outcome more confusing than anything else.
And then, if there wasn't enough teenage boy-girl angst going on, we add in another character with another crush. The women’s basketball arc that begins halfway through this volume is half about the girls learning to play basketball and half about Satsuki trying to convey her feelings to Aso, who proves to be amazingly dense. The jokes actually work quite well, and Lala is especially hilarious as she tries to figure out the baffling rules of basketball.
Kobayashi likes to include a few mini-School Rumble chapters with each volume of this series, and the one entitled "Days of Thunder" in this installment will be a nice treat for Initial D fans.
Included in the extras are background materials and sketches on the Suo, Hanai, and Tsukamoto residences. Seven pages of translation notes and one two-page bonus manga are also included. Also, the text/translation grade has been dropped because of three errors in the sound effects translation. (They look like editing remarks that didn’t get removed for the final version.)