Please Save My Earth 2

September 24, 2011

Saki Hiwatari – Viz – 2003 – 21 volumes

I suspect this is a series I’m going to have a hard time discussing on a volume-by-volume basis. This volume was very plot-heavy, and a lot of what was going on was fairly complex and involved introducing characters, linking them to their Moon persona, and then fleshing out that past life story even more. I can’t really offer much in the way of commentary since, aside from being utterly fascinated, I have to find out more before I can form an opinion about anything that’s going on.

I do like that there’s a little bit of a question about whether this is a past life or… a look into the future somehow. New characters shoot down the latter idea, but I still feel like there’s a possibility that it’s valid. It would be interesting if the present was the dream, and the series slowly switched over to the Moon setting.

Other details: I like that the Moon story has a definitive ending, or at least seems to. It’s strange that something like that was divulged so early, especially when it has such an impact on the characters, but it makes me wonder how the Moon life will be dealt with. I also like that, apparently, the Moon inhabitants are reverse-Zentradi and are apparently very tiny. Also, the fact that two of the present-day Moon people found each other when one of the girls called out to the Moon-God and the other recognized the name was a really great detail.

Other things… Rin gets more creepy with every chapter. I know what he’s doing, and I can almost sympathize with him. Then again, he’s got a prominent teen gang leader cowering in his bedroom with the threat that he will be killed unless he gives Rin the Tokyo Tower. I’m not sure why Rin can do what he does, and I’m not sure that the fall was an adequate explanation. I was a little disappointed he didn’t have more of a role in this volume, save as a shadowy threatening figure, but I’m sure I’ll get more than I can manage in the next.

I do like that his reactions are periodically shown as gigantic panels of just his face in the middle of, say, an Alice/Jinpachi scene. That is quite effective, and just another example of how great the art is. I also like that Hiwatari is a little goofy sometimes, such as a fight that leaves Jinpachi and Issei comically beat up.

I also have to mention that I’m liking all the developing character relationships so far. The stalker-ish obsession Rin has with Alice, the slowly budding relationship between Alice and Jinpachi, the big brother relationship between Takashi and Tamura, and the fact that Issei is having trouble coming to terms with his lingering past-life infatuation with Jinpachi. It’s also great how totally natural all the characters seem to be with one another.

Just… great stuff. Really.

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