Hideki sets up Chi with a spot at his old job where he used to help sell cakes and other baked goods. This is much better than the sketchy job she had before in volume one. The mysterious person who sent the photo of what looked to be Chi sends another photo, and this time there’s another person in the photo, someone Hideki recognizes. If that isn't creepy enough, three more volumes of the picture book series Chi likes is published, and the books seem to be revealing more and more about Chi’s life and purpose. Hideki tries to figure out just what the books are trying to tell him about Chi, but he doesn't figure it out in time before something terrible happens to Chi and he must enlist the help of his friend Minoru to save her.
While there are still comedic moments in this volume, there are a lot more serious moments as the plot thickens about Chi's specialness, but we really don't get a whole lot of answers in this volume, just more questions. The series also starts to get into some of its quintessential questions about life with robots, why robots were made in the image of humans, and how humans treat these robots in comparison to other humans. There are quite a few moments of sexy fan-service with Chi in her underwear, a few shots of her topless. Since some of this series relates to how attractive humans find the robots, the moments do make a little sense in the context of the storyline.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 11-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1
Publication Date: October 20, 2020
ISBN: 9781646510177 (Hardcover)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Science Fiction, Romance, Kodansha
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