Japanese reading report

Fifteen volumes of manga this week! Another new record, holy smokes. I also watched some anime I think. Finished off ヴァニタスの手記, which apparently covers the entire manga up to this point; very vexing since I’d like some more. Also watched the first episode of 阿波連さんははかれない which does a really good job of adapting the manga’s comedic timing. Random vocab acquisition: 練習台, which showed up the same day in a manga I was reading.

I read vol. 2 and 3 of 大きくなったら、結婚する! and it was fine. I more or less just used them if I needed to read something quickly to keep my streak, since they’re pretty short. The premise is cute but the implementation is ultimately nothing special. The series is over now but I could see myself checking out more of the author’s work in the future.

The heavy hitter this week was 東京卍リベンジャーズ. I read vol. 3-10, so I guess I can officially say I’m into the series now. If I have one real complaint about it, it would be that I occasionally get distracted thinking “most of these problems could be avoided if all of these middleschoolers weren’t so stupid”. Aside from that, the characters are fun and the story is a real wild ride, with every volume ending in a solid hook for the next one. I’ll definitely be reading a bunch of this over the next couple of weeks.

I had planned to finish ヨコハマ買い出し紀行 and read vol. 10-13, but I ended up having one left. I’ll probably read the last one tonight as I fall asleep. The vibes are very strong and it’s been pretty interesting seeing how the story has started to focus more explicitly on both the passing of the old and the birth of the new. I’m not really sure how the series will wrap up but I guess I’ll find out soon.

Last but not least, I read a really nice little oneshot called きみが、すき. It’s a collection of little romance vignettes, each anywhere from 2-20 pages long. At times I was almost getting a “徒然チルドレン but without the frustration” vibe. Random vocab acquisition: 猛 being used as an intensifier (like 超 I guess).