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Twin Spica, Volume: 04

(Twin Spica / ふたつのスピカ Japanese Numbering #4)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  325 ratings  ·  14 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Vertical (first published May 23rd 2003)
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Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Still loving this series, although I'm noticing a few flaws with this volume. There's a lot of flipping back and forth in time which can be hard to follow; add to that characters who have a markedly different appearance depending on the time, and things get more confusing. I think I have everything straightened out now, though, and the series remains poignant as ever.

I wish there was more focus on the actual space plot, but that's just me. I'm very interested in what Marika's story is. Clearly t
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
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I sort of wish I went back to the first volume as a refresher because it has been a while since I picked this series up. It is as melancholy as I remembered, but the space training is fun.
Sarah Sammis
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Twin Spica Volume 04 by Kou Yaginuma turns away from the drama and expense of building a special space suit to the actual training. Asumi and her classmates get to do buoyancy training, robotic arm exercises and a long ride in the vomit comet.

Weaknesses in the characters are revealed, like an injury in Asumi's left arm as well as more hints about the fainting spells Marika.

And at long last there's some explanation behind Mr. Lion. I like him as a mentor ghost. He connects the past and present da
Clinton Sheppard
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Our characters move forward in their Space training, performing maneuvers in the pool and experiencing the Vomit Comet. We also get more hints of Merika's past. Liked that the back story sections were interleaved.
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This volume had me trying to groan, "Come on! You can't just pull our heartstrings like this in every volume!" but I couldn't muster a groan through all the ugly sobbing that was happening. Damn you, Yaginuma!
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about dreams, space, sadness, and how pushing ahead can bring you happiness. Well worth the read.
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I don't read a lot of manga, but this one is so sweet and touching, I just can't stop.
Jessica F
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Loved all the astronaut training and fun facts in this volume! Perfect mix of science and story.
'Your dreams are too bright for most people, little one'.

In this volume we learn a little more about the mysterious Marika, who is also connected to 'the Lion' somehow. And there's a new male character who looks suspiciously like both the astronaut killed in the shuttle crash and the boy who died from cancer in Asumi's childhood. Why do all young male manga heroes look the same?! The end story, 'Sentimental' was another classic heart jerker; Kou Yaginuma does poignant yearning so well.
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
In this volume we start to find out a little about what's going on with Marika. Also, some hints of romance to come? I'm not all that excited about romance being added into the mix, but maybe it will work. Honestly it looks like I'm going to have really hard time actually finishing this story anyway, since the library only has the first 5 volumes and the rest seem to be ridiculously expensive and out of print. Boo.
Jul 30, 2014 rated it liked it
In this volume we start getting some insight into Marika's past. Also, F and I discussed it and (1) we are pretty much stuck reading these until these kids get into space, which isn't a bad thing at all, it just is, and (2) Mr. Lion makes the whole thing. It would just be a cute story without him and all that he represents.
Dec 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Leandro Guimarães
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Titis Wardhana
gw jadi inget chara yang senyum meski ada masalah... ahhh apa ya, sama kayak Asumi ini, untung ada Lion yang selalu ngedukung...
en cerita pendeknya... my, maksudnyah apa gitu... bittersweet...
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