アゲイン!! 1 (Again!!, #1)
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アゲイン!! 1 (Again!!, #1) Details

Titleアゲイン!! 1 (Again!!, #1)
Author
LanguageJapanese
ReleaseSep 16th, 2011
Publisher講談社
ISBN-139784063845426
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Graphic Novels, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Comics, Young Adult, Sports and Games, Sports

アゲイン!! 1 (Again!!, #1) Review

  • [Shai] Bibliophage
    January 1, 1970
    I've never expected that I would love this first volume of this manga. I was really curious about how come the Kinichiro's high school was reset and I'm happy that I was given the chance to read this quite unexpected marvelous manga series. I hope I stumble to find the second installment because I'm really eager to know what happened.
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  • Artemy
    January 1, 1970
    Again!! is a manga with a painfully Japanese premise. Imamura is graduating high school when he realises that he hasn't made a single friend, never joined a club and barely even spoke to anybody in the last three years. He kinda liked the ouendan club, but that fell apart a couple of years ago. His life is full of regrets already, and there's no going back to fix things... or is there? On his graduation day, he runs into one of his classmates on a stairwell and they both accidentally fall down. Again!! is a manga with a painfully Japanese premise. Imamura is graduating high school when he realises that he hasn't made a single friend, never joined a club and barely even spoke to anybody in the last three years. He kinda liked the ouendan club, but that fell apart a couple of years ago. His life is full of regrets already, and there's no going back to fix things... or is there? On his graduation day, he runs into one of his classmates on a stairwell and they both accidentally fall down. When they wake up, they find out that they somehow went three years back in time, so now they can do high school all over again! Yay?..The funniest thing is, this is not even the main premise of the book. The entire focus of this manga past the first few chapters is the ouendan club. It's a sport that's similar in purpose to cheerleading, but there are key differences to the way they dress and move, and ouendan is primarily for boys. Not in this case though, because the only member of this school's ouendan club is Usami, a girl with a very hard temper. She is very passionate about the club, but she treats other members so harshly that everybody left her, and now she performs all alone. There is an ongoing rivalry between her and the considerably more popular cheerleading club, and Imamura realises that in the future, the cheerleaders were the ones responsible for the ouendan club's closure. So he decides, since he has to live through high school all over again, at least this time he'll make a difference and save the club.So yeah, that premise is insane and pretty convoluted, eh? It totally is! It's a very weird read, because you basically get a typical Japanese high school drama with a time-travel aspect which doesn't really figure into the plot that much past the inciting incident, at least for now. It's also not the most riveting read — I mean, a rivalry between two slightly different kinds of high school pep squads doesn't exactly scream "the most exciting thing ever". And yet I liked it. There's just something about these slice of life Japanese high school stories that I find really enjoyable. I mean, my days of going to school were nothing but miserly and despair, but it's never like that in manga and anime — their schools look nice, they have tons of fun-sounding clubs and activities and the students aren't (usually) puberty-stricken bags of rage and confusion. All I had was computer games and angsty music, and a school that looked like something from the days of yore (because it was). So I guess that's just my weird form of wish fulfilment and escapism, but I really enjoyed this manga. It looks hella pretty, too — the character designs, the emotions and facial expressions are all bold and distinctive, which is evident from the cover, and the the interiors are on par, too.So if any of that sounds like something you might want to read, then it's worth checking out. This definitely won't be for everybody, but I liked it, and I am looking forward to the next volume.
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  • Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsSo here's the thing - my mom is obsessed with anime and manga. She's an almost 50 year old teacher, but she loves Japanese culture more than anything. It's endearing at times (and also frustrating), but she can give some pretty good recommendations. Hundreds upon hundreds of them. And for once, I have a recommendation for her.Regret's a funny thing. Imamura is an 18-year old high-school student who, on the day of graduation, realises that nothing good or bad really happened to him for t 3.5 starsSo here's the thing - my mom is obsessed with anime and manga. She's an almost 50 year old teacher, but she loves Japanese culture more than anything. It's endearing at times (and also frustrating), but she can give some pretty good recommendations. Hundreds upon hundreds of them. And for once, I have a recommendation for her.Regret's a funny thing. Imamura is an 18-year old high-school student who, on the day of graduation, realises that nothing good or bad really happened to him for the duration of high school career. For the most part, he was drifting through the work and the people. I like Imamura's look. I mean, those gorgeous blond locks are what I aspire to. He looks like he's going to whip out his Bankai any second now. Due to some pretty strange circumstances, Imamura finds himself back at the beginning of high school and three years younger. He's given a clean slate to define high school life for himself all over again. Pretty soon, Imamura finds himself enamoured of the school's ouendan leader, Osu. (Osu is also the only member of the ouendan.) The ouendan is like a cheerleading squad, but with more horns, shouting and formal uniforms instead of short skirts, cute girls and pompoms. Osu, the captain of the ouendan, balks at nothing. She's not stereotypically cutesie or flirtatious. She's a hardass with a stubborn streak and the most gruelling training regime ever to strike the terrified hearts of young studentsWhat Imamura realises is that there was so much intrigue, betrayal and mystery going on when he was being apathetic in his previous incarnation of high school. He's missed out on so much drama that he could have watched and reluctantly participated in. It's great that Imamura doesn't have a moment of "Wow, high school is great." Instead it's a moment of "High school is absolutely terrifying, ridiculous and petty, with some good people scattered in the mix. And it's worth it."Again!! is a humourous, rewarding and solid manga that defies many stereotypes associated with the high school sub genre.This book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Jes Reads
    January 1, 1970
    What little I did know about this manga did not prepare myself for the story I did end up discovering. This was one of those books I randomly saw on a shelf at the comic book store and decided to pick up because the cover caught my eye.This follows our main character Kinichiro on his graduation day from High School. A time in his life he isn't particularly fond of because he's spent most of it alone. His peers think he's intimidating. But following an accident Kinichiro gets the chance to live h What little I did know about this manga did not prepare myself for the story I did end up discovering. This was one of those books I randomly saw on a shelf at the comic book store and decided to pick up because the cover caught my eye.This follows our main character Kinichiro on his graduation day from High School. A time in his life he isn't particularly fond of because he's spent most of it alone. His peers think he's intimidating. But following an accident Kinichiro gets the chance to live high school all over again. But does he make the best of it?I genuinely found Kinichiro very funny. I liked the classic get into uncomfortable situation, over react, resolution story line. I also thoroughly enjoyed the supporting characters.If you watch my vlog you'll see me talking about this, but I despise slut shaming. Don't do it. It's not cool man. And there is a bit of it in this manga, however it is by a character that you're supposed to hate. But it's never really addressed so I wasn't the biggest fan of that and that is why I ended up giving this 4/5 stars instead.Overall I thought this was very fun! I already own the second volume and I can't wait to move on to it!
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  • Mehsi
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Squee! I just needed to read this one. I have been planning to for a while, so imagine my delight when I spotted it on Netgalley. Manga! On Netgalley! OMG squee! And this one is by the co-author of YOI, a series that I absolutely adored to bits (Give me second season now please!). This was just too much fun to read. We have our MC, Imamura, who is a loner. In the before (at the beginning of the book and in the flashbacks (or ar I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Squee! I just needed to read this one. I have been planning to for a while, so imagine my delight when I spotted it on Netgalley. Manga! On Netgalley! OMG squee! And this one is by the co-author of YOI, a series that I absolutely adored to bits (Give me second season now please!). This was just too much fun to read. We have our MC, Imamura, who is a loner. In the before (at the beginning of the book and in the flashbacks (or are they flashtocomes)) he is sporting long hair, an aura of come near me and I will throw you out of a window, and well, his years at HS weren't the best. But he gets a second chance when, after graduation, he gets curious about the ouendan club, or well, one specific girl who was the only girl and the captain and the only remaining girl in the club when Imamura joined the school. But he is spotted by another girl while doing some *cough* interesting break-in moves, and then during a chase they both fall off the stairs and time travel back to 3 years ago. Yep, instead of graduating, they are now back at the first day of their first year! :P And so they can start their days in high school again. Imamura gets another chance at school, maybe he can make some friends, maybe he can make it a more fun time than the first time. I do hope so, that guy definitely deserves friends and a happy HS experience. I do get a bit tired of the trope of scary looking guys. OMG, the guy looks scary + bleaches his hair, how terrible. Give the dude a chance people, he is totally nice and friendly. He is just a bit awkward. I loved what he was trying to do for ouendan in this one. How he tried to figure out what was going on with it, why the members left, and how he could help out Usami (even though she doesn't want that). Aki/Akira, I quite liked the girl. I had such a laugh when she woke up during that first morning and was shocked to see that her boobs got smaller. Poor thing. Her reaction to the fact she lost 3 years/has gone back 3 years was also hilarious, I think I would have done the same as she has. I did feel sorry for her and the fact that she and her boyfriend (well, he was her boyfriend in the present day parts) aren't a thing in this timeline yet. In fact, he doesn't know her. You could see the realisation hit her when he kept rejecting her/was spotted with a girl that should be his ex. I am quite curious what Aki will do in this one. Will she join ouendan? Or will she just go along with the path she followed in the present day (tennisclub it seems).I am not too sure about Usami. I get that she is probably a sweet girl who just loves the ouendan a bit too much. But the way she is recruiting, the way she keeps shouting, the way she just does everything... well... I am sorry, but I didn't like her. I can imagine that no one is joining. Yes, this sounds rude, but given her attitude towards newbies and how she practically forces them to continue even if they are dying (yes, I get that this happened when you were in the club, but this is a new batch, you can't treat everyone the same).The cheerleaders? Or well, one specific girl. I was so relieved at first that they seemed to be a good batch of cheerleaders. That we would finally break through the trope of bitchy and manipulative cheerleaders.. But no, of course not. Dear Lord, that captain is a bitch. She is like a cat, she likes to toy with everyone, and will manipulate those around her to do her bidding. And it seems this has been going on for quite some time. :| I hated what the girl did. Bah.We still aren't sure if these two time travelled or that they are actually in a hospital. I guess as the story continues we will get hints to either of those. I am not sure which one I prefer. Both are tropes that happen in manga quite a few times, but they are tropes that I find interesting. Plus it brings so many fun and delightful questions with it. Like, if they are dreaming (hospital scenario), how can it be that they are both in the same dream? And if they did time travel, will they be able to get back or will they have to sit out all those years again (though then again, given that they know all the answers to the tests/questions, is quite fun)? I hope that the author will bring some more clues in the next volume.The art is pretty great, I love the style. The characters look great, well, Usami just stands out, I am not too sure how to explain why. I also like the backgrounds. All in all, I hope that these books also come out in paperback, as I want to add them to my collection (plus I still prefer physical copies). And I would recommend this book to everyone. Fun, drama, mystery, comedy. Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/
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  • Thamy
    January 1, 1970
    I got to this manga the same way most readers will, I'm a fan of Yuri on Ice and thus I can't not admire Mitsurou Kubo. But I was pleasantly surprised this is no Yuri on Ice. Our main character has always been isolated and now high school is over he has no friends or good memories, but one: the Ouendan club. When trying to get into the room o the now extinct club, he's seen by a classmate and starts chasing her, until both fall down the stair and end up reliving their lives from the day they sta I got to this manga the same way most readers will, I'm a fan of Yuri on Ice and thus I can't not admire Mitsurou Kubo. But I was pleasantly surprised this is no Yuri on Ice. Our main character has always been isolated and now high school is over he has no friends or good memories, but one: the Ouendan club. When trying to get into the room o the now extinct club, he's seen by a classmate and starts chasing her, until both fall down the stair and end up reliving their lives from the day they started school three years before. And things won't be the same, regardless whether they want it or not.I don't know if anyone is familiar with Yu Yu Hakusho but the main character half reminds me of Yusuke Urameshi, seen as a bad guy but it's just a misunderstand. Except he also sees himself wrongly. It's rather sad, so you can't help feeling happy whenever he does react to things.Talking about characters, everyone here is very unique, even those I thought would just be in the background ended up growing on me. And I'm pretty sure I'll be shedding tears—or a river—in the next volumes, since one of them is already dead in the beginning of the story. And the captain! I can't wait to learn more about her.Additionally, stories about time traveling always make you think of our choices—or in the case of this manga, his lack of action. How with even doing just a little made a lot in his life change already. I'm not sure if this is a manga I can expect romance from. So far there was some ground-building but nothing that makes it definite. Although I'm a sucker for romances, I don't think I want it. It smells too much of a love triangle. Not my type of read. In any case, this an entertaining story with lots yet to happen and lovely characters that will get you cheering nonstop. Pun intended.Honest review based on an ARC provided by Netgalley. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really solid first volume. I look forward to the second one! I liked the growing cast of characters and found the premise super interesting. I like learning more about the Ouedan and seeing how is contrasts with standard cheerleading. Also, I really love a main character who is a bit of an ass and seems perpetually indifferent, but you know in the end they are a big softie. Yeah, I got a type.
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  • Siina
    January 1, 1970
    I just love sports manga and Again!! is actually quite awesome, since it's about (male) cheering, Japanese ouendan. Imamura Kinichirou is graduating from high school and hasn't achieved anything, no friends, hobbies, nothing. He looks like a delinquent and everyone is scared of him and this leads to a minor incident that is falling the stairs with a girl face flat on the ground. They both end up jumping back in time to the first days of high school and they have to live it all again, but this ti I just love sports manga and Again!! is actually quite awesome, since it's about (male) cheering, Japanese ouendan. Imamura Kinichirou is graduating from high school and hasn't achieved anything, no friends, hobbies, nothing. He looks like a delinquent and everyone is scared of him and this leads to a minor incident that is falling the stairs with a girl face flat on the ground. They both end up jumping back in time to the first days of high school and they have to live it all again, but this time our Kin-chan decides to do it differently and thus begins his "career" in ouendan. The plot is very original and well constructed. The characters are interesting and multifaceted, which is actually quite rare. The series is twelve books long, so mid-length basically, and I think I want to see what happens, since not only is the sport rare and unique, but also how it's handled.The art is very precise and looks more seinen than shounen, but it works well. I love Kin-chan's face and facial expressions and all in all the series looks very lively. There's also humor in the series and the rhythm and pace is awesome, so reading this was quite the pleasure. I'm happy this has been translated into English and out on the market, and I do hope it finds its readers, since Again!! works well. Thanks to other sports series we hopefully get more and these obscure ones are usually one of the greatest by far.
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  • Rod Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Through an inexplicable bit of time travel, on the day of his high school graduation Kinichiro Imamura wakes up in the body of his younger self on the first day of his sophomore year. A shunned loser the first time around, he toys with using this second chance and his knowledge of the future to change his entire high school experience.This Groundhog Day ripoff gets off to an amusing start as Imamura finds himself getting involved in the school ouendan club, a sort of pep squad that often works w Through an inexplicable bit of time travel, on the day of his high school graduation Kinichiro Imamura wakes up in the body of his younger self on the first day of his sophomore year. A shunned loser the first time around, he toys with using this second chance and his knowledge of the future to change his entire high school experience.This Groundhog Day ripoff gets off to an amusing start as Imamura finds himself getting involved in the school ouendan club, a sort of pep squad that often works with the cheerleaders to rally school spirit despite a deep rivalry between the two groups.The time travel aspect is almost irrelevant, being a hook the creator used simply to get approval for his fun tale of high school club politics.
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  • Selena
    January 1, 1970
    What would you do if you had the chance to do high school all over again?In Imamura's case, he's going to make a difference. He wants to help the Ouendan club continue to exist. Not because he likes the captain or anything. His first time through high school was boring and lonely. He wants some excitement, and helping Ouendan thrive seems like a good way to get some.Where this book shines is the self-absorbed characters. Everyone has their own reasons for everything they do, and while not all mo What would you do if you had the chance to do high school all over again?In Imamura's case, he's going to make a difference. He wants to help the Ouendan club continue to exist. Not because he likes the captain or anything. His first time through high school was boring and lonely. He wants some excitement, and helping Ouendan thrive seems like a good way to get some.Where this book shines is the self-absorbed characters. Everyone has their own reasons for everything they do, and while not all motives are clear, most seem entirely self-serving. And I really like that. Too often in manga, motivations are pure and to help the greater good. This one is realistic in that everyone is doing it for themselves, and I really like that aspect.My only real complaint is the paper-thin cheerleaders. They are the kind Americans are very familiar with. Shallow, out to rule the school, willing and able to make boys do anything they want by batting their eyelashes (which says more about the guys than the cheerleaders, to be frank). They're out to get rid of the Ouendan club for... reasons? It's not entirely clear, but I think it's part jealousy and part Usami being in charge of the interclub cheer because... tradition?The first volume is a little bit of a mess because so much is being introduced at once, but by the end of the volume things are smoothing out. It looks like this could be a wild ride.
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  • Preyal
    January 1, 1970
    The story starts with a school student who is reluctantly ready to go to his graduation, wondering would things be different had he interacted more with his fellow mates or joined a club "ouendhan''. He has a horrible experience attending school and drags himself to graduation only to fall and go back in time to attend his school all over again. He is terrified yet determined to change the situation, since he has seen and been through all of this already. He is not scared of being a loner or los The story starts with a school student who is reluctantly ready to go to his graduation, wondering would things be different had he interacted more with his fellow mates or joined a club "ouendhan''. He has a horrible experience attending school and drags himself to graduation only to fall and go back in time to attend his school all over again. He is terrified yet determined to change the situation, since he has seen and been through all of this already. He is not scared of being a loner or losing friends as he has seen that part already. It focuses on normal school drama, and has the mean cheerleader (reminded me of mean girls). Oh but i did learn a few Japanese terms like osu, senpai, kohai, the term 'kun' so that i found interesting (have not read any books by a Japanese author)All in all not a bad read for the teenage group, i guess. However, i do not understand why was there another girl (Aki) in the story at all!! The author's idea to put another character with Imamura was somewhat vague.. The purpose wasn't clear. Although it did end abruptly, will have to read Volume 2 to find out the end. Sigh!! May be i will, may be i won't..
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  • Wayne McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    'Again!!' by Mitsurou Kubo is a manga about school life. Usually these leave me uninterested, but this one had a unique twist.It's Kinichiro's last day of school. He is an outcast who made it through school with no friends. He intends to graduate and get on with his life. Then a freak accident happens and he finds himself starting over as a freshman. This time, he knows what will happen. Will he do the same things or try to be more involved in the lives around him this time.I really liked this s 'Again!!' by Mitsurou Kubo is a manga about school life. Usually these leave me uninterested, but this one had a unique twist.It's Kinichiro's last day of school. He is an outcast who made it through school with no friends. He intends to graduate and get on with his life. Then a freak accident happens and he finds himself starting over as a freshman. This time, he knows what will happen. Will he do the same things or try to be more involved in the lives around him this time.I really liked this story, and I especially liked the art. The story was unusual enough and even though I didn't know what Ouendan was, the story idea was so compelling that it pulled me along. I really liked this unusual high school story told in manga.I received a review copy of this manga from Kodansha Comics and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this manga.
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  • James Bruun
    January 1, 1970
    Again!! by Mitsurou kubo is a very well written manga. Though at the start of the manga it seems to be very slow and boring. It does a really good job picking up the pace after a few pages which can keep the reader wanting to read more of the story. The story also does a good job with the characters personality and development.Well Art wise it is very detailed and fined tuned. the only thing have a problem with this story so far is the fact manga does have a speed problem, Taking a little while Again!! by Mitsurou kubo is a very well written manga. Though at the start of the manga it seems to be very slow and boring. It does a really good job picking up the pace after a few pages which can keep the reader wanting to read more of the story. The story also does a good job with the characters personality and development.Well Art wise it is very detailed and fined tuned. the only thing have a problem with this story so far is the fact manga does have a speed problem, Taking a little while to get to the heart of the story I am hoping that volume 2 picks up the pace just alil bit. We will have to wait and see.
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  • Danielle Booey
    January 1, 1970
    Manga is so bizarre and this one is no exception. A manga about a highschooler who falls down a flight of stairs just after graduation and ends up waking up on his first day of high school. Imamura decides that since he is doomed to repeat his three years of high school that he is going to make a positive change. Along for the ride are Aki (another student from the future) and Reo.
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  • Derek Royal
    January 1, 1970
    I read this manga on a whim, not knowing what to expect. It's a fascinating premise, although not that original. Still, Kubo handles the story well, and the sense of returning three years to the past (unwillingly) and wondering how things may or may not be different is effective. I'm not sure I'll continue with the series, though.
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  • Dorcas
    January 1, 1970
    I wouldn't choose to relive my high school years, but imagine what you would do over or who you would choose to make friends with. Thoughtful, funny, little angsty. Going to check out some more.
  • Hisgirl85
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars for an interesting beginning.
  • Derryn
    January 1, 1970
    I loved learning about ouendan and have definitely watched a few videos 😂 I liked the characters for the most part and am looking forward to continuing on with the series ⭐⭐⭐ I loved learning about ouendan and have definitely watched a few videos 😂 I liked the characters for the most part and am looking forward to continuing on with the series ⭐️⭐️⭐️
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    If I could go back in time and relive that part of my life, how would I change it?Everyone has had this thought at one point or another. It's human nature to want to fix our perceived mistakes. Again!! explores this idea through Kinichiro, who didn't do anything of note during his three years in high school. No friends, no school activities, no college or job lined up for the future - he doesn't have much going for him on the day of his graduation. So when he accidentally falls down the stairs a If I could go back in time and relive that part of my life, how would I change it?Everyone has had this thought at one point or another. It's human nature to want to fix our perceived mistakes. Again!! explores this idea through Kinichiro, who didn't do anything of note during his three years in high school. No friends, no school activities, no college or job lined up for the future - he doesn't have much going for him on the day of his graduation. So when he accidentally falls down the stairs and finds himself transported back to the first day of his first year of high school, Kinichiro isn't sure how to approach this second chance to do everything over again.I really enjoyed this volume! I've always wondered what I might do if I could go through high school again, and this is a fun exploration of what might happen. Kinishiro is an intimidating guy who wants to help and be involved but is too afraid of other people to really open himself up to them. His pure desire to help Usami, the stubborn Ouendan club president, is hampered by his anxieties, and I'll be interested to see how he is able to combat these insecurities as he gets involved with the Ouendan. Also, I didn't know much about Ouendan before! It's pretty cool! The art leans more toward a realistic style, which I really enjoyed and lends itself well to the tone of the story.Solid 4/5. A fun manga that would be a decent choice if you aren't familiar with manga or Japanese culture, as there are nice translator notes in the back and there isn't anything too wacky (as manga and anime can easily become).
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  • Kate (Looking Glass Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 out of 5 starsDoes the name Mitsuro Kubo sound familiar? If you like anime it probably does. This week sees the English release of a high school sports manga from the creator of the anime Yuri on IceAgain!! Vol. 1 by Mitsuro Kubo is a high school slice of life sports manga that focuses on the characters and their interactions.The story is about Kinichiro, a high school student with no friends and no ambitions. When a misunderstanding leads to the accidental death of both Kinichiro and Akira 3.5 out of 5 starsDoes the name Mitsuro Kubo sound familiar? If you like anime it probably does. This week sees the English release of a high school sports manga from the creator of the anime Yuri on IceAgain!! Vol. 1 by Mitsuro Kubo is a high school slice of life sports manga that focuses on the characters and their interactions.The story is about Kinichiro, a high school student with no friends and no ambitions. When a misunderstanding leads to the accidental death of both Kinichiro and Akira on their graduation day, they find themselves waking up to the first day of high school. Armed with a second chance, Kinichiro decides to change his high school experience. The first difference? Take the enigmatic captain of the ouedan club up on her offer to join up and save it from the quiet death it suffered the first time around.Certain things might seem rather typical of a high school based sports anime at first glance. However, all of the common tropes have wonderful twists on them and are treated with much more care than usually seen. For example, the very common ‘girl runs away because she mistakes a generally kind male character for some kind of a pervert’ takes a dramatic turn when, in her panicked fleeing she falls down the stairs and dies. A bit over the top, perhaps, but this was completely unexpected and rather funny.The main character is also not the only character who goes back in time, nor is he the only one to remember what happened. Akira also finds herself back in time. More than that, they actually talk about this. Kinichiro doesn’t automatically believe that he’s gone back in time, but instead believes everything is a dream. This fades as more time goes on, solidifying only after he talks with Akira.For Akira, things don’t seem to be going quite as well as last time, let alone better, unlike Kinichiro. She doesn’t come across as mature as Kinichiro, and she certainly doesn’t think things through all the time. Just as she assumed Kinichiro was up to no good and frightened herself to the point of dying while fleeing, she assumes that she and her boyfriend will just pick up where things left off despite the boy dating someone else and not being so much as friends with her.Just as we get a chapter from Kinichiro’s point of view outlining their last day of high school and ensuing time traveling, we get a chapter of the same for Akira. This was admittedly necessary. It added a second point of view and completely different outlook on the situation. However, it did slow the story down a little bit. Having scenes repeated was, again, necessary, but it did get a bit boring.Kinichiro does act more mature than the majority of his classmates. While this is expected as he’s now a good three years older than the others, it isn’t something that is always depicted, or depicted well, in other similarly themed manga. Kinichiro also acts more mature than his younger self, making choices that are quite different from what occurred the first time around. He is less quick to anger and self-defense in the presence of teachers. An active effort is made by Kinichiro for a better high school experience. Yet, his personality doesn’t undergo a major change from the first to second chapters. He remains the same in many ways. Despite actively trying to portray a better image of himself and become more involved in school activities, he still remains shy. Kinichiro might agree to have lunch with other people and really enjoy the time he spends with them, but he doesn’t actively reach out himself.Something that’s touched upon in this manga is passion and the lack thereof. Kinichiro acted like an observer in his own life, never making the effort to join clubs or make friends, merely going to class and going home. Both teachers and students find this odd, strange, and further ostracize him. Everyone comments on how he doesn’t have friends and doesn’t try. The captain of the ouedan club is, in many ways, Kinichiro’s opposite. She cares about ouedan a lot. For that passion she is also ostracized, with no one joining her club. She is too intense. She cares too much. This, I find, is quite true to life. Don’t care enough and you’re liable to be ostracized. Show too much passion and those same individuals will also have a problem with it. Sometimes it feels as if you can’t win no matter what you do, and I think a lot of people can relate to this.As much as this is a manga about sports, we don’t see too much of ouedan in this volume. This is also a story about the characters, their lives, and their passions or lack thereof. The ouedan club is on the brink of destruction. Other clubs are out for its blood. Past actions no one talks about hang over the characters, though they are still shrouded in mystery.The art can be a bit simplistic at time, but beautiful. Backgrounds aren’t always extremely detailed, sometimes with nothing but white space behind the characters. Yet, it does some rather interesting things. There are sections where the art breaks out of the cell, such as the ouedan flag reaching across the page. Images of Kinichiro, larger than the other cells, watching events unfold before him are quite telling. Not only does it highlight his passiveness and background seat in his own school life, but it also demonstrates how he’s watching everything occur for the second time, almost as if he’s watching a film.At the end of the volume is a notes section. The majority of the notes are explanations of cultural terms that readers might be unfamiliar with. Most importantly, it gives a good overview of ouedan, something that many western readers probably won’t be very familiar with. Unlike most of the notes and translation explanations I’ve seen, this one includes the respective cell or cells of the manga along with the notes. Most often there is simply a page number included, forcing the reader to flip back and forth between the manga section and the notes section. Though it takes up more physical space, I really liked having the image present with the notes.Despite having some issues with the early pacing of the manga, I did really enjoy Again!! Vol 1 by Mitsuro Kubo. If there was a second volume available I would have just kept reading. This is a good high school slice of life manga. It’s also shaping up to be a good sports manga that is very focused on the characters, one of the biggest pro’s for Kubo’s smash hit anime Yuri on Ice. I will definitely be reading more of this manga.This manga was provided free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.This review and more can be found on Looking Glass Reads.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgally and Kodansha Comics for the e-arcI don't normally do reviews for manga and comics, but will for this since I got this off of netgally. I picked this up partly because it was free, and partly because the story and art comes from one of the co-creators of Yuri on Ice, and while I enjoyed that show, I wasn't as obsessed with it as many others were, but it was this, compared with the semi-time travel aspect, that made me give this a chance. Art The art style was really clean. It m Thank you Netgally and Kodansha Comics for the e-arcI don't normally do reviews for manga and comics, but will for this since I got this off of netgally. I picked this up partly because it was free, and partly because the story and art comes from one of the co-creators of Yuri on Ice, and while I enjoyed that show, I wasn't as obsessed with it as many others were, but it was this, compared with the semi-time travel aspect, that made me give this a chance. Art The art style was really clean. It managed to, which I don't see very often in manga, is make each character look very distinctive, instead of the same faces with different hairstyles. I was pretty impressed with the character designs as a whole. Characters This does a great job of introducing a lot of characters that could become more important in later volumes, as well as the three (as I see it) main characters. Everyone feels distinctive, and I didn't think anyone acted irrationally and the motivations of the characters didn't feel weak as a whole. I was endeared to the cast and willing to see where the author will take them in the future.Most of the cast are woman, and while more male characters may become more important later on, this focuses on woman (other than the main character). However, despite this, it doesn't feel like his budding friendship with the girls is motivated with lust for romance, even if the other teens around him place a lot of importance of the relationships between men and woman. Which I liked.One concern, is I'm worried about the common trope of "girl-hate" and jealously cropping up. It's not poignant, and truer motivations may become clear in the time, and I think there's potential in the series for some great female friendship- but I hope the antagonistic girls will become more fleshed one and humanized in later volumes.I liked the duality of the two individuals set back in time, one being a typical "social-outcast" and the other being one who achieved the ideal high-school life. The second character mentioned here is not demonized for her positive highschool experience. The main guy is also the trope in manga of nice guy, scary face (like Ritsu from Ouran High School Host Club) which I actually like and find both sad and funny. Plot The basic set up of this is two teenagers (as mentioned above), on the day of graduation, fall down a flight of stairs and are sent three years into the past and back to the day of their entrance ceremony (don't worry too much on the how this is possible). One of which who was glad to leave highschool, and another who was sad to leave. With this, the guy protagonist decides to change something, so that his three years won't be so boring, so joins the dying ouendan club, which had disbanded by the time he graduated. (I had no idea what this was before reading this, but it's kind of like male cheer-leading? This is a bad explanation but you can google videos on youtube).One the whole, the plot is pretty weird, but endearing too. It reads like a slice-of-life manga with the extra spin of two of the main characters going back of time, and seeing how this knowledge changes what happens around them. Overall This is a fun manga with a lot of potential. The characters have room to grow, and the plot has enough going to keep me going. A weird twist of club-slice-of-life and time-travel. (maybe a little taste of Haruhi Suzumiya? But will less creep and stress on the supernatural?). In the end, I'm interested to continue on and see where this could go.
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  • Angel 一匹狼
    January 1, 1970
    I have to recognize I have a soft spot for high school manga and for sport manga. So I started reading "Again!!" Vol.1 expecting to see your average run-of-the-mill high school story that I enjoy so much even if I have read it many times.What I didn't expect was a time-travelling, high-school set crazy manga as this one where from page 1 I was hooked on the story and characters and where, even if everything that appears on its pages I have read before, it is presented in a fresh and engaging man I have to recognize I have a soft spot for high school manga and for sport manga. So I started reading "Again!!" Vol.1 expecting to see your average run-of-the-mill high school story that I enjoy so much even if I have read it many times.What I didn't expect was a time-travelling, high-school set crazy manga as this one where from page 1 I was hooked on the story and characters and where, even if everything that appears on its pages I have read before, it is presented in a fresh and engaging manner that I have to do a 'tip of the hat' to Mitsuro Kubo for her inventiveness.Kinichiro is your average 'yanki' looking character from a manga. With the deep secret that he is actually shy instead of, you know, a rebel. He has gone through his three years of high school in solitude, and is now confronted with the graduation ceremony, the last of his days as a student there before going to his next phase in life. Walking around school, he wonders what if anything has left any lasting memories in him from all those three years and he remembers the 'cheering' girl that was at the entrance ceremony three years ago ('ouendan' meaning 'cheering' but instead of cheerleaders, more like shouting, and drums and uniforms, and normally, boys). It was the only time he remembers seeing her, so he decides to go and check if the 'cheering' club's room is still there. But the door is locked and, when he tries to get in, he is discovered by a girl. She runs away thinking he is trying to break and steal things and he follows her trying to tell her is all a misunderstanding. Both fall downstairs and when they wake up...It is their first day of high school. And they have another chance to relive all those years and experiences.What follows is a great introducing volume to the manga. The pace is great, the drawing style, pure manga, but nicely drawn and very expressive. It has lots of humor (visual and dialogues) and the characters are introduced and developed (in this first volume) in a great manner. We get to know why Kinichiro is how he is, and the same for Akira (the time travelling companion) and Yoshiko, the captain of the 'ouendan' (and other characters). And they are really easy to relate and very fun to be with. And if that was not enough, Kubo does a great job in turning upside down the topics and themes of high school manga; she plays smartly the time travelling (or is it just a dream?) card. I also said something about sports manga. Well, this manga is not about sports (even if it seems it will follow some of its quirks). This is about the cheering part of sports (or other events). And in centering in this aspect of Japanese high schools, Kubo offers a fresh and surprising look on your typical manga story, offering a glimpse to an aspect of Japanese youth that manga normally don't center on so much (especially the manga that are translated).Just amazing.8/10(English Translation)*I got this through netgalley in exchange for an honest review* (thanks thanks)
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  • Emily W.
    January 1, 1970
    *I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an Honest Review**It is actually a 3.5 stars rating*So this manga is one that falls into the Shounen, sports, and comedy section. The sport being Oendan meaning cheering squad or cheering section. Plot:It follows our main character Imamura (who in a way reminds me of Ryuu Yamada from Yamada and the Seven Witches.) and you also have Akira (or Aki) whom also gets thrown back 3 years back to their first year of high school after falling down the *I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an Honest Review**It is actually a 3.5 stars rating*So this manga is one that falls into the Shounen, sports, and comedy section. The sport being Oendan meaning cheering squad or cheering section. Plot:It follows our main character Imamura (who in a way reminds me of Ryuu Yamada from Yamada and the Seven Witches.) and you also have Akira (or Aki) whom also gets thrown back 3 years back to their first year of high school after falling down the stairs. Imamura didn't really have a whole lot of friends throughout his year of high school, so he wants to makes some changes or go through high school differently than he did the first time. Aki she's mostly just pissed that she has to be in high school all over again. And I guess despite Imamura not caring too much for the sport of Oendan, he kind of wants to help bring it back to becoming popular again. And that's the plot for the time being. In later volumes I assume more things will be sorted out in this manga. Characters:Imamura: He suffers from that Death Glare Syndrome in Anime/manga. Which is a syndrome when an anime character has these eyes that somehow scare random people unintentionally. He gets send back three years after falling down some stairs and uses the opportunity to help him get some fresh new start. (Though I wouldn't mind him having better development to make him seem like a better person I could really root for!!)Aki: She was just going to meet Hiro (her bf in her third year), but accidentally runs into Imamura instead and falls down the stairs going back three years. She's rather annoying imo and I don't know if I'll ever like her character. Usami-senpai: She's the captain of the Oendan club. She's also the only member until Imamura joins. She expects respect from Imamura and Aki since she is the upperclassmen of them while they reside in their first year of high school again. She's also a bit enthusiastic about what she does, and I tend to like characters like her in anime/manga. I could see this getting an anime eventually. Because it would possibly be comedic for some to watch and enjoy. But for me, it might be a miss or just a low priority on my watch/reading list. Recommends to:People who enjoyed: Yamada and the Seven Witches, or Chihayafuru. It might be something good to read to pass the time, while waiting for the next chapters of Chihayafuru or after you've finished Yamada and the Seven Witches. Hope you enjoyed my Review!! Thanks for Reading!! ^_^
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Imagine reliving your entire high school career - some people might welcome the chance, and some might consider it an abject nightmare. For the friendless, misunderstood Imamura Kinichiro, it just might be what he needs.A funny, light-hearted high school manga that starts with time-traveling hijinks, Again!! develops into a fascinating review of youth, of loneliness, of how important friendship and acceptance are especially for the young. As Imamura finds a purpose in trying to restore the schoo Imagine reliving your entire high school career - some people might welcome the chance, and some might consider it an abject nightmare. For the friendless, misunderstood Imamura Kinichiro, it just might be what he needs.A funny, light-hearted high school manga that starts with time-traveling hijinks, Again!! develops into a fascinating review of youth, of loneliness, of how important friendship and acceptance are especially for the young. As Imamura finds a purpose in trying to restore the school's ouendan club, he finds himself opening up and connecting for the first time in ages, and it might not be easy - but he persists in this confusing new world.One thing that stood out with the composition of characters is, aside from main protagonist Imamura, all important characters are women of different dispositions. Intense ouendan captain Usami, the person Imamura wants to help out most (and probably the unconscious inspiration for Imamura's long hair in the 2014 timeline); poor Aki who got dragged into the past timeline along with Imamura; and studious cheerleader Reo with the change of heart. They're all charming in their own ways and their interactions with Imamura breathe life into the storyline.I must say the main thing I did not like was the stereotypical representation of cheerleaders. Understandably, for plot reasons, there will be rivalry between the ouendan and cheer group, but mean girls are a trope better off retired. The art style is crisp and expressive, familiar to fans of Kubo's incredibly popular anime series Yuri!!! On Ice. There is even a mystery surrounding the old ouendan troupe that I'm dying to figure out. I'm glad Kodansha decided to pick this up for an English release, and I can't wait for the next volumes.*I received an eARC from the publisher, Kodansha Comics and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Jojo Frost
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy the first volume of Again by Mitsurou Kubo. The concept was interesting about going back in time and doing something different that might change your life. I thought that was all thismanga was about, but it turns out that it's also a mystery. The main character, Kinichiro Imamura, live his high school life isolated as an outcast and judge harshly by those around because of his appearance. He was never aware of what is going on around him. So when he went back in time, he found out I really enjoy the first volume of Again by Mitsurou Kubo. The concept was interesting about going back in time and doing something different that might change your life. I thought that was all thismanga was about, but it turns out that it's also a mystery. The main character, Kinichiro Imamura, live his high school life isolated as an outcast and judge harshly by those around because of his appearance. He was never aware of what is going on around him. So when he went back in time, he found out that something was going on that he never notice during his first year of high school. The ouendan cheer squad was being conspired against by a certain group of people in the school. Kinichiro and Akira Fujieda, another character who went back in time, took upon themselves to figure out how the ouendan cheer squad got shut down.The characters are interesting and their interaction with each other are funny, especially when they are put into awkward and silly situations. They are relatable, and unique; however, the background characters are not much different from one another. For example, the members from the cheer squad all look the same with black hair in a pony tail. The only cheer member that sticks out is the captain who has lighter hair color showing that she is an important character in the story. I really like the art style, it's very detailed and has darker lines than some manga. The expressions the characters make are funny, but more realistic than your typical manga style. The story is fun, fast pace, and the mystery builds up more as you read toward the end. The story also shows that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, and that people she learn to socialize, and open up to others because you might regret your decisions. The ending left with a cliffhanger and have me wanting more. I definitely recommend this manga to anyone who likes a mystery story with great art and fun characters in a high school setting. I gave this manga a 5 out of 5 stars.
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    With dyed blond hair and a hostile resting face, Imamura is finally graduating from his high school as Again!! Vol 1 opens. He transferred to the high school three years previously but had neither made friends nor joined a club. Imamura has also made no plans for his future career or schooling after high school ends. After the graduation ceremony, Imamura is thinking about the Ouendan (pep) club that he could have joined but didn’t. When he tries to climb through a window into the old Ouendan cl With dyed blond hair and a hostile resting face, Imamura is finally graduating from his high school as Again!! Vol 1 opens. He transferred to the high school three years previously but had neither made friends nor joined a club. Imamura has also made no plans for his future career or schooling after high school ends. After the graduation ceremony, Imamura is thinking about the Ouendan (pep) club that he could have joined but didn’t. When he tries to climb through a window into the old Ouendan club room, he is seen by Akira, who is meeting her boyfriend. When Akira sees Imamura, she runs in fear and trips down a staircase. Imamura also trips and lands on top of her, knocking them both out. Imamura wakes up with his mother calling him to go to school. He realizes that it is three years earlier and he is reliving his entire high school career. He realizes that this is his chance to make better choices including joining the Ouendan. Akira’s tale is also told but in less detail. While berating Imamura for forcing her to fall down the stairs, she accidently joins the Ouendan too. The rest of the novel addresses typical high school rivalries and romances.The cover artwork using pastels and watercolors is beautiful. The interior art uses cross hashing to make various shades of gray. However, the drawings appear somewhat muddled. There is nothing within the plot to mark it as original. The abrupt end of Again!! Vol 1 forces me to give this volume 3 stars. Hopefully, Vol 2 will have a more complete story.Thanks to the publisher, Kodansha Comics, and NetGalley for an egalley.
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  • Kayano
    January 1, 1970
    En realidad creo que es un 3'50. Me ha gustado bastante, pero es el primer volumen, tendré que seguir leyendo a ver si mejora, sigue igual o que. Que a ver, no tiene nada que ver con Yuri on ice. Si los comparas no le llega ni a la suela del zapato. Pero si no los comparas esta bastante bien. Lo que no veo que pueda dar para 12 tomos sin que decaiga la historia. Bueno, tendré que leer un poco más para valorar si vale la pena leerla entera o no. A lo mejor pienso eso porque no se mucho del tema q En realidad creo que es un 3'50. Me ha gustado bastante, pero es el primer volumen, tendré que seguir leyendo a ver si mejora, sigue igual o que. Que a ver, no tiene nada que ver con Yuri on ice. Si los comparas no le llega ni a la suela del zapato. Pero si no los comparas esta bastante bien. Lo que no veo que pueda dar para 12 tomos sin que decaiga la historia. Bueno, tendré que leer un poco más para valorar si vale la pena leerla entera o no. A lo mejor pienso eso porque no se mucho del tema que trata (el Ouendan, animadores tradicionales japoneses). Que a ver, no va solo de eso. Pero se centra mucho en ese tema. El prota es un bicho raro que viaja al pasado por x circumstancias. El mismo día que termina el instituto le pasa una cosa que le hace viajar a cuando estaba empezando el instituto. Es como si tuviera una segunda oportunidad para hacer las cosas mejor. Cuando vi las pintas que tenia al principio del tomo me reí un montón. Vaya pintas en serio jajaja. Tiene toques bastante divertidos la verdad. Y que el prota sea un rarito marginado con pinta de gamberro pero que en realidad no sea un gamberro pero todo el mundo lo piense es gracioso. Se dan muchos malentendidos por culpa de eso. Me parece que es un manga bastante diferente a lo que he leído hasta ahora y eso siempre es un aliciente para seguir leyéndolo.
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  • Elia
    January 1, 1970
    It's a very strange premise but weirdly enjoyable!High school senior Imamura has weird eyes. They're kind of small and shifty and give him the appearance of always being up to something bad. Coupled with his intense shyness and super long blonde hair, those eyes have been one reason why everyone has been terrified of him since Freshman year. It's now graduation and he doesn't have a single friend.... until he has a literally run-in with Aki, a cute, popular, smart student which knocks them both It's a very strange premise but weirdly enjoyable!High school senior Imamura has weird eyes. They're kind of small and shifty and give him the appearance of always being up to something bad. Coupled with his intense shyness and super long blonde hair, those eyes have been one reason why everyone has been terrified of him since Freshman year. It's now graduation and he doesn't have a single friend.... until he has a literally run-in with Aki, a cute, popular, smart student which knocks them both out and sends them back in time to their first day of Freshman year. For Aki it's a nightmare, but for Imamura it's a chance for a re-do. He decides to do the one thing he regrets not doing the most - and this time plans to join the school Ouendan... a sort of old-fashioned, traditionally all-male cheering squad. Immamura remembers that when the group's one remaining member - the pretty, though, SUPER intense female captain - graduated the club disappeared so he's bound and determined not to let it happen again... but the captain doesn't want any members who don't take the club COMPLETELY seriously... and the underhanded captain of the cheer squad is not going to make it easy for the Ouendan to survive.
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  • Stacy
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this up because I'm a big nerd for Yuri on Ice. This series is quite different from Kubo's most recent/popular work, but it's original in its premise and I found that refreshing. It has a dark element to it (the accident, and the plot from the cheerleaders) that doesn't let me relax while I'm reading this. There's some unknowns by the conclusion of the first volume that could have a tragic answer. Or it could be something light and innocent, it's impossible to tell. I thought this would I picked this up because I'm a big nerd for Yuri on Ice. This series is quite different from Kubo's most recent/popular work, but it's original in its premise and I found that refreshing. It has a dark element to it (the accident, and the plot from the cheerleaders) that doesn't let me relax while I'm reading this. There's some unknowns by the conclusion of the first volume that could have a tragic answer. Or it could be something light and innocent, it's impossible to tell. I thought this would be a comedy, but it's more drama and I'm okay with that. I also like how the characters shifted from one stance to another. This provides a lot of flexibility for the plot and I love how Kubo does this without making each unexpected action seem random or unbelievable. People are like that, and teens in a new environment would especially double-back on previous positions as they acclimate to social expectations or finding what they desire. The art's good and I'll keep waiting for English release dates.(I'm experimenting with a personal checklist in order to understand what I look for in the genre. This got 35.25/50)
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    ARGHH!This one has a cliffhanger. I am not a fan of cliffhangers, but understand why they would have one in this serialized type of story. The story is set in a high school in Japan. We begin on graduation day and meet several characters before an accident takes them back three years to the first day of their high school lives. The main characters do not get along and it is interesting to see them navigate this new opportunity at high school life. It seems to be a redemption story, but there are ARGHH!This one has a cliffhanger. I am not a fan of cliffhangers, but understand why they would have one in this serialized type of story. The story is set in a high school in Japan. We begin on graduation day and meet several characters before an accident takes them back three years to the first day of their high school lives. The main characters do not get along and it is interesting to see them navigate this new opportunity at high school life. It seems to be a redemption story, but there are some problems for the two main characters to overcome. I liked the story, but it seemed pretty juvenile. The art is interesting, it was fun to see the changes going back in time three years wrought on the characters. I would recommend it for a younger reader. It also leaves you waiting for the next book, so be prepared for that.*Review copy provided by NetGalley and Kodansha Comics, in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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