Mikansei #1 Vol. #02 (Mania.com)

By:Matthew Warner
Review Date: Thursday, May 27, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2010

An endearing and fun conclusion to the story set up in the first volume.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Majiko
Translation: Ray Yoshimoto
Adaptation: Hope Donovan

What They Say
The bond between Neo and Saya strengthens as they prepare for the highly anticipated concert. Will Clap end in bittersweet goodbyes or will they have a star debut as promised? And who really is Nanato, and why is he so protective of Neo? Meanwhile, the 23rd century finally makes contact with Neo, but...

The Review!

As the volume opens, we find Clap performing their first concert, their future as a band riding on its success and attendance.  If they can completely fill the park they are performing in, then they will finally be signed as a band.   However, they soon find that the manager who might sign them, Ebisu, is playing dirty and booked the band they are covering for the same day as their concert (he isn’t overly fond of them and wants them to fail.)  Just when it appears that, despite their best efforts, they have failed, a torrent of applause comes from the buildings surrounding the park, and Ebisu is forced to accept their signing.  
As the plot continues, we get a few new revelations and characters before things start to wind down.  We meet Neo’s mother, who also traveled back in time, as well as Ebisu’s brother, Tsubame, a cross-dressing madman who decides to personally manage to prove his superiority (and get his brother to give up on Chikage of course.)  We also learn some surprising secrets, such as the identity of Neo’s father and who Nanato really is (spoiler: he really IS her childhood friend.  Shocker!)  We spend most of the book on a variety of “celebrity appearances” and things of the like to promote the band, as well as a quick vacation in the mountains before things wind down for the finale, in which Neo is forced to decide between the two times she knows and loves.
In Summary:
Although the middle of this book may be a tad slow, and probably a bit weaker than the first book, the opening and ending stories are both still plenty strong.  And while the revelation of Nanato’s identity may be a bit uninteresting and unnecessary, it still works okay, and the other reveals are a good bit stronger.   All in all, a fun little book that rounds out this story nicely.  Nothing incredibly awe-inspiring, but still very enjoyable.  

Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: A
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: B
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Released By: TOKYOPOP
MSRP: 10.99
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1427816030
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Mikansei #1