My Darling! Miss Bancho Vol 1 by Mayu Fujikata Manga Review


Title: My Darling! Miss Bancho Vol 1

Author: Mayu Fujikata

Publisher: CMX

ISBN: 9781401220556



May Contain Spoilers

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Souka and her recently divorced mother move to a new place to start over. In looking for a school to enroll in, Souka decides to leave her preppy, private high school behind and transfers into a technical high school. To her surprise, she’s the only girl student in the entire school! The first day of school is nothing like she ever imagined — boys crashing through the window, fighting for all they are worth. One day, the school’s current "Bancho" (a term for a gang leader) ambushes Souka. Determined to protect her, Yu, one of the classmates, comes to her rescue, but Yu ends up in a struggle. Trying to help, Souka swings her book bag and ends up taking down the Bancho herself! What Souka didn’t know was that when someone takes down the class’ leader, you became the leader of that class. This wasn’t a role she was expecting for herself, but will she be able to relinquish it?

I needed this book!  After a stressful day at work, it worked like a soothing balm to rid my agitation.  It is like cotton candy, light and fluffy, and you can’t help but smile as you read it. It has a sugary rush of silly comedy, as well as the awkward bloom of young romance. 

Souka has no idea what she’s gotten herself into.  To help her mom after her parents divorce, she transfers to a technical school, leaving her former preppy school behind.  What she doesn’t know is that her new school is like a war zone, and all of the other girls have transferred out because of all of the fighting and commotion.  She discovers within the first few minutes of class that there is a danger to not doing enough research.  Her school is a nut house, she is the only girl of out 851 students, and now she’s stuck here!

Things get totally out of hand when Souka accidentally KO’s the current bancho when he’s about to clobber one of her classmates.  By the school rules, this admirable feat propels her into the spotlight and she assumes the mantle of the new school leader!  Only she doesn’t want anything to do with it!  All Souka wants to do is study and make her mom proud.   Being the head honcho of an entire school full of delinquents is the furthest thing on her mind.

This is a cute read.  Souka is quiet and kind of shy, and she is immediately intimidated when Katou comes crashing through the window while pummeling one of his rivals.  She’s not a total wimp, though, which is a good thing, considering her current surroundings.  When she gets pushed into a corner, she comes out spitting like a mountain lion.  She is a fun character because you never really know what is going to push her over the edge.

Katou is like a mother hen and he quickly takes her under his wing.  He promises to protect her, so it’s cute when she ends up protecting him.  Everyone has been led to believe that he’s a tough guy, but under his tough exterior, he’s really just a marshmallow.  I liked him a lot, and I love how awkward he and Souka get with each other.  Lots of blushing and stammering ensues in the last half of the book.

Even though the delinquents really aren’t all that delinquent, My Darling! Miss Bancho offers up a goofy high school comedy that zips along with lots of energy.  The illustrations work well with the story, and at times reminded me of Nari Kusakawa’s work. This book doesn’t take itself very seriously, so if you need a little pick me up, this is a good go to title.  It’s even got a fluffy little lamb, which = FTW right there.  

Grade: B

Review copy provided by CMX

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