Run on Your New Legs, Vol. 1

Yen Pr. Mar. 2022. 164p. tr. from Japanese by Caleb D. Cook. ISBN 9781975339005. pap. $15. GRAPHIC NOVELS
Freshman year of high school is awful for most everyone, but Kikuzato is having a particularly tough one. He’s starting his freshman year over again after a terrible accident last year required his leg to be amputated; he’s still adjusting to life with a prosthetic leg. Kikuzato, who was once a rising soccer star, now finds himself watching his old friends move on with their soccer dreams while he haunts his school as an outsider. Fate steps in when, in a flash of heroics, Kikuzato dashes at full speed to save a life and impresses an up-and-coming running-blade prosthesis designer named Chidori. Soon Chidori and Kikuzato are partnering to design a new prosthetic leg for sprinting.
VERDICT Midori (Kuchikake Ryu no Keiyakusha) has created a sports-themed manga that will really entice fans of similar titles like Haikyu!!, where naturally talented protagonists learn a sport from the bottom up. This manga will especially appeal to readers looking for a sports manga with realist emotions (with downs as well as ups), whose protagonist recovers from a major trauma and navigates life with disability.
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