Vol 3: Limit, vol 1
Taichi and Kōhei are together to some degree, without a label just yet. Taichi has begun working at Sig-N, a company that trains folks to use sign language. Kōhei is still going to school, studying to become a labor lawyer. The two are supposed to go on a romantic getaway weekend trip, but Taichi gets called away to go on a retreat for his work. His boss is gruff but caring, which makes Kōhei jealous. While Taichi’s away, Kōhei gets a checkup, where he and his doctor talk about his continuing hearing loss. Later, he and his friend Maya sort of stumble upon a group of Deaf athletes playing soccer in a special aparatus . Kohei has a pamphlet of cochlear implants in his bag, which enrages some of the members of the group.
Now that the big miscommunication is over with, Taichi and Kōhei can finally be together! But they continue to have communication issues in this volume, which make the story a little frustrating. Kōhei keeps dealing with his hearing loss on his own instead of turning to folks who could potentially help him. This volume also shows some of the struggles of the Deaf community, especially the controversy of cochlear implants. If readers are not familiar with the Deaf community, the outrage over these devices may seem out of place, so I would encourage readers to do a bit of research along with this volume.
This is a continuation of the story from I Hear the Sunspot, and I Hear the Sunspot: Theory of Happiness.
As Taichi and Kōhei are opening in a relationship now, the content gets a little more serious. Limit might be a better series for high school audiences, while the other two volumes in this series were fine for middle school audiences.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 9-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2
Publisher: Once Peace Books
Publication Date: November 20, 2018
ISBN: 9781642730043 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Romance, Friendship, LGBTQ+, One Peace Books
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