Foreign Friday: Oresama Teacher

This week’s Foreign Friday is Oresama Teacher by Izumi Tsubaki.


The Story

Mafuyu is the ideal yanki chick—no-nonsense, take-charge, and hard-hitting. But when she gets expelled for being a delinquent, her mother, fed up with her daughter’s wayward ways, sends Mafuyu to an isolated school far off in the country.

Mafuyu, determined to make the best of the situation and make her mother proud, decides to turn over a new, feminine, well-behaved leaf. But her yanki soul can’t be kept down, and the night before school starts she finds herself defending some guy who’s getting beaten up. One slip wouldn’t have been a problem, except the guy is…her teacher?! How can Mafuyu learn to be a girly girl if her teacher won’t let her forget her yanki past?

The Characters

Mafuyu is a an energetic tomboy with little academic prowess and a good deal of self-confidence. She is brave, but easily duped. Her teacher Takaomi is tall, cool, and difficult for Mafuyu to understand, and holds a lot of influence over her. Together, they form….trouble.

What I Thought

I hadn’t thought that this story would be much good when I picked up the first volume from the library, but as it progressed, the light humor developed into something a little deeper (not a whole lot, but at least by volume 7 you realize that something deeper is going on). It’s light and entertaining, a young girl out to change from a rough gangster to a proper lady, and having every obstacle imaginable thrown in her path. I haven’t finished this series, but I do intend too. There are over 12 volumes, I believe.

[My local library is closed, and is being rebuilt. I am devastated. The next library over is completely out of my way….sniff sniff.]

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