Many of you who read this may know it Sweetness and lightning, a slice-of-life series that stretched over 12 volumes and received an anime adaptation in 2016. Now author Gido Amagakure returns with the new series A galaxy nearby, but will it be as delicious as his previous work? Let’s find out!
The story follows Ichiro, a manga artist who still struggles with deadlines as well as his responsibilities as a parent figure to his two younger siblings after their father’s death. Ichiro wants his romance series to be a big enough hit where he can set aside a university fund for children and not have to worry about making ends meet, but with his assistants constantly giving up when they land their own series . , our protagonist always finds himself in the process of turning his chapters in time.
Fortunately for Ichiro, his editor has just found him a new assistant named Shiori Goshiki, who turns out to be very competent! His arrival is a whirlwind, and the two begin to pour all their energy into completing the scripts, only to collapse in desperate need of sleep. When Ichiro wakes up, he sees what he thinks is a pen sticking out of Shiori’s back and hurries to help, causing him to cut his finger on what turns out to be a sharp arrow sticking out of Shioris back. Shiori.
It turns out that Shiori is partly alien, partly human, and that someone touching her brother means that the two are genetically engaged to each other! Shiori has no idea how to break the bond between them, and meanwhile, if she goes too far from Ichiro’s side, he will suffer the consequences of deteriorating health. Until they can figure it out, Shiori has no choice but to move in with Ichiro, which means a sweet romance and manga story begins.
Because Shiori is such a talented assistant, Ichiro planned to keep her even before all these engagement issues, so it’s fine with him to get her to move in. His siblings love him too and are happy that their big brother can meet his deadlines without losing sleep and becoming a wreck every time.
Throughout the chapters, A galaxy nearby becomes both a part of life and the manga industry as the story alternates between Ichiro raising the children and working on his series. If you have read Sweetness and lightning then you will understand why the author chose this path, for honestly they are good at portraying these sweet moments in family life.
Of course, these chapters are not just about Ichiro, and we spend a lot of time with Shiori while learning about her story. She comes from a small island where a meteorite once struck, and its inhabitants and their descendants have acquired a kind of alien genetics that allows them to understand how other people feel just by being near them. . Outside this island, of course, Shiori’s forces do not work, so she struggles with her new life in the big city and with Ichiro, whose feelings she does not fully understand. This is exacerbated by the fact that the two are now engaged and she begins to care for him romantically, but is unsure how he is feeling with her. Fortunately, this is answered at the end of this volume, so it will not be passed on to future books, which I appreciate and feel like reading more of their history in the future.
While the series may seem like a fluffy premise on the surface, there is a lot of depth in the plot and cast here. The author Amagakure is talented at exploring the emotions of our characters while ensuring that the reader has fun; it is a delicate balance, but one that she manages to maintain. Its art style is polished, thanks to the many years of experience, and as this is one of Kodansha’s greatest format books, we can enjoy some wonderful close-ups of the emotionally charged moments. It also offsets some of the busier sides, which have a lot more and therefore smaller panels and a lot of dialogue, but Amagakure is not afraid to turn the characters into chibi versions of themselves so they fit the game better and it works well. for the most comical moments.
As previously mentioned, A galaxy nearby Volume 1 arrives in the West thanks to Kodansha and has been translated by Rose Padgett. The translation reads well with no problems to notice, and there are three pages of translation notes at the back that help explain some of the references in the book. The series is ongoing in Japan with four volumes, and volume 2 is scheduled for an English release in July. The series will also get an anime adaptation next year, so that’s something to look forward to.
Globally, A galaxy nearby gets off to a great start as it unites everyday life with creating a manga with a touching story about a part of the life of an older brother who does his best to support the younger siblings in his care. Gido Amagakure has created another enjoyable series that will make you want more.
A free preview of the series is available on Kodansha’s website here.