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Twin Spica #04: Twin Spica, Volume 4

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Will you ever forget when Japan's first manned space shuttle, the Lion, crashed in the Tokyo suburbs? It's a day that will permamently be in the hearts of thousands of people who witnessed the tragedy firsthand, and the many more who were directly impacted by the accident. But as in most cases, time will erode such memories. People and communities will often move on. And those who are left hurting, my build a resentment towards more than the crash itself.

Asumi is now in her second semester at the Tokyo Space School. After struggling to be accepted into this elite program and some hardships once she was admitted, she quickly found herself developing her skills and her character through the many trails the school administered. Despite her deminutive size, Asumi has a huge heart and equally powerful drive and she will not accept failure as an option.

So when she is confronted by protestors demonstrating against Japan's space program, she is torn by the memories of her past, which include her deceased mother, and the dreams she is working so hard to attain. One of the protesters is an old classmate of Asumi's. This young man knows the Asumi of the past. He knows the girl who everyone thought was different and lonely. This young man was at one point her rock and her only friend who not only shared her experiences but also was also her age in middle-school. And now, while he is also looking up to the stars, this person stares at them with contempt. Does he feel the same way about Asumi? Is she capable of not only dealing with her ties to the past but what about her future responisibility?

Volume: 04 contains four chapters of Twin Spica and three additional short stories set in the world of the property.

That Star Called Spica--Readers are treated to another short peek at Asumi's life before Twin Spica. This time we get to see her relationship with nerdy and slightly stubborn Fuchuya. The two have known each other for too long, and for some reason Asumi never seems to react to him.

Sentimental--In this latest flashback, we are introduced to a version of Lion long before his chance to go to space. He recalls a quick one-sided relationship, and the origins of his lucky harmonica. 

Another Spica--Another tale from his days working at an amusment park, Yaginuma remembers the inspiration for the character Lion.  The source is oddly enough from unexpected love letter.

Synopsis:

Asumi is now in her second term at the Tokyo Space School. After struggling to be accepted into this elite program and some hardships once she was admitted, she quickly found herself developing her skills and her character through the many trials the school administered. Despite her diminutive size, Asumi has a huge heart and equally powerful drive and she will not accept failure as an option. So when she is confronted by protesters demonstrating against Japan's space program, she is torn by the memories of her past, which include her deceased mother, and the dreams she is working so hard to attain.

Synopsis:

Will you ever forget when Japan's first manned space shuttle, the Lion, crashed? It's a day that will permamently be in the hearts of thousands of people who witnessed the tragedy firsthand, and the many more who were directly impacted by the accident. But as in most cases, time will erode such memories. People and communities will often move on. And those who are left hurting, may build a resentment towards much more than the crash itself.

Asumi is now in her second term at the Tokyo Space School. After struggling to be accepted into this elite program and some hardships once she was admitted, she quickly found herself developing her skills and her character through the many trails the school administered. Despite her deminutive size, Asumi has a huge heart and equally powerful drive and she will not accept failure as an option. So when she is confronted by protestors demonstrating against Japan's space program, she is torn by the memories of her past, which include her deceased mother, and the dreams she is working so hard to attain.

About the Author

Born in 1973 in the Iidabashi district of Tokyo, comic artist Kou Yaginuma made his debut with the Twin Spica pilot story The Fireworks of 2015 (originally published in the July 2000 issue of Media Factory's Comic Flapper magazine).  That heartfelt story coupled with Yaginuma's warm artwork won the young artist won over many comic fans on his way to becoming the year's biggest new artist.

He followed his debut with a follow up mini-series called Asumi focusing on the early childhood of Twin Spica's young heroine Asumi Kamokawa.  The Asumi series was such a runaway success Media Factory signed Yaginuma up to pen Twin Spica for Comic Flapper in the Fall of 2001.

Since Twin Spica's debut, Yaginuma has drawn promotional illustrations for the NHK, Japan's PBS.  He has also worked with Japan's brightest young animation director Makoto Shinkai drawing the cover art for the novelization of Shinkai's internationally recognized one-man CG movie Voices of a Distant Star.

Twin Spica is Yagunuma's English language debut.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781934287934
Publisher:
Vertical
Subject:
Manga - Science Fiction
Author:
Yaginuma, Kou
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Manga-Science Fiction
Subject:
manga;science fiction;seinen;comics
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Twin Spica
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20101102
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
A&rdquo;&mdash;Manga Maniac Cafe<br><br>&ldquo;Wit
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.4 x 5.4 x 0.55 in 0.4188 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Asumi is now in her second term at the Tokyo Space School. After struggling to be accepted into this elite program and some hardships once she was admitted, she quickly found herself developing her skills and her character through the many trials the school administered. Despite her diminutive size, Asumi has a huge heart and equally powerful drive and she will not accept failure as an option. So when she is confronted by protesters demonstrating against Japan's space program, she is torn by the memories of her past, which include her deceased mother, and the dreams she is working so hard to attain.
"Synopsis" by , Will you ever forget when Japan's first manned space shuttle, the Lion, crashed? It's a day that will permamently be in the hearts of thousands of people who witnessed the tragedy firsthand, and the many more who were directly impacted by the accident. But as in most cases, time will erode such memories. People and communities will often move on. And those who are left hurting, may build a resentment towards much more than the crash itself.

Asumi is now in her second term at the Tokyo Space School. After struggling to be accepted into this elite program and some hardships once she was admitted, she quickly found herself developing her skills and her character through the many trails the school administered. Despite her deminutive size, Asumi has a huge heart and equally powerful drive and she will not accept failure as an option. So when she is confronted by protestors demonstrating against Japan's space program, she is torn by the memories of her past, which include her deceased mother, and the dreams she is working so hard to attain.

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