This week all I did was read 京都寺町三条のホームズ vol. 2, and I made pretty good progress. I started the week at about 20% by reading a little bit here and there while finishing 異世界食堂, and I’m now at 62%, so if I keep it up I should be able to finish by the end of next week. My pace was actually a bit slow for the first few days due to some time management mistakes so I feel pretty good about my prospects…I might even consider reading vol. 3 right away once I finish this one.
Anyway, on to the actual substance: The three chapters I read this week covered the birthday party for the owner of 蔵, the forger-turned-artist, and the introduction of the master forger. Since the anime covers the first three books, I expected to be totally in review mode here, but as I’ve pointed out before, the anime and the novels are actually pretty different at certain points. A notable departure is that it’s actually 秋人, not 葵, who accompanies 清貴 to the temple to investigate the letter from the forger. The difference between narration styles, and the fact that 秋人 is much less perceptive than 葵 in certain ways, is pretty interesting to see.
Since it’s been a while since I saw the anime, I actually had to double check to make sure I hadn’t just forgotten, but apparently the middle chapter here was actually not in the show at all. While I’ve been enjoying myself regardless, it’s nice to get some totally new content that I would have missed if I had skipped right to vol. 4.