School Judgment, Gakkyu Hotei: Vol. 2 by Nobuaki Enoki; illus by Takeshi Obata
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by VIZ Media
Source: Review Copy via Viz Media
School Judgment (Vol. 2)
The second in a 3-book series is both fun and serious. This volume contains three separate legal cases while giving us a bit more information on the "Bloody Classroom Session", the overall mystery of the series. The book starts with the continuation of the magic powder case started in vol. 1 which ends up with a small treatise on what is a drug anyway and addictions in general. The second case brings in a new character that ties in with the bloody classroom tale while dealing with a plagiarism case that was quite a good mystery all in all. Finally, the last case brings in an adult prosecutor and tries to show the differences between adults and children in this world. Usually, when we have kids left to their own devices we have "Lord of the Flies" scenarios or the real life "Robber's Cave Experiment" but here mangaka Enoki makes a point that the child-lead legal system in this series is making a kinder, gentler, more rehabilitating society. Not sure how realistic that would be but I do see some merit in it. Quite a thought-provoking series, while being fun and not too heavy. Will mention this volume has lots of fan service to big boobs and of course, gorgeous art by Obata.