Title: A Galaxy Next Door Vol. 2
Author: Gido Amagakure
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Publication Date:July 19, 2022
In volume two of Galaxy Next DoorManga creation is now a secondary focus for Goshiki, Kuga and their love story. I was curious about how the story would be continued after the confession in the first volume.
The solution was in episodic chapters.
They first went to the zoo, where they were fascinated by giraffes. Then, Goshiki wanted to expand her skills as an assistant. She landed a position with a manga artist named Sano who happened to be one of Kuga’s old assistants. Next up, they visited Kuga, Fumio, and Machi’s father’s grave to pay their respects. Next up… it’s the holidays and a visit from Kuga’s cousin Chihiro! We head to a hotspring where things take a strange turn when Goshiki receives a call back from her mother on the island.
While things were rather episodic, there was a common theme throughout the volume and that was the deepening of Goshiki and Kuga’s feelings for one another. Plus, Goshiki wrestled with the thought of whether or not she should keep her background to herself or to let others in on the secret that she’s some special alien island princess. This made for a very cute volume which allowed us to get closer into the characters.
Kuga and Goshiki were the main focus of this story as they deepened their relationships. Later in the manga, Kuga even questions whether or not they should seek help from Goshiki’s home island on lifting the marriage curse between them. In the first volume they confessed their love, but here they are practically proposing! Talk about a fast-track relationship! Although… I have my suspicions on this aspect of it.
Sano is a background character. All we really know is that he used to be Kuga’s assistant and now he’s a manga author who is about to make his debut. Kuga and Goshiki initially had a little misunderstanding. Sano believed that Goshiki was in a relationship with Kuga, so he tried to play it cool and tell Kuga about it. However, Kuga revealed that they were actually dating! Outside of this and a quick visit during Christmas, there wasn’t much to his character yet.
Chihiro seems a little more involved. She did visit them for Christmas but ended up saying that she would like to spend some time with Goshiki and have a sleepover. They develop cute nicknames and bonds. Goshiki tries to open up about her background but Chihiro tells her that it’s okay to have secrets… and then makes it a point to say that even she has secrets of her own… some that even Kuga doesn’t know about… (The plot thickens!). This made her an interesting character and it certainly sowed the seeds for future plot points.
It seems as if this series has settled into your typical romance story… and that’s okay because what we are getting here is still really interesting. I really like Goshiki as a character as she seems very trustworthy and easy to get along with but she’s still so shy and insecure about things. Plus, with her being isolated on an island this whole time, she’s very naïve about a few things, too which adds to her cuteness.
Kuga is a character I like because he takes responsibility for many things, but does it in the most casual way. He doesn’t mind following the rules, but he does his best to do what is required. He also shows his shyness and insecurity when he begins to think about his feelings towards Goshiki. They are a perfect match.
It makes the cast feel more balanced with Sano, Chihiro, and the occasional addition of Chihiro. While I am not sure if the series will introduce new characters, I do like small casts that are the center of the story. It’s another series that doesn’t really need a third wheel to try and get in the way of things. Let everything flow naturally, and things will fall into place. This series so far is doing exactly that, which is why it’s turning into such an enjoyable read!
I’m sure that Goshiki and her mom are going to have some more time to shine in another volume as there is that whole side of Goshiki that has yet to be fully explored. It should also make for some interesting reading! This series will end with Goshiki & Kuga traveling to the island to celebrate their wedding. If that’s not the ending then I can definitely see it being a huge highlight moment later on! We’ll see, though.
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