Title: I Belong to the Baddest Girl at School Vol. 6
Author: Ui Kashima
Publisher: One Peace Books
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Publication Date: December 20, 2022
Volume 6 was a bit of an improvement over the past couple of volumes… mainly because it refocused its efforts on Toramaru and Unoki; however, there was still a level of frustration with this story.
We start off with the cultural festival. After Unoki’s massive two-hour shift (I wish my workdays were like that), he and Toramaru tear it up. They hang out, draw some luck, and just have a great time. Unoki goes out to get drinks and gets kidnapped. Yodo, Yutaka, and Tatsuki all come to the rescue but the big development that happens right before that is in order to save Unoki, Toramaru agrees to step down as the school’s boss!
From here, Toramaru tries to act like a good girl. She’s going to class, not picking fights, the whole nine yards; however, it doesn’t last long. Sooner or later she reverts back to her old self… but in private… mainly in front of her brother. The gang can’t stand Toramaru being a goody-two-shoes so they conspire a plan to get her to change her mind. Once the plan is executed, we think we’re going to get the moment we’ve all been waiting for and…
See you next volume.
We actually spend a little time with Tatsuki here. She’s saddened about Toramaru hanging it up to where she can’t even leave her house… until she does… to invite Unoki back to her house for some jasmine tea and to figure out what to do about Toramaru. It’s quite evident that she still has feelings for ‘the boss’ so she’s willing to do whatever it takes to help bring her back to the side of delinquency.
Outside of that, it’s more of the same from Unoki and Toramaru. Toramaru flat out tells Unoki TWICE that she loves him and he STILL can’t return her feelings even though he’s admitted it multiple times that he’s in love with her. I’ve never seen a series dance around a subject so much in my life. At this point, it’s beyond being a comedy… it’s just an artificial extension that serves zero purposes but to cause the reader frustration. I fully get that his non-admittance is the running gag here but it’s not working. It’s not funny. It’s just painful to read and it’s even more painful to realize that it’s only being done to extend the life of a series that should have ended a few volumes ago.
I kind of bled my final thoughts into the characters section but it is what it is. Even if things are being written this way as a gag for comedic purposes, it’s just not funny. I have never seen a rom-com where two characters are blatantly in love, one of them confesses MULTIPLE TIMES and just never gets an answer despite the person they confessed to having the same feelings.
And what’s worse is that Unoki is aware of his feelings and aware of hers! By now, they should have gotten together. If you are worried about what the series could do afterward, the answer is simple. Just continue how it started… with Unoki being dragged around as Toramaru’s pet but only this time they’re a couple. Let Unoki get involved in some of Toramaru’s struggles. Maybe even have him try to settle them on his own and it failing miserably. There’s so much room there for extra gags and none of them would have to involve the most useless addition to the cast ever… Yodo. It could have happened naturally but to beat a dead horse, everything went downhill ever since her introduction. Everything has become nonsensical to the point where it can’t even be called comedy anymore.
Wasted potential. That’s exactly how I would sum up this series but I’m in this deep so far. Might as well see it through. One volume left where they’ll get together… or… if they really want this series to die in a flaming pile of excrement… just do what most shonen love series do…. End it without any sort of confirmation that they got together.
That would really be the cherry on top here.
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