Posts Tagged ‘Sasuga Kei’

GE ~ Good Ending 41

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Last chapter was immensely disappointing. Now, the results of Seiji and Yuki overhearing what should never have been said.

It’s bad enough that Shou is back in the harem; it’s worse that her friend is creating a terrible misunderstanding.

That's right. Keep melting.

Yuki’s lack of ambition and drive to chase after Seiji even a little is frustrating. I realize her natural inhibitions, and I also realize that Shou is far more than a casual acquaintance to her, but Yuki shouldn’t just allow a love rival an opportunity like this. She should be fighting for her love in some capacity, even if not overtly.

Major question at the end of the chapter. This is a perfect chance to get the harem back down to a love triangle, but I have little faith in the author after last chapter. I hope to be proven wrong.

Final Flash: Slightly better than last chapter, but the story is still treading water. Seiji must forget about moving forward without hurting anyone, and simply go after Yuki.

GE ~ Good Ending 40

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This is a series-defining moment. Will the author opt for the tried-and-true (yet overused) harem route, or keep the series focused on serious relationships? I’m hoping Seiji pulls away from Oonuma.

Whoa. She’s going for his pants right away? This is far too much for Oonuma’s character.

I’m thus far disappointed in Seiji’s indecisiveness, and Oonuma’s comedy-of-errors routine isn’t helping the situation at all.

Interrupted by the boss. What a frustrating turn of events. Clear rejection was the optimal scenario, but acceptance (and its consequences) was the next-best option. This isn’t an acceptable resolution at all.

This man: Ruining sexual deviance since 1974

I’m used to a weak-willed protagonist in series like this, so I’m not surprised that Seiji is fine with having been bailed out of that situation, but considering how impressed I’d been with the more mature tone of other aspects of the series, it’s a pity Seiji didn’t take any kind of action.

Not only is Shou back in the love triangle (quadrangle, now), but both Seiji and Yuki heard it. Yet more disappointment. Yes, harem is the currently accepted style of romance series, but that doesn’t mean every girl has to be in love with the main male character at all times.

Final Flash: A serious step backwards. This series is still considerably better than most other shonen romance, but it could be so much more, if not for the direction revealed by this chapter.

GE ~ Good Ending 39

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Seiji’s maturity goes a long way to separate this series from generic, “harem”-style romantic comedy. Unfortunately, as he’s made being aware, he’s also a little too oblivious to the circumstances in such series that cause jealousy and confusion.

Talk about going on the offensive. Oonuma certainly isn’t holding anything back at all. Poor girl. She’s trying so hard for someone so unaware.

Everyday fast food conversation

Lights out. Cue intimate scenario.

I would enjoy Oonuma’s part of the story considerably more if the author explored her anxiety instead of only pushing her sexuality. She has taken her friend’s advice to heart, and is actually following through by trying to use her body to her advantage, but she still seems reserved and conflicted about doing so. While ecchi and fanservice have their place in this kind of story, I hope to see them complemented by character analysis.

Needs more internal monologue

Final Flash: A rather token chapter, the entire purpose of which was to reestablish romantic tension between Seiji and Yuki.

GE ~ Good Ending 38

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Shonen mothers are so eager – whether intentionally or unwittingly – to stay out of the way when their idiot sons finally land a girl.

P2, center panel: Weekly Shonen Magazine again pushes the boundaries of the shonen demographic. Between this and Bloody Monday, the defining line isn’t nearly as clear as it used to be.

What a lovely outfit Yuki is wearing. Sasuga has a good sense of fashion.

If shonen is any indication, Japanese boys should deliberately remain terrible at math. Evidently, it directly leads to intimate situations with beautiful girls.

Utsumi is chasing her? Requisite fall-on-top-her moment in 2 or fewer pages…

P10, top-right panel: Amusing expressions, and good use of speed lines.

Seamless transition from enjoyable (if a little stereotypical) romantic comedy to some serious character introspection. The romantic comedy / harem / ecchi genre is often labeled as all fanservice and no story, which is a fair criticism for many series, but the best series of the genre go beyond scantily-clad women to develop some motivation and purpose in their male protagonists. I’m pleased to see this series is hinting at that, and I hope to see further development.

… of course, right after a serious moment comes pornography and groping.

Final Flash: Good chapter. It would have been easy to keep to overused scenarios, but the author has inserted a moment of real promise in between the ecchi fare.

Weekly Power Rankings – 3/28 – 4/3