In Volume 1, we met new school-police force member, Aoba, whose life goal is to be a champion of justice and her unenthusiastic and jaded partner Midori. Together they push the boundaries of their assigned duties and helped a bunch of fellow students as a result.
Volume 2 of Gakuen Polizi (学園ポリーチェ), begins with Midori and Aoba being called into Headquarters…presumably for a dressing down over their out-of-school efforts. What they actually get, instead, is the presence of Midori’s former partner, Akari at their own school. Whether she is an ally or an enemy is hard to tell – and this remains true through most of the volume.
One of the things I really enjoyed about Volume 1 was the use of real-life issues high school girls face. Unfortunately, Volume 2 ups the ante on the nature of the crimes, without the sense of decency from the first volume. I won’t spoil anything, but do be ready for some creeping yuckiness and implications of violence. But it’s worth noting that these situations are not the main plot.
The bulk of the book focuses on Aoba and Midori’s feelings about being a Polizi, what they want to do with their lives and how they feel about each other. (We might guess the outcome, it is a Morinaga Milk-sensei story, after all. ^_^)
The end of the volume offers a glimpse of future Aoba and Midori. If you, like me, were a fan of Morinaga-sensei’s early doujinshi work, you may not be surprised to see them at all. ^_^
Art – 7
Story – 7
Characters – 7
Yuri – 6
Service – 8 Way more service than the first volume
Overall – 7
I didn’t enjoy this volume as much as the first, but for a 2-volume manga, it was a nice bit of action/adventure/comedy from Morinaga-sensei.