Island in the Pool GN 1 – Review

ki sanbei He definitely has a way with stories about tormented little boys, doesn’t he? But it’s hard to complain about the heroes an eraserAnd the The child I saw in my dreamsAnd now this series is a little too small for the horror they go through when Sanbe also makes a point about how life can force you to grow so fast while exploring the psychological effects of it, that it can make you feel like your inner age doesn’t. Matches your chronological age. as with an eraserAnd the island in a pond He takes a character’s consciousness and puts them in a body that doesn’t match who they are, and this time it will have even more devastating consequences, because fifth grader Minato has changed his body with adult professional criminal Tomohiro Taketa – in the immediate next moment Taketa commits murder.

The emotional effects are dangerous for Minato. Due to his mother’s neglect and primary abandonment of him and his sister Nagisa, Minato’s life is mostly consumed by his need to keep his younger sister alive and happy while still allowing her to believe that their mother will one day return forever. In the current situation, she usually returns home for a few days every two weeks, leaving her children in tatters and on the verge of starvation for the rest of the time. It’s starting to be noticeable to Futaba’s neighbor (one of Sanbe’s lucky teenage girls) and Minato’s school friends mean his mom is increasingly neglectful, because there’s a feeling that no one really noticed before now that something was wrong. Since Nagisa doesn’t seem to go to school at all, Futaba may actually be the only person who realizes she’s actually there, which is even more scary after Minato and Taketa switch bodies: if no one knows she’s there, who will notice if she’s not ?

The question, once the premise of the story is established, becomes how the mutual duo can make things work – and of course whether or not this is even possible. It could be said that Minato is in a worse situation. A crime that went wrong has had Taketa’s face plastered on police station walls across town at least, and the nickname he chooses, Kuroda, is alarmingly close to the one Takita was using when he killed two else People, Kurumatsu. Minato only knows the third death, Mutsuki, Taketa’s former safe-crushing partner, but either way he’s on his way over his head when he was a 10-year-old. Meanwhile, Taketa rejoices in the fact that he has basically gotten away with his crimes and established a new lease on life; All he has to do is wait for Minato to grow up and get back to work. He’s saddled with Nagisa, though, which could turn into a problem; Futaba also realizes that he’s not behaving quite right, and that could result in him feeling caught in a corner, which would be bad.

Clearly, there are several paths this story could go down. Sure enough, one of them is that Taketa ends up taking care of Nagisa, while another Minato can come to the rescue of the situation in danger of being caught by the police. Mutsuki, Takita’s ex-partner, has mentioned that she also has a young child, which doesn’t seem like just a detail in a story where caring for a child and a puppy are key components of the plot. We can’t say for sure where this is headed is a testament to how well Sanbe writes quirky thrillers and mystery; We can point to things directions mayo Take, but as we know from his earlier works, every action changes something in the world of the story – what we never know is the amount.

island in a pond It is, in some ways, a more challenging story than any of the previous Sanbe titles he’s released press yen. (as a note, kodansha He translates this.) While children are prominently featured in others, Nagisa’s well-being is at great risk here, in a way that few people manage to notice. Minato is also in real danger, and we don’t even know if there’s a way to get him and Taketa back together. It’s equal parts mystery and horror (as opposed to horror), and this one might not suit all readers. However, if you’ve enjoyed Sanbe’s other work in this genre, this is one that’s well worth checking out—it’s just getting started, but the stakes are high and it’s hard not to want to know what comes next.

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