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School Rumble
Volume 8


Author: Jin Kobayashi
Artist: Jin Kobayashi
RRP: £6.99, US $10.95
ISBN: 978 0 099 50644 7
Ages: 13+
Available 03 January 2008

The school festival is coming, and Harima and his cohorts want to present a play. But Hanai's group is set on a maid cafe. So the two stubborn parties decide that the only way to come to an understanding is a rumble in the middle of the night - with BB guns at the ready...

Volume 8 of School Rumble is possible the funniest volume to date. There's more romantic misunderstandings (as we've come to expect from this series). In fact School Rumble without romantic misunderstandings is like a Carry On film without sexual double entendre.

However, the main section of this book sees the students splitting up into two teams to decide what theme they will take for this years cultural fair. Will the pupils stage a play, have a cafe where all the school girls wear maid outfits, or... rather less likely... swimsuit wrestling?

To decide two groups are formed in one of the school blocks. Both are armed with BB guns, a base and a flag. Whichever team captures the others flag and takes it back to their base is the winner. Once you've been hit by a BB bullet you're out of the game.

Some of the students take the game far too seriously, while others are completely clueless as to what to do. All of which makes for plenty of laughs.

Fans of the series will find this latest edition one of the best yet.


Amber Leigh

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