The second volume of Yukiko’s Futaribeya: A Room for Two sees things warming up as summer arrives. It also covers some events as autumn sets as well.
This volume contains chapters twelve through to twenty-two, as well as a bonus chapter.
In terms of personality, Sakurako Kawawa couldn’t be more at odds with her lackadaisical new roommate, Kasumi Yamabuki. But even though hardworking, friendly Sakurako might get top scores in class and do most of the cooking at home while Kasumi is constantly nodding off or snacking, these two roommates actually get along so well, you’ll rarely see one without the other at her side. Whether they’re just walking arm-in-arm to class, watching the cherry trees blossom, or sharing cotton candy at the summer festival, Sakurako and Kasumi are always having fun together!
This second volume starts with summer, and soon introduces a couple of new characters: Seri Furuyashiki and Shouko Akashi. Just like Sakurako and Kasumi, those two end up becoming roommates.
Perhaps they are pretty standard additions to the cast: Seri is the rich girl trying to fit in with every one else, whilst Shouko is a blonde, athletic type. Not exactly groundbreaking, but still fun new characters – and they seem to warm to each other quite nicely.
As for Sakurako and Kasumi, they continue to be together. Practically joined at the hip, in fact. Sakurako knows exactly what makes Kasumi tick – food. Safe to say Sakurako knows exactly how to get Kasumi to do what she wants.
Though perhaps Sakurako can be a bit lax towards Kasumi when it comes to her lazy behaviour. Then again, Sakurako can’t bring herself to settle if she isn’t doing something.
With the summer comes Sakurako buying a new mobile phone, a trip to a pool and a festival, of course. Plenty of fun moments to be found with all that stuff going on. Sakurako and Kasumi are central to all of that, but other students, Sakurako’s family and teachers all have their moments to shine, as well.
Talking of Sakurako’s family, her older sister appears as too does her cat. Seems her cat has a habit of jumping on people’s backs, something not too dissimilar to one of my own cats. Give him the opportunity, and he will climb onto your shoulders. He does it to to me, but I’ve also seen him do it to random strangers on the street.
Enough about my cat, though, I’m supposed to be focusing on Futaribeya. Autumn means the weather starts to cool, and it also brings along Halloween. There is trick or treating, but Sakurako hasn’t really considered what her “trick” should be.
Futaribeya: A Room for Two continue to be a fun experience with its second volume. The cast of characters has gotten a little bigger, and Sakurako and Kasumi are as close as ever. Definitely had a great time reading this one.