Light Novel Review: Shomin Sample Volume 8

Who Would Like this Series/Volume?


I can basically just point you to former volumes. Hey, it’s a sequel after all.

For: If you liked the volumes before, you’ll like this one.

Difficulty


Nothing’s changed compared to former volumes.

Difficulty 5/10

Translation Where?


There’s none.

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

This volume starts with Aika being in the principal’s office and booted out of the school ’cause she’s poor now. Apparently, there’s something like a rule that the families of the students have to do something significant for… whatever, point being that money alone wouldn’t suffice. Kimito and the others try to talk the principal into letting her stay, but no can do.

Everyone’s in Kimito’s room. Aika’s bag is pretty small as she’s not allowed to get anything out that refers to Seikain as a secret place. They still try to figure out how to let Aika stay – Reiko even suggests to adopt her – but nope. She asks if she could take the first manga she’s read from Kimito with her, and when she’s about to go, Kimito’s phone rings. It’s his sister. Apparently, Aika’s parents are lodging at their house now.

Aika, Kujou, and Kimito arrive at his new old home. It’s been renovated, remember? They take the elevator (cough) to the living room. Kujou greets Kimito’s family (father, mother, sister) very warmly and respectfully, looking like a soon-to-be family member. Before long, Yoshiko cuts in, Aika’s mum. Simply saying what she wants and looking like her head was in the clouds. She basically just does whatever she wants to, which is exactly the reason why she’s at Kimito’s house – because she wants to. Aika’s father (screw his name (it’s Kazuma)) begs Kujou for forgiveness, readily prostrating himself in front of her. Which is basically the kinda guy he his. He tries to compliment his wife, is ignored, doesn’t mind being ignored, and prostrates himself readily before everyone. As for Kimito’s gang, his sister and mother basically count as one, they tend to tease everyone in a roundabout fashion, and his father just sits there and is like, “yeah.” His impression’s that of a puppet manipulated by mother and daughter. When Aika’s about to drag her parents out, Kimito points out to her that she’s got nowhere to go… and that she’s a tsunpure who can’t survive in the real world. Kimito’s mother and sister finally suggest that they should just stay with them for a while longer. It’s very apparent that his mother and sister are actively trying to get Kimito closer to romance. Suddenly Kujou states she’ll prepare a first-class hotel for them and even prepare some kind of villa (to avoid that they live with Kimito). However, Yoshiko shoots her down. Aika’s dad sees the chance, prostrates himself, and also asks for Kujou’s cooperation to provide his wife with luxury – or else she might not get tired of this house at all, and she wouldn’t want that, right? Clever bastard. Kujou excuses herself and makes a call, seemingly asking someone to already make a law against this whole mess or something. For now, it’s decided.

Kujou does some calls, mainly to Reiko and company, who are already upset to not be able to watch Kimito and Aika, anyway. And to Ery. But Ery’s on a business tour and alas can’t do anything about it.

The next morning, Kimito’s told to wake up Aika. Apparently, she’s spent all night on 2ch. On the dining table, Kimito and Aika are teased by Kimito’s mum ‘n sister and in the end Kimito’s designated to give Aika a tour through town. And so Aika and Kimito leave for the town. In the house opposite of Kimito’s, Reiko and the others are dwelling, monitoring what the other two are doing on the TV. Apparently, Kuroe (Aika’s ex-maid) is shadowing them, she can apparently erase her presence. And so the maid’s tailing Kimito and Aika, like, two steps behind them while filming it all with a smartphone. Haqua’s getting hungry, so they decide to order some pizza. Let’s just say the order procedure doesn’t go as smoothly, as none of them has a tight grasp on how it works.

On their way into town, Kimito does of course play a bunch of pranks on Aika. One involving a power pole, the other a vending machine.

Back to Reiko and the rest. The pizza arrives and, of course, just like the ordering it, there are cultural gaps to cover before they can actually enjoy their pizza. I wished I was the pizza delivery guy here, it would’ve turned into some poorly-staged adult video setting, then. Oh well.

In the meantime, Aika and Kimito are visiting Kimito’s old school. While Aika tries to accustom herself to the thought of attending a normal school herself, old acquaintances of Kimito enter the classroom and try to hit on Aika. Kimito dislikes that and tells her they should leave before she blurbs something out that she mustn’t.

Miyuki (Kujou) visits Kimito during the night to refill her hug-battery.

A point of view change later, you see the maids at Seikain being bored, as there are less ojou-samas than maids right now (summer break). They stage some sorta marriage interview among each other.

Then, a few days later, Aika has some cupsize consultation with Kimito’s sister, which he overhears, Aika runs out the room and is seen. Anyway, the other ojou-samas see that live on TV (thanks to ninja Kuroe). They have other problems too, though. The pizza cartons that have piled up in the corner of the room and their weight that has gained for mystical reasons. To be sure, they want to weight themselves, but there’s no scale. So they order one on Amazon…

Aika gets some housework lessons from Kimito’s mother who keeps teasing her by hinting how much she’s trying to learn for Kimito’s sake – said Kimito overhears the matter. And next it’s time to eat, and of course Kimito’s pressed for saying his impression of Aika’s miso soup.

The ojou-sama group in the house opposite to Kimito’s has now a second tower soaring in the corner. It consists of Amazon cardboards. They’re trying the most differse things… yet the scale’s sitting around in a corner – unused. They finally push themselves to use it and… order a hometrainer. Of course, they know everything that’s happening nextdoors. Kuroe, etc.

Now Aika has a talk with her dad, how he’s planning to move on. His plan’s pretty straight: do nothing. The idea is that Aika’s mum has a weird gift, the wimps she’s having always make things turn for the better. Always. So if she still wants to stick around at Kimito’s, he will do everything he can to make that happen. Welp.

Act 2 on “maids are bored”. They dressed one of their own up as a prince and stage a celebrated arrival.

I’ll skip on the stuff where Aika’s acting weird due to commoner TV influence and estranged by stuff like a vacuum cleaner and dishwasher. Aika does help with most of the chores now and when she’s holding Kimito’s trunks in her hands, the door rings. It’s the neighbors!

Reiko and co. pay a visit to Kimito’s house in extra baggy clothes. His mum and sister soon enough realize that everyone’s into him, and when the girls start to put some serious charm onto Kimito’s family, Aika’s mother enters and starts pinching them where they’ve gone fat, driving them out in the consequence.

Kimito spots Kuroe buying some stuff in a convenience store. The cashier, however, doesn’t become aware of her. Kimito helps her out and they eat something together in the park close to their dwellings. She hints at how much more kind than others he seems, blushes, etc. New heroine.

Aika vacuums Kimito’s room and when he takes out the new Jump, Aika sits next to him to read it with him, a somewhat explicit scene appears, dokidoki. Kimito also finally remembers the Christmas party stuff. For no special reason, really. And no details in the narration either. He simply remembers. He, however, puts up an act so that Aika doesn’t notice.

In the meantime, Yoshiko lets her husband know, that she’s tired of being there.

Everyone from Kimito’s house is visiting the shopping mall. They split into two groups, Aika and Kimito, and the rest. Of course, Kimito plays a prank on Aika, which leads to her sulking. So he decides to check out another store and let her cool off for now. So Aika’s alone and I’ll make this as short as possible: she’s being hit on by two guys, of course she believes everything they say (I suffer from the Aika-chan-must-go-grab-a-coffee-with-us-or-I’ll-die disease!), and just when she’s about to board their car and get raped (I assume), Ery comes around and drags her off. However, those guys recognize Ery and are about to take photos of her in public, which is a no-no for a voice actress, especially since she wasn’t behaving cute at all. Being in a bind, Aika starts to do the stupidest stuff in front of the camera, so that they don’t take photos of Ery but Aika instead. Kimito comes flying now too and urges the guys to erase the photos they’ve just taken, since he doesn’t want anyone else to have this embarrassing stuff of Aika. They get pissed off and want to beat him up, but Kimito-sama the Great has regained his memories from being one and a half month at Kujou’s, remember? And there he’d taken martial arts lessons (he was 10), so he remembered those too and beats those guys up instead. No, I’m not making this up.

Ery and Aika then grab a coffee together, which leads to them getting much closer. Tough Aika doesn’t really realize how much she’s complimenting Ery. So Aika’s been rather closer to Ery all the time, but now – without Aika knowing – Ery’s gotten closer to her, too. At the same time, Kimito’s dragged into a photobooth by Miyuki (Kujou). They take some embarrassing pictures (kiss on the cheeks, yadayada) and Kujou tells him that Aika’s dad’s gotten a new job as CEO of the new company which had formed out of the bankrupt one. Seemingly thanks to the Kujou family.

Next, Aika’s having some crepe with her mother. And she confesses to her mum that she likes Kimito. Her mum simply states that it’ll work out just fine, since she’s her daughter. Then prostrate dad comes running, telling them he’s got a new job and Aika can return to Seikain.

The evening before they return to Seikain, Kimito and Aika talk a bit more. Aika feels like he’s hiding something from her (the regained memories). And when she looks deep into his eyes to see whether he’s lying or not, they’re about to kiss, when everyone barges into the room and prevents it.

Another short memory of Ery talking to her mum about Kimito, nothing all too relevant, but Ery wonders whether she should stop being an idol in the end.

And everyone’s back at Seikain.

The End.

Conclusion


Volume 8 Cover
Volume 8 Cover

Four things annoyed me greatly about this volume.

1) Let’s name the worst one first, Kimito’s “kung fu revelation”. He spent about a month at Kujou’s, back when he was 10. So under any circumstances, that was about six years back, and he’s had martial arts lessons for at most a month. And yet he beats up two guys older and bigger than him hands down? Author, you derped here. It’s not even meant to be a joke, he’s totally serious about this, sorry, crap. Poorly done.

2) Same arc. The way they pick up Aika has nothing to do with tsunpure anymore. She’s flat-out mentally disabled if she’s falling for something like “I’m gonna die if you don’t get in the car with us”. It’s not about naivete, that’s disability. Again, a bad and forced idea.

3) It’s a nice idea to let one of the families go bankrupt and hence give everyone an opportunity to go to “normal society”. But literally solve the bankruptcy within the same volume and without anything happening makes it look like a sad excuse.

4) While I like the idea of this volume in general, it’s again very apparent how unbalanced the harem treatment is. Aika gets lots and lots of quality time with Kimito, while the others have to stay in another house for literally the whole volume but one chapter, in which they’ve been made fat. Yay. The author could’ve all put them into Kimito’s big house and let everyone duke it out, which would’ve been presumably more interesting. But no, Aika’s the star and is supposed to score high here. No matter how retarded she is (see 2). Yet again another volume where Karen enjoys her ignore play.

That’s about all the bad points of this volume, in my opinion. I really like how basically three stories at once are going on in this volume: Kujou and her background manipulations, Reiko and company and their dealing with the real world, and Aika’s retard arc. There’s no filler/real stuff separation like in most of the prior volumes, so it seems more substantial. I already said that I also like the idea behind the setting here in general, though the execution’s so-so.

With Kuroe, another heroine seems to take the stage. I don’t know if that’s a good thing. While I do like her character, the author already struggles greatly to give five heroines equal attention – and mostly fails at it. With six ones this won’t get better.

The author avoids the “nothing seems ultra rich anymore” problem I mentioned last time by simply shifting the whole setting into the normal world. Clever.

From the feel of this volume, it’s one of the best yet. But the ultra derps won’t allow me to give it anything better than 7. So 7 it is.

Rating 7/10

 

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