Gabriel Dropout vol 1 by Ukami
The angel Gabriel graduated school in Heaven as a Valedictorian, eager to begin her work helping people. But, a new requirement has angels finishing out their schooling on Earth in public high schools. Hitting the mortal realm was Gabriel's undoing. She discovered leisure activities, like video games, and now she has no motivation to attend school at all. She's in danger of failing all of her classes and being sent back to Heaven in disgrace. Gabriel's unlikely friend, Vignette, is a demon who lives in the same building and is trying extra hard to be evil. However, Gabriel's lackluster attitude outshines Vigne's in evilness, and Vigne often finds herself helping Gabriel in a most angelic way.
This odd couple is pretty hysterical. Gabriel is reminiscent of many teenagers in many countries - unmotivated, sleeping in late, messy. Vigne reminds me slightly of Ami Mizuno (Sailor Mercury) in her unintentional do-goodiness. This slice-of-life manga is slightly shorter than a normal volume, but the chapters still pack a hilarious punch despite their brevity. The art style has all of these characters drawn adorably, despite that some of them are inherently good and others, not as much.
Aside from the skipping school part, there is so far nothing in this volume that would make this title inappropriate for middle school or high school audiences.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Publisher: Yen Press
Publication Date: October 31, 2017
ISBN: 9780316561280 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Humor, Slice Of Life, Yen Press
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