Afterschool Charisma 2

April 12, 2015

Kumiko Suekane – Viz – 2011 – 12+ volumes

Okay, this volume was much better.  I’m not really feeling the whole Dolly plot (everything’s just a little too cryptic), but I think what’s happening is far more interesting than “high school with famous people, except that they’re famous people doesn’t really matter because they act like regular manga high school students.”

Mostly, this volume left off on a bit of a cliffhanger.  Granted, it was one I anticipated, but now I’m sad it’s going to take some time to track down volume 3.

Mostly, “Almighty Dolly” fanaticism is sweeping the school, and some of the students are taking it creepily seriously.  I can’t figure out if they genuinely believe (though I’m willing to bet Joan of Arc does), or if some are plants (they are), or… what.

Also, there’s an anti-clone organization, and someone who’s spying on the clones, and then there’s the president of the school, Rockswell.  He’s kind of like Lory from Skip Beat, or Tamaki from Ouran High School Host Club, in that he’s just an eccentric, off-beat rich person.  But he’s obviously spying the clones, and he seems sort of anti-clone.  So I’m not sure where all of this is going.

Also unfortunate, there are a few too many characters, and so far, I don’t like any of them.  The main character is a little weak for my tastes, and I thought it was weird he got swept up in clone religion even though he wasn’t a clone.  I guess he wanted to empathize that badly, but it didn’t read quite right, especially when that became almost entirely what was going on with him this volume.

But I think my favorite so far is Clone Himiko.  She actually hasn’t had very many lines, or much of a part at all.  I just like that, somehow, they cloned Himiko.  She’s been dead about 1,800 years, and they don’t even know where her court was.  But somehow, they found her remains and cloned her.

Also, Rockswell is… very eccentric.  Quote of the volume, on the benefits of adoption:  “I mean, it’s a lot of work having a kid on your own, right?  Once you decide you want one, you’ve got to have sex, and then you have to wait around till it’s born, and by then you might be over the whole thing.  Besides, when they’re first born they’re like little rodents!  This size [pointing to a 4-year-old] is way better!”

I’m not sold, but I need to read more volumes to make a decision.  It’s interesting, at least.

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