Japanese reading report

This week’s manga total is 11. I thought it would be fun to one-up myself from last week but didn’t really expect to do it — but here we are.

I read 呪術廻戦 vol. 10, 11, 12, and 13 back to back, and a little over half of vol. 14. My sister is reading this one a chapter at a time and I’m not allowed to overtake her so I’ll be picking away at it for a while I suppose. The whole arc has been nonstop and I would almost definitely be caught up by now if I could.

Also read ふろラン vol. 1, which I picked up a long time ago and finally remembered to read. It’s basically just two girls who like to run and then go to an onsen once they’re about to collapse, which I guess is supposed to feel amazing. Maybe I’ll give it a try sometime. Didn’t have to look up a single word; even at one point when they did a 古文 gag (いとをかし)apropos of nothing, it was something I already knew from 阿波連さん. Not bad but I didn’t love it. The art is real nice though.

Finally remembered that I had one more volume of Spy Family (8), so I’m all caught up with that now. Possibly the best one so far? Every scene was either hilarious or relevant to the story and it definitely made up for the lackluster vol. 7.

I wasn’t expecting my next binge series to be about cosplay, but 着せ恋 is so great and I’m very glad I gave it a try. I read vol. 2, 3, and 4 and will likely be catching up with it next week. It’s very easy reading but I’m also learning a bunch about the cosplay world and a bit about the 雛人形 world as well, which is pretty neat. Most importantly I adore every character in this series. There were a few times I was dreading some particular trope but it always surprised me — the pretty popular girl is also super nice and supportive! there’s a new character who’s a little bit tsundere but not all the time! an opportunity to introduce a boring jealousy subplot is played as a joke and then abandoned! I like it a lot.

I read COLORLESS vol. 3 and it was mostly decent. It’s been a while since I read vol. 2 so I’m a bit unclear on some of the supporting details but at this point the action has moved beyond smalltime and it seems like there are some clear stakes. Not a lot to say here. Art style is nice as always.

Finally, I read vol. 1 of Witch Watch, which I bought a while back in an attempt to be an early adopter and then…forgot about. Basic premise is that the main girl is a witch (but a very clumsy one) and the main guy is her familiar who’s supposed to protect her from some kind of unknown disaster. All of her spells have some kind of silly side effect which naturally leads to a bunch of comedic peril. It’s very cute and quite funny. Not sure if I’ll be prioritizing it but I would definitely read more.