Manga Review: Fly Me to the Moon Volume One

Fly Me to the Moon Volume One tells the story of a young man named Nasa Yuzaki and how he meets the girl who becomes his wife.

Fly Me to the Moon Volume One
Written by: Kenjiro Hata
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: September 8, 2020

The main protagonist is a young man named Nasa Yuzaki. When he’s born, his parents give name him “Nasa,” and use the kanji for starry sky. Apparently, his parents want him to grow up with ambitions as big as the universe. It’s bad enough that they have such high expectations for their child, but to saddle him with a name that he gets teased with as a kid (because of the connection to the NASA agency) is a bit cruel. The teasing makes Nasa want to become so awesome that when anyone hears the word “Nasa,” they’ll think of him. In middle school, he decides he wants to go to one the top high schools in Japan that’s hard to get into. The teacher makes a comment to the effect of not getting too attached to this goal, because fate may have something different in store for him. At that point, you know this line of dialogue is a flag to set something up.

Unfortunately, fate does decide that things will not go as planned for Nasa. A sudden blizzard hits shortly before the entrance exams, and while walking home in the snow, Nasa sees a girl that he thinks is beautiful. He’s so unaware of his surroundings to notice that a truck is coming his way. The girl notices, though, and takes some of the impact to save Nasa. Nasa’s still pretty injured, though, but he is bound and determined to talk to this girl and ask her out. When he blurts out wanting to go out with her, she says yes but under one condition: he has to marry her. He blurts out that he agrees to this right before passing out.

From here, Nasa’s life changes drastically. He misses the entrance exams due to being in the hospital with his injuries, so he couldn’t start high school. The next year he passes the exams, but he drops out before paying the school fees. During this time, he keeps hoping the mystery girl will see him, but she doesn’t. Nasa drops out of school to work in customer service and delivery jobs, hoping to see her… but nothing. He also decides to get an apartment of his own in order to get away from his fretting parents.

Then, one day, after Nasa turns 18, the mystery girl appears at his doorstep and introduces herself as Tsukasa. She holds him to his promise of marriage and has even brought a marriage registration with her. It turns out she wasn’t kidding about needing to marry her before Nasa can go out with her. From here, the volume shows the two of them filling out and delivering the marriage registration to the ward office, and then the awkwardness of suddenly being married and needing to figure out how to accommodate Tsukasa at the apartment. And since these two have never dated, much less held hands before, there’s a lot of awkwardness when it comes to cohabitating and just being with each other.

As a character, Nasa is definitely book smart, but is not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to a lot of other things. I don’t really have much of an impression of Tsukasa yet, though. There seems to be something a little “off” about her, but I can’t quite seem to put my finger on why I feel this way about her.

I admit that after finishing this volume, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this series. It certainly feels like Volume One is setting up the story, but the whole getting the marriage started just kind of feels… too easy, somehow. I honestly hope that as the series continues, there will be something deeper that develops than what we see on the surface here. If the series stays at this surface level, I don’t think I’m going to enjoy it very much in the long run. But if it can start exposing a deeper story of some kind and have a twist showing that things aren’t simply what they seem right now, then I might see some promise here. I’m willing to try the next volume of Fly Me to the Moon at some point and see if this is a series I want to follow for the long haul.

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