Not Your Idol, Volume 2 by Aoi Makino

Posted September 30, 2020 by Silvia in Manga & Graphic Novels / 14 Comments

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
This does not affect in any way my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

Not Your Idol, Volume 2 by Aoi MakinoSeries: Not Your Idol #2
Published by VIZ Media on September 1, 2020
Demographic: Shōjo
Genres: Drama, Psychological, School Life
Source: NetGalley
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"This is exactly why she got herself stabbed by a fan."
Heartbroken Nina Kamiyama is a former idol. She’s decided to live her life by keeping her past identity a secret, but her situation intensifies when another discovers who she really is. Who can she trust?

In this second volume, suspense is on high level with Nina’s stalker becoming more frightening, and some revelations moving the plot towards an even darker path . . .

While the beautiful artwork keeps you captivated, the subject of sexual assault is treated with an intensity and realism that constantly put the reader on edge. Society and media views on girls are almost as creepy as the stalker here, and that can be unsettling. Right because it’s not far from real life—in fact, it’s scarily accurate—certain words and actions get you particularly angry, but also emotional. All the fear, the tension and doubts instilled in Nina are more than understandable, and so is her trust issues. Hence the reason why developing a friendship seems like an impossible task. Can someone who knows her secret crack the shield she put on? Or is that too risky, and perhaps the opening of another dangerous scenario?

Darkly enthralling, this is an unputdownable manga with a very strong story and twists filling your mind with wonder—and worry. If you haven’t grabbed the first volume yet, I’d suggest you to revise that.


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14 responses to “Not Your Idol, Volume 2 by Aoi Makino

    • I personally love Manga, and this one was quite the surprise with a very strong theme that puts readers on edge the whole time. Really unputdownable!

  1. My grandson reads Manga – and I’ll mention this one to him, though he might well have read it. He is very interested in books with a strong theme regarding predatory attitudes, given he is transgender… Thank you for sharing:)

    • If your grandson hasn’t read it yet, I hope he will give it a go. It’s an intense manga with quite the strong theme, I really recommend it to everyone who loves powerful reads. Let me know if he likes it 🙂

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