Japanese reading report

This week I most notably finished 風の道しるべ, three days ahead of my end-of-the-month goal, and wrote a little about it over here. Overall takeaway is that it was better than 片羽の蝶 but not quite as good as しあわせの花.

At the beginning of the week I binged 13 episodes of ゆるキャン to get caught up to the latest of season 2. Also watched two episodes of 五等分の花嫁 (since I never finished season 1 and want to catch up to season 2 here as well) and one episode of 干支魂…the former is of course all review and the latter was pretty tough at times. I wish there was a manga or something for 干支魂 so I could go back and get clarification on what I’d missed, but I wasn’t able to find anything.

Now that I was caught up with novels, I was finally able to get some manga reading in (albeit only the last two days this week). I read ゆるキャン vol. 3 and the new 十三機兵防衛圏 anthology. ゆるキャン is almost totally comprehensible when I’m watching the anime but I do tend to get lost when they explain new camping equipment, so reviewing in the manga is super helpful. The anthology was great but also really short? 111 pages is by far the shortest 単行本 I’ve seen so far. A couple of the 4コマ strips at the end were familiar from twitter, which was kind of funny.

Finally, yesterday I started reading 京都寺町三条のホームズ vol. 1. I picked it up after really enjoying the manga a few weeks ago and decided to make it my novel for March. My current goal is to read 4 “pages” (however my ereader actually measures that) per day at least, but I’m already head of pace at 23 pages / 14% read. It’s one of those books where new technical vocabulary is often explained for the benefit of the protagonist and reader alike, so I’m able to read it pretty fluidly despite having no experience in the world of Japanese antiques.