I was iffy about the first volume. It was beautiful, but it seemed like Ichikawa wasn't sure about what kind of tone/audience to aim for, and it was a little confusing and unfocused. It seemed likely that the series would become a variety of natural history discoveries on Phos's part, with occasional beautiful but confusing battles against the Lunarians.
Yeah, I didn't expect what happened in this volume at all. The action scenes were ridiculously confusing (seriously, I looked over some of them multiple times and still couldn't figure out exactly what happened, even though I knew the end result), but the additional world-building info made up for it. This volume reveals some absolutely horrifying details. I'm still debating how I'm going to rate this, and writing a review without having to plaster it with spoiler tags is going to be hard.
I'm even happier now that I just got volume 3 in via interlibrary loan.
Olaf keeps calling Sasha's theories about what's going on "sci-fi nonsense," which is pretty laughable considering their situation.
I wish I could remember what happens to Glitch.
At the moment he's gone, whisked away to another dimension, hopefully not one of the deadly ones. He's been replaced by Tramp, the dog that the group accidentally killed in their own dimension.
Ichikawa managed to work in a boob joke:
The artwork is, for the most part, still beautiful and still sometimes confusing. I couldn't get my phone to cooperate with me for the full-page stuff, but I really like how Ichikawa used screentones to create the water effects. This isn't really an example of what I'm talking about, but it's still good-looking:
The ending was decent, I guess. However, the 73 Goodreads users who tagged this as "Fantasy" are part of the reason I'm feeling a little disappointed right now.
ETA: Hmm, and now I've started thinking about the ending some more and...I don't know. I'm planning out my review, and I can already tell large chunks of it will need to be hidden with spoiler tags.