Sensual Phrase 18
June 16, 2015
Mayu Shinjo – Viz – 2007 – 18 volumes
This is an extra volume that I was saving for a rainy day. The main series ended with volume 17, and this is two epilogue chapters and two unrelated short stories. It wasn’t raining today, but I needed space on my unread shelf… I cracked this one open, and 20 minutes later, I was considering a re-read of the whole series.
Mayu Shinjo… the cheesy dialogue started within a few pages, and that was one of the best things about this series. Part of me thinks I really liked it because so many lines in every volume made me laugh. The stuff that comes out of these people’s mouths is incredible.
And WOW. This was filthy. I don’t remember the main series being quite this dirty, but maybe I’ve blocked it out of my memory. I’m a shriveled old woman, and it made even me blush. I’ve never heard people speak that way in my life. This is why I love Mayu Shinjo.
The two stories at the end were only okay, but I like shoujo short stories, so that’s fine. One was about a girl who started dating a nice guy/geek type and found out he was a smoking hot street racer in his spare time. This one was a little dirty, but weirdly, that all came from the girl (so unusual in shoujo!) and it didn’t go very far. The second was about a girl who’s friends stood her up on a matchmaking camping trip, and she winds up going with three guys. They all treat her really nice and make her feel safe (which is surprisingly positive for a shoujo manga), and things heat up between her and one of the other guys, of course. The moral of the story is that she should stand up for herself and say what she wants. She needs to tell the guy that asked her out no, and ask the guy she does like out. Again, surprisingly positive and assertive for a shoujo manga.
This is definitely an unnecessary volume for Sensual Phrase (I finished the main series years ago), but if you want to see the happy endings for everyone, and just a few more sex scenes for Aine and Sakuya, then this is your book.
Seriously, they have sex a lot, and this is only half a volume. Wow.