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Posted January 23, 2005
Upholds the quality of the debut...
The sense of familiarity is here from the first page, and acts as an inviting welcome mat for the second volume. There was a 2 month gap from when I read volume 1 and 2, but the second volume gives you almost a sense of nostalgia in the VERY brief (but excellently implemented) recap. The reader is finally given insight to exactly what Chise's missions (code-named 'jobs' in this volume) are, which was an emotional portion that really tugs at your heart. Meanwhile Shuji's mental battle rages on as he strives to find a way to be there for Chise in a relationship in which he feels he cannot protect her. The book really picks his brain in this volume, and does a great job of showing his remourse for mistakes past...and presant. The artwork, as always, has a very distinct sketched style, but remains nicely detailed. Pacing is still somewhat slow, but for a series of this sort, it's appropriate. These are characters that you'll really care about from the beginning. Another outstanding volume in the Saikano series; the Editor's Choice label is well-deserved...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.