Orange Volume 2 | Ichigo Takano | Review

“Every life is precious. Please treasure each and every day, the present, the moment, and yourself.”


RATING:

⭐️⭐️⭐️

SYNOPSIS:

Naho immediately feels a connection to the new boy who has transferred to her class. Kakeru is calm, kind, and seems to like Naho as well. But their relationship gets thrown for a loop when Naho receives a letter from the future. The letter explains that Kakeru will die unless Naho does exactly as the letter says. But changing fate is no easy task. When the letter starts to get things wrong, Naho worries that she will still lose Kakeru forever. Luckily, Naho has her friends to back her up. Not only do they want to see Naho and Kakeru get together, they also have time-traveling letters of their own…

REVIEW:

I’m so sad to be writing this, but I did not enjoy this volume anywhere near as much as the first. It went from being one of my favourite series ever, to going into the unhaul pile because it upset me that much.

Why the sudden change of heart? The first volume of this series really packed a punch, it was so heart wrenchingly beautiful. I loved the characters, the style, I loved everything. This one just fell flat.

This series could have been excellent. However the way it dealt with mental illness really did not sit right with me. The characters were far too interested in changing the past that they lost sight of the real issue. Why was Kakeru feeling the way that he was? Can they help him with his feelings, instead of just eradicating events from the past to stop him from feeling them entirely? It was almost dismissive of mental health issues. I also didn’t like the idea of the burden on friends to save him. I feel like instead of the characters trying to get to the route of the issue that Kakeru had, they changed the past and burdened themselves with trying to stop him from killing himself. This is not the solution and I felt it was a fairly dangerous point to make.

What even was the ending? It ended so abruptly with very little questions being answered. What happened in the parallel universe? We see so much of the future in one world, what happened in the other? Especially after the characters changed the past so much! There just wasn’t really an ending, definitely no closure for the reader which makes me sad and which is why I only rated it 3 stars. I wanted to rate it lower but I loved the first volume so much I just couldn’t.

One final thing that annoyed me is that this volume is actually a lot shorter, but deceiving as there is the start of another Manga in the back. Like, why? I felt cheated out of another 200 pages which potentially could have given me the satisfying ending that I hoped for. Anyway, rant over. Would I recommend? Maybe not, volume 1 is excellent but volume 2 really let me down.

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