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Posted January 23, 2005
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.