Who Would Like this Series/Volume?
Compared to its prequel, this volume has much less and heavy drama. The whole thing is about rumors and how to clear one’s name of them, this leads to a sudden increase of slice of life in this volume.
For: Less drama than in its prior volume, but also less sustain and comedy, more slice of life.
You wouldn’t believe that the same author wrote this one if the cover didn’t say so: it’s by far easier to read than the first volume and very much standard Japanese. You’ll know what’s going on if you’re not an absolute beginner.
Not that I know of. Maybe there’s a manga adaption, but the series is fairly new, so dunno. (copypasta 4tw)
Translation: No for the light novel.
NOTE: These summaries can never give you an accurate impression on how the book reads or what the book is really like. It simply gives you the gist of the novel, but don’t judge the book by this alone. It can’t be helped that things read rushed and colorless in a summary. You can get an idea by reading the conclusion and, finally, by reading it yourself!
I gotta admit, when I bought this volume, my expectations were high. Very high. The first volume was a blast, so reader’s hopes are that it’s either just as good or even better. Nothing more nothing less. The first thing that colored me surprised was the cover (yes, already). “Who’s that ‘gyaru’-like girl next to Ayame?” It wasn’t quite a good omen to me. The second thing was the sudden change in literary style. Not only was the choice of words far easier than before, the sentence structures were simpler too. And the third thing was that this volume lacks one thing the most: a point. Be that all as it may, let’s try to tackle the issue somewhat systematically, as always.
How are the characters? Since most of the “staff” has already been introduced in the first volume, I’ll only talk about what’s different about them compared to the prequel. Alas, Hatsushiba’s become almost uninterested in Aramiya, the protagonist. Although she doesn’t voice it, it doesn’t feel as if she’d like to become close to him. In fact, she’s more of an ally to Ayame and feels almost closer to Tozaki, Aramiya’s friend. Tozaki himself lost a whole lot of color too. He isn’t really scared of Ayame anymore, complains far less, he’s just tagging along – a shadow, basically. If the author hadn’t explained that he’s an otaku too in volume 1, you wouldn’t be able to guess. Ayame’s pretty much the same, still. Yet her original goal – to become Aramiya’s dreamgirl – seems less prominent, somewhat. She’s trying hard to get his attention and to charme him, but funny situations resulting from her trying to mimic some eroge stuff are scarce. Aramiya himself doesn’t seem like an eroge-head anymore either. He’s more driven to smooth Ayame’s life out. As you can see, I personally find the characters in this volume pretty colorless, worse yet they lost color they’ve had before. It relies much more on its plotline. Which leads us to the question…
How’s the plot? The plot revolves almost exclusively around Eve being annoying and everyone trying to clear up Ayame’s name. This volume’s highlights lie within its slice-of-lice scenes, so the filler scenes, if you like. And that’s actually a pretty terrible thing to say, the main plot has no real climax and just goes on and on until you wonder what the point of this volume even was. They don’t find the real culprit, Eve’s just dumb (surprise), and the only real achievement is that they manage to save the club which doesn’t even play an important role at all; the club, that is. It feels like they’re going around doing their good deeds that are hella boring, you are told how people’s opinion starts to change, and on the side there’s Eve somewhere and the club who’s faced with abolishment, but it’s not that important a deal. The first volume was stuffed with events where even I wondered whether it’s okay to put that into something like a romantic-comedy, but this feels just eventless.
How’s the comedy? It’s okay. I don’t really have anything else to add. There were a few laughs in this for me and overall it didn’t feel forced or anything.
If I had to rate this one volume by itself, I’d probably give it a 5. And only since the “filler” scenes were interesting. The whole thing feels like what other authors’d put into a .5 volume. It has little impact and, as stated in the introduction, just feels pointless. You probably wouldn’t miss out on anything if you’d just skip this volume. But usually if you read volume 2 of something, you’ve also read volume 1. And since there are still the same characters that I came to like with the first volume, I didn’t mind reading this one. It does flow nicely, albeit with way too few highlights, and I still gotta commend the author’s ability to foreshadow things without being all too obvious about it (the brooch). I’m giving this volume a 7 even though I know that the whole review totally doesn’t read like a 7. Reason being that it doesn’t (yet) destroy the greatness it built up in volume 1. Compared to its prequel, it’s a disappointment nonetheless.
Considering I bought volume 2 almost immediately after I finished volume 1, I’m pretty reluctant this time around with volume 3. If “the trend is your friend” applies to this series, then I wouldn’t want to read 3, but the only way to find out is to try it, after all.