With its second paper volume, Kuroneko’s spin-off manga, Ore no Kouhai, has already completely fallen apart – the slice of life transformed from a series of lighthearted comedy, to one of lascivious fantasies instead.
Volume one was never too great, although it did hold just enough to be respectable – here however, we won’t find any of that. This book summarizes itself on the back cover by mentioning to feature Kuroneko making an effort to level up her friend count – specifically by means of the game club she decided to join with forgettable protagonist male Kyosuke, as some may recall from the OVAs.
Now actually opening the book, one has to wonder if the individual who wrote the back-cover summary even read it themselves. The actuality of this volume of imagery is that it’s merely Kuroneko and the busty megane girl exchanging dialogue, ranging from insults to plain statements – all of which have a raunchy innuendo twist. In the meantime, Kyosuke simply stands around – serving as a device for their jokes and perverse humor.
It is also of no benefit that this is all given to us in artwork only slightly below Sword Art Online’s manga series in terms of atrocity. The illustrations in this book are discomforting in terms of design – looking much too unnatural in most panels, and drier than a desert in respect to quantity of detail. The characters look like greyscale shapes before all else – and such in itself serves to show the half-effort.
The only imaginable, and worthwhile, usage of this manga isn’t by reading it so much as taking it with oneself if ever on a camping excursion and then using it to light flames or distract wild beasts.