Kare Kano, vol. 9

510AQ85986L._SX335_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgCompared to the last volume, this one was certainly something.

In this volume, the culture festival finally begins, and so we get to see the play that Yukino and her friends conceived in action.

It’s a sort of clumsy play, but certainly impressive for girls their age.

Basically, a guy awakens from cryogenic slumber and starts to readjust to life in the future. He encounters a new android from the earth who far exceeds Antique, his current android partner, in ability.

As time goes on, though, the main character starts to be unsettled by the new android’s lack of flaws, and starts to gravitate back towards Antique, who, despite making a ton of mistakes in general daily tasks, he is fond of.

The new android reveals that a civil war has erupted on Earth while the scientists main character was in slumber, and his intent is to bring the main character back to Earth to attempt to thwart the battle. The scientist agrees, and then the play ends.

It’s an intriguing idea, but I was surprised to see that it doesn’t have ties to the plots going on in real life. It seems to be just a fun diversion. I’ll admit it’s better than the past few volumes, but it was still kind of.. “huh?” There was no Tonami, though, so I’ll take it.

Tsuda has an author’s note at the end of the volume that “Arima’s arc” will begin in the next volume. I guess the later chapters will focus on Arima’s point of view? We’ll see, I guess.

I don’t have much to say about this volume. It’s not great, but it’s not bad, either. It’s a decent palette cleanser, and that’s all right with me.

Kare Kano was written and illustrated by Tsuda Masami. It was serialized in Hakusensha’s LaLa magazine from 1996 to 2005, and it was later collected in 21 bound volumes. The series was licensed for release in North America by Tokyopop, who released all 21 volumes between 2003 and 2007. This release is now out-of-print.

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