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I thought this was bit of a letdown. Aliens have parked a giant spaceship over Japan, and three years later, life goes on. Thousands died on 8/31, and Kadode is struggling to find meaning to her life. Her father disappeared during the first wave of the alien assault, her mother is an emotional and mental wreck, and the future doesn’t have much meaning. Kadode and her friends hang out, play video games, and try to pretend that a big black cloud of doom isn’t hanging over their heads.
Kadode and her BFF Ontan are high school students. Kadode doesn’t take her studies seriously; because of her family circumstances, she can’t afford to go to college. And what’s the point, anyway, when they can all die at any moment? She’s been helping to support her mom since her father disappeared three years ago. Her mother, like many other people in Japan, is trying to cope with her feelings and fears after the alien invasion. She skates on a fine edge of mental stability, and Kadode is exhausted trying to take care of her and pretend that everything will be all right.
While the art is very detailed, I thought some of the characters looked downright weird. I pity Inio Asano’s assistants, because the backgrounds are jam-packed with detail, and every panel is full of illustration, screen-tone, and, to me, noise. The panels looked cluttered and felt claustrophobic.
The story didn’t engage me, and I kept waiting for something to happen. I usually enjoy character driven stories, but for whatever reason, I did not find this compelling.
Grade: 3 stars
Review copy provided by publisher
About the book:
It’s just an everyday apocalypse.
Three years ago the aliens invaded Tokyo. Nothing was ever the same again.
But after a while, even impending doom starts to feel ordinary.
The Japanese Self Defense Forces are still looking for a way to combat the looming alien threat three years after the invasion, but so far conventional weapons have had no effect on the mothership. Maybe it’s time to try something unconventional. Meanwhile, Kadode Koyama is in high school. She and her best friend avidly track the aliens’ movements on social media and less enthusiastically study for college entrance exams. When the end of the world is overhead, you learn to take things one step at a time.