Now that Kaoruko settled in at the all-girls mangaka dorm, what happens next in the daily life of Kaoruko, Koyume, Tsubasa and Ruki as Kaoruko aims for serialization of her first series?
Author: Hanzawa Kaori (はんざわかおり)
Publisher: Manga Time KR Comics (Serialized in Manga Time Kirara Max)
Original Release Date: May 12, 2016
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If you saw the anime, most of the stuff will be the same such as Ruki’s book signing, Miharu finding out Winged V’s identity, Koyume’s date with Tsubasa and Suzu’s first appearance. Of course, there are some differences. First is of course the cat café and how Kaoruko found Nyaosu.
While it’s a shame that the anime didn’t show the cat café section, it’s cute how all the cats become attracted to Kaoruko. It’s obvious that cats seem to like her a lot. The funny thing is that Tsubasa doesn’t seem to like them. In fact, she is afraid of them. It’s obvious that a cat traumatized her after spilling a bottle of ink over her manuscripts. The funny thing is that she starts playing with them with cat toys shortly afterwards.
As expected, Ruki trying to set up a computer in the manga is hilarious. While she used the computer tower as a chair, she also does one silly thing that she didn’t do in the anime. Yes, she used the tablet stylus, put it in ink and tried to color it on the screen. Obviously, that is not how you do It and she had to clean it immediately. Still, I find it funny how she created a manga series that throws out computer-related terms in the dialog.
Another scene that didn’t quite make it is Tsubasa catching a cold and getting all her friends sick, except for Koyume. I wonder why Koyume didn’t get sick. Maybe it’s because of her crush on Tsubasa and the power of love? Still, it’s nice to see Suzu show up in a nurse’s outfit and forcing Tsubasa and Ruki to rest. I guess her cold feeling from her being perceived as a ghost girl helped quite a bit.
Of course, there is one big difference from the anime. Besides the scene where Miharu, Mayu and Ririka reunite with each other, there is Kaoruko’s mother’s visit. She doesn’t show up until the last episode. Instead of coming to pick Kaoruko up, she is there because she was in town for a wedding. While she shared pictures from Kaoruko’s childhood and told them how her daughter got into drawing like in the anime, she also got to meet Koyume, Ruki and Tsubasa. She also shares what she learned about them from her daughter. One of the remarks I find funny Is that while Kaoruko’s mother thinks that Tsubasa looks good with short hair, but believes that longer hair looks better on her. Of course, Tsubasa wouldn’t like this for obvious reasons.
Overall, the second volume of Comic Girls is a very enjoyable read. Besides Koyume’s date, there are more moments with her and Tsubasa. If the first volume wasn’t enough, there is a lot more in the second volume, especially with that amusement park date. Lastly, Suzu is a nice addition to the story and as expected, her first appearance in the manga is just as enjoyable as the one in the anime. ¶