Paranoia Cage Volume Two continues to follow an adult manga artist named Mizuki.

Paranoia Cage Volume Two
Written by: Coolkyousinnjya
Publisher: GOT Corporation
English Publisher: VAST Visual
Release Date: March 28, 2022

Although I hadn’t been entirely impressed with Volume One of Paranoia Cage, I decided to give Volume Two a chance to see if my opinion on the series might be changed. I’m happy to say that it was. While Paranoia Cage isn’t the best manga series I’ve ever read, Volume Two brought the series up to a better level than it had been with the first volume.

One of my biggest complaints with Volume One was the fact that it felt the characters didn’t have much chemistry with each other. We see a change in dynamics in Volume Two, which helps the characters start developing some chemistry. Mizuki gets a second assistant named Sano Yuu, and the connection Saki starts making with him in this volume helps add a little more to Saki’s character. There’s also a surprising development that happens between Mizuki and her editor, Enoki, and this new development creates a very different chemistry between these two characters.

Over the course of Volume Two, we see that Mizuki is still obsessed with sex, but it felt like Coolkyousinnjya dialed things back a little in the vignettes that appear in this volume. We also see Mizuki interacting with other mangaka that she knows, especially with her acquaintance named Okajima Christie. Between these interactions and seeing some of the local bookstores closing down around her, Mizuki starts to think a little more seriously about how the manga business works and how her work fits into that machine. I appreciated seeing another side to Mizuki that just never showed itself in Volume One.

I guess I was right in my review for Volume One when I hoped that the characters would start developing beyond simply being character types into characters of their own. And now that the characters are starting to evolve, they are also beginning to feel more like they have a natural chemistry between them.

When all is said and done, it feels like Volume Two works at trying to take some action to fix some of the issues I was seeing in the first volume of Paranoia Cage. While the chapters may still be comprised of vignettes, this style seems to work for this kind of a manga series. Unlike Volume One, I felt more engaged as I progressed my way through the vignettes that appear in Volume Two. I guess Paranoia Cage is a series that is a bit of a “slow burn” and takes a little while to get going.

When it comes to the art, there really wasn’t any noticeable difference between Volume One and Volume Two. The quality of the art is consistent, and nothing really jumped out at me as looking strange or out of place as I read the volume.

As far as I can tell, Volume Three of Paranoia Cage isn’t currently available legally in English. Hopefully at some point VAST Visual can acquire the rights for the next volume so we can see how Mizuki’s adventures in adult manga continue.

With the first two volumes of Paranoia Cage that are currently available in English, I would say that the series will appeal to readers who enjoy seeing stories about people making manga that is done in a comedic manner and don’t mind the “adult manga” aspect of the premise. However, if you decide to read this series, go into it knowing that it does take a little bit to truly get going.

The reviewer was provided a digital review copy by VAST Visual

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