Mafuyu Kurosaki had been a take-charge, hard-hitting gang leader (“bancho”). Hoping to reform her daughter of her delinquent ways, Mafuyu's mother sent Mafuyu to Midorigaoka Academy, an isolated school far off in the country. There, Mafuyu reunited with Takaomi Saeki, the childhood friend who set her on the path of delinquency. Now, Saeki is Mafuyu’s homeroom teacher.
Oresama Teacher, Vol. 18 (Chapters 99 to 104) begins with a test of courage. A “kimodameshi” is a popular summer game, in which people must pass through some place scary, alone or in pairs. Now, Mafuyu and Kohei Kangawa, her former henchmen, are sharing a stroll through a “haunted woods.” As per tradition, forces are allied against them, so that the duo won't reach the finish line.
Next, the students of the Public Moral Clubs (PMC) spend part of the summer break... cleaning the school! They are rewarded, however, with a trip to the beach, but swimwear becomes a complication. Plus, a new semester begins with questions about student council president, Miyabi Hanabusa's motivations, and Runa Momohi has a special way to get her questions answered.
THE LOWDOWN: As usual, I have mixed feelings about the Oresama Teacher manga. I find this shonen-flavored, high school shojo series sometimes enjoyable, and other times, it does not do much for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the “haunted woods” chapter than opened Oresama Teacher Volume 18.
I find the rest of the volume to be hit or miss. The beach story is okay. I enjoyed all the pages with Miyabi Hanabusa intriguing. This volume does contain information that I will need later, as much as it did not entertain me in a memorable way. After two good volumes, Vol. 18 is a bit of letdown.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Fans of offbeat high school shojo manga will want to try the Shojo Beat title, Oresama Teacher.