Yui Kamio Lets Loose 009-012 – Manga Review
Synopsis: There’s a new girl in town and she’s a devil! Or a saint. Or both? The creator of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, delivers a comedy that isn’t afraid to let loose! (Official Shonen Jump Synopsis.)
Warning: Spoilers to Follow:
Yui Kamio continues to feel like a blast from the past, producing one off stories that never extend past a couple chapters, offering short-term characters that feel thin and lacking in potential development.
Chapters 9 and 10 are more one off tales, one focused on Yui in Black attempting to pass herself off as the Yui in White, and the other an introduction of yet more rivals/lovers from before Yui in Black was sealed away. Yui in Black trying to pass herself off as White Yui is a fun one-off tale, but does little to further develop the series, only offering the most minor of hints that Kiito is gradually coming to accept Yui in Black as part of Yui’s whole package (likely a series long character arc for the boy.) Chapter 10 falls back on “people from her past” as more Yui in Black admirers/rivals appear to stir the pot. The series briefly delves into extended sexual comedy, most often predicated on how voluptuous Yui is, breaking things up with a couple gags based around Kiito’s incredible skills and Yui’s love of violence.
Chapters 11 and 12 begin an arc that provides the most potential to reinvigorate the series and produce something above the mediocre offerings we’ve gotten so far. Chapter 11 again plays with the idea of Kiito’s additional admirers, this time in the form of Koyagi Yaginuma, a second-year girl who acts as the President of the Kiito Fan Club and seeks to marry him and attain a life of luxury. We’ve already played with the idea of other girls becoming jealous of Kiito’s interest in Yui, but Koyagi’s storyline leads into the introduction of her brother, Goto Yaginuma, Student Council President. We finally get to see Kiito getting jealous of someone else taking an interest in Yui (Even if it’s not in quite the same way.) but this also leads to the revelation that Yui in White knows her other self is being locked away, and intentionally releases her to sway Goto’s bloated and unfair view of Yui’s innocence and perfection.
This small, if important revelation, still feels minor. We’re over ten chapters in and Yui Kamio feels like a blast from the past. It’s a manga that promises a simple storyline of a girl with a double personality and the boy who loves half of her, and never over or under delivers. You get exactly what’s expected. It never surprises, it never disappoints, it just is. Unless the series shakes things up soon it’ll be safe to say that Yui Kamio is exactly as advertised from its first couple chapters, and will rarely deviate from the few types of stories it’s offered so far. It’ll be interesting to see how long a manga like this lasts within the current Shonen landscape, as it seems like only the stories with epic, long running, never stopping narratives survive Shonen’s cut-throat atmosphere. It’s also possible Yui Kamio is on the cusp of shifting into a more epic narrative, or will do so if the reader response doesn’t pick up, but for now it looks to be same old same old for this young SJ series.
That’s it for today. Please let me know your thoughts on Yui Kamio Lets Loose in the comments below!
Yui Kamio Lets Loose is published as part of Shonen Jump.