by Yuu Watase; adaptation by Lance Caselman
published by Viz; $8.99 US
I found myself wondering how much I was really enjoying this series with the previous volume, which I thought was becoming too sitcom-like.
This latest book confirms my decision to drop it, with events becoming too silly for me to enjoy them. The book opens with the results of a reset button. A convenient visit from Riiko’s parents prevented her and the artificial Night from getting it on. But a respite from the “should I or shouldn’t I?” decision, supposedly what Riiko wants, just makes her change her mind and wish for the sex invites to start again.
In incredibly rapid succession, a photo of an old crush leads to a new rival and kisses with someone else. Riiko’s right back with “will I or won’t I?”, only with two guys at the same time (three, if you count the shows-up-in-the-second-half-with-new-self-possession Soshi). Awfully convenient, for a shy, clumsy, nothing special girl. Lots of wish fulfillment there for a certain kind of reader, I guess, but it’s all surface and artificial. I wasn’t involved, I didn’t laugh, and I wasn’t compelled to keep reading.
Key plot points from previous chapters are hand-waved away, with ever more ridiculous transformations apparently just so the author had cute things to draw. If anyone bothered to take five minutes to talk to each other, we wouldn’t have this book. Missing it wouldn’t be a big loss, in my opinion.