Ruri makes it to the capital, but she has been traveling as a cat in order to avoid attention. She is introduced to the king's advisor, and later, the king himself, as a cat, so now she's not sure how she'll be able to tell them she's a human! The Dragon King and Ruri also have similar magical wavelengths that compliment each other, so King Jade ends up sneaking off to visit her every chance he gets. Ruri indulges in a life of laziness and luxury for quite some time before she remembers her ultimate goal: get revenge on Asahi. Ruri decides to visit the kingdom of Nadosha after hearing they may be preparing for war (on Asahi's recommendation, most likely), and what she finds is desolation and starvation.
There are quite a few narrative time jumps in this story, but Aki handles them fairly well. This series started with a massive time jump from Ruri already enjoying the lap of the Dragon King in cat form, then moved back to explain Ruri's life and her transportation into this other world. In volume two, we finally catch up to where we started this whole thing in the beginning of volume one. The middle of this volume has a little bit of narrative "spinning wheels" where Ruri is idling living and sort of feeling bad about not taking action against Asahi. The last chapter of this volume, Ruri finally decides to spring into action, which results in a fairly heart-wrenching cliff-hanger.
The art in this series is so beautiful and capitalizes on a lot of cute things. Ruri in cat form is adorable, and all the little fairies that are constantly around her are supremely cute. There are moments when adults and serious situations are illustrated, and it surprisingly blends well with the cutesy things that are all over this series.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1
Publisher: Yen Press
Publication Date: February 23, 2021
ISBN: 9781975317614 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Magic, Isekai, Fantasy
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