Harima Kenji has tried everything he can think of to attract
his cute-but-dim classmate Tsukamoto Tenma. This time he's
grown his beard to enormous lengths. But one snip of the scissors
by wealthy beauty Sawachika Eri ruins everything! Can a delinquent
punk and a stubborn, quick-to-anger rich girl end their long-running
feud? Meanwhile, the inscrutable foreign exchange students
from America in rival class 2-D face off against our hapless
heroes from 2-C. The real "School Rumble" is about to begin...
the constant high quality of the first four School Rumble
mangas, I was a little disappointed to see that this collection
drastically takes a step backwards from its main characters
and the main thrust of the previous storylines. It was almost
as though for some reason author Jin Kobayashi had grown weary
of his subject matter and, to a lesser extent, his characters,
and was desperately trying to breathe new life into the series.
result is a few too many short stories with new characters.
While the Harima Kenji and Tsukamoto Tenma storyline was eventually
going to get a little tiresome, introducing so many new characters
is a strange way of bring a fresh feel to the series. In places
I felt like I was reading a totally new adventure series and
I couldn't help feeling a little cheated.
all your favourite characters are present and correct, and
the Harima/Tsukamoto story is still alive and well, it takes
more of a back seat. Maybe, after getting used to the new
characters I'll go with the new storylines and enjoy myself,
but to see so many new characters and mini-stories in quick
succession was a little disorienting.