Game X Rush Vol. #02 (Mania.com)

By:Matthew Warner
Review Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, November 03, 2009

An interesting yet not quite amazing wrap-up to the twists and turns of the first volume.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Mizuho Kusanagi
Translation: Alexis Kirsche
Adaptation: Michael Feraco-Eberle

What They Say
Japan's greatest bodyguard and greatest assassin caught in a deadly game... The mystery behind Yuuki's sordid past is revealed, but can Memori tell the difference between what is the fact and what is fiction? And what if the truth has something to do with Memori's own mysterious past?

The Review!

Continuing from where the last volume left off, we quickly find Memori visiting Yuuki in the hospital… only to find him trying to escape.  Yuuki’s escape is quickly foiled by his own stupidity, and Memori decides to help watch him and make sure he gets the rest that he needs.  With the aid of some interesting borrowed clothing Memori manages to stay the night and keep an eye on Yuuki, but Yuuki eventually manages to give him the slip.  When chasing him down, Memori manages to overhear Yuuki’s phone conversation with a woman he calls “Yuki” and starts to understand and act a little kinder towards him. 
 
From there we are treated to two short stories in which Memori visits Yuuki’s “house” and the pair tries to help a little girl find her mother.  Along the way, we get to see a little bit more of Yuuki’s past and even meet the woman Yuuki calls “Yuki”… Memori’s real mother!  
 
As the story comes to a close, both Yuuki and Memori must face their pasts, and in turn, finally come to understand one another.
 
In Summary:
While it may not be quite as stunning as it could have been, this second volume manages to be just as interesting as the first, perhaps even a tad more so.  As we learn about the characters’ pasts, the loose ends from the last volume begin to tie together in a rather intriguing way.   Not only that, but some of the earlier episodes really play on Yuuki’s character and the question of what is the truth and what is simply another lie.  For a two volume series, the author manages to weave an entertaining and somewhat complex tale that should have no problems keeping you reading. 


Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: A-
Text/Translation Rating: B
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Released By: TOKYOPOP
MSRP: 10.99
Pages: 208
ISBN: 978-1427815538
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Game X Rush