“I Just Can’t Accept That”
Story: Kentaro Yabuki
Art: Kentaro Yabuki
Translation: Satsuki Yamashita
Lettering: Mark McMurray
What They Say:
Japan may be brimming with mysterious monsters called ayakashi, but they have a special exorcist ninja force to counter the threat! Young exorcist ninja Matsuri spends his days fighting ayakashi to protect his childhood friend Suzu. But when an ayakashi cat named Shirogane shows up, things get turned upside down! Legendary mangaka Kentaro Yabuki returns to Shonen Jump with this new fantasy series full of ayakashi and romance!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Another day, another day as a girl for Matsuri. He’s getting used to it by now, right? Not exactly. He just can’t help but accidentally walk into the boys’ bathroom every single time! He may have a female body, but he’s still got a boy’s mind. It’s not easy changing the way you live! At least Suzu’s friends find his mishaps hilariously entertaining. After a long day of school, Matsuri returns home and takes a nice bath. He ponders the difficulties of being a girl…while checking out his hot bod. See? I told you last week that it wouldn’t be the last time he’d inspect his body. He’s got to make sure how everything works!
And of course, Suzu walks in on him while he’s checking what’s going on downstairs. But she’s unusually cool this time. What’s going on? She’s just worried about Shirogane attacking them again to obtain the god-sealing scroll. Not to worry! Matsuri carries it with him at all times. In fact, he brought it into the bath! Surprisingly, Suzu turns out to be Shirogane in disguise. He takes the scroll and runs off! He’s very confident that he’s going to get away because there’s no way a girl would chase him while she’s naked. Ah, but he forgets that Matsuri isn’t really a girl! He has no shame and chases Shirogane au natural. Yup, we’re getting a lot of fanservice this chapter! Eventually, Matsuri does transform into his ninja clothing and easily catches Shirogane.
Meanwhile, Suzu is in her room pondering if she could still start a relationship with Matsuri even though they’re both girls. Nothing wrong with that in my personal opinion. Just let the yuri/not yuri happen. She snaps back to reality once she hears the ruckus outside. She heads outside and sees Matsuri about to exorcise Shirogane. She stops him though. But why? Well, if he exorcises Shirogane, then he’ll be stuck a girl forever. She makes a valid point. At this point, Matsuri has come to accept that fate. He just wants to make sure that Suzu is safe. Thus, Shirogane must be exorcised! Suzu can’t accept that. This is all her fault and she won’t allow it! It seems they’re at an impasse. In a shocking twist, Matsuri decides to keep Shirogane as a pet! Oh boy, this should be interesting.
Fanservice intensifies! If you wanted to take a good look at Matsuri’s hot bod, this chapter was for you. Fanservice aside, I did like that this chapter addressed just how difficult it has been for Matsuri to adapt to his new body. It ain’t easy, that’s for sure. I also liked how determined Suzu was in preventing him from exorcising Shirogane. Even if she’s cool with romancing a female Matsuri, she still feels bad and wants him to return to his normal body someday. But hey, nothing wrong with yuri. If it happens, it happens. That being said, I’m expecting a lot more shenanigans now that Shirogane is Matsuri’s pet.
Content Grade: C+
Art Grade: A
Age Rating: T
Released By: Shonen Jump/VIZ Media
Released Date: June 26th, 2020