Manga Review: Oresama Teacher Vol. #20

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 20 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

After the burden of his past sent Hayasaka fleeing into the stormy night, his dad is finally ready to reveal their family secrets. But is Hayasaka ready to remember why his memories started to disappear in the first place?!

The Review

The first half of Volume 20 is all about Hayasaka’s past. After the dramatic end to Volume 19, an explanation is necessary to reconcile Hayasaka’s memories with the situation at the Hayasaka mansion, and Hayasaka’s dad finally provides it. This mystery is something Tsubaki-sensei’s teased readers with for several volumes now, and whatever you might have guessed about the Hayasaka family, it’s probably wrong. To put it another way, the true nature of the Hayasaka relationships and the circumstances that got them there are too illogical to be reasoned out. At one point during the explanation, Hayasaka’s dad and mom are both labeled “delusional,” which pretty much sums up the environment that saddled Hayasaka with a girly name.

While these revelations are more weird than satisfying, the more important thing is that Hayasaka’s back with an intact set of memories. In fact, he remembers more than anyone might have guessed. However, the one who meddled with his memories remains to be dealt with, and Hayasaka is the one who proposes a plan to ensnare Momochi. It’s a risky ploy, and as it plays out, you’re never quite sure whether the Public Morals Club or Momochi has the upper hand. At the same time, Tsubaki-sensei does an excellent job of weaving humor into the tension.

Then the Hayasaka’s past/Momochi battle arc concludes, and Tsubaki-sensei turns the attention to the two PMC members that had largely been left out of the loop. First, we have an Okegawa-centric or, more accurately, a Strawberry Love-centric chapter. After Momochi’s nefarious scheming, Mafuyu’s and Okegawa’s girlish correspondence delivers on some much needed lighter bird-brained fun. Then we have an Akki-centric chapter, which, in addition to updating us on the state of his relationship with Komari, hints that the Momochi/ PMC battle might not be completely over.

The volume concludes with a Christmas chapter. As it turns out, Christmas Eve is Yui’s birthday, and Mafuyu insists on hosting the party. Between the mashup of celebrations and all the gang-related stuff Mafuyu forgets to hide from her friends, it’s a chaotically fun time that ends with a tantalizing hook.

By the way, if the notes at the end of the book are correct, the Student Council President’s arc will conclude in the next volume. Considering all the rounds that have taken place between the Student Council and PMC, it does seem about time for it to wrap up.

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

In Summary

Hayasaka’s past is revealed! His family background is nothing short of unbelievable, though not in a particularly good way. Fortunately, we have the PMC’s particular brand of friendship and loyalty to keep us entertained as well some additional Hayasaka memories that reveal the true nature of the enigmatic Runa Momochi.

First published at the Fandom Post.

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One response to “Manga Review: Oresama Teacher Vol. #20

  1. Pingback: Manga Review: Oresama Teacher Vol. #21 | Keeping It In Canon ...mostly

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