Manga Review: Oresama Teacher Vol. #19

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 19 has 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

Hayasaka is losing his memories! It’s a stressful situation, but he doesn’t really remember his friends in the Public Morals Club, so he doesn’t have anyone to turn to for help. When he gets suspended for fighting, he decides there’s no reason to go back to Midorigaoka. But Mafuyu and Yui aren’t going to give up on their friend, even if they have to travel deep into the mountains to a house full of dark secrets to find him!

The Review

Just as Volume 17 was all about Yui, this volume is all about Hayasaka. Tsubaki-sensei has been dropping hints for some time that something isn’t exactly right with our plain and simple delinquent. Now we discover the depth of his dysfunction, and although Momochi is the catalyst that unravels everything, Hayasaka’s brokenness goes beyond anything Momochi’s meddling could inflict by itself.

Hayasaka hasn’t said much about his family life, and all this time Tsubaki-sensei has never revealed his given name. Now we learn why. I’ve been dying to know what was in the picture in Hayasaka’s wallet (the one that Yui stole during the “Art of The Echo”), and it took me completely by surprise. In fact, I doubt anyone will be able to guess what it shows. But that’s not the only shocker, and they keep piling one on top of the other. At one point, the other members of the Public Morals Club declare it “sounds like a soap opera,” and it does. Yet crazy as the new details are, they do jibe with what we know of Hayasaka so it does work.

In the midst of Hayasaka’s drama, we also get the scoop on Momochi’s “power” and the true purpose behind the Student Council. As Mafuyu suspected in the previous volume, the President’s bet is completely separate from his father’s bet with Takaomi. Although there are still unknowns about motives, these revelations put Momochi and the President in a different light. As Volume 19 closes, well-established battle lines look like they’re about to be redrawn, and I look forward to seeing who will side with whom.

Extras in this volume include Characters and Story Thus Far, 4-panel comics, End Notes, and a character relationship chart.

In Summary

Momochi’s machinations result in Hayasaka getting into a brawl. He goes home for the duration of his suspension from school, and Mafuyu and company get a hitherto unseen look at his family life. Tsubaki-sensei lays the dysfunction pretty thick, but a strong “power-of-friendship” thread carries the story through Hayasaka’s over-the-top past to a feel-good conclusion.

First published at the Fandom Post.


One response to “Manga Review: Oresama Teacher Vol. #19

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