Twin Spica, Volume
By Kou Yaginuma
(Vertical, Paperback, 9781935654124, 294pp.)
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
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Asumi and her friends have been granted some well deserved time off. And as the gang begins to realize how close they have become over the past year, they decide together to head off to the home of two prime members of this now tight star-gazing circle--Yuigahama. Back in the home town of Asumi and Fuchuuya the gang slowly get to learn more about the Lion Disaster and the sad tale of the Kamokawa's. The girls gets to experience the star-filled room Asumi grew up in; where she got to intimately live among the constellations. They spend time with the Fuchuuya family fireworks store as they prepare to close out the summer with a bang. And somehow along the way these friends find a way to melt the ice that had formed around ice-queen Marika's heart, revealing a secret that no one in the galaxy was prepared for.
Born in 1973 in the Iidabashi district of Tokyo, comic artist Kou Yaginuma made his debut with the Twin Spica pilot story The Fireworks of 2015 (originally published in the July 2000 issue of Media Factory's Comic Flapper magazine). That heartfelt story coupled with Yaginuma's warm artwork won the young artist won over many comic fans on his way to becoming the year's biggest new artist. He followed his debut with a follow up mini-series called Asumi focusing on the early childhood of Twin Spica's young heroine Asumi Kamokawa. The Asumi series was such a runaway success Media Factory signed Yaginuma up to pen Twin Spica for Comic Flapper in the Fall of 2001.
Twin Spica is Yagunuma's English language debut.
"Ultimately, the manga surprised me. Reading about Twin Spica's lead trying to go into space, I got choked up. It is more sensitive and naturalistic than other space academy manga (even ones I've liked)..."--Ain't It Cool News
"It's easy to see why the series was a smash hit in its native land... The relationship between father and daughter is very moving, and Asumi's interaction with her equally ambitious schoolmates is also compelling stuff... Each page contains more genuine emotion than an entire space fleet's worth of similarly themed stories. Opening with a strong introductory volume, this series shows great promise and bodes well for future installments."--Publishers Weekly