Saturday, March 3, 2012

Reconnection: Twin Spica 3

A girl wearing bob cut hair in Japanese high school uniform—consisting of a blue pleated skirt, a blue blouse with a sailor-style collar and neckerchief, and an orange hooded sweatshirt—stands on a backdrop of exploding fireworks. Two glowing spheres linked by a glowing ring hover between her hands. The text "Yaginuma Kou Presents" and "Twin Spica Volume:01", and their Japanese versions, are written to her left.Kids in boarding schools are a strong genre, but Kou Yaginuma's Twin Spica puts a distinct spin -- the kids in its boarding school are heading for outer space.  Reading it gives me a chance to practice my manga-fu, which is still pitiably weak.  So far I really like the odd numbers of this series; #2 left me a bit cold, but #3 kept me interested and left me wanting the next, which of course I can't have for months because of that silly TBR Dare.  Humph.

Anyway, this one delved more deeply into the relationships between the students, especially the aloof Marika.  I still sometimes have trouble telling people apart, so I like it when characters are super short or always wear black or have some other cartoonishly simple identifier, but I think I'm slowly getting better at this, as well as reading backwards from line to line (I can turn pages correctly, but my eyes like to start at the left of each line, which makes many conversations skip oddly).  I'll go back to these once I'm ordering from the library again. My seventh grader has walked away; he gave up when he realized that the school itself is still on the ground and these kids are only *training* to be astronauts.

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