Book Review: In/Spectre Volume 2

In/Spectre Volume 2 cover

I hope that everyone is having a good weekend, and finding ways to relax.

Even though a few things fell through, I still have a few books, from the recent purchase, to read and things to look forward to.

Today, I will be reviewing another one of the recently purchased titles, which is called In/Spectre Volume 2 by Chashiba Katase.

As I have given a series synopsis in the previous review, I will not go over it again.

After unexpectedly encountering Kuro's ex-girlfriend, Kotoko gets into a discussion with her regarding the apparition the two faced, and advises the ex to stay away from the matter.

However, when their individual investigations end up on the path of how an idol died, Kotoko decides that she must bring Saki into the picture and she also receives word that the apparition she is looking for has appeared.

I must say, I enjoyed this book.

Like the previous volume, I did not want to stop reading this for any reason, which thankfully did not come up.

Back in my review of the first volume, I noted that Chashiba Katase seemed to be rather new to the manga scene and Kyo Shirodaira gave him or her a lot of freedom with this work, and it looks like that it was no fluke that Chashiba was able to do quite a bit right with this title.

Then again, I am not too sure how well this compares to the original novel, beyond what Kyo Shirodaira says in the volume itself, so I guess I should sit back and see how things play out before I can give Chashiba more praise in this department than I already have, since things might become dull after this.

I also liked how all the chapters seemed to have a much smoother flow in this volume.

In the first volume, I felt like something was missing even though everything was present, because the pilot chapter did not feel like it was one complete chapter, instead being two chapters merged together, and I went off on a bit of a tirade, though maybe nothing as severe as what I gave John Grisham for his most recent book or Yen Press for what did in Judge Volume 6.

However, in this volume, which seems to still have chapters that are roughly the same length as the chapters found in Katou Motohiro's Q.E.D and C.M.B, I felt like I was getting two complete chapters.

It looks like Chashiba and the other people responsible for producing this series have really stepped up their game and are finally delivering what I expected to see back in the first volume, and makes me want to give them all a round of applause.

If the first volume had flowed as well as this one did, I would have been able to enjoy it more, but that would have meant that there was no room for major improvement, even if that can actually be a godsend in some works of fiction.

Another nice thing about this book was the humor that could be found within its pages.

The funniest of these moments was in the bonus material.

Towards the end of the volume, Chashiba included a short that retold a skirmish that took place earlier in the volume in a way that made it like a sporting event, with Kotoko and Saki watching from a commentator's desk, as opposed to hiding, and Kotoko becomes jealous of Kuro holding another girl from behind and rush out, asking Steel Lady Nanase to switch places her.

Yes, this is still not that much different from the usual kind of humor found in anime and manga, but it was still funny because Kotoko forgot that this was a fight.

Thanks to this bonus making me laughing, I can kind of get over the recent atrocity that was The Whistler and go into the other books that I got with a better mood, though few, if any, of the currently remaining five books are ones in which I expect something great, and makes me want to give an even bigger round of applause.

I have read quite a few books over the course of my life, and it seems like nothing could get me laughing like a good manga or anime, even if it not considered high class comedy.

If only things produced here were just as funny, I might not have such a bad opinion of the entertainment originating from here.

Unfortunately, I can only think of a few titles produced here that had me laughing, such as Tommy Boy, Happy Gilmore, Rate Race, and SNL Celebrity Jeopardy!, so I do not really see things changing too much for a very long time.

The thing that I liked the most though was how the mystery behind the apparition known as Nanase started to deepen.

While the first volume did give off a mystery vibe, it felt like it was more along the lines of just a typical thing that would be found in the beginning of many series, and not really that of series with deep mysteries, like Pandora Hearts, one of my favorite manga out there, so I was not willing to exactly call this a mystery series.

Here, however, I not only got to see what the apparition was like before she died, which Kyo Shirodaira said is exclusive to the manga, and what led to the discovery of her body, but it also revealed that Nanase is no ordinary apparition because Saki and a fellow officer think that an angry spirit would not be pandering to the public, which gives the other officer the impression that is fake, and Kotoko, the goddess of wisdom for creatures of superstition, says that Nanase did not give off any feelings of a grudge, deep attachment, malice, or any other kind of feeling that people believe ghosts would appear, which makes her think that Nanase is move of a puppet than a regular apparition.

I am not too sure about you guys, but this has me interested enough that I would want to go out and buy the next volume right now, so that I can find out more about the apparition, since I do not have enough info to make any guess as to what Nanase really is.

Unfortunately, I have to wait until March, according the product page for the third volume on Barnes & Noble, and both Amazon and Barnes & Noble are only allowing preorders for the printed edition, so I will be in for kind of a long wait, though not as long as Viz makes me wait for Detective Conan releases and Seven Seas has me wait for A Certain Scientific Railgun releases.

For now, I can only applaud the work that Chashiba did, and I will settle for just that.

Outside of that, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly like, at least that is not something already mentioned or would be expected from the early volumes.

Because the series was able to maintain my interest, even capturing more of it by having an apparition who own existence is a mystery, gave me a good laugh, and felt like I was getting everything, this book was very decent.

Although I liked the book, there are some issues.

However, aside from things that are too minor to talk about, nothing really seemed to bother me too much.

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

Considering that there was a lot more to like than hate, this was definitely worth reading.

I recommend this to fans of Kyo Shirodaira and those that liked the first book of the series.

As for everyone else, this might be worth giving a try, but it might be best to read the previous volume first.

If you have read this book, what are your thoughts on In/Spectre Volume 2? Please leave a comment and let everyone know why you liked or hated this book, especially if your reasons differ from mine.

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