A little while ago, I was given the opportunity to review the first volume of Aion. While it didn’t blow me away by any stretch, it had some interesting concepts that piqued my interest and made me all the more willing to check out the second volume.
Tatsuya is quickly loosing his grip on reality. Supernatural classmate Seine has moved into his house and wasted little time in familiarizing herself with her new surroundings. While she may appear out of the ordinary, Seine is still a girl, and requires breakfast to be prepared along with hot baths, though she refuses to give up her cardboard box.
When Tatsuya’s friends show up, the situation becomes awkward. Nagisa in particular displays uncharacteristic behavior, lashing out at Seine. She begins having nightmares and fainting the middle of the day. As the volume nears its climax, the situation builds to a boiling point, resulting in a surprising climax.
The artwork continues to be the series’ biggest weakness, with the characters looking too cute to convey a sense of terror or fear. It’s hard to take Seine seriously as a supernatural force when she’s sporting a character design closer to that of a plush doll.
Ultimately, Aion’s second effort was an improvement over the first. It built on the characters and upped the ante, delivering a game changer as the volume’s climax. Whether it will stick or not is still undetermined, but for now, the series has me eagerly awaiting the next installment.