Twin Spica Volume Seven is a manga by Kou Yaginuma, and it was published in North America by Vertical, Inc. in 2011. There isn’t any kind of 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 going to her hometown to spend some time there during their summer vacation. It’s during this trip that the truth about Marika is finally revealed. It’s an explanation that makes a lot of sense, and it also makes you understand why Marika has acted the way she has up to this point in the series. Asumi and the others actually seem to accept this news rather easily; in fact, it appears that Kei is more willing to try to be friends with Marika after this revelation. This section of Volume Seven also sees a little more backstory revealed for Asumi’s father.
When the group returns to their studies at the Tokyo Space School, they go through more training. While this is going on, Asumi runs into Kiriu, who is practicing playing the harmonica before a performance he will be giving. Kiriu invites Asumi to come, and she accepts. Suddenly, Asumi and her classmates are whisked away for a surprise training exercise, which is scheduled to last past Kiriu’s concert.
I really appreciate how Yaginuma has handled the relationships between Asumi and her group of friends. While it’s been hinted at in the past that Fuchuya is interested in Asumi, the jealousy he has is more apparent in this volume when he sees Asumi and Kiriu together. I was also impressed by the teamwork displayed between Asumi, Marika, and Kei during the training exercise. I liked how Yaginuma also utilized images from some of the extra stories that appeared in earlier volumes of Twin Spica; I thought this was a nice touch, especially since they were relevant to help explain what Fuchuya was thinking.