The second volume of Kyousuke Motomu’s QQ Sweeper is here and it continues the story of Kyutaro and Fumi as Sweepers, people who clean out infested minds of those who are plagued by curses. This volume covers the infestation of a popular guy at school by the name of Ren Shimizugawa. This infestation also serves as a hint into Fumi’s background and how it can end up affecting Kyutaro. The mystery behind Fumi and the insects continues!
The second volume of QQ Sweeper is even more interesting than the first. It’s hard to believe there is only one more volume to go in this series, but it makes a bit more sense to know that QQ Sweeper is a prequel to another series called Queen’s Quality. Queen’s Quality began serialization in July of 2015 in Shogakukan’s Betsucomi magazine in Japan.
I’m not sure if it was Motomu’s intention to get to Queen’s Quality quickly, but it seemed that the plot was pretty rushed here in volume two. Instead of giving us subtle hints, the author flat out tells us that Fumi and Fuyu are the same person without actually confirming it with words… if that makes sense. Fuyu means the world the Kyutaro and because of her disappearance ten years ago, Kyutaro has been a shell of his former self. Now with him realizing that the possibility is high that Fumi is Fuyu, we now have our catalyst for our love story. In fact, if Fumi doesn’t end up being Fuyu, that will be a swerve and a half and I’d love to see how Motomu tries to explain it.
Despite the fact that this is supposed to be a romance series, it doesn’t really feel as such. This actually feels more like a shounen battle series more than anything. Stepping into alternate dimensions and using the power of cleaning to eradicate curses and their insect counterparts doesn’t exactly paint a picture of romance, but it is this angle… this aspect that provides a fresh spin on the genre. Kyousuke Motomu is giving us a fresh approach on the genre and it’s really refreshing to see something different.
The story itself, while rushed, is still very good. We get a healthy amount of character development in this volume and we get some answers to our previous questions, but more questions overall. The most interesting part was the very end. Now we have an opposing faction to the sweepers that can control the bugs that have been infesting people’s minds. While opposing factions isn’t anything new, it adds a neat little spin on the story and offers an explanation as to how people become infested in the first place.
All in all it was another great read and can’t wait to see how this series wraps up. Being a prequel, I’m not expecting a definitive resolution; especially with everything they established here in the second volume, but I am hoping we get a nice point to transition into Queen’s Quality!
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