Subtitle: Vol 1
By: Makoto Ojiro
Genre: FXA - Graphic novels: Manga
Published by: VIZ Media LLC
Published: 21 Jun 2023
ISBN: 9781974736577


Two sleepless teenagers find kinship as they escape to their school’s astronomy observatory.

Unable to sleep at night, Ganta Nakami is cranky in class and unpopular with his classmates. He discovers that the school observatory, once used by the now-defunct astronomy club, may be the perfect place for a nap—but he’s not alone. Fellow insomniac Isaki Magari is willing to share the observatory with Nakami, and a friendship between the two begins as they bond over the most unlikely of things.

Dark rumors about what befell the members of the astronomy club keep people away from the school observatory, and that’s what makes it the perfect sanctuary for Nakami and Magari to get some much-needed rest. Unfortunately, the school faculty can’t allow its unsanctioned use. But if there were a new astronomy club, maybe these two insomniacs could have a place to call home!

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Ganta Nakami suffers from insomnia meaning he is always cranky and not getting along with others at school. Isaki Magari also has insomnia, but she is still friendly and sociable.

Although they are in the same class, they don’t interact. This changes when Nakami goesinto the abandoned Astronomy Club room looking for boxes, and finds Isaki and her secret hideaway.

No one goes in there because of the deaths of Astronomy Club members in the past and, it turns out, Magari spread rumours of it being haunted to keep people away.

They soon make this their safe place, and understanding that they are different and share the same problem, they form a bond. They share their troubles and find that together they can actually get some sleep. They even go out late to explore a whole new brighter and more exciting world.

Luckily, when their hideout is discovered, the school decides it is great that the Astronomy Club and its expensive equipment would be in use again.

With themes of mental health, sharing problems with others, and finding a happy place thisis an easy-to-read and happy story that will be best suited to younger teens.

Reviewed by Rob