After School Nightmare 8Posted: October 13, 2008
Setona Mizushiro – Go!Comi – 2008 – 10 volumes
Okay. For some reason, I have put off reviewing this volume for, like, a month and a half or something like that. I can’t tell you why. It’s just been on my dresser, and then I put it off every time I go to write about it. I don’t like reading the next volume in a series before I write about the last one though, and with the next one on its way as we speak and my lack of self-control meaning that I’m going to read it as soon as it lands on my doorstep on Tuesday, I should probably get this out of the way.
If you hadn’t already guessed, this is up with Skip Beat and… I don’t know, maybe one or two other series as the most addictive shoujo I’m reading right now. There are countless other people who will tell you the same thing. The characters are just really good, and I can’t get enough of the character development Mashiro always seems to get or the mountains of crap everyone seems willing to shove onto everyone else. It’s fascinating stuff, and watching all these characters scar each other is like watching a train wreck. You just can’t look away.
Things go well for Sou and Mashiro at first. After the somewhat shocking (aren’t they all) confrontation at the end of last volume, things go well after that, and everything that needed to be said gets said, things get done… we get a relatively happy chapter. They are few and far between, but they do come occasionally. Actually, this volume is pretty positive throughout, even though I wound up being a little disappointed with a decision Kureha made. I mean, when are we going to find out, exactly, what is going on with the dream world? I was hoping something would be revealed before now, and I was hoping she’d be the key.
Things go south quickly by the end of the volume, as they always do. Things sour between Mashiro and Sou, as they are wont to do, but I was kind of disappointed this time since Mashiro was now starting to act a bit more feminine, and it felt like he was being more himself. And just when Sou beats him down, the captain of the Kendo club delivers the finishing blow. There’s quite a bit of focus on him during the second half of the volume, but I don’t know if that means he’s going to withdraw next volume, or what.
All I know is that I just re-read the entire thing and now I’m ready for volume 9 to show up this week. I can’t wait.