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Anonymous Noise: Volume 5 manga review

By Leroy Douresseaux
June 30, 2018 - 13:28

Anonymous Noise Graphic Novel Volume 5 cover image

Rated “T” for “Teen”

Nino Arisugawa found comfort in singing with Momo Sakaki, a boy who was her next door neighbor, whenever her parents had a fight.  Then, Momo suddenly moved away.  Then, Nino soon found comfort in a young songwriter, Kanade “Yuzu” Yuzuriha, who called Nino, “Alice.”  He told her that she should sing instead of scream, but he also moved away.  Now, Nino is in high school and is confronted by reunions.

As Anonymous Noise, Vol. 5 (Chapters 23 to 28) opens, Nino and the band, In No Hurry to Shout, decide to hold a band camp.  They are preparing for their performance at “Rock Horizon,” Japan's biggest musical influence.  There is a new twist; Nino wants to play guitar, so that makes band camp even more important.

Meanwhile, Momo's band, Silent Black Kitty, also preps for the show and for their upcoming album release, which hits stores the same day as In No Hurry's debut album.  Will the drama between Nino and Momo lead to disaster at Rock Horizon?

[This volume includes the bonus manga, “Encore Song.”]

THE LOWDOWN:  The Anonymous Noise manga offers a crazy love triangle – one girl and two separate boys.  The relationships between the girl and each boy originate in the pre-high school past and come back with hard rock “Ker-rang!”

Anonymous Noise Graphic Novel Volume 5 takes the love triangle to one of the possible logical conclusions.  I say “one,” because I see more conclusions and restarts.  Anonymous Noise does not come with a soundtrack, but you can create your own mixtape to keep up with the beat of this wild and crazy high school musical.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Shojo Beat high school romantic dramas will want to jam to Anonymous Noise.

8.5 out of 10

Last Updated: January 24, 2022 - 11:00

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