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Title: Kare Kano: His & Her Circumstances #4
Author: Masami Tsuda
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Chapter 13: We are introduced to a new character, Tsubasa. She’s been in the hospital but has had her eye on Arima for quite some time. She now vows, in true typical highschoolgirl drama fashion, to break up Miyazawa and Arima. She’s not subtle about it and Arima catches her in the act. Miyazawa realizes she is doing it because she is jealous while Arima is left wondering why his middleschool friend is acting so weird. Miyazawa is dealing with this while still being ostracized in her own classroom.
Chapter 14: Arima finally realizes something is going on between Miyazawa and all the other girls. Miyazawa makes him promise to stay out of it and let her handle the situation. Tsubasa continues her campaign to fight against Miyazawa, but all of Tsubasa’s friends start liking Miyazawa for how she handles the situation and they end up all going out for juice. Tsukino, the girl who has been uniting the class against Miyazawa, is forced to confront Miyazawa and shows her true colors. She also runs into Tsubasa who lays claim to the title of “Miyazawa’s Arch Enemy”.
Chapter 15: Several story threads about Miyazawa making both Tsubasa and Tsukino, while not exactly her friends, at least not her enemies.
Chapter 16: Arima reveals that he’s going to be super busy for the summer and won’t be able to hang out with Miyazawa for a month. Everyone gets angsty.
Extra Chapter: A story about aliens and humans and everyone accepting everyone else, blah blah blah.
Oh man, what do I say about this without sounding like a negative nancy?
This is a highschool romance drama written by a woman. As such, it isn’t in my usual area of enjoyment. It is meant for a person who is emotionally unsettled, or wants to re-experience that unsettled feeling again (why any adult would want to do that is beyond me). A teen or young adult will eat this up, as it will validate everything they’re experiencing. Man, I remember those days and you know what, I’m glad they are behind me. I don’t think there is anything wrong with manga like these, they just aren’t for me anymore.
I thought I could continue to read these, but I am having a much harder time than I expected. I’m going to try one more volume, but my hopes aren’t very high. I’ve outgrown these and there is no going back (thank goodness!)