Story/Art: Akira Hiramoto
Translation: Ko Ransom
What They Say
While they might have been enemies, Kiyoshi and Mari need to work together like their lives depend on it–because they do! With snake venom coursing through Mari’s body, the only way to save her is for Kiyoshi to get his lips between her thighs. But as they slither and writhe together, are they only falling further into the machinations of the Official Student Council?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Despite the disappointment of Hana’s absence from this volume, there are still plenty of entertaining hijinks. The real focus of this volume is Kiyoshi’s imprisonment with the man-hater, Mari. Mari is a ruthless woman when it comes to the boys and she put them through the ringer in prison. Now that the tide has turned, it is interesting to watch Mari deal with the abuses of her jailers.
Initially, Kate placed her focus on breaking Meiko. Meiko was forced to suffer the brunt of abuse and then volunteered for more to try and shield Mari. However, in the end, all the strain on Meiko’s psyche proved to be too much and she snapped. Considering Meiko’s near dominatrix role up until her imprisonment, it is fascinating to see her revert back to her meek self like she was before Mari befriended her as kids. Of course, all of this has mirrored the early childhood shared between Kate, Mari, and Meiko.
I really thought that by now in this story, Meiko would have come around and reverted back to her badass self. Andre thought the same, so to see Meiko still act as a weak little girl has finally broken him too. Whereas Meiko just doesn’t act like herself, Andre has turned into a raving lunatic. He’s literally running around campus drooling and babbling nonsense! All of this makes Risa feel defeated herself. She is tough like Meiko used to be, but couldn’t figure out the sub/dom dynamics that Andre so desperately desires. At this point, this seems like a busted love triangle with no hopes of any rekindling between any of the three.
The real focus of this volume is on Mari and Kiyoshi as they struggle in prison. Kiyoshi is surprisingly considerate to Mari considering everything she put him and the other boys through. While Mari continues to despise all men, especially Kiyoshi for corrupting her little sister, Chiyo. But with Meiko being a mess, Mari is forced to work with Kiyoshi. Throw in a life and death situation with snakes, and the two begrudgingly become bosom buddies! But will it be enough for them to work together in their attempt to escape from prison before their sentence up?
The awkward situations between Hana and Kiyoshi through this series have been epic. But now, Hana has bailed on the Shadow Student Council, been released from prison, and been blocked from any interactions with Kiyoshi since he has been thrown back in prison. Not to fear fans of awkward hilarity between sexes, Mari is positioned to take Hana’s place!
In Kate’s attempts to separate Meiko and Mari, she has forced Mari and Kiyoshi to work together on hard labor exercises around campus every day. On one hand, there is the chance it could build camaraderie between them and go against Kate’s plan. On the other hand, Kiyoshi could do something incredibly stupid and hilarious, destroying any last hope there might be for some sort of friendship or understanding between Mari and men in general. While the later would likely be hilarious, I do find myself softening on Mari and wanting to see them one-up Kate. We will have to see where the next volume takes us; success for Mari or continued domination by Kate.
Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: A
Packaging Grade: A-
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Mature
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: March 28, 2017