Translation: Satsuki Yamashita
Adaptation: Nunzio Defilipis and Christina Weir
What They Say
THE NEW KIDS!
Amu and her Guardian Characters have found a home at an elite school. But now two new Guardians have been chosen, and each has a secret. One is more complex than Amu thought, and the other may be out to betray the Guardians to the evil Easter Corporation!
During an emergency meeting about the upsurge in X eggs, all of the Guardians get a peek into Yaya's life and why she is the way she is. There's a bit of a crisis but she does managed to do the right thing and come through, although the lesson doesn't seem to stick. Rima gets some screen time as well, and the contrast between her public front and her guardian character persona is both funny and something that Amu relates to very closely. Her inner conflict and troubled home life are both elements that I'd like to see more focus on in the future.
On their day off Amu gets to spend some precious time alone with the Prince, although it's only a shopping trip and not the date that Amu secretly hopes for. Things get interrupted with Ikuto drops in, and Amu winds up all alone. But not for long! Kairi comes to the rescue, acting like it's pure coincidence and that he hasn't been following her all day. His stealthy information gathering is more amusing than ominous at this point.
After these idle meanderings the story finally gets back on track - Amu needs to get her X egg back, they need to find Embryo, Utau is using new tricks and schemes with the help of Diamond, and there's finally a hint that the plot might start moving forward again. While fun in parts, this volume dragged entirely too much, with too many side stories and diversions, and not enough forward momentum. It'll be interesting to see where the next volume goes from here.