Twin Spica Volume Nine is a manga by Kou Yaginuma, and it was published in North America by Vertical, Inc. in 2011. There isn’t any kind of a rating printed anywhere on this volume, but I would personally recommend Twin Spica to manga readers who are twelve or thirteen years of age and older.
This volume of Twin Spica sees Asumi and her friends beginning their junior year at the Tokyo Space School. A new character named Mikan Tokushima, a freshman student who moves into the dorm that Asumi and Marika live at. Kasane Shibata, an old friend of Asumi’s from Yugihama who was referenced in earlier volumes of Twin Spica, also makes an appearance.
A former teacher at the Tokyo Space School who had tried to have Asumi removed from the school returns to try to get some answers about the accident with The Lion. This volume sees this teacher finally making peace with Asumi’s father; we also learn that he has an indirect connection with another character in the story.
Just like the previous volumes in the series, the ninth volume of Twin Spica was a compelling read, and I just couldn’t put it down. As I saw that more pieces were beginning to fall into place, I started asking some new questions. There’s still three volumes left of Twin Spica, and as a reader, I can tell that the end is getting closer. Hopefully, these new questions I’m starting to ask will be answered in the remaining volumes.
There are two additional stories included in this volume, and they are both “Another Spica,” which focus on Kou Yaginuma, the creator of the Twin Spica manga. The first story sees Yaginuma finally taking the steps he needed to in order to walk away from his part-time job and try to make is a manga artist. The second story shows Yaginuma at his part-time job, and I think with this one, he’s trying to share the inspiration he had for the character of Kasane. Of the “Another Spica” stories that have appeared in Twin Spica, I believe that these two are the best ones I’ve read.