Manga Review: Twin Spica Volume 12

Article first published as Manga Review: Twin Spica Volume 12 by Kou Yaginuma on Blogcritics.

Twin Spica Volume 12 is a manga by Kou Yaginuma, and it was published in North America by Vertical, Inc. in 2012. There isn’t any kind of rating printed anywhere on this volume, but I would personally recommend Twin Spica to manga readers who are 12 or 13 years of age and older.

Twin Spica Volume 12
Written by: Kou Yaginuma
Publisher: Media Factory
English Publisher: Vertical
Release Date: March 6, 2012

Volume 12 is the final volume of Twin Spica, so Yaginuma is completely focused on wrapping up the story. In this volume it’s revealed who goes on to their final year in the Space School. It’s also revealed what happens to all the characters and what paths they end up going in.

For the most part, I liked what Yaginuma did in order to wrap up the story. There were, in my opinion, a couple of loose threads that remained at the end. In an “author’s note” at the end of the volume, Yaginuma himself admitted that there were some things he didn’t touch on (although they didn’t match what I felt hadn’t been resolved). He also encourages the reader to use their imagination to fill in the missing pieces.

There were three additional stories included in this final volume. The first is labeled as, “Three-Dimensional Spica.” In this story, Yaginuma is seen interacting with some of the characters in the Twin Spica series. All I can figure is that this story depicts some of the things that went through his head as he worked on the series; otherwise, it really doesn’t make much sense.

The other two stories are both labeled as “Another Spica.” In the first, Yaginuma is ruminating about the fact that he’s gotten older. The second serves as a kind of “author’s note.” Both of these provide an insight into the mangaka who created and wrote the Twin Spica series, as well as some of the things involved with working on the manga.

I really enjoyed the Twin Spica series, and I’m a little sad to see it come to an end. However, Yaginuma ultimately told the story he needed to tell with these characters; there really wasn’t anywhere else he could take it that would have been relevant to the overall thread that ran through the series. By the time the chapters in Volume 12 were published in Japan, Yaginuma had been working on Twin Spica for nine years, so I think he was at a point where he was ready to bring the story to its conclusion.

Twin Spica is a great series, and I would highly recommend it to manga readers who enjoy reading stories about characters wanting to achieve a dream and trying to do what it takes to make that dream a reality.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Twin Spica Volume 12 that my husband and I purchased.

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