Fly Me to the Moon, Vol. 2

Book Info

Fly Me to the Moon, Vol. 2
  • Format: manga
  • Author: Kenjiro Hata
  • Translator: John Werry
  • Letter: Evan Waldinger
  • Publisher: Viz Media

Review

The first volume of Fly Me to the Moon was a fun comedy, watching Nasa Yuzaki and Tsukasa Tsukuyomi quickly confess and get married, and then need to figure out romance almost after the fact. While the first half of the volume doesn’t feel as fresh due to its indulgence in tropes, the second half hits the same tone as the first book.

The first two chapters are that manga and anime staple, the public bath episode. Its main saving grace is that it manages to keep the art as chaste as possible given the events (even calling out the reader in the process).

From there we get to meet Tsukasa’s… unusual… family, and get some more insight into her background. The clash with her sister, thinking Nasa isn’t good enough for Tsukasa, feels somewhat rote; but it was well-executed.

The back third of the book takes more advantage of the story’s unique premise, and is the better for it. We learn that Tsukasa’s a major pop culture geek, and Nasa… isn’t… to obvious results. We also see Nasa learn about wedding rings at this late date, and try to figure out what they mean (and what not having them means to their relationship).

Summary

Volume 2 of Fly me to the Moon doesn’t quite hit the same heights as the first book. When it focuses on what makes the relationship unique, it’s great; and the rest of it is still solid. Hopefully future volumes will continue to focus on the pair, their differences, and their lack of experience in relationships, as that’s where the best parts of the series lie. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

(Tempted to dock another point because they overlooked Roland Emmerich’s best movie, but I’ve refrained.)

Fly Me to the Moon, Vol. 1

Book Info

Fly Me to the Moon, Vol. 1
  • Format: manga
  • Author: Kenjiro Hata
  • Translator: John Werry
  • Letter: Evan Waldinger
  • Publisher: Viz Media

Review

Where many romance stories end with the confession, Fly Me to the Moon makes an different choice: it starts there. We only get a brief introduction to the main characters, Nasa Yuzaki and Tsukasa Tsukuyomi.

First few chapters show us the first meeting of these two characters – Nasa tries to get himself inducted into an isekai is run over by a box truck trying to cross the street to introduce himself to Tsukasa. Even after his injuries, Nasa still tries to ask Tsukasa out. She says that she can only do that if she marries him. Rather than scaring Nasa away, he proposes. And Tsukasa accepts.

The book dives right into their life together. We get to see these two characters get to know each other and figure out how romance works, at the same time as they’re trying to figure out the specifics of living together an marriage. Only a few pages separate holding hands for the first time, from trying to buy bedding, to discovering that Tsukasa is a restless sleeper.

So far this isn’t a plot heavy manga; the focus is on Nasa and Tsukasa’s interactions. The afterward indicates that there’s more behind Tsukasa’s backstory that we haven’t seen, though, so I expect future volumes to mix some reveals in with the fun relationship moments.

Summary

Fly me to the Moon is a fantastic romantic comedy. Nasa and Tsukasa’s relationship is gold, and I’m fervently looking forward to future volumes in this series. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐