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 son. At first, they think he’s crazy and senile, but he turns out to have a reason for taking them in, and he admits that thinking Sora was his son was a ruse. Yuushin has no place to let his anger explode now that Sora has left, so he takes up boxing again and is determined to take the pro licensing test. The test is in Tokyo, so of course the three meet again, but the only one happy to see anyone 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 in this volume, despite its 176 pages. However, the first volume had so much it did right that it might be that sophomore slump folks always talk about with writing. At the end of this volume, 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, and Sora is still without direction. I'm invested in these characters enough that I'll probably go on, but I'll probably hold off on buying any of it until I know it rebounds in the later volumes.
There is a scene depicting sexual assault in this volume, so a word of caution for sensitive readers would be prudent.
Sara’s Rating: 7/10
Suitability Level: Grades 9-12
Tags: Rating: 7/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Realistic Fiction, School Age
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