Maco faces a crucial choice for his professional orientation: in April, he must choose whether or not to work in Hokaidô at his father’s clinic, this father he has not heard from for years and to whom he still struggles a lot. to forgive previous choices, especially toward her deceased mother and the closure of the pediatric center where she worked. Our hero has a hard time imagining that this man who once hated pediatrics might now want to practice this profession in his establishment. But even though Maco is in doubt, his decision may very well be triggered by a coincidence: his meeting with Tomorin, a 14-year-old young pianist prodigy who has made a name for himself on Youtube, who is living out his dream of touring the world , and as our hero is a deep fan of …
Coincidences, always coincidences. If there were already some in volume 1 who testify to a little too much easy writing, this is again the case in this second volume, where we can therefore tick on the big strings around Maco’s meeting with her favorite musician when she is seriously ill. Just as we can later in the volume also find a slightly too well-oiled spasm from the little Toyota, just when his parents seem to be on the climax of their disagreements. These coincidences could then possibly irritate the most demanding readers a bit … and yet, if we disregard this small limit, the fact is that the series is really on a good slope up with this second opus, which makes us say, that the Mangetsu editions did really well in publishing the first two volumes simultaneously.
And if the work is improved, especially thanks to an element that already shone a part in volume 1, namely the humanity that emerges from the characters. In this second volume, three cases follow one another, beginning with Tomorins, therefore destined to be treated over the length as a common thread, as the young pianist unfortunately suffers from myeloid leukemia, a disease whose treatment, especially with chemo, is done on long term and is very strenuous, so Maco will have to find the right words to convince the young girl to put her dream aside to seek treatment, even if it means tactfully eradicating some unjust reproaches. But the quite easily touching case of Tomorin also evokes many other things in our hero, as it is this same disease that once carried his mother. So if he wants to save the young pianist, then he has to cooperate with his father? This is what speeds up Maco’s choice a bit, while to encourage Tomorin he remembers the memories of his mother, the happy parenthesis she brought to his life, even though she was already seriously ill and hospitalized, and the reasons that motivated him to too. to choose the path of the pediatrician.
“Being a pediatrician brings out the best in us because we are in touch with real little angels!”
The other two cases, although dealt with in the short term as they are quickly settled in this volume, have not been surpassed in terms of interest.
In one, a 4-year-old patient who was originally hospitalized with appendicitis disappeared from his room, but for what reason? The answer lies in one thing: the presence, the maternal support he necessarily needs at his age to overcome such an ordeal.
And in the second we first follow the hardships of a hitherto united couple who were eager to build a happy family, but whose daily lives have deteriorated since the birth of their now old little boy.two years, blamed on their various notions of his upbringing. And it is when the little one gets sick that they can finally find each other. Through this problem, Toshiya Higashimoto manages to address various interesting and even essential things, such as the importance of monitoring her child’s diet and sunshine to avoid severe vitamin deficiencies, or a brief highlight of the harshness of the nursing job.
And these various cases, far from being interrupted, also all have the quality that they bring to light such a delicate father-son relationship between Maco and his parent. Parent-child relationships are at the heart of these pediatric issues, and may well begin to allow our hero and his father to perhaps rebuild their relationship.
To all of this, we must finally add the often as luminous personality that Maco exudes. He is always attentive, caring, and encouraging to others, which is why he knows how to observe them so accurately in order to discover and understand the evil that is consuming them. He does not content himself with behaving like a doctor: he always tries to understand what his young patients and their relatives may feel, how their mood may be, which makes him naturally humanistic.
Finally, Toshiya Higashimoto and his few assistants (among whom it will be fun to find the name of Comic Jackson, the author of the Ping Kong manga also recently released by Mangetsu) provide another volume which, despite some new features, really lifts the series in a promising way, between a rather convincing approach to the subject and a very human side to the characters.