Japanese reading report

Another big record for me this week. Seventeen volumes of manga, up two from last week, plus a light novel and a bunch of anime.

I finished ヨコハマ買い出し紀行 vol. 14 and I have to say it wasn’t the greatest sendoff ever. I still liked it quite a bit; a few small timeskips showed off some nice growth in some of the characters and also did some setup to make it easy to imagine where things could go. I feel like the ending arc started a bit too late and didn’t really give everything enough time to breathe but ultimately it’s a mild complaint. Very good series, glad I read it through to the end.

Next up was an uninterrupted blitz through 東京卍リベンジャーズ vol. 11-26. It’s now my longest series so far (beating 古見さん by one) and I was held in rapt attention the whole way through. There were multiple nights this week where I found myself thinking I would just read another chapter or two as I fell asleep and then found myself at the end of the book. The next one comes out this week and I’m champing at the bit to get my hands on it. Some new vocab that stuck out to me: 六波羅 梵 口裏合わせ 世も末 弔い合戦, not to mention our old favorite 鎮魂.

Anime this week was the Spy Family ep. 1 and 阿波連さんははかれない ep. 2, which were both really good, and the last three episodes of 東京24区, which was stupid. My sister and I both burst out laughing at what was supposed to be an emotional scene in the last episode and just ended up trashing it until the end credits. It had its moments and the very beginning was pretty strong but I guess it couldn’t stick the landing.

I finally signed up for Audible because I’ve been trying to find something to fill my time with when I have to take the occasional long drives out of town, and as the first book in my new subscription I picked 青春ブタ野郎はロジカルウィッチの夢を見ない (book 3 in the series). I also wanted to try reading along with with the audiobook to see if I could force myself to read more quickly, and it was a pretty interesting experience. I only ended up doing pure listening for about 40 pages worth (in the car) but found both modes to be equally enjoyable. I think I’ve said it before but this series really is right at the perfect level I think. I was able to follow along no problem both reading along at 1.25x speed, and purely listening at 1x speed.

And finally, immediately after finishing my first readalong book, I jumped right into the next one. It took me a little bit to settle but I ended up going with 愚者のエンドロール, book two of the 古典部 series. As I’ve mentioned before I really disliked 氷菓 (the book) despite the anime being one of my favorites, and I’ve always wanted to “fix” that because the prospect of reading past the end of the anime is very appealing to me. I’m about 25% through this one and…I dunno, maybe it’s too early to say but I don’t think my feelings have changed all that much. In any case, I’m still planning to stick it out to the end if only to give the process some more testing.