Title: Hayate x Blade Author: Hayashiya Shizuru Release: Monthly Status: Ongoing Genre: Shonen, Comedy Art: B Originality: B Story: B Characters: A Humor: A Action: B
Impression: This is about a girl who goes to an all girls academy specializing in sword combat to replace her twin sister who recently got injured and is unable to attend. There she finds an opportunity to save her foster home from being taken over by gang members in fighting the other students and ranking up with her partner. This manga is a splendid mix of the comedy and the shonen battle manga genres. The author knows when to slip in the silliness in the fights and it really does make the battles more fun to read. The characters are pretty damn entertaining, especially the student council president/owner of the school. Surprisingly enough, the manga doens’t really offer very much fanservice for one taking place in an all girls school but there do seem to be hints of Yuri here and there. Not enough for me to call it a yuri manga but just enough for me like the characters even more.