Continuing the story by the creator of Fruits Basket, Those with
Wings Volume 5 sees Kotobuki on her journey to find out the secret
behind the wings that are the essence of the story. What are they?
What does the old man know? And what is up with the robot? These are
all issues that we as the reader are going to see unfold during the
course of this series. Issues are also mounting for Raimon as he is
captured and we get to find out what the heck the Colonel has
planned for him.
Natsuki Takaya has managed with this title to create a world in
which we care about the characters and the pacing is such that you
are rewarded with information at appropriate times in order to be
satisfied with the reading experience. Please bear in mind that this
is a review of the fifth volume and in order to catch up with it and
the characters, this reviewer read a synopsis of what had gone
Fans of Fruits Basket are going to have mixed feelings about this
title I believe. As I have mentioned previously, the story does pay
off but does tend to pale in comparison to Fruits Basket in both
terms of artwork and tightly scripted plot. In a way Takaya has
tried to achieve too much too soon and the overall feel of the manga
pays for that. It's still a good read with some real drama thrown in
for good measure.
I think this manga is still worth checking out. Possibly reading
from issue one properly and working your way through to this one
will have a more satisfying result (in fact I know it will). Having
written that however this is still a good story in its own right and
one that fans should enjoy. If you do want to read Mangaka Takaya's
better work, make sure you do grab Fruits Basket as well at some
point, even only for comparison.