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Funny and slightly different comedy-romance
Feb 01, 2008 reviewed by Obsessed
First off, this book is really a 3.5 but since it is a first vol. I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt.
The plot of Sunzen is somewhat expected and could be perceived as predicitable. The tomboyish girl and the rough around the edges (but secretly sweet) boy will predicitably end up together (no this is not revealed in the work, but come on anyone could figure this out). After all that is the formula. However, what makes this work different is how the author handles the characters. The main character doesn't act in a typical manner. To show an example, this really isn't a spoiler, but she get suspended from school in the first few pages of the book. And more importantly doesn't care. Plus, the traditional complete ignorance to the boy's crush on her is actually humerous.
The art is weak at times and occassionally clumsy. But, by the end of the first book it had become more solid. The plot is very episodic and I feel that the first and second chapter need to be flipped. (It would read better.) Occassionally, the work is confusing about who is speaking and how all of the episodes connenct into one big story. A quick review of previous chapters solves this problem.
This first book contains 3 chapters focusing on the main story and there is a bonus story that follows a similar plot line at the end. The author also includes additional bonus pages about herself and the creation process for Short Sunzen!
Obsessed also recommended: Gatcha Gacha, Hana Kimi, Maison Ikkoku,
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