Book Review: Girls' Last Tour Volume 2

November 8, 2017

Girls' Last Tour Volume 2 cover.

I hope that everyone is having a good week, and managing to
put up with the daily grind.

Things have been going fairly well here, as I can still do
what I like to do.

Recently, I had gotten a few books from Amazon, and even
though not all of them are here yet, I still have three books that already came
to tide me over.

So far, I have covered each title one at a time until only
one remained.

Today, I will be reviewing that title, which is called Girls' Last Tour Volume 2 by Tsukumizu.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier
post
, I will not go over it again.

Life continues on for Chito and Yuuri, as they explore a new
area and have ordinary conversation.

However, when their method of transportation breaks down, they
are made to help yet another new face in exchange for having their vehicle
repaired.

While the previous volume was bad enough that I do not even
know why I decided to bother with the series, that does not mean that the
series cannot be redeemed, so it would be best to at least give it the full
3-volume run that I was initially going to give it.

And after reading this, I found it to be okay, though still
not as good as I would have liked.

Fortunately, there were a few things to like, so there is a
little bit of improvement.

Just like the last volume, there were a few things that made
me chuckle at little.

While it still was not enough to change my overall
impression of the series, and even felt like it was more along the lines of
generic humor, things seemed to be handled a little better to where I found
myself chuckling more than once.

Back in the previous volume, there was only one scene that
truly made me feel like chuckling, let alone laugh, but now, I can say that
there is now more than one moment.

Yes, it could be that I have grown used to how this series
works, since it is more of a slice of life than Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid,
which has a stronger focus on comedy, but this was the very minimum that I was
expecting from the series and Tsukumizu had failed to deliver in this until
this volume.

Manga and anime fans like to have humor in the series that
they decide to pick up, and it there is nothing to even chuckle about, things
just would not have that same vibe that they are having fun following the
characters, and, in the case of a true slice of life, like this series, things
would be boring.

If Tsukumizu had included less things to chuckle over, I
would have cancelled my preorder for the third volume, as there would have been
nothing that could redeem the series after the travesty that was the first
volume, and, like Attack on
Titan
, I would not really see how this series could have a good enough
following to make somebody think that this would deserve an anime adaptation.

Fortunately, that did not happen, which makes me feel like
giving Tsukumizu a small amount of applause for at least improving a little bit
in the comedy department.

Hopefully, things will improve enough to where I can
actually feel like laughing as much as Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid did,
as that would give me reason to read more than just three volumes.

Then again, considering that the previous volume was so
horrible, I am not too sure that Tsukumizu can even pull it off, even if
somebody like Isuna Hasekura was able to change my opinion of them by putting
out something good, after I found their more recent work to be terrible.

I also liked how the presence of any character felt a little
more natural and believable than the last one to be introduced.

Other than the fact that I was led to believe that Chito and
Yuuri were the last people left on the planet, both by how things went for much
of the volume and the official summary found on the product page on Amazon, the thing that I
really hated about the introduction of Kanazawa was that it was too soon to
have another character and that he was a nice person, in spite of being
encountered after an explosion.

Now, I know that people are not necessarily good or evil,
though we try to be good and do what we think is right, but something about a
person being nice just after an explosion just strikes me as odd, even more so
that Chito and Yuuri never really seemed to have any real troubles in a world
without the society that shields us from the realities of the world itself.

People should be scrambling to get what they need to survive
for a little longer, so in the kind of world that Tsukumizu created, there
should be a lot of suspicion on both sides when strange things like explosions
occur.

Here, however, in this volume, a peaceful meeting with a new
character felt more believable, as nothing happened to suggest that something
bad was going on and the new character really did not give off any bad vibes,
unlike Kanazawa who should have remained mysterious.

If there were more hints of other people being around and
Kanazawa did not have such a mysterious vibe, I would not have been as
disgusted with his introduction as I was, and it would have felt as realistic
and believable as the encounter with this character.

Unfortunately, Tsukumizu did not do that and it took more
than seven chapters to finally have the present of others make more sense.

Still, the fact that Tsukumizu did make this encounter seem
more natural makes me glad that things have seeming improved a bit, though it
probably had more to do with the fact that the presence of Kanazawa did show
that there were others around, and that does deserve a bit of praise.

If Tsukumizu can have things be more like this in the future
volumes, I might actually be able to see the light and actually be able to
praise this series for being more than just okay, which would probably have the
fans of the series squealing for joy, but because Tsukumizu is only human, just
like the rest of us, he or she might end falling off the deep end, negating any
praise that I actually felt like giving him or her this time around.

The thing that I liked the most though was how Chito
acknowledge that they were lucky enough to meet two people who were nice.

In our world, we are told that people are generally good and
will come together in times of need, even in a community as small as
neighborhood, thus we should put our trust in others to have our back, which is
something that I can agree with, but, just like how our rationality can break
and we end up doing things that we probably would not do if we can somehow
remain calm and compose, humans are not necessarily selfless creatures because
we mostly do things that would pay off for us in the end, whether that pay off
is in the near future or long term future.

True, this may not exactly be the best perspective to have
in our world, since we are so fixated on positive thinking that it ends up
blinding us to the pain it causes ourselves and others, such as how many members
of my church strongly believe that things will work out if one paid their
tithing instead of their bills or bought food to feed themselves and those
dependent on them, but that does not change the fact that the real world, and
civilization, as it exists today, is much crueler than people realize and you will
die and/or lose everything you have if you think that a society or organization
is going to help you take care of your needs if you just give it everything you
have.

Likewise, everyone that Chito and Yuuri have met may have
been nice people, but that does not mean that everyone they will encounter are
good, and Chito ends up acknowledging this while bathing with Yuuri, by saying,
“We lucked out with them, but you can't count on everyone being good people.”

Chito may have presented to be the smartest of the duo from
the beginning of the series, but if she did not acknowledge this much, I would
have been truly disappointed, because these characters were not presented as the
typical manga characters who are optimistic that they need to be taught a
lesson about what the world is like, and by having her not acknowledge the fact
that not everyone will help them, she would end up not looking that bright and
the series would just continue to devolve into one that has absolutely no
substance.

However, because Tsukumizu has her admit that not everyone
is a good person, it shows she is wary enough that she should be able to live
in this world of theirs for a bit longer and makes me wonder just when the duo
will finally encounter their first real problem, instead of these
relatively minor incidents.

This series may not be completely perfect, but it is at
least starting to look like something that I might be interested enough to read
further, and that is what every writer should strive for when they deliver a
piece of fiction to the world at large.

Hopefully, things will only keep going up from here, as I
would much rather give writers and manga creators praises for a job well done,
and their fans would be proud of how much praise something they like is being
given, but, just like the comedy may become nonexistent quicker than most other
series, this might be the best that the series will ever deliver, so I should
just be happy that things were able to improve this much.

Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else
that I particularly liked, at least that could not be added in to what I
already talked about.

Because there was more to chuckle about, though still not
enough to register as a blip on my radar, the introduction of a new character
felt a bit more natural and believable than it did in the first volume, and
Chito acknowledge that she and Yuuri have been lucky so far, yet is still aware
of problems that may arise, this was a fairly decent read.

Although I found more to like in this volume than its
predecessor, there are still some issues.

However, aside from things that are too minor to talk about,
such as typos, or things that rear their ugly heads again but are not quite as
annoying, like how uneventful many of the chapters seem, nothing really
bothered me too much.

As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth
mentioning.

Considering that there was enough improvement that things
went from terrible to okay, such as how the humor seemed to be a bit funnier,
and issues were not as annoying this time around, this was good enough to at
least kill time.

I mainly recommend this to fans of Girls' Last Tour,
as they will be able to find more enjoyment from reading this volume than
others.

As for everyone else, this might be worth giving a try, as
there is almost no need to know what happened before it, but do not expect to
find an amazing read, unless you bothered reading the first volume.

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