Manga Review: Angelic Layer Volume Two

Article first published as Manga Review: Angelic Layer Volume Two by CLAMP on Blogcritics.

Angelic Layer Volume Two is a manga by CLAMP, and it was published in North America by Tokyopop in 2002. The rating for Angelic Layer is “A,” which means the series is suitable for all ages; from what I’ve read so far, I would agree with this rating.

Angelic Layer Volume 2
Written by: CLAMP
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
English Publisher: Tokyopop
Release Date: September 17, 2002

This volume of Angelic Layer continues right where the first volume ended. Misaki continues to battle in the Angelic Layer tournament; during this volume, she continues her battle with Ringo Seto, and she also battles against Arisu Fujisaki and Madoka Fujisaki, as well as an unnamed opponent, for the first time.

A new character named Ohjiro Mihara is introduced, and he’s one of the strongest competitors in Angelic Layer. He attends the tournament as a spectator, rather than as a participant, and he appears to have an interest in Misaki. There’s also a mysterious dark-haired woman hanging around and watching Misaki from the shadows.

Icchan, as well as Ohjiro, make some comments in this volume about Misaki that makes it look like there’s more to Icchan’s interest in Misaki than something completely random and out of the blue. Even Misaki’s aunt makes a cryptic comment to herself that seems to be dropping a hint at something. I have a feeling it will make sense as the Angelic Layer series continues.

I have to say that Volume Two of Angelic Layer is an improvement over the first volume. I wish that at least one hint to Icchan’s interest in Misaki that was dropped in this volume could have been worked into one of the chapters in the first volume. If it hadn’t been for the fact that my older daughter checked out a copy of Volume Two and had it around the house for me to read, I wouldn’t have had any idea there was more to the story than what was shown on the surface in the first volume.

The art in this volume of Angelic Layer is a bit of a mixed bag. There are some characters who are consistently drawn with a lot of detail; the other characters are either hit or miss when it comes to details, or they’re drawn with very little in the way of detail. I did notice in this volume that there are a couple of panels where the reader sees Icchan in profile, and he’s shown as having a nose; however, whenever he’s shown from the front, he still lacks a nose.

While there’s been some improvement in the story and art of this volume of Angelic Layer, I still stand by my assertion in my review of Volume One that this series is one of the weaker ones that I have read from CLAMP. However, I think that Angelic Layer is a manga series that younger readers will be able to find some enjoyment in.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Angelic Layer Volume Two that my older daughter checked out through the King County Library System.

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