Writer/Artist: Tomoko Hayakawa
Translated by: David Ury
Adapted by: David Ury
What They Say
Poor Kyohei is cursed... No, not by the devil or evil spirits. Not even by the dark, macabre Sunako, the girl he and his three pals have been trying to transform into a demure lady. Kyohei is cursed by his own good looks.
When Sunako rejects him for being too good-looking, Kyohei runs away. His friends wonder what could have happened to him, but only Sunako, racked with guilt, knows the truth. It appears that the only way for Sunako to save poor Kyohei is to become a true creature of the light. But can Sunako finally emerge from the Goth shadows and bring Kyohei home, or will she be drawn back into the darkness once again?
I truly dread having to review a new volume of The Wallflower (a sentiment I've echoed on several occasions, I know). With no real story progression and little in the way of new characters, the quality of each installation is almost entirely dependent on the strengths of its chapters. I know it seems I'm stating the obvious, but The Wallflower's strong focus on episodic storylines mean that the strengths and weaknesses of each chapter become much more evident.
Fortunately, there are some pretty interesting events going on in this volume. After left over issues with Kyouhei are resolved in the opening chapter, we can return our shovel to the garage; the fleeting affair with continuity is dead and buried. A Kyouhei vs Sunako school sports festival is as entertaining as it sounds, and an interesting meet & greet between Ranmaru and a secluded rich girl plants promising seeds for the future. Thankfully the chapters feel balanced, so you won't find yourself giggling at one and groaning at another.
Unfortunately, aside from tying up the loose end from Volume 9 there are no real story arcs to speak of, which may leave some disappointed. I was, although I should really know better by now. I still found Volume 10 to be an entertaining read, despite the obvious stagnation, though sometimes I wonder if I will still be interested by the time the author finally <I>considers</I> approaching a conclusion. If you've stuck with The Wallflower this long, odds are you'll be satisfied. It's not amazing, but it's still good fun.