Amnesia Labyrinth 2

July 14, 2013

Nagaru Tanigawa / Natsumi Kohane – Seven Seas Entertainment – 2011 – 2+ volumes

Okay! I was surprised by how much I liked volume one of this, but unfortunately the second one got buried under my significant to-read pile and was forgotten. I thought I’d clear it out of my backlog while I had some time off this weekend.

Now, I was a little more excited about this than I should have been, because I thought volume two was the last one. Apparently this is an ongoing series, but it looks as if no new volumes have come out since 2009 in Japan, so we may never know. I did the research just now to make sure, but I actually finished this volume thinking that was how the series ended. I’m so glad that wasn’t the case, because there was absolutely no conclusion.

There’s some exposition here, to be sure. The family situation doesn’t get any less crude or creepy, and in fact we only meet Souji’s “twin brother,” locked up in the basement of the family compound. While it’s not stated explicitly, and I’d like to give Tanigawa more credit than to be this obvious, I fear that there’s a rather obvious plot device rearing its head right here as well.

Other than that… things get messed up for Yukako. Very messed up. I’m not entirely sure how that will work out, because I haven’t decided how or what level of crazy the family is working on. Some characters seem crazy in one scene, and normal in others, so it’s hard to tell.

Randomly, towards the end of the book, there’s a flashback to what appears to be an ancient Japanese band of vaguely supernatural-flavored assassins. This doesn’t tie into the plot nearly at all right now, so I was especially mad when that was thrown in as an unrelated thread at the end of the volume, then the story ended. But! Supposedly, there’s more coming at some point. I suspect Tanigawa’s output has been rather slow since the Haruhi Suzumiya series hit it big, but I so do want to see more of his work, and I’d love to read more of this one.

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