Thursday, January 12, 2017

Manga Review: So Cute It Hurts!!, Volume 9, by Go Ikeyamada

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: October 2016
Volumes: 15.
Spoilers?: Very light.
Volume: 1. 8. 10.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Kobayashi twins discover that cross-dressing as each other leads to trouble and true love!

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 manages to keep Aoi and Uesugi from brawling, but when they air their old grievances, she ends up learning more than she expected about Aoi’s past. Will this new information strengthen her relationship with Aoi or just drive a bigger wedge between them?!


Meh. Meh meh meh.
In this volume, there's more drama caused by Uesugi. And we finally get to see what is actually under Aoi's eyepatch, and why he's so afraid of touching women. He even freaks out on Megumu at one point, as he's being pushed and contemplating telling her what really happened to him.
There's also some moments between Mitsuru and Azusa, mostly of Mitsuru realizes what Azusa has been hinting at this entire time. Also, her fantastic way of narcissistic-ally confessing while also telling him that he's going to fall in love with her so hard that he'll be the one begging.
But mostly there's Megumu and Uesugi and Aoi. I think it's mostly the over-ly cheesy moments, the unnecessarily embarrassing scenes, mixed with all of those chibi images and dumb faces for humor. It all just seems too childish to me, while at the same time trying to be new and creative and hilariously cute. It's too much, too badly done.
For one thing, though, I'm sure I would have enjoyed this more when I was younger. So I'm sure actual high-schoolers would enjoy this a lot more than I am now.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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