Monday, August 09, 2010

Manga Monday: Seiho

Seiho Boys' High School (Volume 1)
Kaneyoshi Izumi

Seiho High is an isolated campus, located on an island far from any contact with civilization.  Which is why the boys that attend school there are starved for female interaction.  The stories here actually revolve less around what life is like for the guys during their regular days among other guys with raging hormones as much as it's about the few girls who visit the high school, which is kind of a shame, because I think it's less interesting.  Of course the guys are going to go ga-ga over any young plain-looking thing that comes along.  In the same way that the guys are pouring over nudie magazines in their free time.  Seiho Boys' High School is made of pretty predictable stuff.  On top of the unimaginative circumstances that we find the boys in, the characters are all completely two dimensional, particularly the women.  Sure, there's the jock, the nerd, the gay guy who likes pretty frilly things, but they're all one-note.  Even the protagonist Maki, who puts everyone else before his own needs, is lacking interesting traits.  The only thing that I found interesting about the book period is that it seems that the guys all kind of chose to come to this isolated school for a reason.  The jock needed to get away from his family, particularly his half-sister who has feelings for him.  The gay guy wanted to put distance between himself and his girlfriend who he was leading on.  And Maki has his own mysterious past which hasn't been elaborated on just yet.  Other than that, the stories are lackluster.  The comedy falls flat, the stories aren't very compelling, and there's just not much life to the students that populate Seiho High.  It's a great premise, but the execution just isn't there.

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