High School Debut 8Posted: March 26, 2009
Here’s another one of the high school romances from Viz. I think the reason I didn’t initially pick any of these up was because the stories all ran together and they sort of came out at the same time. But another good reason is that I probably knew somewhere, in the back of my mind, that I would secretly like all of them, and I really read too many series as it is.
I was under the impression that this series was more of a straight high school romance than, say, something like Beauty Pop (about the stylists) or Hana Kimi (which has the sports elements). I was right, since the initial plot of the series was mostly just about Yoh teaching Haruna how to blend in at high school better with the inevitable romance following.
I was actually quite put off by the beginning of the volume, which started out with a handful of admirers of both Yoh and Haruna following the latter around, and an accidental kiss happening as a result. Not only was the kiss itself totally unbelievable, Haruna’s reaction was totally out-of-proportion, and it drove me crazy waiting for the issue to be resolved (and I’m glad it was, I was a little worried it would drag out and become a huge drama point). Yoh’s solution to the problem was probably worth sitting through the story though, it was actually kind of clever. Unfortunately, it did leave me with an unpleasant impression of Haruna.
The second story was much better. It was about Yoh agonizing over what to get Haruna for her birthday. Initially he agonizes because she tells him to get her “whatever,” with no hints. Then he agonizes because the things that Haruna tells him she wants are really embarassing. The eventual birthday date was totally awesome and understated though. Usually these things are fancy and elaborate, but it worked out how you can imagine it might between two high school students, and the end of the volume was quite touching.
Yoh really makes things work for me. He’s quite devoted to Haruna, doesn’t have an over-the-top personality, and I really enjoyed the fact that their relationship seemed totally stable and they were always on the same wavelength. It’s rare to see a series with a steady couple, so I feel like I could really get into this.
So yeah. Unfortunately, I found another one I’m going back to the beginning of and consuming as fast as I possibly can. I just can’t resist this type of thing, and High School Debut is certainly far above average in the high school romance category.
This was a review copy provided by Viz.