Manga Review: Oresama Teacher Vol. #14

Mafuyu is a high school delinquent who wants to turn over a new leaf. So when she transfers schools, she thinks she’ll finally be able to live the life of a normal girl. There’s just one problem: her teacher  Mr. Saeki is a bigger delinquent than she is!

Oresama Teacher is a shojo manga that offers humor of the silly variety. Volume 14 has recently been released, and you can read on for the review. (For those who are interested, you can click here for my reviews of earlier volumes).

Back Cover Blurb

Kanon Nonoguchi, enemy to the Public Morals Club, has been kidnapped by the Kiyama High delinquents! So of course Mafuyu and her club mates set off at once to rescue their nemesis. But even if Mafuyu and the others can help Kanon break out of the Kiyama storage shed, will she be able to escape her painful past?

The Review

Volume 14 begins with the conclusion of the Kanon arc. The story looked like it was going in the direction of massive-rumble-at-Kiyama-where-Mafuyu/Natsuo-gallantly-rescues-Kanon, and it does, but it has a couple other layers added. For one, Tsubaki-sensei plays up the stupidity of the Kiyama thugs so there’s a strong element of comedy in addition to the brawling. Also, the story returns to the dramatic moment where Kanon loses her faith in princes and drags the Kiyama bancho into that narrative. That intertwining of paths is an unexpected development, but it makes the plot a lot more complicated. So much so that Tsubaki-sensei includes a six paragraph post-arc afterword explaining the backstory from the Kiyama bancho’s perspective.

With Kanon at a happy ending, I expected the next Student Council Member to attack the Public Morals Club. Instead, Mafuyu, Takaomi, and Akki wind up back in their hometown on an unexpected holiday. Of course they run into members of Mafuyu’s old gang so Kangawa and Maizono get to make appearances. But what’s really fun and interesting about this random trip are the flashbacks of Mafuyu and Takaomi’s past together.

The setting then shifts back to Midorigaoka. Again, no move from the Student Council, but we do get the high school’s next big event: the newly reinstated class trip! Class trip arcs are standard fare in high school manga, but it’s interesting to view it from a delinquent POV. Just as entertaining is Takaomi’s unconventional chaperoning. It’s not clear what their destination is, but it’s setting up to be a enjoyable arc.

Extras include lots of post-chapter 4-panel comics and the aforementioned super-long afterword from Tsubaki-sensei.

In Summary

Oresama Teacher wraps up the Kanon arc, which turns out to be far more complicated than it originally let on. Tsubaki-sensei manages to get the characters to a happy ending though and then detours from the main story with a random scavenger hunt and a trip down memory lane. Then the story dives into Midorigaoka’s class trip! The next Student Council opponent has yet to make an appearance, but it’s already a fun start with delinquents befuddled by the concept leisure travel with classmates.

First published at the Fandom Post.

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