Thursday, November 3, 2016

Manga Review: Karneval, Volume 2, by Touya Mikanagi

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: July 2015
Volumes: 18+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Stopping by his hometown of Karasuna, Gareki runs into his old friend Tsubame, who asks him to help uncover the truth behind a string of murders that have recently been plaguing the town. Though the crew assumes that the murders were the doing of their mutant quarry, they catch Tsubame's younger brother, Yotaka, red-handed at the scene of the latest crime. Ordering the bewildered Nai and Gareki to escape, Yogi prepares to do battle with Yotaka, but this is one fight that can only end in heartbreak for Gareki...


This volume did not pull me in as well as the first one did, sadly.
The group deals with the fallout in Gareki’s hometown. And then Gareki and Nai are separated from the 2nd ship circus and pushed onto the 1st ship for a while.
We get to know the 1st ship inhabitants more, and they’re okay. But I think I’m partial to Yogi, because he’s a sweetheart, and he’s really fun. And clearly he misses Gareki and Nai, since he breaks out of the hospital to go find them.
In the background of all this, Karoku is clearly up to something. I’m not sure what yet, but it’s going to be bad.
Since this is in omnibus format, a lot happens in each volume, and I don’t want to spoil anything, so I can’t go into too much detail. But it’s fun, even if I wasn’t pulled in as much as in the previous book.
The artwork is still gorgeous, especially the color pages. I’m still a fan of the characters, Gareki, Nai and Yogi in particular.

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