Asa continues to be the only means of defense against the creature lurking off Japan’s coast. The Japanese government fears if the Americans become involved, they might try to drop a nuclear bomb on it, which will cause even more suffering for the people of Japan. Instead, Asa is given a transistor radio and a coded phrase that will let her know when to spring into action. She’s to listen to it between classes, after school, and take turns sleeping and listening with Yasuga. Asa’s friend, Sho, is now training thoroughly for the next Olympics. His father and brothers have him running all day up to the marathon event of the Olympics. They map out a course for him and angrily keep him on pace with the lead runner, an athlete from Ethiopia. Yone and Miyako finally come clean about their dreams: to become a professional singer for Yone, and to become a professional wrestler for Miyako.
Urasawa is the master at weaving many threads together in such an entertaining way. This volume gives a little more on the progress of Asa's friends as she's saved the day -- and the Olympics. It's nice to have these reprieves from the action, but it's also nice to see how some of these storylines are coming together, especially the ones with Asa's gal friends and their alternative dreams. The two gals come clean about the secret lives they've been leading, but Asa doesn't return the favor. That will be an interesting revalation when it does happen! I also enjoyed the weaving of the 1964 Olympics with Sho's storyline as Urasawa continues to blend fact and fiction.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 10-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4, vol 5
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: April 22, 2022
ISBN: 9781974727902 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Action Adventure, Historical Fiction, Family, VIZ Media
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