Who Would Like this Series/Volume?
I can basically just point you to volume 5. As far as I’m concerned, the pace of this one’s a lot slower, though.
For: If you liked the volumes before, you’ll like this one.
A tad easier than last volume again. I’ll keep it at 6 though, since Ery’s still getting her screen time.
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’ll cut right to the chase, this volume has me torn. On one hand, it’s got brilliant moments with lots of impact. On the other hand, it drags during some parts. You’ll have to deal with slight spoilers in the following, or else I can’t explain stuff well.
Volume 5 ended with Kujou’s kiss and volume 6 avoids this whole matter for an unbelievable 70% of its size. The author can’t be this blind so this has to be calculated, but I don’t get why he – while he usually writes really fast-paced and refreshing – would postpone the most exciting matter for so long and then only give it a small part of attention. To be fair, there are a bunch of flashbacks, memories, yadayada; however, the real deal is in the present, and here it’s cut short.
To make matters worse, the (let’s call it) fillers before the real Kujou-arc are surprisingly boring here and there. The first half of the twitter arc is hardly entertaining. It feels rather forced and alien to the setting. At least it concludes brilliantly by playing on the last volume’s diet plan and even leads up to another school-wide “hype”. And then there’s the Haqua arc with the movie enactment. It’s foreseeable and not entertaining at all (subjective opinion, of course). There are hardly any funny moments in it and it’s not even good as lolicon fanservice as there’s just too little happening. Reiko bringing her sweets is really eventless, too. Was the author in a slump? Lacking material to fill the volume?
Of course there are nice scenes too, like Ery’s personal army and the P.E. lesson. And you’ll be rewarded with Kujou going dere yet tsun, like having a multiple personality. Speaking of which, her character change is really well made. After having read so much about her behavior before, the sudden change in character feels really creepy, and I think that’s how the author wants you to feel. I actually liked her emotionless expression a lot, and seeing her all smiles gives me goosebumps – in a bad way. The fast personality switch when someone walks in on them feels pretty refreshing too – for now. This might change and become very foreseeable, but let’s take things the way they are for now.
On the not-so-bright side, the storyline the flashbacks and memories provide is over-the-counter. Not a single surprising moment here. A pity.
Now this review may suggest that this volume’s a drag to read, but it isn’t. It’s still fun, but not as fun as the volume before or the ones before that one. It’s a step back, if you ask me (and that’s what you do by reading this), and that’s why I’ll give it a 7 for now. Maybe with time I’ll feel like it’s an 8 nonetheless and uprate it, but for now: 7. And here’s hoping for regaining its old virtues with volume… 7.