Real 2Posted: April 14, 2009
There’s a few things going on in this volume, but Kiyohiko’s backstory was of the most interest to me. Knowing how the sad story would turn out had a rather depressing effect on the whole thing, especially when it took him so long to figure out that he loved running and was naturally gifted at it. Seeing him play in the wheelchair basketball game and getting the other players fired up about it while the one teammate was trying to drag him down was a nice bit of story too, and it explains some of what was going on in the early parts of volume 3.
The other big part of this volume was watching the playoff game for Takahashi and Nomiya’s old high school team. Nomiya is there to see it, and he’s quite emotional since he sees what the team has become without him, and seems to wish more than anything that he could be down on the floor helping them out. Their loss in the playoffs seems to take a toll on him. This scene also informs another in volume three, where Nomiya goes to see Takahashi and talks to him about what would have happened if they had been playing, and it also lets you know the difference between how much Takahashi tried at the things he saw as important and how much Nomiya tried at them (Nomiya practiced way more than anyone else on the team, judging by the flashbacks in this volume). Nomiya’s putdown next volume thus makes a lot more sense.
But yes, obviously this is not a series you can read out of order. I liked what I read of volume three, but it was a much better read after the first two. The story is quite dense, and the three characters lives are now sort of woven together, so that the events lead in and out over time. It’s quite amazingly crafted.
And that’s not to mention the art, or how well these editions are put together. Everything about Real is superior. I love it.