So I’m still iffy on the truants, but I do like two of them a little better after this one. Ian is sill a dick. He’s this unfortunate combination of Hunter’s pop culture knowledge and Ike’s disdain for everyone around him. I get that he’s had a bad childhood before Casey’s time travelling adventure3 but he is still a dick.
Akiko has a personality! And all it took was a coma to let the rest of us know it. I kept getting her mixed up with Irina originally, given their similar character designs, but I don’t see myself doing that anymore,4 I also do like that she’s apparently getting a bit more involved in the story and has been handed an abstract role in the overall plot by future!Jade5 and I don’t hate her. She is, admittedly, still a little bland, but she is growing on me.
And the last character from Casey’s time travelling adventure that she decided to help push toward the school that killed her parents is Fortunato, who is also very important and ends up suffering for how important he ends up being. We get a glimmer of some sort of power out of him, though I think my newfound enjoyment of the character stems entirely from how much undeserved pain he’s put through.
Lastly, as for the reveal at the end I FUCKING KNEW IT.
There is one thing that I take issue with in this volume and a few of the others. We’re at volume 7 and we don’t have a plot yet. There are pieces and glimmers of plot when we have the set piece volumes, such as P.E., but this getting to know the characters stuff always pulls away from that. We find out some glimmer of why these characters are important, but there isn’t that backbone of knowing what exactly anyone is supposed to accomplish in it yet, so it feels a little aimless. If it were framed as more of what Casey was doing when she was in the past, that would have helped with the structure and tying it in to the main story, but without it doesn’t seem properly connected.
In short, series is still a lot of fun but I’m hoping for a solid plot, or at least a goal for the characters, coming up soon.