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Monday, 30 August 2010

Manga Review: Hiiragi Shougakkou Renai Kurabu


Title: Hiiragi Shougakkou Renai Kurabu
Author: Azuma Yuki
Release: Monthly
Status: Ongoing
Genre: Seinen, Psychological, Slice of Life
Art: A
Originality: A
Story: A
Characters: A
Humor: B
Action: B

Impression: This is an interesting series about elementary school girls who are curious about the instances of romance they see around the in their lives. One especially curious little girl decides to take the initiative with her love life and sets out to establish a love research club in preparation for her future encounters with romance so she’ll know what to do when she runs into the. It’s basically Kodomo no Jikan, the safe for work version, and it comes with better drawings too. Don’t let the clean crisp cutesy drawing style fool you though, the girls in this manga are quite perceptive for their age and they bring up some of the more complex workings that come with romances. What’s more, it doesn’t just delve into the lighter side of such relationships but also the darker aspects of human courtship and mating. This is not the seemingly innocent slice of life manga that the first few chapters would have you believe with the unassuming antics the characters get up to but is actually a series that focuses on the perception of love that kids today are liable to take on. It’s got some very well thought up characters and a surprising level of depth that makes it quite the fascinating read.

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