Manga Review: Fly Me to the Moon Volume Three

Fly Me to the Moon Volume Three sees Nasa and Tsukasa taking an important step in their relationship.

Fly Me to the Moon Volume Three
Written by: Kenjiro Hata
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: January 12, 2021

The volume starts out with Nasa thinking about wanting to find a way to rent a bigger apartment. Tsukasa is happy with where they’re living at, though. This could have turned into a potential argument or fight, but fortunately, it doesn’t. When Tsukasa does decide to finally consider the idea, she logically points out that they would need a loan… but in order to get a loan, they would need a guarantor.

It’s at this point where Nasa realizes that he’s never told his parents that he’s gotten married. At first, his family seems to be upset by this, but after he mentions that he married the girl who saved his life, though, the attitude seems to change. Tsukasa wants to meet her new in-laws, but Nasa is unsure, telling her that his parents are “weird” and he’s not sure what they’ll say to her.

But his mother is a sharp cookie, and she realizes that they need to move because the apartment is too small. She says they might be willing to help, but under one condition… that she and Nasa’s father meet Tsukasa. Well, since Tsukasa was already wanting to meet her in-laws, this works out perfectly. However, when Chitose catches wind of this, she decides she’ll try to find a way to break them up before they meet with Nasa’s parents.

Quite a bit of the volume focuses on Nasa and Tsukasa’s trip to Nara, which is where Nasa’s parents live. There are a couple of instances where there’s the potential for an argument or fight to happen, but they find a way to defuse the situations before they can escalate… much to Chitose’s chagrin. During a stop in Kyoto, Chitose insists that Nasa take her around and treat like a girlfriend, as a way to test Nasa. Tsukasa agrees, and accompanies Chitose’s servants elsewhere.

The rest of the volume focuses on family relationships. While Nasa has already met Chitose, he’s now in a spot of trying to prove himself to her and that he’s worthy for Tsukasa. For me, this portion of the story didn’t conclude the way I expected it, but for the story to move forward, it had to happen this way. Also, the way the section with Nasa and Chitose ended shows that Chitose does care about Tsukasa and comes to understand why she’s with Nasa. Chitose doesn’t necessarily agree about the idea of these two being together, but she now has a better sense of why Tsukasa has chosen to be with Nasa.

The most important part of the volume, though, is near the end, when Tsukasa finally meets Nasa’s parents. Nasa doesn’t get to be around when his parents talk to her, though, so he’s worried. But I thought the scene where they talk with her alone was rather sweet, and it makes sense they would act the way they do. She did save their son’s life, after all.

While I wouldn’t call Fly Me to the Moon a great manga series, it really isn’t bad for what it is. It should appeal to readers who enjoy light-hearted romantic comedy manga with little to no tension in the story. To readers who want more “substance” or “meat” to their stories, this series will likely not appeal to them.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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