Mission: 02 contains the first four chapters of Twin Spica and three additional short stories set in the world of the property.
Where were you when the first International Space Station was scrapped and dropped into Earth''s atmosphere? It was Asumi''s first day in space school, and she promised Lion she would not cry or be homesick as she will be leaving her quiet seaside town for the big city.
Waiting for her in Tokyo will be a lot of work. She is going to have to go through the rigors of space exploration training at the Tokyo Space School. After hours, Asumi will focus her efforts on homework, when not earning her tuition at the neighborhood Denny''s. It is not unccomon to run 20 laps around the campus each day. Follow that up with physics and advance mathematics courses in the classroom. Only to close the night by mapping out the constellations in the southern sky. This is just what she expected the TSS to be, and yet why is it so hard to invision going to space someday? With all of the work she and her classmates are efforting, why does space still feel so far away?
Camponella Forrest: As a small child Asumi promised she would someday become an astronaut. It was a promise she made not to her father or her mother, but to an old friend in a lion''s mask. Someday, she would take to the stars with Lion, so he would never be lonely again.
Two Stars: The Leaf Star: Before Mr. Kamokawa began working odd jobs he was a specialist and a rare one at that. Mr. Kamokawa was a rocket engineer, and it was one of his designs that was used to propel Japan''s first manned rocket into orbit... Or so he and the Japanese Aeronautics Exploration Association had hoped, if not for the tragic accident that occured one sad night. Disgraced and pained by the sight of his gravely injured wife, Kamokawa has been assigned to handle accident reparations, and a fear of space quickly begins to take hold within him.
Yet Another Spica: Years before he penned Twin Spica, Mr. Yaginuma worked in a neighborhood shopping center, doing odd jobs manning the kids section in a department store. One of the jobs he had was to occasionally dress up in a costume of the store''s monkey mascot. While burning up inside the full-body suit handing out balloons to children, he witnessed another person in a lions mask. Maybe he was also working part-time? Maybe not!?!
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