Nothing much happens in this volume -- the class continues their training, learning the fine art of parkour; Itona shoOh, it's time for a filler arc.
Nothing much happens in this volume -- the class continues their training, learning the fine art of parkour; Itona shows up and has a big duel with Koro-sensei that you know from the get-go that he's not going to win; and that's it. The only major change to the status quo is that Itona joins the class ... which triggers another filler chapter where he builds a remote control tank to help kill Koro-sensei, but the boys in the class end up modding it to see up skirts. The End.
Hopefully next volume will get back to plot advancement....more
I'd heard good things about this series, so it's disappointing to find it's a mess of cliches. Unless this is the first time you've picked up a shouneI'd heard good things about this series, so it's disappointing to find it's a mess of cliches. Unless this is the first time you've picked up a shounen manga, you'll be able to spot every single plot twist from ten pages away. If that weren't bad enough, the author has a fondness for lampshading the story's predictability by having people comment, "Wow, I can't believe you didn't see that coming," whenever the protagonist gets blindsided by obvious. Not only isn't the joke funny, not even the first time it pops up, but it reinforces how cliched the story is....more
One of the most fascinating things about manga is that romance isn't a genre solely directed towards women. Oh, to be sure comics directed at girls arOne of the most fascinating things about manga is that romance isn't a genre solely directed towards women. Oh, to be sure comics directed at girls are more likely to be romantic than those directed at boys, but even a boys' magazine like Shonen Jump -- the home of Dragonball, One Piece and Naruto -- will run romances like Nisekoi and Kimagure Orange Road. Some are fanservicey harem comedies (Haganai, Love Hina), but plenty are serious soap operas (Good Ending, A Town Where You Live). What they all have in common, though, is a very male perspective on relationships, whether they're approaching in from a slapstick comedy angle, or melodramatic angst, or a wistful look back at youth.
Horimiya is different though. It runs in a magazine aimed at teenage boys, but in content it's not much different from girls' series like My Little Monster, Say I Love You or Blue Spring Ride -- well, there's not as much sparkling going on, but other than that. The story is even told primarily from the perspective of a girl.
Our main character is Hori, a popular girl at school who turns into a completely homebody in her off-time, taking care of her little brother and handling all the housework while her parents are both busy with work. She has a classmate named Miyamura who looks and acts like a reclusive geek in class, but is secretly tatted-up and pierced all over (a big no-no in Japanese schools). When they discover each other's secret side, they begin hanging out together, even though they have to keep the reason secret from their classmates.
While female-oriented romance (both in Japan and the US) can often have problematic content, and the male-oriented stuff in Japan is often objectifying, Horimiya is just straight-up fun, similar to My Love Story but with a stronger plot, with all the characters being fun people who treat each other with respect....more
The story feels like its in a holding pattern right now. In one volume we get four different plot lines. Bitch-sensei's duel with her master ultimatelThe story feels like its in a holding pattern right now. In one volume we get four different plot lines. Bitch-sensei's duel with her master ultimately goes nowhere; Karma and Nagisa going to Hawaii is pure filler; Shiro and Itona appear mysteriously, do their mysterious schtick, and then disappear mysteriously; and then we get a baseball arc which is probably going to be filler....more