We Never Learn Graphic Novel Volume 2 cover image
Rated “T+” for “Teen Plus”
Nariyuki Yuiga is a high school senior from an impoverished family. He is eager to secure a full scholarship, known as “the Special VIP Recommendation,” to college before he graduates high school. His principal agrees to give it to him, but there is one stipulation. He must tutor the three smartest girls in school, Rizu Ogata, Fumino Furuhashi, and, Uruka Takemoto, so that they can get into their target colleges. However, each girl wants to focus on a subject area in which she is not at all good!
We Never Learn, Vol. 2 (A Genius in the Forest Strays for [ X ]; Chapter 8 to 16) finds Nariyuki facing so many challenges while trying to be a tutor. The biggest challenge may be Ogata and Furuhashi's former tutor, Mafuyu Kirisu, who is now the school's guidance counselor. Known for being the “cold” type, she thinks Nariyuki should be dismissed... for a number of reasons.
THE LOWDOWN: The We Never Learn manga is a high school romantic comedy and is similar to Nisekoi: False Love and the classic Strawberry 100%. These manga look like shojo manga (comics for teen girls) because most of the primary characters are female. However, the series leads are male and are what can be called “horn-dogs.” There is a lot sexual innuendo and fanservice – meaning barely concealed depictions of bouncy tits and firm ass – of the female persuasion.
We Never Learn Graphic Novel Volume 2 pushes the raunchiness more than the debut volume. That may be why the chapters contained in this volume feel a bit shallow. Creator Taishi Tsutsui eschews character and personality for situation comedy style sublimated-sex romps. The comedy works; the lettering by Erika Terriquez and Snir Aharon is sharp, and Camellia Nieh's translation is breezy. But I hope for more because these characters can do more than be caught in compromising positions.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Fans of shonen romance comedies will want to read the Shonen Jump title, We Never Learn.
7 out of 10