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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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Look, I like my manga long, but this was just too ambitious.
School Rumble has a lot going for it. A potentially deep and engrossing storyline, humorous setting, interesting and varied cast, and it managed to last a surprising 22 volumes, so it has to be pure awesome, right? Not so.
To its credit, School Rumble has some of the most interesting characters I've ever read, and the Tenma/Harima premise hooked me from the start. But after 10 volumes or so, the constantly recycled plot devices, jokes, and "better luck next time" moments became merely irritating thanks to the utter lack of plot development.
Furthermore, the cast of SR is so unmanageably large that it's hard not to imagine readers completely forgetting about many of the secondary characters. I have nothing against a lot of characters, but this series juggled them poorly, introducing yet more forgettable characters even when there were still too many unresolved subplots to tie up.
Last of all, the random humor and unexpected (but sloooow) plot twists definitely drove this series' appeal for a while, but I found it unnecessary and frankly unwise to keep it up even when the plot was finally winding down. Because of the frequent "twists", some promising relationships are suddenly sidelined, and the involved characters are forced into being supportive friends without any rationale whatsoever.
Case in point: Yakumo, one of the most endearing characters in the series with a serious storyline to boot, finally works up the resolve to admit her admiration and love for Harima, and goes unheard because Harima's personality does not allow him to deviate from his feelings for Tenma. But see, that's not what I have a problem with - it's just that after all that character development, she is never really mentioned again. The timeskip ending is no excuse; time healed her wounds? Horses***. No explanation, no conclusion written for Yakumo. Just a loose end for a major character. Unacceptable.
Finally, art is above average at best, with some very nicely done panels for important chapters, but all too often it is seemingly rushed and barely serviceable at times.
Honestly, 30% of the series just felt like the author was attempting to drag out the series as long as possible to maintain sales. That said, I can understand why the anime was so popular, since it HAD to end at some point.
... Last updated on November 6th, 2008, 5:37am
An extremely funny manga that had me hooked for years. Although the comedy is quite consistent, I enjoyed the (rare) sweeter moments much more. The ever so slight changes in relationships, evolution in characters' personalities were the components that kept me reading for so long. If it was only a comedic manga, I would have given up at one point.
I wanted to see where the characters would eventually end up, and how they would do so. Thus, the ending was so utterly disappointing that I can't bring myself to give a very high rating. The ending was rushed and there were so many loose ends that were never tied. It felt like the characters could have changed and evolved so much more than they did. It felt like the relationships could have had so much more depth than they did.
Perhaps it is more of a personal preference, but I feel like more depth in the relationships could have put this manga on a whole other level.
This manga would have been great if it was only 50 chapters, but it drags on too long. The relationships never really change, so the jokes get stale after awhile. Although the circumstances of the jokes change, the basis of the jokes (the unexpressed love and awkwardness of the characters) never changes.
In terms of content, this manga has a lot of references to other series, but they're presentation is not that creative. The intermittent drama was good when it actually changed the relationships (like the dance between Harima and Sawachika), but most of it didn't and was just pointless space fillers.
... Last updated on July 24th, 2008, 8:26am
Parody of itself ? Great
School Rumble makes fun of many other known references and also..from itself, as a lot of memories are that of an author. It's a good manga to read from time to time and not all at once, actually.
The character development is presented perfectly in this manga and there is many interesting side stories that keep the manga interesting.
wow, one aspect i love about this manga is from how ridiculously funny and random a chapter is and the next chapter becomes so serious, dramatic and emotional. Kudos to the mangaka, and i'm really looking forward for more as it seems that the newer chapters will tie up more loose ends. Hopefully the mangaka won't end this series prematurely or abruptly like other recent mangas.
School Rumble 4-Ever!
I read and still read many lovecoms, and this is one of the best. Sadly in chapter 272 was a note that the closing chapters start ^^" But oh well the third year nearly starts and some important issues had finally been resolved (although one or two had been added XD)
i found a renewed love in this series..
i find myself laughing no matter how may times i read it, plus the recent chapters are getting more....interesting. The relationships of the characters are also concluding (is the end nearing?). das..
probibly the funniest manga ive ever read character development is da bomb only argument is i can basically see whats gonna happen at the end martial arts mofo gets w/ moko tenma gets with ken my man kenji gets with suou arika finds prob some artsy motherfucker karin gets with pervert-san and some ironic situation finds sawachica with some real humble down to earth dick and everybody will bump uglies and live happily ever after
misunderstanding... and more misunderstanding
I love the twists in the plot and the humor. Not everything is original, but the presentation is exceptional. The variety of characters and how they all get entangled is the best part though. Almost every chapter makes me LOL, literally. Just awesome romance/comedy manga, with a little more emphasis on comedy.
Dragged a bit but still surprisingly good.
The relationships are infuriating at times but the humor generally makes up for it. Art is kinda mediocre. It shines at times but mostly it is just serviceable. Very slow advancement in plot from chapter to chapter though character growth does occur. Half the time I find myself pitying the bastards and the other half I find myself wanting to strangle them. All in all, it's the pure humor that puts this barely at a 9/10.