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Gou-Dere Vol. #04 Manga Review

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Gou-Dere Volume 4 CoverCan Shouta settle on just one girl in this harem comedy, or is he destined to rule the world and produce many heirs like Sora foretold?

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Suu Minazuki
Translation/Adaptation: Christine Dashiell

What They Say
Yup, yet again, Sora Nagihara relentlessly lets fly a myriad of “secret techniques” every which way!! Are all the girls in Shouta’s life, including Sora, falling for him…?! And what about the latest addition–the pretty class nerd? Will Shouta find a way to save this diligent damsel in distress?! Sure, Sora’s brash and cute, but who knew she could be this charming…?! Volume 4 of this fresh fantasy-comedy lets it all hangout!

Content: (please note that content portions of this review contains spoilers):
This volume picks up where the last left off, with Shouta and gang inviting Oshino to the beach. Shouta truly wants Oshino to mellow out on her school grades obsession and make some friends and have fun. But Oshino is so obsessed that she takes her books to the beach to study while everyone else plays. Despite everyone’s coercing, Shouta practically has to drag Oshino into the water to have fun. Things are nice and innocent, too innocent for Gou-Dere; queue the perve-master older men and let the raunchiness begin. But Tenka’s dad and his friend aren’t the only perverts, her mom and Sora won’t be outdone!

The trip to the beach turned out to be a mixed bag, and it is unclear if it hurt or helped Shouta’s chances of befriending Oshino. Here the series finally shows a little character development as the reader learns the great pressures Oshino lives with. She is constantly hounded by her family and teachers to be the best student in school, which leads her to forfeit any social life a student her age should have. This causes her to rebuke all of Shouta’s advances at friendship until something finally clicks with Oshino. Through hanging out with Shouta, she realizes he is the first person that doesn’t have any expectations of her. It whips up her emotions into a maelstrom of confusion to the point that she tests her feelings for Shouta by tricking him into holding her hand on the way home from school. So, does it show her that she likes him romantically or just as a friend?

This series has never tried to be serious before the Oshino chapter, so it quickly degrades back to booby humor that culminates in a trip to a hot springs resort with everyone. Sora hasn’t forgotten her goal to get Shouta to procreate with as many women as possible, so she covers the “Co-Ed” bath sign with “Girls Side” signage. The only men at the resort are Shouta and the two old men, so there should be plenty of women to go around. But Tenka’s dad is a glutton and attempts to block out Shouta from entering the co-ed bath. Sora won’t have any of it, and her 2D Death Attack unleashes the fury of shounen manga censors to block the nipples and good bits from Tenka’s father’s eyes. A full out battle of hilarity and censorship erupts! Who will win out, nipples or censorship?

In Summary
As the only character of substance, I’m glad to see Oshino continue to get much of the focus in this volume. We finally learn that her social outcast status is largely a result of her not rebelling against her parents and teachers demands for her to succeed and not disappoint them. Because of that, she has shunned her classmates and any chances at having friends to study until she consistently scores the highest at her school and even at National mock exams. But with Shouta offering her friendship with no ulterior motives, she stands at a crossroads in her life. Will she push back against authority and give up some of her schoolwork for a chance at some social experiences?

Don’t let that summary fool you, if you showed up for the completely whacky, shameless ecchi antics, then you won’t be disappointed. In fact, this volume breaks any previous limits in this series by introducing some truly shocking body parts antics and jokes. You won’t be disappointed!

Content Grade: B
Art Grade: B
Packaging Grade: A
Text/Translation Grade: A

Age Rating: Mature
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: August 18th, 2015
MSRP: $15.00