I Hate You More Than Anyone 8

May 21, 2010

Banri Hidaka – CMX – 2009 – 13 volumes

My massive CMX binge a month or so ago is a little sad in light of recent events, but here’s the last volume I have in my house that I haven’t covered (aside from a few random volumes of The Devil Does Exist, which I’ll pick up later).  Believe me when I say more is on its way.

I’m also sad that now that I’m well and truly addicted to this series, I’m not going to get to read the rest.  Damn you, DC!

My favorite volumes are when Maki and Kazuha are together, so the impending blow-up that would inevitably come after Maki dumps Kazuha from being rattled by Saki was not something I was looking forward to.  This was a really dark volume, but it also wound up being my favorite so far since it took the bad and wound up turning it into a lot of good, with a lot of Maki backstory as a gift for all the angst.

The angst was pretty epic in the first chapter or so, but I loved that the characters used it as a reason to stand up and clear all the doubt out of the air instead of wallowing in self-pity.  The one thing I did hate about this series was that the characters (especially Kazuha) would just sit on stuff forever and let it fester instead of trying to clear it up.  Kazuha doesn’t mess around in this volume, though.

Also good: Toru Honjo.  He’s really my favorite.  Everything about him.  He has  gift with sly comments, and he can use his powers for both good and evil.  He’s also got that thing going with Senko that grows increasingly more adorable every volume.

Again, I’m a little taken aback that the age difference in relationships bothered me so much in V.B. Rose, but is no problem in this series.  Neither with Maki/Kazuha or Senko/Toru.  While the two girls can be immature, they strike me less as children than Ageha.

Also, I liked that all the drama resulted in good things between Maki and Kazuha, brotherly instincts in the adorable Chizuru, and a punch in the face to Saki, who more than had it coming.  Again, delivered by Toru Honjo.  My hero.

Maki’s backstory is interesting, but made even more so by the fact that his mother and grandmother are very amusing, and also because we pick up right where he reunites with tiny Toru Honjo and Toru Mizushima.  Those two are awesome.  Of course it’s supposed to be the touching story of how Azumi pulled Maki out of his funk and how he fell in love with her, but I’m focusing on the little things.

Anyway.  Volume 9 did come out in March, but apparently I forgot to order it.  That has been fixed… right now.

5 Responses to “I Hate You More Than Anyone 8”

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  2. ame Says:

    i know you love eroica. and i really like it too. but this one hurts me more. i know maybe i have issues but…this whole terrible even made me cry. literally. im so sad.

  3. Connie Says:

    I won’t lie, I teared up a little too. I’m a big geek, and that was a big shock. And I’m pretty sad about I Hate You More Than Anyone, too. I like it more and more with every volume. I’m happy that volume 9’s release date slipped my mind, since I still have one left, but it’s pretty sad that there will be four volumes we’ll never see.

  4. lys Says:

    I cried over CMX too, this past week. I don’t think it’s anything to be ashamed of. This was my favourite title of theirs as well. I intend to track down the last four volumes in Japanese so I can have some sense of completion, because I don’t think I could stand not knowing the end of Kazuha’s and Maki’s story.

    Anyway, this was a great volume. I loved Honjo’s punch-in-the-face scene SO much; I could read it over and over again. And 9 is great too! So at least we got through the dramatic stuff. I’d be (even more) miserable if we’d been left hanging at the end of volume 7!

    Also, because I love to share news on Hidaka Banri and her manga, she recently mentioned on her blog that she’s working on 2 new chapters of her follow-up series (“Okini mesu mama?”, focusing on Senko and Honjo) in a couple upcoming BetsuHana issues. I am pretty excited for this, even if I have no idea if/when we’ll be seeing the new chapters here.

  5. Connie Says:

    I especially liked the note in the back of the volume about how Hidaka’s editor asked her to do the punch specifically. Apparently nobody likes Saki.

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