Light Novel Review: Shurabara! Volume 2

Who Would Like this Series/Volume?


It’s still a rom-com. It’s still much fooling around and little drama. So if you want something light on the stomach without much impact but a bunch of cuteness, why not this one?

For: The ones looking for some light-hearted rom-com.

Difficulty


The grammar’s as basic as ever. If you had no problems with the vocabulary of the past volume, then you won’t have any problems here either. The setting hasn’t grown more complicated, so the difficulty overall didn’t change. It’s still a pretty easy ride. Of course, it’ll still be hard if your Japanese is limited to “hello”, “where are the toilets?”, “what color are your panties?”, and “how are you?”. But even then you should be able to manage with a dictionary – though it might show some wear afterwards.

Difficulty 3/10

Translation Where?


There’s no translation of volume 2 that I know of. You’d have to try and find some manga adaption and stomach that one.

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 2 Cover
Volume 2 Cover

I don’t even need to spoiler anything this time. Since there’s hardly anything happening I could spoiler. Now, if you’ve read the contents and think about it for a second, you should realize that nothing really happened that would matter in the bigger picture. The whole volume feels like a lot of filler and/or simple “slice-of-life”. The inter-relationships of the characters feel very isolated, and overall the potentially interesting thing of him being on and about to get his ass busted is absent for the very vast majority of the volume. It’s basically Saotome -> Sanae -> Takana -> repeat. It’s closer to reading three kinda different rom-coms than one where the selling point is his three-timing.

So my fears have basically proven true. The author does too little with the interesting setting he’s created. Even if the ending does progress things (and he had to, hardly would’ve bought the next volume otherwise), it doesn’t make up for about 200 pages of triviality.

Since the characters and the setting overall still feel fresh and the protagonist has a plausible personality and way of thinking, it was still fun nonetheless. But as the setting and characters will wear out eventually, the author will have to act. It’s not bad yet, but it could get bad rather sooner than later. Anyway, the extend to which I’ll downrate is still very merciful since I had lots of fun with all the stuff they were up to nonetheless, but I’m hoping for more courage and innovative developments (or at least new and/or interesting ones) in the next volume. As it stands, the series is in decline.

Rating 6/10

 

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2 thoughts on “Light Novel Review: Shurabara! Volume 2

  1. The porn mags under the bed, the stereotypical disguise, the cut fingers! It seems like the author did his best to include as many “familiar situations” as possible. When it’s said by a stereotype lover like me, it could be a little problematic. I guess it’s because I’m reading a summary, so the situations seem too close to each other.
    Props to you for writing all that! 🙂 The story is pretty nice for now, if only a bit confused with all the fast switchings. I’d be much less confused if I could see a face instead of reading a name 😛

    • Well, the faces can be easily seen on volume 1’s review, so I didn’t add them again.

      I’m pretty eager to read volume 3, though literally the only scene that built some kind of suspense was the end. And if that keeps up, it feels like 200 pages filler and then one dozen of relevant pages.

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