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Spooky-chan swordslingers. (32,33)

Hayate X Blade Volumes II & III by Shizuru Hayashiya. (Volume III not pictured)

My Kendo technique
Is unstoppable! Hi-ya!
Lets share a sauna?

I had enjoyed the first volume of this series, for being full on manga insanity, unapologetically. School for young teenage girls where they have dangerous swordfights? Major drama deflated by spastic humor? Check! My one complaint for a moment was that I was starting to lose track of which girl was which-- there were a string of tall girls with long dark hair-- but Hayashiya-san must have seen that coming, because she gave the girls hair cuts & in the bargain made fun of one of the characters for only being able to remember people with over the top physical quirks. There was some advancement of minor characters, but not much over-all plot drive, which is fine with me. I picked these up for some light reading (the other book I'm reading is kind of grueling) & was not disappointed. These are fun. Weird though-- weird. I should mention that it drops the term "DV" as slang for domestic violence? & that there is a lot of lesbian undertones (& practically overtones!), undermined by "ew" & punching. There is a lot of punching used as humor. The whole thing is so weird? I end up reading it as symptomatic.
Tags: books, comics, hayate

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