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Twin Spica, Volume: 01 by Kou Yaginuma
Review by Gayle Surrette
Vertical Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781934287842
Date: 04 May 2010 List Price $10.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

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Product Description: Mission: 01 contains the first four chapters of Twin Spica and three additional short stories set in the world of the property.

In a Tokyo in the not too distant future a young girl studies deligently with ambitions of soon attending space academy. If things work out just right, her future may very well be among the stars as well. And yet, every time she looks up to the stars with tremendous hope for the future, there is a sense of melancholy in her heart. A sadness surrounds Asumi, as the very concept of space exploration has profoundly changed her life for as long as she can remember.

But she is not alone...A young man wearing a lion's mask is always beside her. He speaks of the constellations and galaxies as if he they were like home. He knows what it is like to love the stars--slightly bitter andyet always so warm and inviting. Truth is he has gone through much of Asumi is just experiencing. And now in spirit he will forever be with Asumi guiding her on her path to space where she hopes to be reunited with the spirits of not only her space traveler friend, but the mother she lost more than ten years ago.

The Fireworks of 2015:Yaginuma's debut comic is the pilot story in the Twin Spica universe, detailing a world a five years before the events in the series. Set in a time between Asumi's adventures in Tokyo Space School and after the tragic the Lion Shuttle accident, we are introduced to Asumi and her guardian angel Lion. Like Asumi, Lion has a strong connection to the stars but there is someone very special to him on Earth that he cannot say good-bye to yet. 

Asumi:Five years after the Lion Shuttle tragedy and the Kamogawa household face another sad event--the passing on Asumi's mother. Gravely injured in the accident, she has been on life-support all this time. In a series of dreams, Asumi not only meets and walks with her mother but sends her off to the stars.

Yet Another Spica:In a short story exclusive to this release, Mr. Yaginuma details his own real life Twin Spica moment, where he believes encounters a living version of Asumi!

(Source: Vertical)

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