What This World Is Made Of Volume 2 Expands the Characters, But Pacing Drags

What This World Is Made Of Volume 2 cover of Tohko and Asahina.

What This World Is Made Of Volume 2 introduces a larger question about the Six app and monsters, known as “worlds,” that crop up. The manga is an action-packed feeling like a futuristic, dystopian game as people fight these creatures for money. The characters readers meet are in it by and large for survival. There’s even a mecha feel to the story, and while it’s not my cup of tea, fans of sci-fi worlds with monsters might enjoy What This World Is Made Of Volume 2. But it needs to fix the pace and balance characters with the action. 

Created by Shin Yamamoto, translated by Giuseppe Di Martino, and lettered by Arbash Mughal, Kanade, Kaname Nakata struggle to complete missions using the Six app. There are six chapters and a bonus section in this Yen Press manga volume. This volume shows the different personalities between the brothers. One analyzes more than the other, but both have a caring streak despite their hardships. 

What This World Is Made Of Volume 2 Highlights Exploitative Labor

While not my genre, the hardship aspect is compelling and universal. What seems like easy money or a benefit because you can “work as much as you want” loses value when factoring in time and risk. In this manga, the costs are even greater. These “worlds” they battle destroy property, and that cost comes out of their reward money. What This World Is Made Of could be a labor revolt tale in a sci-fi setting. 

Getting to Know The Other Six App Users and Minimal Action

What This World Is Made Of Volume 2 cover of Tohko and Asahina.
What This World Is Made Of Volume 2 cover. Yen Press.

The focus of this volume is less on the brothers. Instead, readers get two other interesting characters, one of whom they know in real life. The other person is an older man who struggles financially. However, his story of woe has comedic and confusing aspects for Kaname and readers. But everyone’s motivation for money differs. Learning about the varying backstories and reasons people risk their lives is interesting. Asahina-sensei’s reasoning is fascinating because it connects to her past and her parents. Her built-up resentment makes readers crave more nuggets about her history. 

Action-wise, the battle with the octopede works. But there’s too little action aside from that one fight. Character development is essential, but the relationships between the leads do not feel exciting or compelling. The most interesting are the older man and the teacher. One needs money; the other wants money. However, since neither is rich, it is arguably different levels of need. So, hopefully, the manga includes more of them and other unique characters in later volumes. 

What This World Is Made Of Volume 2 opens the Six app, showing other users while teasing an underlying issue. However, the dialogue, story, and pacing drag this volume. While it’s a fascinating concept to use an app to find and destroy creatures for profit, the execution lacks. Though the headhunting monster when you owe a debt is scary. It’s similar to debtor prisons but worse. So, the cliffhanger at the end builds curiosity for the next volume. Still, What This World Is Made Of Volume 2 feels dry, lacking character investment or enough action to keep readers glued to the pages. 

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