Japanese reading report

A bit of a light week for me. I felt like giving my ereader a break and reading through my physical manga collection for a change.

First up was よつばと vol. 12. This is the volume with the famous paint arc and it lived up to the hype. The camping arc was fun too. I like how Miura’s over-preparedness paid off in the end; she was very cute sitting there all smug with her proper plate.

Next I read 少年のアビス vol. 1. A friend of mine actually bought this for me as お土産 a long time ago simply based on the cover, but I’d never gotten around to reading it until this week gave me the perfect opportunity. I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read of 峰浪りょう’s work so far and this one is no exception. Very strong first impression, some great panel layouts and as expected the motifs and visual metaphors are on point. Excited to read more.

I also read vol. 1-2 of 亜人ちゃんは語りたい. I’ve had four volumes plus two anthologies on my shelf since barely a year after I started learning Japanese, but they were way too hard for me back then and I haven’t touched them since. The jokes and expressions are still fun even though I’ve seen the anime twice at this point. It’ll be fun to get caught up so I can finally achieve that original goal of reading past the end of the show.

For anime I finally finished 俺好き (ep. 9-11 + an hour-long OVA) and thought it was alright. The OVA that served as the end of the show was kind of dumb but to be fair the whole show was kind of dumb. I’ve had this one in limbo for over two years so I’m glad to be done with it.

Lastly, six episodes of the usual seasonal anime lineup; 文豪ストレイドッグス, 僕のヒーローアカデミア, 虚構推理, and buddy daddies. シュガーアップル・フェアリーテイル is still a surprise standout and I ended up impulse-buying the first five volumes of the LN, so I might be reading that soon.