Light Novel Review: MuriMuri Volume 1

Who Would Like this Series/Volume?


I don’t mean to spoil too much, but if you can’t stomach drama, you might wanna pass on this one. It’s classic rom-com stuff for the largest part, but things turn rather dark, if you ask me.

Difficulty


A very easy light novel that even beginners could try to tackle if they want to. It’s not a children’s book, of course, but it’s pretty much as simple as light novels/coherent stories are going to get. Basic grammar, basic vocabulary, basic everything.

Difficulty 3/10

Translation Where?


Nothing that I know of. It’s also a fairly new series.

Contents


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!

The Whole Damn Thing

Conclusion


Volume 1 Cover

If you do plan to read this novel by yourself, you might want to just stop reading this right now. There’s no way I can talk about it without spoiling the sh*t out of it.

MuriMuri (neat shorthandle I came up with, eh?) is by far the weirdest shit I’ve read in my alley (rom-coms). It starts out with fairly standard rom-com situations and conversations, but it becomes more and more apparent that something’s wrong. I saw the huge story twist coming even before half the volume was over. The author tries his best to kind of cover Koharu’s situation up, but I guess having seen “KonoHana” and “The Sixth Sense” sorta makes you sensible towards these kinds of developments.

The first half of MuriMuri is pretty funny vastly thanks to Chika and her fanatic journalism, and thanks to Tissue being the typical sidekick idiot. Mafuyu, however, is kind of nothing. She’s pictured as the typical chuuni, but the only chuuni thing about her is her eyepatch. Her attitude resembles the student council president from OniAi. Just teasing Gorou when she can. But at the same time, she’s kind of an oracle, showering him with wisdom. And on top of that, she appears to be cold-hearted and pragmatic, when she straightout makes Gorou crash in the end. I don’t really know whether that’s the kind of impression the author wants her to make. She feels out of place. Her “confession” to him makes her even weirder considering she knows about Gorou.

I’ve no objections with Akina, she’s just your shy and cute girl. Koharu, however, really got on my nerves. She really looks like someone who’s a pain in the ass to deal with, although in the end it sort of makes sense, you still gotta deal with her bitching around and being dishonest for the largest part of the book.

The comedy is above average, I had a few laughs, but I don’t keep those in fond memory since the whole book derails its own genre choice: MuriMuri goes from rom-com for the largest part, to a dramatic ending, and closes with psychological. The title and cover really don’t give you any hint for how everything goes to sh*t for Gorou here. I’ve no idea how this can turn into an actual series, but seeing that volume 2 is coming this March, it actually can. Just look at this volume isolated: Gorou’s been talking with a ghost this whole time and told his friends and the whole school knows. Once they get to know about that, they choose to be absent from school, unable to face him. His student council president takes him on a tour to pop his bubble while basically saying, “I’d rather break you before you break my students.” And then his other childhood friend – who’s (still tho?) in love with him – awaits him in front of his house and basically asks him in tears: What the f*ck is wrong with you?

If it then would’ve closed with Gorou saying his goodbyes to Koharu and her disappearing, it would’ve been a drama in the sense of “KonoHana.” However, Gorou refuses to part with her, stating that he’s gonna spend his life with a ghost.

So how I see it, everyone Gorou knows is creeped out by him and if the book wouldn’t be so clear about stating that Koharu is, indeed, a ghost – so not a halucination – then Gorou would be nothing but a nutcase. Oh what fun.

MuriMuri left the same impression on me as the anime H2O (do not watch): Why the f*ck would you push a lighthearted rom-com into this direction? Everybody can read their psychological dramas and all, I don’t mind, but I just don’t get the whole approach here: Start a rom-com and crash it into a psychological drama that feels like it ends in nothing but despair. I don’t know how to rate it, either. It’s not necessarily bad, just weird AF and misleading, in my opinion. However, even at its best, it doesn’t go much further than “above average.” So I’ll give it a 6 with an additional “what the f*ck did I just read?”

Rating 6/10

 

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