It’s interesting to note that Twin Spica was originally serialized in a seinen magazine in Japan, because seinen is aimed at young men. In this first volume, a lot of the story deals with relationships, with a little drama thrown in. Perhaps it’s the science fiction angle of the story that helps to make it a seinen title. With the relationships and drama thrown in, this helps to make this story more accessible to a female audience. In fact, both my 14-year-old daughter and I enjoyed this manga volume, and we want to read more volumes of the series in the future. However, my daughter did have one complaint about this volume, and that was in regards to a couple of panels where Asumi’s father is shown hitting her.
When it came to Twin Spica, not only did I enjoy Yaginuma’s writing style, I also enjoyed his art style. His character designs are very expressive, and this style helps me to care about the characters in the story and what happens to them.
Even though this series was originally published in a magazine for young men, I think this series can be enjoyed by either male or female readers, especially if they have an interest in science fiction.
While I had heard about Twin Spica for a while before reading this volume, I was moved to finally start reading the series after hearing the news that Vertical, Inc. would be letting the series go out of print. Even though Twin Spica received a lot of critical praise, it ended up not selling very well.
Fortunately, Vertical published the entire series, so you don’t have to worry about not being able to finish the story if you start reading this manga series. I would highly encourage manga readers to give Twin Spica a chance, and perhaps even purchase copies of the manga volumes if they enjoy the series enough.