Manga Review: Shutterbox, Vol. 2

Manga Review: Shutterbox, Vol. 2ShutterBox Volume 2 by Rosearik Rikki Simons, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons
Series: ShutterBox #2
Published by TokyoPop on July 6th 2004
Genres: Manga
Pages: 184

On the surface, Megan Amano seems like a typical Los Angeles girl, but when she dreams, she travels to a place unlike any other-- a supernatural and surreal college, one any recent high school graduate would die to attend. And usually they must...for Merridiah University is the afterlife's premier educational institute. But for Megan a great exception has been made. Megan has been accepted as a ShutterBox exchange student, where she will spend a year studying to become a living muse. However, all is not as it seems as secrets are unlocked and a great mystery is exposed-- revealed, of all places, through the lens of a camera.

Shutterbox, Vol. 2 was everything I was hoping that it would be. The plot begins to pick up, the secondary characters are more fleshed out… this is exactly what a second volume should be. Megan has returned to Earth briefly before beginning at M.U.S.E. Things are getting a little hectic for her: she realizes that things in her “real” life are not has they appear, and even things with her best friend, Dagny, are a little complicated.

In this volume, the reader really gets to know the characters from Merridiah, and some of the juicy back story is unveiled. In a way, the back story really surprised me. I was not expecting some of the elements to unfold the way that they did. This was a very welcome surprise since manga volumes can sometimes be come a little predictable. In addition to the the twists, the characters in this volume were hilarious. This was a fabulous addition to the series, and I cannot wait to start the next volume.

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