This was my favorite volume so far. It did such a good job making me remember what junior high was like, with the awkwardness, fights between friends, and the sense that no one understands you. I knew how hard it was for me, and I can't even imagine how much harder it must be for kids like Shuichi and Yoshino. I really liked Shuichi's new friend, and the insights that friend was able to provide were really interesting, and their sense of humor and perspective were priceless. It was nice seeing Shuichi's sister growing in her understanding of Shuichi, and I was proud when she bit back the nasty words she almost said. I have a feeling that things are only going to get harder for both Shuichi and Yoshino from here, but I am heartened to see that they have people in their lives who I have a strong feeling will stand by them. I hope the next volume comes out in the US soon.