Title: Animal Academy Vol 4
Author: Moyamu Fujino
May Contain Spoilers
Everyone’s on edge with Yuichi having left Morimori after the devastating revelation that he isn’t actually human. Aside from losing one of her best friends (and maybe something more?), Neko is distraught at how the truth about Yuichi affects her own place at this school for animal shape-shifters. But when she herself decides to leave the academy, it’s up to Kotaro to bring her back!
This is developing into such a good series! Fune’s distress over Yuichi leaving is convincing and I felt so badly for her. She is torn by conflicting emotions, and she doesn’t know what to do. Yuichi’s reaction to learning the truth about himself has devastated both himself and Fune. After he leaves, she is left to try and deal with her out of control feelings, and she just can’t do it.
Now that she realizes that she’s the only human at Morimori, the differences between herself and her classmates are jarring and make her uncertain about her place there. She no longer feels like she belongs there, and it’s eating her up. Her unhappiness is powerfully communicated to the reader, and I was starting to get upset with her. Her solution to her problem mirrors Yuichi’s; she runs away and goes back home.
Thankfully, Kotaro goes after her, and their interaction was so sweet! He has no problem relating to her now that he knows that she’s a human, but getting her to accept that nothing has changed between Fune and her friends isn’t easy for him to do. His halting arguments for her to go back to school with him kind of choked me up. Kotaro may be a shape-shifting fox, but darn it, he proved how human he can be during this scene with Fune. He helped her to open her eyes and see the connections that bound her together with her magical friends. Yay, Kotaro! I like you even more than before!
I am dying to know what is up with the Sagami brothers. All is not right with them, and they can be so sinister at times. I can hardly wait to find out how they play into the larger scheme of things, and how Yuichi is going to reconcile himself with the truth about who and what he is.
Review copy provided by Tokyopop