Everyone got what they deserved.
You know, this series is in my top three shoujo series of all time. This, Peach Girl, and Paradise Kiss all read like complete shoujo crack where I could not get enough. However, at this point, I think I’m ready for this one to be over. I’m glad things are wrapping up next volume.
This volume was extremely unpleasant for me to read because I just hate the Hatsumi/Shinogu pairing. HATE. I hate them interacting, I hate Shinogu talking about it, and I hate seeing other people discussing it. I particularly hated the last scene with them in the volume. *shivers*
Ryoki Tachibana, on the other hand, is still a total pimp. The end end to this volume was extremely pleasing for me, even if it was tainted with something else. Let’s see more of this type of thing, please.
What I’ve come to realize is that, while this series is not perfect, Ryoki is. Ryoki is a GREAT fucking character. He’s extremely intense, and by far the best thing the story has going for it for me. Not to say I don’t enjoy the story too, because I do. I fucking do, and it tears me up to have to wait for this one too. But Aihara does great characters, and the events in this volume make me salivate when I think of how everything is going to be resolved. Well, really, they make me froth at the mouth because the development, while it built in a favorable way for me throughout the volume, went south quickly at the end. DAMN IT.
I realized I like her in some of the same ways I like Ai Yazawa… they both have the strongest characters of any story I read. Well, those and also One Piece.
I read the first chapter of this while waiting in line to check out at Borders (yeah, it was a LONG line). I finished it, then got out of line, picked up the first volume of Tokyo Boys and Girls, then got back into line and read Hot Gimmick. I checked out, then went next door to the McDonald’s to finish it, and it was not until then I went back to class after my supposedly fifteen minute break. Ha.
I’ve been having a girly manga marathon this weekend, honestly.
On one hand, I’m not sure how I waited so long to consume the last two volumes of Hot Gimmick, I love that series so much it’s weird they sat around on the shelf for as long as they did. On the other hand, I have to wait until November for the next volume now. Grr.
I still hate the abundance of focus on the weirdass Shinogu situation, but I’m glad it’s getting somewhere now, and there might be more social ramifications than I first realized. That’s nice. On the other hand, while Shinogu is a nice guy, I hate his problems and I hate reading about them. Ryoki is right, it doesn’t have anything to do with him and Hatsumi, so everyone should just forget about it.
Going against that theme though was the kickass first chapter with Subaru and Akane. God, I love that pair now. Introducing teddy bears into the mix is just an added bonus for me.
There was less Ryoki in this volume than I would have liked, quite frankly. Let’s fix that for next time, hmm?
I’m sick of this Shinogu shit. It’s just sort of… no. It’s weird, and it’s adding these uncomfortable plot complications, and it makes Hatsumi upset and angsty, and it takes away from her Ryoki time. I hate when we don’t get maximum Ryoki time.
Speaking of Ryoki, way to give that one bitch the cold shoulder! Easily the best scene in the volume for me, the buildup was amazing, it was a good effort on Mrs. Tachibana’s part, the girl was perfect for the role, the scene inside the room was amazing, and the payoff blew me away. So beautifully executed. Thank you, Hatsumi, for playing your part, and thank you Ryoki for being such a pimp.
The little prequel chapter at the end was nice, and I like how it affected both characters, but overall, it couldn’t hold a candle to that awesome cold shoulder scene. That alone was worth the price of admission here, and I STILL love this series so goddamn much. On to volume 9!
And here again, Ryoki is the hero after making a few bold moves. Still my favorite character by far. There he goes, airing out some dirty laundry, exposing what needs to be exposed, and making all the right moves. God Ryoki, could you be any more of a pimp?
The plot’s starting to meander a bit, though, which is sad. There’s all this shit coming up that I don’t care about but everyone’s harping on… please, just stick to Hatsumi/Ryoki, Azusa, Akane/Subaru, Shinogu/SubaruSister, or whatever pairings this series does amazingly well… because the plot seems like it’s getting in the way of this. But maybe it’ll do something awesome and I’ll be rewarded in the end. God knows this series would never punish me.
I bought volumes 7 and 9 at the same time, but they didn’t have 8 at the store, and I can’t read 9 until I have 8 ;_;
I was halfway through this volume before I decided I had to have the rest of the series as soon as possible. I don’t even remember what was so good about it. It probably had something to do with Ryoki, because I like him a lot now. He’s probably one of the few, if not the only, characters I started out hating and wound up being my favorite character.
I still don’t like Hatsumi very much, she is very much a doormat. She doesn’t stand up for herself at all, and Akane’s right… everyone does make too much fuss about her.
This may have also been the volume where Hatsumi’s first boyfriend resurfaced and he, Subaru, Hatsumi, and Hatsumi’s dad had a talk. That was really anticlimatic. Sort of like what the series had been going for had been all for naught. But I still like the relationships too much to give up.