Author Spica Aoki
This is the second volume of Kaiju Girl Caramelise by Spica Aoki. To read my review of the first volume please go here.
Volume 2 picks up right where volume 1 left off. We have our young heroine who turns into a giant monster whenever her emotions get out of control.
Her emotions are very focused right now on an attractive popular boy at her school who she cannot believe even talks to her. He asks her out on a real date to go to a Disney Land type amusement park, for legal purposes this is not actually Disney Land and that’s not actually Mickey Mouse.
She’s so nervous that she maps out the park and finds places she can easily run away to if her monsterism starts to show. She has contingency plans for every possible occurrence but forgets that she should probably try and enjoy herself as well.
Due to her nervousness she acts strange and aloof around the boy and he starts to feel like he’s not wanted. The poor guy is trying so hard to impress her and she’s just trying to not scare him to death.
When she realizes she may have just ruined her shot by being nervous she goes half monster right in front of him. Luckily, everyone thinks it’s cosplay and she’s able to relax a little bit and have a great time with him.
This series continues to be a cute metaphor about puberty and early love. It’s still relatable and still incredibly adorable. I really like this awkward girl and her attempts to balance human interaction with being afraid of her own true self.
I’m curious to see where the next volume takes it since the second was quite similar to the first. I hope it does gain some more depth.
I am hoping to see some more development with her weird friend who worships the monster that she becomes but doesn’t know it’s her. The love story is cute but that story is way weirder and way more interesting to me.
There are more relationships in this book that just the basic love story but I know that many readers will just be in it for the hopefully happy ending. It is nice to find a romantic interest who will accept you with all of your flaws, no matter how great.
Overall, I recommend this series for a nice quick read when you want something light. It’s perfect for when you have an hour at the end of a long day and just want to get lost in a cute love story with a little bonus destruction.
3/5 kaijus 🦖🦖🦖
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