This week I read three more volumes of 古見さん (14, 15, and 16). I’m almost caught up to my current 積ん読 (will probably hold off on buying the rest of the 単行本 until I have a few more things to buy with a coupon). There was some nice character focus in this block, first from 井中 (very underused) and then from 阿瀬, who I was surprised and pleased to see fleshed out beyond the chapter that introduced her.
Stayed on track with 本好きの下剋上. The last chapter ended with some good clearing of the air between two of the main characters and, very importantly, a successful trial run of the paper-making process. I decided to time myself while I was reading this week and found that I was averaging about 4:15-4:30 per page — a slight improvement from last time I tried it.
Listened to a bit more of the 氷菓 audiobook. Really probably not enough to mention but I’m mentioning it anyway.
My three manga volumes for this week were ゆらゆらQ vol. 1, ゆるキャン vol. 2, and 古見さん vol. 13. I stayed up to date with the 本好きの下剋上 bookclub, listened to the audiobook of 氷菓, and played some 真３.
ゆらゆらQ is a new series by the author of 甘々と稲妻, so as soon as I saw it I had to pick it up. It’s really cute; the main character is a fox girl who for some reason still looks like a tiny child because she can’t control her glamour abilities like her siblings can. The scenarios are really funny and I love the art so I’m definitely planning to stay current on it. As a bonus, the book also contains the first chapter of おとなりに銀河, which is another series by the same author that seems to be running in parallel. Ironically enough it’s about an overworked mangaka…I hope he’s doing alright.
I stocked up on all the ゆるキャン volumes a while ago but never got around to reading them. Vol. 2 brings us pretty close to where the first season of the anime left off if I’m not mistaken, so I’m planning to catch up before the new season airs.
古見さん is as good as ever. I feel like I read this one really fast for some reason.
本好き is still leaning hard into the intricacies of making paper. As of the last chapter they’ve collected all the materials and tools they need to actually start, and the next chapter is literally called 紙創りの始め so hopefully we get a payoff soon. One amusing development involved someone finally noticing that マイン knows a lot more than any normal 6 y/o should reasonably be able to, which feels like it’s been a long time coming. Learned a cute new grammar point; とばかりに (N1).
I had a long walk to take towards the middle of the week and decided to revisit 氷菓 since it’s been about six months since I finished reading it. It’s still pretty hard to follow honestly, but it was good practice.
Finally, I’ve put in about 7 hours of the Nocturne remaster. Not really sure how I feel about it as a game/story but the writing is definitely interesting, lots of variety.
This was a pretty good week for me in manga. I read four volumes in total; トニカクカワイイ vol. 3, 俺物語 vol. 1 and 2, and 歌うヘッドフォン娘. I’m back on track to double my initial goal by the end of the year, if I do decide to pursue that.
トニカクカワイイ is something I might continue reading at some point; at very least I’ll check out the anime. I’m not really sure what it’s going for in terms of big plot stuff but the romantic comedy aspects are nice.
I watched the anime of 俺物語 ages ago and didn’t remember much about it except that it was hilarious and adorable. No plans to continue this one immediately; just trying to make a dent in my ebook library.
歌うヘッドフォン is another one from the backlog; I bought it ages ago because it was a oneshot by the same writer/artist as the first manga I ever tried to read. Nothing super special; good art, some funny gags, but it ends without any real resolution and leaves some threads untied. I’m not sure if it was intended to be a oneshot but it is, so I guess that’s that.
Kept up with 本好きの下剋上 vol. 2. Learned an awful lot about how 和紙 is made, holy smokes — some of the words they were using weren’t even in my dictionary so I had to do some extra research. Not a lot else to say about this chunk, still enjoying myself.
Last (and also least) I started playing the 真３ remake. I swear it took me like an hour just to enter my name; for some reason they just give you a list of every possible kanji grouped by one (nanori?) reading. Pretty bad UX but at least they give you space for four characters per name. I’ve made it through a couple of the first fights so far and I’ll be playing more this coming week.
This week I found myself in a bit of a slump. Despite easily passing the halfway point in 秋の牢獄 by my last report, it took me a while to finish it up this week. I guess part of it could be that the third story in the book just wasn’t striking my fancy like the other ones. Overall I still enjoyed it, but it never got to the point where I was anxious to read more. Still, 11 days is my new record for reading a standard-size Japanese novel, and that feels pretty good.
Throughout the week I read two volumes of トニカクカワイイ, which I got for free since there’s an anime adaptation in the works. It’s pretty evident that there’s going to be some important plot stuff happening sooner or later (involving the moon), but for now it’s just a cute little romantic comedy that I’m quite enjoying.
I started on 本好きの下剋上 vol. 2, which I’m once again reading with the WK book club. Since I wanted to finish up my other book first, I’m a little late, but I did have time to finish the prologue and the first two chapters, so I’m on track. Sounds like we’re getting right into the paper-making; there’s already been a lot of technical talk about the right types of trees to use when making Japanese-style paper. I have a bit of a leg up here since I already went and watched some videos about it while reading the previous book, but there’s still a decent amount of totally new vocab.