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Manga Review: Twin Spica Volume Nine by Kou Yaginuma

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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.

I continue to be impressed by the story in Twin Spica, and I’m really rooting for Asumi to be able to succeed and fulfill her dream of going into space. I also have appreciated how Yaginuma has come to make me care about characters that I initially hadn’t cared about when I first met them. Twin Spica is a wonderfully told coming-of-age story, and as a reader, I’ve really enjoyed watching these characters as they have grown up over the course of the series. I can’t wait to read more of Twin Spica in order to see how much more growth will happen for these characters as the series is winding down to its conclusion.

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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.