Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Manga Review: Kigurumi Guardians, Volume 2, by Lily Hoshino

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: October 2017
Volumes: 3 (Hiatus)
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3.

Goodreads Synopsis:


Hakka has rescued her classmate from the evil invaders, but the Guardians' battle is only just beginning! Strange things are happening around the popular idol, Ranan, and she might be taking people's hearts. But Hakka has other concerns—her brother walks in on her and Ginger in the middle of their kiss!


We get a couple different plots in this volume. We get some more saving hearts ones, this time featuring a pop idol and possibly another one at school. Hakka's brother discovers her and human Ginger, and she has to pretend to be dating him. It's a dumb plot line where her brother follows them on a date, though thankfully she doesn't seem to think much of it during the actual date.
I didn't really notice in the first volume, but the reminders of how Hakka is only in middle school is a bit bothersome. Normally I don't really mind age differences, but it's a bit much here. For one, Ginger is quite older, in his twenties. But also, they don't seem like they're in middle school. It actually feels more like high school, and I think that would have made more sense.
Aside from that, I'm actually enjoying the development of the romance. Also, since I liked the sexual-fluidity about one couple, it bothers me that that might be turning into a triangle for Hakka.
In this volume, we also got a bit from Nobara's point of view, seeing her home life and who her “friends” are, and what she and Basilico do together. It's sweet, and I definitely like her more now. Though, it didn't feel like we got quite enough, since it always goes back to Hakka so quickly.
Overall, I'm rather enjoying this series so far. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.

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