Thursday, December 29, 2016

Manga Review: So Cute It Hurts!!, Volume 7, by Go Ikeyamada

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: June 2016
Volumes: 15.
Spoilers?: Light.
Volume: 1. 6. 8.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Kobayashi twins, Megumu and Mitsuru, were named after historical figures, but only Megumu has grown up with a taste for history. So when Mitsuru is in danger of losing his weekends to extra history classes, he convinces his sister to swap clothes with him and ace his tests! After all, how hard can it be for them to play each other?

Megumu has once again switched places with her brother, just in time to encounter Akechi’s newest student—the angry guy she met in the park! Chiharu Uesugi knows something about Aoi’s past, and seems determined to take him down. Megumu wants to protect her boyfriend, but will she be able to foil whatever nefarious plan Uesugi has cooked up when he blackmails her into a date?!


So. This volume went downhill for me.
Mego is so determined to protect Aoi, that when Uesugi blackmails her to go on a date with him, she falls for it. I do have to give her props, in that she does what she can to be unappealing and to annoy him, even if it is superficial. She even challenges him to a fight.
I also appreciate that, even if it super annoys me that he immediately forced her to change and look pretty, there isn't any real cheating here. Mego is still devoted to Aoi at all times, even endangering herself to save his gift. That was still dumb of her, but okay. Then there's the cliffhanger, and Uesugi's cruel intentions, though I'm doubtful of his real intentions actually being bad.
There were some dumb decisions in this volume, and it definitely wasn't a favorite for me. Still reading.

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