Japanese reading report

Another light week, only four volumes of manga yikes! It’s still way more than my initial pace but I do feel like I’m slacking. According to Moyase I just hit the point where I could read one volume every ten days and still hit my initial goal of 100 for the year which is kind of funny.

First thing I did this week was catch up with トニカクカワイイ. I read volumes 18 and 19 with most of the story happening in vol. 18. The backstory arc wrapped up nicely and it’s cool to see all the hints that have been dropping throughout get tied together. It turns out that the “artist and his sister” bit from last time was was actually two characters from ハヤテのごとく (which I’ve never read but apparently it was by the same guy). I know this because the last 20-30 pages of the book this time were dedicated to this weird little omake nonsense which I did not really appreciate. Hoping for further development of some recent hints in the next volume.

Next at my sister’s recommendation I read ゆびさきと恋々, a cute little romance story starring a deaf girl. It does some really interesting things with typography, like using grey text for cases where 雪 is able to read peoples’ lips, but then sometimes flipping or rotating certain characters to show that she didn’t quite catch it. It’s really cute and I particularly enjoy the narration, which I can only describe as “lyrical”. Definitely going to be reading more soon.

Finally I read あせとせっけん vol. 2. It’s been a while since I read vol. 1 for some reason, not sure why I took so long to get back to it. I really like this series despite the weirdness of the first few chapters; this volume was pretty light on the eyebrow-raising stuff and was pretty much just comfy relationship development. This last volume took me way longer to read than I expected, not sure if it’s something about the text or just the fact that there’s so much of it. I have one more volume of this and then I’ll probably get the rest of it pretty soon.