Manga Review

Like And Love And Review

 

Yes, that’s what it translates to English, in case you’re thinking I missed a word.

 

*Warning: This may contain minor spoilers*

 

I know it took a while, but this is the promised review for the sequel of Warau Kanoko-sama. Here’s my review of the prequel in case you missed it: Warau Kanoko-sama (The Secret Notes of Lady Kanoko).

 

SynopsisThis is a direct sequel to Warau Kanoko-sama. Naedoko is now attending high school with her best friend, Tsubaki. It’s full of new drama, new characters, and perhaps even a new budding romance? (wink, wink)

 

Story/PlotSo, the unnecessary summaries of who everyone is or how our main character knows him/her still remain for this one. It was nice for the first like, 3 chapters, as a sort of reminder in case (like in mine) you can’t remember anyone from the prequel. But, come on, every other chapter? Ugh.

Apart from that, the plot is much better. It has a linear story-line, as opposed to how it was just the same formula per chapter the last time. There’s actual progression in this one, too, which pleased me oh, so much. The romance aspect of the story that directly involved Naedoko was a bit irritating mostly because of her personality and way of dismissing the fact that it was actually happening. So, that part of the story dragged and kind of put a bad taste in my mouth.

 

CharactersBecause the story wasn’t as irritating this time, I realized how much I dislike Naedoko. Yes, as I stated in the review for its prequel, she’s a breath of fresh air when it comes to heroines in shoujo manga, and she’s certainly unique for this type of story. But, can someone really be this dense? I can see what so many talk about when it comes to harem anime, where the densest, dumbest, most irritating guy is the sole focus of the best girls in the story. It’s annoying. On the other hand, while my dislike for her was more apparent this time around, the new batch of characters greatly helped.

Jouran, Sayuri, and all of the other second and third years were such a great new cast of characters. This time around, we don’t get to see her group of middle school friends as often as I thought we would. But, that was fine, because her fellow ‘senpai’ were so much more entertaining and interesting, so I honestly didn’t even notice her old friends weren’t appearing as much until she either mentioned them, or they randomly invited her to hang out.

 

Favorite CharacterYabuki was by far my favorite. He was always so calm, calculating, and serious. His blunt way of speaking was also a pleasing part of him. The fact that he was almost always so emotionless made his smiling moments have even more of an impact. It was definitely nice eye candy (ha-ha). His development and increase in emotions were very entertaining to read/look at because, although they were very subtle details, they made him seem more human and less “student council presidenty”, if that makes any sense at all.

 

Overall ScoreWell, all in all, this was much better than its prequel. I was greatly pleased with the improvement both story-wise and character-wise. It made my suffering through the prequel certainly worth it, I would say.

 

Do I Recommend This?: To those who enjoy shoujo manga, yes I would. Unfortunately, that means you’ll have to read its difficult-to-get-through prequel, but I would say it’s worth it since it’s thankfully short and the sequel is much more tolerable. I, at the very least, don’t regret reading either one, so take that as you may!

 

BlameSaiki

 

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I’m a 25-year-old story-telling fan. I enjoy all forms of media, including anime, manga, literature, films, video games, music, and everything else in between. I’ve been writing short stories and novels for myself as a hobby for as long as I can remember. I’ve never considered myself good enough to become published, but I’m hoping to change that someday. I’m a huge sucker for characters, so that’s usually what will make or break a majority of stories for me. Other than that, I spend my days working and trying to pay my bills (how fun, right?).

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