Manga Review: Fly Me to the Moon Volume Two

Fly Me to the Moon Volume Two depicts the evolution of Nasa and Tsukasa’s relationship.

Fly Me to the Moon Volume 2
Written by: Kenjiro Hata
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: November 10, 2020

I can’t believe when I read and reviewed the first volume of Fly Me to the Moon that I hadn’t realized the author for this series is the same author as Hayate the Combat Butler. Now knowing this information, the storytelling and art styles make sense, since this bears a similarity to Hayate the Combat Butler.

Volume One basically spent its time establishing the two main characters and their situation. Volume Two works at developing their story and adding more characters and elements in earnest. A pair of sisters are introduced: Kaname and Aya Arisagawa. Their family owns a nearby bath house, which becomes an important location in the series since Nasa’s apartment doesn’t have a tub. Nasa knows the sisters because he helped save the bath house from shutting down. Kaname is a blunt girl who enjoys tormenting Nasa, especially after learning that Nasa is now married. Aya, on the other hand, meets Tsukasa when Nasa isn’t around and assumes the two are simply related. The story also seems to be setting up that idea that Aya has feelings for Nasa.

We also get some character development for Tsukasa in this volume, especially with the arrival of her “sister,” Chitose Kaginoji. The reader, along with Nasa, learn a little bit about Tsukasa’s past through an explanation from Chitose, who has come to take Tsukasa home with her. When Chitose finds out that Tsukasa and Nasa are married, she flips out and makes it her goal to break the two of them up. With what we see of Chitose, as well as hints dropped about one of Tsukasa’s relatives, it appears the family she’s with is rather well-to-do… which is quite the difference from the type of life she currently has with Nasa.

But, most importantly, the relationship between Nasa and Tsukasa is evolving naturally. At first, it’s spurred on by Kaname’s tormenting of Nasa, and Nasa jumping to conclusions at things Kaname tells him. Nasa is clueless but does have good intentions. And Tsukasa is starting to figure out ways to help him out of his cluelessness and misunderstandings.

One thing that was present in this volume that hadn’t been in the first volume are jokes and references toward other anime and manga. I was greatly amused by the references that I picked up on. While we see later in the volume that Nasa doesn’t have much knowledge of pop culture, he has just enough to reference tropes in anime and manga.

Volume Two has helped to make the story more interesting than it was in Volume One. Enough hints have been dropped about Tsukasa to make her a more interesting character. The new characters and elements introduced here add more dimension to Nasa as well. And the development of Nasa and Tsukasa’s relationship also adds something to the title.

I’m glad I decided to give Volume Two a chance after my lukewarm reception to Volume One. I hoped that the lack of dimension in Volume One was due to it having to spend pretty much most of its pages developing the characters and their situation, and I’m glad that Volume Two finally provided a little more “meat” to this title. I’m now more genuinely interested in reading Volume Three when it’s released.

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