Quantity 2 of Welcome Again, Alice concluded with Yohei and Yui lastly getting collectively. Whereas this ought to be a cheerful event for the brand new couple, as is usually the case for a piece by Shuzo Oshimi the circumstances are sophisticated and there’s loads of hassle to return. Let’s discover out what’s in retailer in Quantity 3!
Earlier than Yui agreed up to now Yohei, she set the rule that, ought to they exit, Yohei should look solely at her and break off his friendship with Kei. Yohei, pushed by his need to be with Yui, readily agrees, however when the 2 go to high school the subsequent day, he finds it’s far more difficult to disregard Kei than he anticipated.
Nonetheless, a month passes with out Yohei interacting with Kei and fortunately spending his days strolling to and from college with Yui. Nonetheless, now that a lot time has handed, Yohei needs to maneuver their relationship additional than merely holding palms. Regardless of his greatest efforts, Yui rebukes him each time he tries to kiss her or talks about eager to go additional. She tells him to not rush them and that Yohei is being “such a boy”.
A rift begins to type between Yohei and Yui. That is solely made worse when Yohei sees Kei being hassled by some thugs one night time and steps in to assist, which ends up in the 2 sharing a kiss. When Yui finds out the subsequent day, she’s understandably harm by Yohei’s actions and units a brand new plan in movement to maintain him away from Kei.
To us readers, it’s clear that the connection between Yohei and Yui is very unhealthy, a reality I admire that Oshimi doesn’t attempt to disguise. Yui is being manipulative, not simply by way of how their relationship progresses but in addition by getting between Yohei and Kei. Positive, it may be pushed by concern of dropping Yohei to Kei however that doesn’t excuse her actions both.
Maybe crucial factor right here is that Yohei additionally has inklings that what Yui’s doing isn’t proper, and I feel as time goes on, he’ll name her out on it quite than remaining trapped. It’s a delicate matter, however one Oshimi is dealing with comparatively properly proper now for what it’s.
At this level, it could be simple to dismiss Welcome Again, Alice as being melodramatic or shallow, given the best way the story has progressed. Particularly because it hasn’t significantly developed Kei on this quantity, whose circumstances are alleged to be one of many cornerstones of the entire collection.
In some ways, this quantity looks like a unique collection the place our protagonist is just a excessive schooler who’s in manner over his head in his first relationship. However Oshimi manages to maintain us on observe by together with Kei sufficient that we’re reminded that relationship issues aren’t all Yohei has to cope with. The story may be getting extra sophisticated now, however the core love triangle between these three characters continues to be the driving power. I simply hope we get to spend somewhat extra time creating Kei subsequent time round, in any other case his storyline goes to really feel like a gimmick which might be a disgrace.
Welcome Again, Alice Quantity 3 involves the West due to Kodansha and continues to be translated by Daniel Koman. The interpretation reads properly with no points to notice. Quantity 4 of the collection is at the moment scheduled for an English launch in December.
Total Welcome Again, Alice Quantity 3 takes the collection in a unique route because it sidelines Kei in favour of exploring Yohei and Yui’s blossoming relationship and the darkness that lurks inside. Followers of Oshimi’s work will know roughly what to anticipate from this improvement, nevertheless it nonetheless proves an attention-grabbing learn all the identical.