Sora and Tsuga are taken in by an old man in Tokyo, and he teaches them how to make the perfect croquette, then demands they work for their "room" he's giving them. The man believes Sora to be his long-lost grandson. At first, they think he’s crazy and senile, but he turns out to have a reason for taking them in. Yuushin has no place to let his anger explode now that Sora has left, so he takes some of it out on Asari, but also starts boxing again and is determined to take the pro licensing test. The test is in Tokyo, and fate brings the three friends together again, but the only one happy to see Yuushin is Tsuga.
This was a pretty short volume compared to the length and depth of volume one. There’s not as much progression of the storyline or the characters as all of the characters are in the same place as they were at the end of volume one: Yuushin is still angry with no way to channel his anger, Tsuga is still overly optimistic, Sora is still without direction, and Asari seems rutterless and on the outs with the friend-group. There is a scene between Yuushin and Asari where a consensual kiss turns into attempted sexual assault that is halted simply because Asari has an adorable cartoon character on her underwear, which reminds Yuushin that they are still youthful and he is not an honorable person There are cartooning elements during the struggle that are comical in nature as well as shuddering, which leaves me overall a little unsettled with how Ozaki approached the topic.
Sara’s Rating: 6/10
Suitability Level: Grades 9-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1
Publisher: Vertical Comics (Kodansha)
Publication Date: December 10, 2019
ISBN: 9781947194885 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 7/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Realistic Fiction, School Life, Kodansha
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