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From Del Rey: She's a second-year high school student with a single all-consuming question: Will the boy she likes ever really notice her? He's the school's most notorious juvenile delinquent and he's suddenly come to a shocking realization: He's got a huge crush, and now he must tell her how he feels.
NOTE: Ch 232 is actually Ch 231. It was a mistake, there were two 191 published. Now the mistake is corrected, so no Ch. 232.
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Classic, romance/comedy that focuses mostly on comedy, and four characters.
School Rumble is classic romance/comedy manga that was set in school life. The two strong themes would be Misunderstanding, and if you truly want something, try your hardest to achieve/get that something, because if you do not, you will/may regret it. Some minor themes can be "failing or losing makes one stronger" and motivation. Misunderstandings are present left and right in the manga, which made the story--without it, this would have been real short or a less comedic manga. The story is good and with many characters (some more interesting than most). Though, it feels like the side characters just are there for comedy relief and are even disregarded and forgotten. It also loses track of the main protagonists, at first I thought it was this guy, then it becomes the whole group, then it focuses on other two. The main protagonist can be said to be three characters, but the fourth one can be said that he makes up the main plot. Story sort of drags on without progression sometimes. The ending made sense to an extent, it did give the readers an answer to the main plot, which was a unknown love triangle. Also, for the other cast of the manga, there is a lot of foreshadowing to what "may" occur among or them afterwards.
Overall, I recommend this to anyone, or at least for them to watch the anime. Reason being that it is a classic, but if you are a romance "junkie"--do not intend to witness that much of it. The romance will be random, and it will usually be involving one couple, which the possible future of (them) was shown in SR Z.
... Last updated on March 25th, 2014, 11:54am
Very good at first
The first two seasons of the anime was so good. It was really funny and there were many character development. There were many unique and interesting characters in this manga that you have never seen in other mangas.
After where the anime left off in the manga, it was disappointing. The humor were really getting overused and not funny. The author dragged out the manga and so there were many fillers because I guess the author wanted to get more money. Some where in the middle of the manga I just gradually started to skim through the manga because it was not funny anymore. There were too many overused comedy routines.
The anime was soooooooo good and funny at the beginning. I would have gave this a 9 if it wasn't for the draggy plot and the bad ending. I am sad that such an amazing manga like this made me rate it a 7/10. If anyone plans to read the manga I suggest you don't because it doesn't get any better than the anime.
Spoilers!!!!! If you guys want to know what happens at the end
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So in the end Tenma chooses the weird guy(forgot his name). The weird guy has some kind of disease that makes him forget who he is and so he moves to America for treatment. Tenma follows him to take care of him. Harima confesses to Tenma on his motorcycle, but he thinks Tenma did not hear him but she did. Nothing happens though. Harima rejects Yakumo and suddenly we don't get to see her anymore in the manga until the very end. Eri tries to confess to Harima, but doesn't. Eri cheered him up and he decides to travel across Japan. In the end everyone shows ups again and has a pie fight. That was the ending, which in my opinion really sucked.
... Last updated on December 1st, 2011, 12:38am
i read it without any expectation. it's funny, and has a light atmosphere to it. the characters are lovable, and
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the ending is definitely a sad, yet fulfilling one
, a great alternative to love hina, since i loved love hina, i also loved this manga as well.
Good...but could have been better
Each character was amazingly detailed without falling into the typical stereotypes. While they could be categorized as such, the characters are funnier and more amusing because of their unique idiosyncrasies.
However, the plot dovetails into insanity and uselessness trying unsuccessfully to maintain its original humor. It really does drag on for a long time. Unless gag humor is your cup of tea, this becomes annoying since their is no progression and the story takes a detour delaying a resolution.
The artwork is average. Detailed without too much going on in some chapters. However in some others, lack of effort can clearly be seen, but that doesn't happen too often. Though this could be attributed to poor quality scans, which seem to be the case.
Could have been one of the best...if the author spent more time on the ending than the filler in between.
... Last updated on May 16th, 2011, 3:26am
I will go with @mewarmo990 on this one.The first two seasons of the anime and full metal panic fumoffu are my best comedy series(I have even rated them with a 10). The manga is a big NO.Surprisingly for the anime to be better than the manga?Indeed it's one of the few occasions.I am so disappointed that i would rather not have read the manga in the first place. Ok,here is where it fails: -Artwork is bad.I didn't expect that in the first place.Combine this with the nonexistent cleaning on most chapters and you will have a hard time reading it. -The most important part is unfortunately what happened with the plot. 1)After the second season of the anime finished,the manga continued with volumes of filers which of course didn't promote the plot.Wa wait,filers in a manga?Yes,unfortunately that's the best term i can come up with or if you prefer useless,meaningless,pointless chapters. 2)Unfortunately 1) wasn't the worst part that could happen with the story.The ending was a train wreck and it's one of the worst endings i have ever seen.I am not talking about 2 chapters that somebody mentioned before.The ending can be sum up on the last 2 volumes,since school rumble consists of so many characters.Was it a red light from the editors due to falling popularity,was it the inability of the mangaka to put a proper ending,was it his grudge towards society?I don't know.But in either of those cases when somebody writes a series which for the first half is great,then it's a bunch of fillers and then we get a shitty ending i can say his motives are made of pure venality.
The worst part a writer can do to his story is to not make a closure for his characters.I mean if the story didn' have the characters then there would be no story in the first place.In school rumble in half the occasions he didn't even mentioned what happened and in the other occasions he forcefully removed them in a BAD BAD WAY.
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-Why exactly did Shou break up with Asou senpai -The whole Madoka-Kidou infidelity thing (which also leaves a sour taste) -The rejection of Yakumo who the author later completely forgot.For God's sake she is a main character! And 100 many more occasions which i clearly don't remember anymore.
I advise those who have seen the anime not to read the manga.If i could delete the memories of the manga from my mind i would gladly do so.I won't also read any story from the same author again,not only because he killed one of my best anime series,but also for fear of he might do the same with his next manga concerning the ending and the plot development on the ending chapters. Hope i helped with the review...
... Last updated on February 18th, 2011, 1:12am
cant understand why manga has so high rating? people rated this acoding to first 5-8 volumes? at beginning manga is really funny, plot is interesting to follow. but not for long. last 12 volumes have plot story that can be sized in 5-6 charpers. and the end is just a throw of a shit to a face from mangaka. this manga is just wasted time. if you wanna to try it, try first 8 volumes that just drop it
I love this manga and the anime. I always get a good laugh. I really do love how love could ake one character so over exaggerated and emotional. Lol. Jus give this manga a try its very interesting (^__^)
Annoying misunderstanding and then misunderstanding, endless misunderstanding, unsolve misunderstanding, misunderstand feelings.
Don't look at me that way, I love the characters and all (specially Eri, Hegi and Yakumo), but the manga is a no no.
It's annoying I didn't bother reading through the volumes. Even the special release didn't did the justice I want. I just hate manga that when things goes soo cool, it's already the end.
Suzuka is an exeption (it has hard development like having a
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and the end is still too far), but this manga definitely is a no no.
The end just killed it for me
The series started out fantastic, with misunderstandings, mishaps, misguidance and...more misunderstanding. Gradually, more characters like my favorites, Eri and Yakumo were introduced and I continued to read the series for Eri's, Yakumo's and Harima's relationship(s). I like lenghty reads but in this case I personally felt it too long. More than half the chapters have zero progress and the plot stagnates way too often. The misunderstandings began to frustrate me. The cast is composed of so many characters, I forgot the names of half of them and most of the minor classmates I felt served no purpose. I ploughed on anyway and then came some much wanted plot development in the closing volumes. I was really happy at the way the whole thing was moving. Some really heartwarming moments were thrown in and I loved those, even if some were interuppted by minor issues. The YxHxE was stretched to another level, that was what I disapproved of. But had the mangaka ended the series at Ch-281 and continued with SRZ fromt this point on, I'd have been more than happy. But the closing chapters, oh god, years of writing through volumes and volumes of manga, KJ-san killed the whole series just with two chapters. The end was too loosely tied up, half the plotlines were just left hanging and had their not been a sequel, I know that KJ would've been lynched. The time-skip in itself was a confusing change of pace. Even if 5-6 years had passed since the last time they'd met, their character remains as incorrigible as ever with everyone pining over their respective 'love's (stands true for Harima atleast). It was lame to say the least and I was very disappointed. And where did they get their school uniforms anyway All in all I was very saddened by how a good series like SR can be degraded by just two chapters. The ending was too rushed and confused for it to be coherent. It's because of that I can't bring myself to give it a better rating. Had it ended at Ch-281, I'd have still given it an 8.5 but it didn't so it dropped down by two whole points.
The King of Misunderstandings! Hilarious!!
I loved this manga it had good characters especially Harima, Eri and Akumo where my favorite's just wish that they could of ended up with each other it had a kind of an open-ending but what can you do 9.5