Year: 2018 (ongoing)
Genre: Shounen, Comedy, Ecchi, Harem, Manhua, Romance, School life, Slice of life
I’ve been reading a lot of webtoons of late and came across the title that I will be discussing in this post, The Boy in the All-Girls School. My review of this series is based on the hundred or so chapters that I happened to read before I discontinued reading this title.
After transferring to a former girl’s school notorious for male students getting tortured by several members of the student body, the protagonist is a guinea pig to see if the androphobic females can finally get used to having a male attend. He reluctantly agrees to join the experiment and is forced to navigate the machinations of several students that want nothing more than to have him run crying out of the school gates.
This series had a promising start. The premise was solid and I found myself recognising many of the classic harem cliches that the Chinese creator was trying to emulate. These cliches were done well and I found myself laughing repeatedly at the over-the-top behaviour of the female characters. The male lead is a character that was no pushover either, and many of his reactions showed how strong his character was. The artwork wasn’t anything to write home about but it was good enough to convey the story and show a living, breathing world.
Unfortunately, the story took an odd turn around the hundredth or so chapter. Wherein the series had been a comedic ecchi harem previously, the writer decided out of the blue to make the main character secretly a powerful martial artist that can take on world-renown assassins and they added a bizarre, nonsensical arc relating to a company trying to take over the school. There was no foreshadowing, and it effectively broke the promises made in the first few chapters of this series. It is as if the author wanted to start another series but didn’t want to go through to trouble of starting over. It was a huge disappointment and cast aside the goodwill that had been built up until these changes to the story.
I cannot recommend this series in spite of the promising (and silly) start. I felt let down by the experience. It could have easily been avoided as well by simply using sufficient foreshadowing earlier in the series. On a good note, I have lots of high-quality webtoon series to cleanse the pallet.