The manga for people who love manga continues. Each chapter is a vignette demonstrating the importance of a particular manga in the life of a character.
In Chapter 8: His View, the seminal manga series by Osamu Tezuka: Adolf, Volume 1: A Tale of the Twentieth Century, Adolf, Volume 2: An Exile In Japan, Adolf, Vol. 3: The Half-Aryan, Adolf, Vol. 4: Days Of Infamy, Adolf, Vol. 5: 1945 And All That Remains, inspires a pussyfooting coward to stand up to a bully.
In Chapter 9: Yes or No, one of the rarest manga (only a dozen or so copies known) tempts a sedori, a person whose profession is to buy used manga cheaply and resell at a profit, to use his skill in always finding the books he's looking for to find a man who "has assimilated manga and become one with it". (There are reasons to doubt the accuracy of this retelling of how two of the regular characters met.)
In Chapter 10: The Other Side of the Window, reading manga based on the works of a famous Japanese children's literature author Kenji Miyazawa provides a window of escape for a bar hostess who reads them to a little girl separated from her mother.
In Chapter 11: A Bundle of Papers, a department store used book fair helps one of the regular characters resolve her feelings towards manga.
In Chapter 12: Dad Again, reading a volume in one of the longest running manga series is the therapy prescribed so that one of the regular characters can better understand her parents' relationship. In addition there is a final resolution to the tale begun in Chapter 7: The Sedori Business of Kingyo Used Books, Vol. 1.
In Chapter 13: One Percent Man, a tough, man among men who is a closet fan of a girly, shojo manga finds the courage to publicly admit it. Reading this almost inspired me to admit that I read romance novels....
I said ALMOST.
In Chapter 14: Star Traveler, Galaxy Express 999 inspires a couple of young boys to take a train ride, and another famous manga resolves the conflict.
In Billy and Grandpa's Curious Travelogue, Episode 2, Grandpa spins a marvelous tale to explain a mysterious mark on the spine of every manga from Shogakukan.
Finally, Kingyo Used Books Notebook gives details about the manga featured in the stories.
Thanks to the Notebook section at the end this isn't just for manga experts; even someone who never heard of any of these manga before can follow the stories and understand the passions of the characters. The overriding theme (beyond the simple love of manga) is that there is magic in this used manga store, which leads a character to find the exact manga he or she happens to be in need of, whether it is finding something brand new or rediscovering an old friend. (In that sense it reminds me a bit of the concept of "Hitsuzen": "A naturally fore-ordained event. A state in which other outcomes are impossible...." expounded upon in xxxHOLiC, the early issues of which contain similar unrelated vignettes.
I at least will be seeking out Kingyo Used Books, Vol. 3.