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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translation Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 16 and Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 7.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1421524405
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Strawberry 100%

Strawberry 100% Vol. #09

Strawberry 100% Vol. #09 Manga Review

By Robert Harris     October 01, 2010
Release Date: July 07, 2009


Strawberry 100% Vol. #09
© Viz Media

Some things happen in this volume to the main character, Junpei. Some of them are romantic things, some of them are comedic things; a scant few of them are both. This is Junpei, living the dream.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Mizuki Kawashita
Translation: Yuko Sawada
Adaptation: Yuko Sawada

What They Say
Junpei pays a visit to Yui's family and very nearly destroys Yui's school career! Then he attempts the nearly impossible--spending time with Tsukasa, Satsuki and Aya all on the same day! After all this, will he find being trapped in a burning building a welcome change of pace?

The Review!

Remember when Tsukasa dumped Junpei a few volumes back? Well she’s back in a big way! And I really mean huge - almost the entire volume centers around her and Junpei. In fact, you could surgically remove their break up and nothing about this would seem out of place. Except, I suppose, the many times he mentions their break up. Now, I feel very confident that this is really going to go somewhere. I know, I know, there are ten more installments left of this series, but this drama is just so good, so <I>real</I>, that I’m sure it’s going to have serious and long-term implications. Why, after this volume the dynamics will be completely different!
 
Except that they won’t be, and everything will no doubt revert to the status quo by the second or third chapter of volume ten. I spoke about this in my last review, and it really comes across in full force here. The story ends on a real cliffhanger, and we’re left wondering if it’s another moment where we have the carpet yanked out from under us, or if something potentially major is going to happen. Of course we’re not really wondering; we know it’s going to be the former. Which unfortunately gives the whole thing an air of irrelevancy.
 
In Summary:
I may come off as a bit harsh, and I’d like to assure you that I am quite spite-free. Unfortunately a lot of the elements here are <I>alright</I>, not great. It’s quite simple to see the way the author stretches the story out as it keeps going, and once you see the man behind the curtain the giant, smoking head loses some of its appeal. Then again maybe I’m wrong this time; maybe the events begun in this volume will have a thoroughly satisfying and impactful effect on Junpei and his crew of flunkies. As a hard-line pessimist, I’m usually happy to be wrong, and this is no exception.


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