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Manga Review: Twin Spica Volume Seven by Kou Yaginuma

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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.

One thing that caught my eye in this volume was the title page for Chapter 38. Asumi is sitting in front of a sign that has the last names for the three female characters on it: “Kamogawa, Oumi, Ukita.” The names are displayed in a list, and looking at the first three letters, it spells out “Kou” (the first name of the mangaka). I had never caught the fact that the first letter for the girls’ last names make up the letters in the author’s first name before, so this really amused me when I saw it.

There are two additional stories included at the end of this volume, and they are both “Another Spica” stories. These stories focus on the mangaka himself, and sometimes elements from Twin Spica are included in these stories. They’re still my least favorite part of these manga volumes, and I still have as of yet to determine if these “Another Spica” stories truly have any relevance to the main Twin Spica series.

I have truly fallen in love with the characters and story of Twin Spica, and I can’t wait to see where the story will go to next. If you’ve read and enjoyed the previous six volumes of Twin Spica, then I believe you’ll enjoy Volume Seven as much as I did.

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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.