Story: Izumi Tsubaki
Art: Izumi Tsubaki
Translation/Adaptation: JN Productions
What They Say
The student council’s very own ninja, Shinobu Yui, is set on destroying Mafuyu’s club. He thinks he can take it down by taking on Mafuyu, but he didn’t count on the power of her alter ego, Super Bun! Besides, Mafuyu really has better things to do with her time, like attempting to be a regular high schooler and beating the secrets out of her teacher, Mr. Saeki.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
This installment provides quite a breadth of entertainment with brawling, intrigue, character building, and, towards the end of the volume, unexpectedly deep moments. The trigger for all this is Yui, who’s a great addition to the cast. His particular brand of passionate idiot drives Mafuyu and Hayasaka into places they wouldn’t have gone otherwise, and the way their personalities clash is fun to watch. Tsubaki-sensei gets so much mileage out of him that all four bonus comics mock Yui.
Tsubaki-sensei does an excellent job of starting her story arcs off silly and somehow drawing touching moments out of the slapstick. She does that with Mafuyu’s brief sally into normal girlhood, and Hayasaka’s self-counseling attempt. And when the Takaomi/Mafuyu tag challenge comes to an end, it leaves you itching to know more about Takaomi and the past that turned him into an educator. Stupid humor and dramatic tension are balanced well throughout, and I can’t wait for Volume 7.
By the way, in her closing notes, the mangaka mentions that someone recently asked her whether this manga has love in it, and she enthusiastically answers that it does. In Mafuyu’s case, however, “love” is better characterized as “friendship.” Despite all the male characters running around, our main character isn’t giving off much in terms of romantic vibes.
Ninja wannabe Yui joins the Public Moral Club! It looks like trouble for Hayasaka and Mafuyu, but thanks to him, they uncover school secrets that lead to a Mafuyu/Takaomi confrontation! Tsubaki keeps up the comedy even as she unveils some of the mystery surrounding Takaomi.
Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: B
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B+
Readers Rating: [ratings]
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: January 3rd, 2012