So after the Fruits Basket/Saiyuki rush, we're finally back to Ai Yori Aoshi. I know we've complained about Ai Yori Aoshi in the past, but we've grown to like it. In fact, after volume 10, we were hooked. And then there was volume 11... But of course, the little things in volume 11 that make you go, "What the!? But...! Must read more...!" aren't really touched on in the first two thirds of volume 12. And then they have more mushy chapters. I hated all the sap at first, but then Kaoru and Aoi really were a cute couple. But then Aoi goes into her whole "I want to be an oppressed female!" thing, and, while I'm not really a feminist, there's only so much of that I can take.
There's a lot of Chika and her friends in this volume. For some reason they seem to provide more fan service than most of the other girls, which seems wrong, since they're the youngest, except for Mayu. It reminds me of that essay we read one time by Yuuji Ueda that was talking about how there are so many well-endowed young girls in anime, and how he wonders if it's that a lot of Japanese people have a Lolita complex.