Despite the “Crazy” right there in the title, Crazy food truck, from this second volume, he really seems to have settled into an easier, exploratory, travelogue-style story. Sure, he’s one who still regularly has post-apocalyptic shootings, explosions, and political intrigues, but that hardly seems to be the main tone. drawing chapter by chapter, do you understand? There are far more revelations and developments that expand the world of both the characters and the story in this second volume than there were in the first introductory one. But aside from the last two chapters of the book which give life to a real long-term story arc, everything continues to be presented in a contained episodic style. Okay, plus it’s nice to see a series like this become more comfortable with what it is as it goes on.
The same sense that the first volume had Rokurou Ōgaki letting in their own interests Crazy food truck persists in this second entry. Not content with just delineating post-apocalyptic culinary endeavors, Ogaki reveals in the author’s notes for this volume that he has developed an affection for saunas, so at the start we get an entire chapter outlining the culture and mechanics of the bathroom. It is the most immediate indication of where Crazy food truckThe priorities of continue to lie, as that episode begins before we take a moment to go back to how Gordon and Arisa got out of their cliffhanger from the first volume. Yes, “crazy” fights are great and all, but Ogaki just wants to get down to the ins and outs of curry recipes and therapeutic water work.
This is also evident in the way the central “plot” is presented in the story. Kyle, Gordon’s ex-partner who has been the antagonist of the chase so far, gets his super-powered girlfriend shoulder in Arisa’s little sister Myna. But instead of engaging in any kind of continuous chase or fight, we follow Kyle with Myna on reconnaissance, uncovering new environmental details about the post-apocalyptic landscape, before settling down to illustrate Kyle’s bond with Gordon through their shared appreciation of the power of cooking (as well as indulging in silly songs while preparing food). There is still a fight with a dangerous plant monster in this chapter, so it’s not like this is a complete commitment to building lower tones. But it still represents a particular example of the book’s priorities.
The different chapters of this volume also work in different ways. A rumor spends much of its time introducing a new antagonist character and detailing the biological explanations of a rare hunting snail, which ends up being prepared to see Gordon’s turn to sell the escargot charm, before l the whole thing ends just a little too quickly for all his endeavors with our heroes coldly walking away from an explosion. On the other hand, some details referenced by the slow pace of the volume culminate in the actual revelation of Gordon falling ill, which gives Arisa the opportunity to show how she has grown in her time with him, and even to make a change in food get ready. This is progress we can appreciate in a story like this, in the absence of any conventional deviation from action series. The unifying thematic focus on the joys of food is something that works, even if this volume disappointingly lacks the recipes of the first volume.
Things, however, resume in more immediate ways with the last two chapters of this volume. More information was spread about Gordon’s military past (and Kyle, by extension), with several characters from the time returning to the present. It poses a bigger threat to Gordon and Kyle to come together to oppose moving forward, though it’s also frustrating that by doing so Arisa has to be turned into a kidnapped damsel to be saved, and soon after her better growth. and also character development. Two steps forward and all, I suppose. However, that escalation, and the titular food truck also getting some sort of boost to deal with it, feels like the kind of loaded climax. Crazy food truck necessary to push yourself towards, especially with the knowledge that the next third volume is where the whole story actually ends.
Ogaki’s art is still supporting the story well, however. The proportions of the characters, especially Arisa, seem to have settled to be more consistent throughout the volume. And elements like the tank shaft in the main chapter of Kyle and Myna, the flashbacks of Gordon’s military era or the abandoned battlefield through the food truck later allowed Ogaki to flex his muscles in his depiction of various backgrounds and elements of the setting. It also features strong visual storytelling, with moments such as a detailed double-page spread that communicates the impact of the sudden appearance of a huge tank. In another example, the coating appears to momentarily break the 180-degree rule, before quickly registering it as an indication of the surprise revelation of who actually pointed a gun at whom. These brief indulgences in the “mad” complement the more subdued and almost relaxing representations of this post-apocalyptic gastronomic journey.
It was not clear where Crazy food truck it was going at first, but if you ended up jibing at its more deliberate pace at first, this second volume will confirm that the whole series is absolutely for you. And for those who previously could have expected more outrageous action from the setup, this continuation explains why the style it ended up working with still totally. It’s a tonal aspect that honestly makes the manga even more unique, which is appreciated in any entertainment landscape. I was unsure Crazy food truck and where it was going in the beginning, but now ironically it saddens me to see that it will go soon, with only one volume left after this.