by CLAMP; adaptation by Bill Flanagan
published by Del Rey Manga; $10.95 US
So much for the hope raised by the first book. Book 2 emphasizes everything I disliked and eliminates what I liked.
It opens with a Tsubasa-focused chapter, introducing a variety of characters and plots only to send them off again. I don’t care. One of the things I found attractive about manga, as compared to corporate American comics, was the ability to read a story without having to worry about universes and crossovers and guest appearances. This series brings in all that I was trying to avoid.
The next chapter is soap opera with Watanuki and his schoolgirl crush. She’s definitely cute, but there are a bunch of other series that already fill my need for young love stories, and he becomes an idiot in those sections. I liked him better when he was just confused. A boy learning to accept his ability to see spirits through guided experience with them is interesting. A boy tripping over himself when meeting the girl he likes is common.
The first major story in this volume has Watanuki and Yuuko busting a fake fortune teller, which gives Yuuko many opportunities to lecture on what divination should be. What I want to know, though, is where are the addicts? Where are the customers who are either helped or taught a lesson through Yuuko’s intervention? It’s as though I started watching a hospital show whose second season turned into a situation comedy.
So I guess I won’t be following this series after all. I took a very brief glance at Book 3, in hopes it got back to what I liked, but based on what I saw, no go. Ah, well.