Light Novel Review: Shomin Sample Volume 5

Who Would Like this Series/Volume?


Additionally to what I’ve written about volume 4 already, this volume’s got more rom and even more com. Overall, this volume’s got more of a punch. Nothing else I can add, really. It’s still Shomin Sample.

For: People who enjoy good, drama-less rom-coms and basically liked the past volumes too.

Difficulty


It’s basically the same I’ve said about volume 4 but there’s more Ery and hence more slang, so it’s a tad more difficult.

Difficulty 6/10

Translation Where?


Nothing. And the manga hasn’t caught up to the end of volume 5 yet.

Translation: No for the light novel.

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 5 Cover
Volume 5 Cover

Here we are, volume 5. I am pretty darn sure that the anime’ll not come this far, so you’ve gotten a detailed summary again this time.

After I’ve complained about the lack of truly epic moments last time, volume 5 does a better job in that regard. Ery’s performance serves for good comedy with great impact and overall helps spicing up the plot. On that note, the storyline evolves quite naturally and there are more romantic scenes too, albeit not necessarily with Kimito’s direct involvement.

It’s very fun watching the ojou-samas on one and Ery on the other side duke it out over Kimito’s attention. Furthermore, the author tries to give the characters more reason and depth and hence there’s a bunch of flashbacks concerning Ery and Kimito’s past which sadly read more like a necessary evil and lack amusement. On the bright side, they’re rather few and the vast majority of the volume’s related to the present controversy. Thanks to a lot of hints, some questions answered, some new questions asked, the whole “some guy got abducted to an ojou-sama school”-idea looks less and less like an excuse to throw a bunch of rom-com stuff at the reader and more like stuff’s actually connected. After I was done reading the volume, I was surprised how little had actually happened. You could summarize it in one sentence.

And that’s about all the bad things I can say about it. The comedy works yet again, the characters are feasible, their interrelations are worthwhile, it’s got a lot more impact, and overall it just feels right. I can’t really blame the author for focusing on Ery’s introduction and giving it the time he feels it deserves. I don’t really know what to think about how her arc eventually concludes. It’s either a brilliant idea to not wear the harem out or he wasted a volume on a side character. We’ll see how it works in the volumes to come.

This time, the volume lacks the great development that volume 4 had to deserve a 9. But it’s overall better than volume 4 since Ery and her contrasting personality fit so well into the ojou-sama academy, that it’s easily read in one go. As a Reiko fan, however, I’m worried about her stagnation. Looks more like AikaxReiko than anything, if you ask me. I don’t like that.

Rating 8/10

 

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