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Manga Review: Twin Spica Volume 10 by Kou Yaginuma

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Twin Spica Volume 10 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 12 or 13 years of age and older.

Volume 10 opens with Asumi and her classmates undergoing outboard training. As part of their training, they have to try to complete tasks faster than the humanoid robots that are being developed at the facility where the training is taking place. By sharing notes and observations, Asumi and her friends are determined to try to beat the robots and prove that humans are still necessary for space missions.

Summer vacation rolls around not too long after their training, and Asumi and her friends decide to spend another summer at Asumi’s hometown of Yuigahama. While in Yuigahama, the group decides that every summer, they will gather together in Yuigahama. During their vacation, Shu learns that he has been accepted as the Japanese astronaut going to America for a mission. Marika also reveals the truth about her illness to her friends.

The most compelling part of this volume is right at the very end, where something very unexpected happens. I don’t want to provide a spoiler and say what it is, but when I talked about it with my 14-year-old daughter, I described it to her as “the emotional equivalent of a kick in the gut.” This event that ends Volume 10 is so major, and it makes me want to read Volume 11 in order to see the ramifications of this event have on both the characters and the progression of the story.

There is one additional story included in this manga, and it’s a shorter “Another Spica” than usual. “Another Spica” focuses on Kou Yaginuma, the creator of the Twin Spica manga series. This “Another Spica” feels much more relevant than many of the “Another Spica” stories that appeared in earlier volumes of the series. This one seems to be sharing Yaginuma’s inspiration for some of the common sites seen throughout the series.

Just as I think that Twin Spica can’t get any better, it’s able to build in a believable way and continue to tell a strong story. Of all the volumes I’ve read so far, I think this one has a very strong cliffhanger ending. I know I’ve said with a couple of the previous volumes that you could start feeling that the end of the series is near, but with this volume, it’s blatant that the story is quickly heading to its conclusion. There’s still two volumes remaining in the series, so I’m very interested to see how the rest of the story will evolve and play out. I feel safe in saying that I am hooked on the Twin Spica manga series.

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Lesley Aeschliman is a freelance writer who began writing on a full-time basis in 2007. She has served as the Anime editor at BellaOnline.com, and she also writes and maintains two blogs: Lesley's Musings... on Anime and Manga and AeschTunes.