Japanese reading report

This week I did baaaaasically nothing but play P5R. It’s now mid-November and last week I was at the beginning of September. We just finished up the infiltration for the current palace and just have to wait for the deadline at the end of the month. The new content has been ramping up as we get close to endgame, and we got a surprise peek at the new palace, which looks great. Just like last week, lots of social links with unvoiced dialogue to read, but I’m knocking them out steadily.

I did find some time to read manga, mostly at night while I was falling asleep. I went back to 古見さん (vol. 11) for the first time in a while and found it to be just as good as ever.

Last night (and a little bit of today) I also read 17 pages of 夜市, still keeping pace with the bookclub. This chunk has gotten pretty exciting and it ended on a total cliffhanger. My original guess at where the story would go has been flipped on its head and I’m very curious to see where it goes from here.

Japanese reading report

Putting my report in early today because my internet will be limited for the rest of the month.

This week I read 甘々と稲妻 vol. 7, which I’ve been sitting on for a while. Compared to earlier in the series, it feels much less formulaic (as much as I like cooking, I don’t love when that’s the entire point of each chapter).

I also read the latter 3/4 of 一週間フレンズ, which I had started reading a long time ago and lost track of. For some reason 4koma manga always feels a lot slower than the normal stuff, anyone else feel this way? I really liked the anime and I think the manga is actually a lot better…it’s super dense with jokes and the visual comedy is great.

Kept up with Persona 5 Royal. We just finished up Summer Vacation so I guess it’s been almost a month of in-game time since last week’s report. Been doing a lot of social link stuff, which is mostly unvoiced dialogue that I tend to get bogged down on. The voiced sections are still doing pretty well; if I put it on “auto” mode I catch the majority of what goes on

Finally, read a little more of 夜市. The new chunk started on Friday so I’ll be focusing on that for the rest of the day.

Japanese reading report

This week I finally finished 氷菓 with a whopping 20 pages in one day (37 pages total). The last stretch of the book was actually fairly enjoyable and went pretty smoothly. I’m glad to be done with it though. I might continue the 古典部 series at some point but probably not for a while. To wrap up, and to get some bonus audio immersion, I also went through the first five episodes of the anime, which neatly covers the entire first book. The anime was just as good as I remembered it being from years ago and I was able to follow along pretty well (no doubt because I’d already looked up a lot of the difficult words while reading the book).

I launched immediately into 夜市 and so far I’m enjoying it a lot more. The writing style is pretty simple and I’m barely having to look up any words at all so I’m cruising through it. I’ve actually reached the end of the week 2 block (which only started on Friday) so I’m wondering whether I’ll actually read ahead this time around.

With 氷菓 out of the way my manga ban has been lifted, so I read 鬼滅の刃 vol. 20 pretty much right away. This whole book was devoted to one of the few remaining 十二鬼月 and had some pretty cool backstory as well as setting some pretty clear implications for the history of the slayer corps.

I spent a good deal of time on Persona 5 Royal, finishing Futaba’s palace and catching most of the way up to the next deadline. My social stats are basically finished by this point so I’ve been doing a lot of social link stuff. Animal Crossing gets an honorable mention as usual.

Japanese reading report

This week is the first in a long time that I haven’t read any manga at all. I’m working hard on finishing 氷菓, with 15 pages since my last report. For the most part it felt like it went a lot smoother than some other points, so that’s nice. I had planned to finish it over the next two weeks but I might try to accelerate that timeline since I realized yesterday that 鬼滅の刃 vol. 20 comes out much earlier than I had thought and I’ll be anxious to get into it.

The WK bookclub has moved on to their next book, 夜市. I read through the sample pages and I haven’t decided if I’ll keep it up, but one thing I will say is that it’s much easier (and written in a more enjoyable style) than 氷菓, so I might continue it once I finish.

I also played a good chunk of Persona 5: Royal. When I left off last night I had just gotten into Futaba’s palace for the first time and officially started the mission. The main-story sections are great because I can just put the text on auto and let it play out at native speed, so I’ve been making good progress.

Japanese reading report

This week I read the latter half of あさひなぐ vol. 1. The meet ended with a close loss for the 二ツ坂 club, the third-year club members left, and they established the character who’ll likely be our protagonist’s rival going forward. Jumping straight into a competition early in the series to both explain the rules and set the stakes is pretty interesting. I think I’ll probably leave it there for now instead of moving on with the series, but I’ll likely come back to it in the future.

I also read 愚者の星 vol. 2, which I didn’t really like very much. This is a series I picked up right when it came out, which was back in December. After finishing this volume I don’t really see myself following it any further. The main villain showed up again, hid behind one of his retainers, escaped once the MC beat his man…basically exactly the same arc as in the first volume. I’m also getting wicked tired of the goofy made-up language that they use as ruby all over the place.

The last manga I read was 雪にツバサ vol. 1, which I randomly got for free on Honto and decided to read just based on the beautiful cover art. It’s by 高橋しん (who writes かなたかける, which I’ve also been reading) and it’s…kind of a tonal roller coaster. I kind of like it? but it’s also really weird and sometimes gets uncomfortably close to being genuinely distressing.

Played a bit more of Persona 5 Royal, finishing up Kaneshiro and the two weeks up to his deadline and moving into the Medjed arc now.

Stayed current on Animal Crossing but not a lot to talk about there.

Read 10 more pages in 氷菓, which I quite honestly am not enjoying anymore. I’m so close to the end and I do want to actually finish it, so I’m cutting myself off from reading any more manga until it’s over.