Twin Spica Vol. #02 (

By:Matthew Warner
Review Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Asumi finally begins her time at Space School, but things don’t go quite as smoothly as she’d like.  

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Kou Yaginuma
Translation: Maya Rosewood
Adaptation: Maya Rosewood

What They Say
Where were you when the first International Space Station was scrapped and dropped into Earth's atmosphere? It was Asumi's first day in space school, and she promised Lion she would not cry or be homesick as she will be leaving her quiet seaside town for the big city.

The Review!

As the volume begins, we find Asumi finally saying her goodbyes to Mr. Lion and embarking for Space School.  After finding her dorm, a rather old building known as “The Seagull,” she proceeds to the orientation and meets up with Kei and Marika, whom she had met in the entrance exams.  Of course, Kei and Marika get into a bit of a fight and run off, leaving Asumi a tad lonely.  Luckily, things turn around quickly as she meets up with her father for dinner, and finds both Marika and Kei waiting for her when she returns to the dorm.
Over the rest of the volume, we see that Asumi has a good bit of physical prowess to match her intense drive, but unfortunately has to deal with a professor named Sano who’s secretly out to see her fail due to who her father is.  When it turns out that Asumi runs into trouble with her fear of water, and more importantly it turns out that the school needs to special order a small suit for her, Sano jumps on the chance and suggests to expel her to remove the extra financial burden.  Thanks to a kind professor looking out for her, the board strikes down the idea, but with a little bit of a push from a greedy higher up Sano decides to try and force Asumi to quit “of her own will.”  Will his plan succeed, or will Asumi’s determination pull through with a little help from her friends?
After the story, we are treated to two more fantastic bonus chapters that help to flesh out the pasts of both Asumi and Mr. Lion.
In Summary:
This volume does a great job of continuing the story in a way that is every bit as intriguing and touching as the first book.  Several characters start to flesh out in this volume, and you really start to feel for Asumi when you see her pure dreams being assaulted for reasons entirely out of her control.  However, not everything is so depressing, as several key characters also start to open up and support Asumi in this volume.  In addition to the great main story, the two bonus chapters continue to do a great job of delving into the characters of both Asumi and Mr. Lion.  Hopefully the series will continue to keep up the fantastic quality present here, as this volume is a real treat to read.

Mania Grade: A
Art Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: A-
Text/Translation Rating: B+
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Released By: Vertical, Inc.
MSRP: 10.95
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1934287866
Size: A5
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Twin Spica