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Kagerou Daze Vol. #03 Manga Review

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Kagerou Daze Volume 3 CoverTakane both loves video games and fears that her classmates will learn that she is a gamer celebrity. Maybe playing opponents in a shooter game her class made for the Cultural Festival isn’t the best idea!

Creative Staff
Art: Mahiro Satou
Original Story: Jin (Shizen No Teki-P)
Character Design: Sidu, Wannyanpuu-
Translation/Adaptation: Kevin Gifford

What They Say
Too Much Game For Her Own Good.

Takane Enomoto attends high school with only one other student in her class and a teacher who takes “underachievement” to exciting new lows. Somehow, they’re going to have to put on a show for the school festival, but how does this connect to Takane’s secret life as a legendary gamer? And will her legend survive the festival intact?

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Haruka is either a space cadet or a super nice guy. It is hard to tell when he does really nice things for Takane one second and then something dumb like fall in a pond while playing with a cat. Either way, both Takane, and Haruka live unique lives as the only two students in their class. Takane is considered anti-social and Haruka has a sickness that makes him fragile and anything that upsets him too much could literally kill him.

Things normally don’t get very exciting for their class, but today is different. Their teacher told the principal that his class would put on a Cultural Festival booth that would blow his socks off. Too bad it has to be run by only two students and the teacher already used the class budget to buy an expensive teaching prop. Oh, and they only have a week to pull it together!

After some back and forth, they decide to make a shooter video game and have Takane battle customers one-on-one. This proves to be a double-edged sword for Takane. She loves video games and has been crowned the second best in Japan for her favorite game. So she shouldn’t lose to anyone. But, it will also run the risk of exposing her gamer life to the rest of the school. Can someone like her handle anymore ostracize from her classmates? She might have to find out when a bunch of gamer otaku learns that the Dancing Flash Ene-san is playing all-comers in a shooter game at the school Cultural Festival!

In Summary
This volume is entertaining in its focus on Takane and Haruka. These two are put on the spot by their teacher and have to not only come up with an idea for the cultural festival but also run it just the two of them. No easy feat for an anti-social girl and sickly guy. However, it gives the reader a chance to learn more about Takane and her struggles with fitting in with her classmates both now and in her past. It is a nice volume of character development for her and works great as a stand-alone volume.

Content Grade: B
Art Grade: B
Packaging Grade: A
Text/Translation Grade: A-

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: October 27th, 2015
MSRP: $13.00