Monkey High Vol. 3

monkeyhigh3Summary: Haruna Aizawa thinks that school life is just like a monkey mountain-all the monkeys form cliques, get into fights, and get back together again. The school that she just transferred to is no exception. There’s even a boy called Macharu Yamashita who reminds her of a baby monkey!

On Valentine’s Day, it’s no surprise that playboy Atsu gets plenty of chocolates from fawning girls. But everyone’s shocked when a heart-shaped box is found on Macharu’s desk-especially since it’s not from Haruna! Does Macharu have a secret admirer?

Review: This manga definitely doesn’t share the same type of heroine that most Shoujo manga do. I actually like Haruna very much. She is strong, knows what she wants, and she isn’t wishy washy. But at the same time, she is still a girl who has feelings as well. If we’re talking about not having a typical heroine, how about the hero? Macharu, is definitely not the type you normally see in shoujos these day. I mean, he’s short, and definitely not a Bishounen. lol. They are a weird couple that actually works well together.

In this volume, it’s Valentines Day. Even though it’s not a really big deal in North America, In Japan it’s almost like a national holiday. Girls would stay up all night baking/making chocolates for the one they love. On White day, which is a month later, they will then in turn receive presents from the guys who received the chocolates. Nobody thinks that Haruna is the type to give chocolates. Especially when Haruna thinks that Valentines is a stupid holiday. She was being a hypocrite because in her bag was a box of chocolate that was meant for Macharu. 

But behold! Macharu received a box of chocolate in his desk from a secret admirer! The gang shocked at the revelation of Macharu receiving chocolates, decided to try to figure out who it is. But Macharu didn’t really care about the admirer, the only chocolate that he wanted to receive was from Haruna. But of course, because of the mysterious box of chocolates that Macharu received, Haruna finds it hard to give hers to him.

A whole bunch of mishaps happens with the Student Council, who also lost their chocolates. Haruna felt uncomfortable around the girls of the student council, because she feared that one of them gave Macharu the chocolate. So she ask Macharu, if they could leave. The whole gang starts to make a fuss about it, which ends up in Haruna yelling at them. One of them commented on how Macharu might not be getting a box this year. Macharu then replied, “It’s okay, I don’t really want one anyways.” Which caused Haruna to storm out.

We later find out that, this whole mix up was caused by Sakura, a girl in the Student Council. It seems that the chocolate in Macharu’s desk was actually for the President. Haruna and Macharu makes up, now that Haruna knows that they box of chocolate wasn’t for Macharu. While they were walking home Haruna gives chocolate to Macharu. He then said, “I was waiting for this all day.” Haruna then asked him why he said he didn’t want it in the first place. Macharu then replied, “It defeats the purpose of getting chocolate from someone you love.”

Conclusion: Their relationship is really cute. Even though Macharu is a shorty, he is still like a prince charming for Haruna. Even though Atsu may have the height and looks, he doesn’t compare to Macharu in terms of endearing character. 

Overall Grade: B