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"I KNEW NOTHING BEFORE TODAY." With the help of the enigmatic Rat, Shion becomes a fugitive, escaping No. 6 and getting his first glimpse of the desperation and violence that are facts of life outside the city wall. And as Shion learns more about the secret that forced him into exile, his loyalty to the people he left behind and Rat's thirst for revenge threaten to tear th "I KNEW NOTHING BEFORE TODAY." With the help of the enigmatic Rat, Shion becomes a fugitive, escaping No. 6 and getting his first glimpse of the desperation and violence that are facts of life outside the city wall. And as Shion learns more about the secret that forced him into exile, his loyalty to the people he left behind and Rat's thirst for revenge threaten to tear the pair apart!


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"I KNEW NOTHING BEFORE TODAY." With the help of the enigmatic Rat, Shion becomes a fugitive, escaping No. 6 and getting his first glimpse of the desperation and violence that are facts of life outside the city wall. And as Shion learns more about the secret that forced him into exile, his loyalty to the people he left behind and Rat's thirst for revenge threaten to tear th "I KNEW NOTHING BEFORE TODAY." With the help of the enigmatic Rat, Shion becomes a fugitive, escaping No. 6 and getting his first glimpse of the desperation and violence that are facts of life outside the city wall. And as Shion learns more about the secret that forced him into exile, his loyalty to the people he left behind and Rat's thirst for revenge threaten to tear the pair apart!

30 review for No. 6: The Manga, Volume 02

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mir

    Not sure if it was my mood or the author getting in stride, but this seemed to hang together much better than the first volume. The outside slum town was generic but still more interesting than the dull utopia inside, and I liked the Dogkeeper. Looking forward to learning more about the Evil Scientists' plot specifics. Not sure if it was my mood or the author getting in stride, but this seemed to hang together much better than the first volume. The outside slum town was generic but still more interesting than the dull utopia inside, and I liked the Dogkeeper. Looking forward to learning more about the Evil Scientists' plot specifics.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    I'm enjoying this way more than I thought I would. I'm pleased. Shion and Nezumi are both way funnier than they were in the anime and I wonder if that's what they're like in the novel? Same with some of the small other things that didn't happen like that in the anime. I also enjoy that people keep assuming Nezumi keeps Shion around, because he's his lover, cause on one hand their reactions are hilarious and on the other, it's a logical assumption to make in the world they live in and I like that I'm enjoying this way more than I thought I would. I'm pleased. Shion and Nezumi are both way funnier than they were in the anime and I wonder if that's what they're like in the novel? Same with some of the small other things that didn't happen like that in the anime. I also enjoy that people keep assuming Nezumi keeps Shion around, because he's his lover, cause on one hand their reactions are hilarious and on the other, it's a logical assumption to make in the world they live in and I like that the manga isn't shying away from it. I thought the anime was a bit better at showing how bleak the world outside the city is lookwise (somehow in the manga, Nezumi has a working hot shower? A bath seemed more believable to me.), but here we meet more of the people who basically all act the worst, because that's how their world works. And on the important side of things: The rats are finally as cute as in the anime! I was disappointed at first, but now they're adorable.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Honestly still kind of confused. I'm just waiting for something to happen. Honestly still kind of confused. I'm just waiting for something to happen.

  4. 4 out of 5

    A Bookish ✧ Fable

    I just really really enjoy the politic agenda in this story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mizumi

    Onto volume two! And from hereon, Shion's hair will be white, as the cover subtly spoils *cough*. I actually keep forgetting it used to be brown... Having very recently reread the first three novels again, I really start to notice just how faithful the manga adaptation is to the novels. Minor changes have been made and will be made for the sake of the medium of course, but a lot of lines and scenes made it literally into the manga. You can decide if that's a plus or a con - for me, it's a definit Onto volume two! And from hereon, Shion's hair will be white, as the cover subtly spoils *cough*. I actually keep forgetting it used to be brown... Having very recently reread the first three novels again, I really start to notice just how faithful the manga adaptation is to the novels. Minor changes have been made and will be made for the sake of the medium of course, but a lot of lines and scenes made it literally into the manga. You can decide if that's a plus or a con - for me, it's a definite plus. The main reason I picked up the manga as well as the novels is because of the art style, so it makes me happy to see the same scenes I love now in Kino's style. (okay, that and it's a back up, in case my Japanese sinks back so far that I need some straws to grasp to get back into the novels again. I hope it doesn't get to that point of course, but yeah.) It helps me form a better mental image of the West Block too as I reread the novels. Translation is mostly very natural again, though my brain still auto-replaces Rat with Nezumi (and now Dogkeeper with Inukashi, because this volume introduces Inukashi and therefore immediately gets bonus points). Seriously, I can't get used to it. Again, I get the choice, but my brain is a lost cause and sticks with Nezumi forever after. Oh well. Upon rebrowsing the volume for this very insightful -hohum- review, I noticed no gender pronouns seem to be used for Dogkeeper so far. Kind of hoping that keeps up! I know it's a very minor detail in the grander scheme of things, but ssh. This volume also comes with some extras, namely a report of the voice recordings for the anime drawn by Kino, and some four panel comics, mostly with the boys being domestic, which is always a plus and I would definitely buy 10+ volumes with just that I'm not kidding. Also, Shion with puppies. I'm just saying. Yeah, I'm not the most critical reviewer since I just love the series so much, especially the characters who really are the heart of it. Sorry. Five stars because reasons, in that case.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    This volume continues right where the last volume left off and follows Shion as he tries to figure out what the heck is going on in the "Utopia" known as No.6. If you haven't read volume one, go read it first or else you'll be lost. I like this series so far. I'm not too familiar with everything in the dystopian genre, but from the few I've read, this is groundbreaking as far as YA dystopian is concerned. This volume continues right where the last volume left off and follows Shion as he tries to figure out what the heck is going on in the "Utopia" known as No.6. If you haven't read volume one, go read it first or else you'll be lost. I like this series so far. I'm not too familiar with everything in the dystopian genre, but from the few I've read, this is groundbreaking as far as YA dystopian is concerned.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jacia

    Nezumi's little flirting gives me life. Nezumi's little flirting gives me life.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Littlebookterror

    We're getting deeper into the mystery. We're getting deeper into the mystery.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Naailah

    I love this so much!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elyse

    Shion have survive the mysterious bee parasite but is body is scarified for life. Those bees seem to target only residents of No.6 so far. Karan think she have lost her son forever, but Nezumi find a way to send her a message with one of his rats. She sends back an address in the west block. The boys go into town and Shion run into some troubles, this include a funny kissing scene with a prostitute. The young man is still new to this world and quite dependent of Nezumi to saves his butt. He is als Shion have survive the mysterious bee parasite but is body is scarified for life. Those bees seem to target only residents of No.6 so far. Karan think she have lost her son forever, but Nezumi find a way to send her a message with one of his rats. She sends back an address in the west block. The boys go into town and Shion run into some troubles, this include a funny kissing scene with a prostitute. The young man is still new to this world and quite dependent of Nezumi to saves his butt. He is also super innocent and way too trusting of strangers. There is two new important characters that are introduce: Daykeeper, the strange owner of a Hotel in ruins and Rikiga, an ex-reporter that use to know Karan and investigated No.6 secrets. The story is slowly moving, and we are only getting a little bit of information about the mysterious “Utopia” that is the city No.6. What make the entire manga interesting are the interactions between the boys (those are amazing!) I love the scene where Shion get angry and try to protect Nezumi’s honor. Nezumi also care for the other teen, but is clearly less open abut his feelings. There is a lot of teasing and subtle flirting between those two. Even if they haven’t known each other for so long, there is clearly a connection, and I cannot wait to see it develop in further volumes!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paul Spence

    No. 6 is known as the holy city but not everything is as perfect as it seems. Now that Shion has been expelled from the city he can see it as well. This volume picks up right after the last one ended and follows Rat and Shion as the naive Shion learns about the world that exists outside of the sheltered and carefully structured city that he grew up in. Rat is not a gentle teacher and doesn't coddle him so Shion occasionally finds himself in strange or dangerous situations. There is some secretiv No. 6 is known as the holy city but not everything is as perfect as it seems. Now that Shion has been expelled from the city he can see it as well. This volume picks up right after the last one ended and follows Rat and Shion as the naive Shion learns about the world that exists outside of the sheltered and carefully structured city that he grew up in. Rat is not a gentle teacher and doesn't coddle him so Shion occasionally finds himself in strange or dangerous situations. There is some secretive message passing between Rat and Shion's mom. She sets them on the path to discover the truth behind the corruption in No. 6. Shion and Rat have different ideas about what should be done with the corrupted city and it is unclear whether they will be able to agree on what to do! This series has me on the edge of my seat and waiting for every new volume. Each new character is interesting and every new plot twist keeps you guessing. This story is a great utopian/dystopian story. The contrast between the people living inside the highest level of the city and those living on the fringes outside is night and day and it shows both sides of the coin very well. I am very interested in what lies behind Rat's deep hatred of No. 6. If you enjoy dystopian & utopian stories then you should really check this one out!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nico

    It's official: I love everything about this. The romance isn't rushed. We aren't falling into a mindless loop of Rat saving Shion's ass. Shion's actually learning. The plot is fantastic and I have so many questions. The setting is lush and messy and bloody, which sounds like a contradiction but it's not. The world building is expertly done without tons of info-dumping; we're actually exploring and learning ourselves as readers instead of just being told about how things are. Rat is fucking excep It's official: I love everything about this. The romance isn't rushed. We aren't falling into a mindless loop of Rat saving Shion's ass. Shion's actually learning. The plot is fantastic and I have so many questions. The setting is lush and messy and bloody, which sounds like a contradiction but it's not. The world building is expertly done without tons of info-dumping; we're actually exploring and learning ourselves as readers instead of just being told about how things are. Rat is fucking exceptional and snarky and broken and sharp-minded and exactly the kind of character I fall in love with. The art is awesome. There were DOGS holy shit I love this so much, I was beside myself let me tell you. Incoherent I say! The Dogkeeper is hilarious and I hope we see more of her. West Block is totally brutal but clearly drawing parallels to our own world and I appreciate that. The story is gripping; I read this in one breathless sitting. Did I mention Rat in all his glory? The characters are perfectly flawed. I literally could not come up with something I disliked if I sat here for 10 minutes. ... Okay, apparently that's a lie. I actually did sit here are stare at the screen because I wanted to come up with something to critique. The only thing I could come up with is that I really don't care much about Safu or her burning love for Shion. Nope, zilch, nada, sorry kid. Other than that I'm fighting the urge to just flip back to page 1 and read it all over again because this is UTTER PERFECTION. Edit: I am weak. Added it as a re-read for a Readathon and devoured this again, taking my time to find all the details I missed. So good.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Makenzie

    I love how much detail the manga gives compared to the anime. We get way more of the characters personalities & theres way more sense of humor! It makes me really sad to see how much was cut out of the manga and changed in the anime. The city of No. 6 also makes so much more sense in this volume! I'm curious to see if Shion's father will be revealed later in the series, because I don't recall the anime saying who his father was. On a side note, I love all the characters, but Dogkeeper will alway I love how much detail the manga gives compared to the anime. We get way more of the characters personalities & theres way more sense of humor! It makes me really sad to see how much was cut out of the manga and changed in the anime. The city of No. 6 also makes so much more sense in this volume! I'm curious to see if Shion's father will be revealed later in the series, because I don't recall the anime saying who his father was. On a side note, I love all the characters, but Dogkeeper will always be my favorite!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I was interested enough to finish this volume, but I didn't love it. The art is good. The plot is picking up, enough that I'm interested enough to finish the series (but only because it is so short and quick to read). Some of the darker elements that are introduced are disturbing, but they accurately reflect society. Not much is glossed over. I was interested enough to finish this volume, but I didn't love it. The art is good. The plot is picking up, enough that I'm interested enough to finish the series (but only because it is so short and quick to read). Some of the darker elements that are introduced are disturbing, but they accurately reflect society. Not much is glossed over.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kaylabookworm22 L

    I'm falling in love with this amazing series! The art and story and overall mystery of the series is so intriguing. It leaves me wanting more when I finish each issue. I can't wait to read the next one! I'm falling in love with this amazing series! The art and story and overall mystery of the series is so intriguing. It leaves me wanting more when I finish each issue. I can't wait to read the next one!

  16. 5 out of 5

    connie

    I love Dogkeeper! She's running the dystopian equivalent of that film hotel for dogs and I have nothing but respect for her Also I love all the Shakespeare and literature references. It's one of my favourite things, seeing other literature referenced and praised in the things I read and watch. I love Dogkeeper! She's running the dystopian equivalent of that film hotel for dogs and I have nothing but respect for her Also I love all the Shakespeare and literature references. It's one of my favourite things, seeing other literature referenced and praised in the things I read and watch.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Very intriguing story. The "Rat" character is very symbolic as an anti-hero. Very intriguing story. The "Rat" character is very symbolic as an anti-hero.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emily Cooke

    Yay-what I think when I read this amazing manga!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kurtis Burkhardt

    The first volume was pretty great... But it lost me afterwards😭🤯The art was amazing but the story wasn’t to good, overall seriously rating-3.5👌😁💕📖

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cristina

    Review under volume 9.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Midnightdraws

    Better than being bald baby Shino!

  22. 4 out of 5

    R

    Awesome, awesome, awesome manga!! Suspenseful and unique story. I'm excited to read on! Awesome, awesome, awesome manga!! Suspenseful and unique story. I'm excited to read on!

  23. 4 out of 5

    L. Luck

    First crack

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lady Disdain

    I need volume three in my hand at this very moment

  25. 4 out of 5

    Valery

    Beautiful

  26. 4 out of 5

    L.M.

    So in love with this series. Gahhh!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cornerofmadness

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I’m finding No 6 intriguing. I’m not a fan of dystopias but this one is working for me. I think in part because it hasn’t reduced women to the role of sexual chattel like most of them do. Granted there aren’t many women in it. There aren’t many characters period. It’s fairly tightly focused on Rat and Shion. Shion nearly died at the end of the first volume stung by something that he had seen take a coworker. He watched that man age decades and die a desiccated mummy in a matter of moments then a I’m finding No 6 intriguing. I’m not a fan of dystopias but this one is working for me. I think in part because it hasn’t reduced women to the role of sexual chattel like most of them do. Granted there aren’t many women in it. There aren’t many characters period. It’s fairly tightly focused on Rat and Shion. Shion nearly died at the end of the first volume stung by something that he had seen take a coworker. He watched that man age decades and die a desiccated mummy in a matter of moments then a black bee burst out of his neck, a fact he manages to convey to Rat before he blacked out. Volume two opens with Shion finally regaining consciousness quite a while later. He’d gotten feverish and woke up to find his body entwined with a red snake ‘tattoo’ (which so far there’s no explanation for that) and his hair gone white. Rat had dug the thing out of Shion’s neck and it was some kind of chrysalis. Once Shion recovers, Rat takes him out into the slums to introduce him to his new reality and to toughen Shion up. Also Rat had taken it on himself to contact Shion’s mother through his mechanical rats and she has given them a place to meet, a place he’s never heard of. So their venture out is two-fold, to find clues to the meeting site and to educate Shion who does rather poorly. He grew up in the so-called utopia of No. 6 and is used to non-violence and honesty, things he will not find here. He’s also very sexually naïve (as seen with his would-be girlfriend in vol.1) There is a strange, strong bond between the two young men (and there is a hint of bromance or outright sexual attraction depending on who’s reading this. For a moment, I wondered if Rat is really male, especially when we learn his avocation from a reporter who was around before the world went to hell. There is a good dollop of world history in this and we get to meet interesting characters, like a young woman known only as Dogkeeper who runs a former hotel as a hotel still for the homeless. If they can scrape up enough money they get a room, otherwise they sleep in the hall and she sends her dogs to keep them warm. It seems as if she can actually communicate with them which is also not explained (as in words since her dogs bring her information. She’s also an information broker). It ends with the would-be girlfriend seeing Shion’s face on a wanted poster and being horrified. And with some scientists talking about getting their experiment back, assuming it’s Rat (and that he really is male). Rat’s world is violent (Shion nearly got sexually molested and/or killed on two separate occasions on one day) and interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing more.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Judyth (Geeky Reading)

    ~3.5/5 [Read more at my blog, Geeky Reading!] Now that Shion survived the attack from the bee, his hair is white and he has the imprint of a snake coiling around his body. They’re not sure why yet, but they both realize he was lucky to survive it. I’m intrigued by where that plot point is going, what the reason behind it is. Then Shion gets to see the West Block for the first time, and realizes that he needs to toughen up if he’s going to survive here. I like Shion. He’s a sweet, naïve kid, straigh ~3.5/5 [Read more at my blog, Geeky Reading!] Now that Shion survived the attack from the bee, his hair is white and he has the imprint of a snake coiling around his body. They’re not sure why yet, but they both realize he was lucky to survive it. I’m intrigued by where that plot point is going, what the reason behind it is. Then Shion gets to see the West Block for the first time, and realizes that he needs to toughen up if he’s going to survive here. I like Shion. He’s a sweet, naïve kid, straightforward for the most part. And he’s in such contrast with Rat, that seeing their relationship grow is nice. Rat is very cynical and merciless. But he’s obviously forming a soft spot for Shion. We also met the Dogkeeper in this volume. She runs a hotel and owns dogs. She’s similar to Rat, used to living in a dangerous environment, as well as being very knowing about what’s going on. I like her, and look forward to seeing more of her. We met Safu, a friend of Shion’s inside No. 6, and we saw her for a miniscule second in this book as well. I look forward to seeing what happens with her, as it’s sure to be interesting. We’re still just getting introduced to the world of No. 6, all the makings of it, along with Shion, who’s been pretty oblivious about it all until now. At this point, I’m intrigued. I look forward to seeing what happens next.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Shion has now been branded a fugitive by No.6, with the help of his old acquaintance, Rat (Nezumi), Shion learns the ways of life outside the giant wall that which separates the false utopia that is No.6 and West District, a barren city for the outcasts and where the Correctional Facility is also located. Thankfully, Shion is a fast learner and picks up street life relatively fast, but his loyalties still lie with his mother and Safu, who still live in No.6. Nezumi's burning hatred for No.6, and Shion has now been branded a fugitive by No.6, with the help of his old acquaintance, Rat (Nezumi), Shion learns the ways of life outside the giant wall that which separates the false utopia that is No.6 and West District, a barren city for the outcasts and where the Correctional Facility is also located. Thankfully, Shion is a fast learner and picks up street life relatively fast, but his loyalties still lie with his mother and Safu, who still live in No.6. Nezumi's burning hatred for No.6, and Shion's loyalty to its residents, has left this duo at a quite dangerous impasse. I don't have much to say for this volume, although that may be due to the fact that I read it while I was pretty tired. However, I must say that Nezumi must be one hell of a good kisser!! I mean, I know hookers don't commonly kiss and all, you know, so that they don't feel attachment to their clients. But it looked to me like that woman sells kisses! That or she already kinda liked Shion. I bet Nezumi could tie a cherry stem with his tongue!! Mm. I wish I could kiss like that... .______. I wonder what kind of life Nezumi led while he was apart from Shion?

  30. 4 out of 5

    ShingetsuMoon

    Summary for this volume seems more then a little melodramatic to me and Shion's "transformation" tests the limits of my belief, mainly because I don't fully understand why it happened yet some this is my first encounter with the series. Shion's is definitely out of his element in this volume and it shows. He kind of reminds me of a house rabbit that's been put out into the wild for the first time and has little to no survival instincts. Anyway this made for another interesting volume and a nice a Summary for this volume seems more then a little melodramatic to me and Shion's "transformation" tests the limits of my belief, mainly because I don't fully understand why it happened yet some this is my first encounter with the series. Shion's is definitely out of his element in this volume and it shows. He kind of reminds me of a house rabbit that's been put out into the wild for the first time and has little to no survival instincts. Anyway this made for another interesting volume and a nice addition to the plot although there is sill plenty left unanswered. While I do like Rat the verdict is still out as far as his "relationship" with Shion goes. We'll see how things develop in the next couple of manga volumes.

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