Japanese reading report

This week I read the final volume of 5等分の花嫁, vol. 14. The series is now officially over and it’s a pretty neat feeling — this was the manga I started with when I started reading seriously, and it’s the one that helped guide me into my “read fast and skip the hard stuff” strategy. As each new volume has come out it’s been encouraging to see how much I’ve improved since the last one, to the point where (finally) I was able to read this one with basically no trouble at all. Very happy with the way the story concluded. Overall feeling really good about it all.

I also read vol. 2 of 阿波連さんははかれない, which was just as hilarious as the first one.

I only read about half of あさひなぐ vol. 1, which is a manga series about 薙刀. I don’t really know anything about this sport but since I had the first few volumes for free I figured I’d give it a shot. It’s pretty entertaining so far with good visual comedy and some fun characters. At the point I’m at right now the upperclassmen in the 薙刀部 are about to have a meet, which will hopefully explain the rules a bit more.

Played a bit of Animal Crossing (finally unlocked the Able sisters shop; I’m the slowest player in history). I also played a decent amount of P5 Royal; I’m actually taking a break from it to write my report. I should be done with Kaneshiro’s boss fight by the end of the day.

Japanese reading report

This week I read すいとーと vol. 1, which is one of the manga I picked up a while ago because it was a brand new release. It’s about a couple of girls who go out to local restaurants in Fukuoka city, with each chapter focusing on a different spot. I haven’t looked too much into it but I wouldn’t be surprised to find that this was written to drive tourism to the city; one of the running gags is that one of the girls has an encyclopedic knowledge of every restaurant they visit. In any case the food all looks super good so Fukuoka is definitely on my mind at the moment. Picked up a few words of 福岡弁. I might grab vol. 2 when it comes out; it was an enjoyable read but nothing too amazing so far.

After finishing すいとーと I was in the mood to read something simple (with furigana for a change) so I went back to World Trigger and finished vol. 2 over the last two days.

I finished recording the last three episodes in my Persona 5 Scramble series, so about two hours on that front. Feels good to be finished up. The boss battles have dialogue throughout, which is difficult to keep up with while playing normally, so it was nice to be able to go back and comb through it during the editing phase. Now that I have all the videos finished they’ll all be going up on a schedule if anyone is interested.

Read a little of 氷菓 and translated a little of 被虐のノエル. Not really enough to comment on either one this week.

Japanese reading report

This week I finished up vol. 3 of かなたかける (starting at 25% from last week). Will probably put the series on hold again for a little bit while I get through other stuff in my backlog…it’s kind of exhausting to read.

I also read vol. 1 of 阿波連さんははかれない. which I picked up at Zengor’s recommendation. It’s hilarious and heartwarming, highly recommend it.

Played a little over an hour of Persona 5 Scramble for my let’s play. The main challenge with this is that I have to translate instead of just comprehending, so there have been times where I struggled to phrase something in English despite understanding it perfectly in Japanese. I probably only have two or three more episodes before I finish the series.

Also on the translation front, over the past few weeks I’ve been working on a set of tools that I plan to use to produce a fan-patch for a game called 被虐のノエル (I mentioned the manga adaptation in here a long long time ago). I finished the tooling a few days ago and have spent a few hours working on the patch since then.

Still behind on 氷菓 but I’m more or less maintaining my pace. The MC seems to be taking an interest in the events of the story finally, which is nice.

Japanese reading report

This week I was hiding out in the woods with basically no internet access, so I had a lot of time to read.

Finished かなたかける vol. 2 (remaining 50% from last week) and started vol. 3 (got 25% through). There’s a decent amount of race-related vocab that I’ve been able to pick up in context, which is nice. It’s a super wordy manga and I think the only reason it doesn’t use furigana is because there’s no way it would be legible with how tiny the kanji has to be in order to fit on the page.

Read up to around page 155 in 氷菓. I’m still behind on the WK book club but not by a lot at this point. To be honest I feel a bit like I’m continuing this one out of duty; I really enjoyed the anime but I’m not feeling the book as much. Hotarou has got to be the most noncommittal guy in the history of guys. 「似合わないと言えないかもしれない」

Played some more animal crossing. I missed bunny day due to playing unpatched (since I didn’t have internet), but it sounds like that was a good thing maybe. It’s fun learning about the stuff you turn in to the museum.

I’m also replaying P5S (just up to the first boss for now) because I wanted to do a letsplay of it in the first place but my recording equipment was all being stored at my parents’ house. Now that I have the time and the opportunity, I’m going back through it. I’d forgotten most of the specific dialogue so it was fresher than I expected; happy to report I’m still cruising through it and not really having to look anything up.