From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up Ando is not popular enough to have a lot of friends, but not weak enough to be a frequent target of bullies. Instead he watches other kids get attacked and rationalizes not helping them because he does not want to become another victim. It turns out that Ando has a long-suppressed and long-forgotten ability, a kind of mental ventriloquism whereby he can make other people speak his thoughts out loud. First he uses this ability to help a girl who was groped by a man on the train but was too embarrassed to admit it. Soon Ando realizes that he might have to use this ability again, against a local hero, Inukai, who leads a vigilante group that seems to have ulterior motives. Both Ando and Inukai are highly unusual characters. Ando is an unlikely hero and will repeatedly lose the sympathy of readers every time he chooses not to help a victim. And while Inukai fits the visual stereotype of many manga characters (he is androgynously beautiful), he also has a remarkable charisma that inspires bullying victims to exact a horrifying revenge on their tormentors. Osuga's artwork is dynamic and powerful, with plenty of dramatic close-ups. In the end, Ando comes to some alarming conclusions about the beautiful and enigmatic Inukai, and these conclusions will leave readers waiting impatiently for the next volume in this series. Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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About the Author
Megumi Osuga made her debut with Tonpachi, which ran in Shonen Sunday R and had a short series in Shonen Super Sunday called Honou no Ana no Yomi. Kotaro Isaka was born in Japan in 1971. He had a career as a system engineer before writing his first work, Akuto-Tachi ga Meni Shimiru (Rogues Get in Your Eyes), which won a commendation for the Suntory Grand Prize of Mystery in 1996. Audubon no Inori (The Prayer of Audubon) won the Shincho Grand Prize of Mystery, Ahiru to Kamo no Coin Locker (A Duck and a Wild Duck in the Same Locker) won the Eiji Yoshihara Prize for best new author, and Shinigami no Seido (Accuracy of the Grim Reaper) won the Japanese Authors Association of Mystery Award, in the short story category.