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Twin Spica, Volume: 03 by Kou Yaginuma
Review by Gayle Surrette
Vertical Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781934287903
Date: 07 September 2010 List Price $10.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Asumi has gone home to talk to her father about the accusations against him. She's unsure of what she should believe and what she should do. Her friends are concerned for her and try to find out what's happened, but the answers they get raise even more questions. When Asumi returns there's even more work to be done and Asumi is the glue that holds their small group together.

Yaginuma has set up an interesting story and then created characters that act as you'd expect from young people working desperately to achieve a dream while trying to figure out who they are. Young people have learned much from the adults around them but it's during their late teens that they learn to make their own decisions. In Twin Spica, these young people are away from home and attending a school that is still developing its curriculum and leaning to the too much rather than too little side of the educational standards.

Asumi Kamogawa and her friends are just beginning to understand each other and bond. They all dream of space and now they are realizing that the choices they make now will help determine whether or not they achieve their dream. Asumi has an innate ability to pull people together and get them to work together. While the other people in her group are having difficulties of their own, they are drawn to Asumi.

In each book, the main story line is moved forward a bit more and then there are some short pieces that help to build the backstory of Asumi, Kei, Fuuhy, Shu, and Likita -- and also Mr. Lion.

The artwork is black and white and realistic. It adds to the story and the characters are identifiable -- which in other works occasionally causes problems when the characters look too much alike to be readily identified as you're reading the story.

The series is really shaping up to be one dealing with really complex issues of coming of age.

Highly recommended.

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