Japanese reading report

Very fast report, for real this time.

For anime, all I watched this week was はねバド ep. 2-3, which is as far as I’ll be watching. I’m willing to stick things out to see if they get good but honestly the animation is always a big part of whether I continue a show, and I kept getting distracted by the rotoscoping. More importantly though, a newly introduced rival character is revealed to have tied up one of the main girls and coughed into her face until she passed on a cold just so they would be on even footing for an important match…and the show somehow plays this straight? It weirded me out and was enough to get me to drop it.

I listened to some more スーパーカブ vol. 2, a few hours here and there. There’s a new character who runs a cafe and I like the dynamic between her and her dad. They’ve also been going into detail on how to deal with cold weather which was kind of interesting. (I still don’t know how to talk about this series half the time.)

For manga, I read むとうとさとう vol. 4 and 5, 阿波連さんははかれない vol. 10, 最近雇ったメイドが怪しい vol. 1, and ジャヒー様はくじけない vol. 1. I won’t go into detail on all of them but the standout was 最近雇ったメイドが怪しい. The gag loop is basically that 坊ちゃま suspects the maid of being a witch, accuses her of using magic in her food or something, and when she plays along like “oops, you got me” he’ll say something totally pure like “I knew it! THAT’s why I can’t stop thinking about your cooking!” and she gets all flustered. It’s a simple formula but very charming and of course the art is beautiful. Already grabbed vol. 2.