Osamu meets up with a young girl named Chika, who is the younger sister of one of Osamu's friends, previously killed by a Neighbor. Chika has a strange gift - she seems to attract Neighbors exorbitantly! Yuma sheds some light on the case, and it turns out that Chika's Trion levels are off the charts! He also explains that Neighbors come to Earth to capture humans because they need to use them as Trion batteries, so there's a chance that Chika's brother is still alive. As Yuma explains everything, another Border team comes to take him out, but they are woefully unsuccessful. Osamu believes that neither Yuma nor Chika will be safe at this rate, so he decides to come clean Border command and demand protection for his friend.
This volume provides some much-needed explanation into Trion and the workings of the Neighbors. Trion was mentioned in volume one, but not in too much detail. The humans-as-batteries plot is very reminiscent of The Matrix, but it definitely provides an ample reason as to why Neighbors haven't destroyed Earth's civilizations. Chika is a typical cute and docile Japanese girl who now rounds out the trio of main characters. I can only hope that she harnesses the reservoir of Trion and becomes a super powerful character down the road. Yuma continues to make his silly face, which will probably be around for the entire series. The scenery and characters are still very beautiful and have great detail.
VIZ rates this series Teen, and this is an appropriate rating.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Science Fiction
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