Japanese reading report

This week I mostly focused on the second half of 青春ブタ野郎はハツコイ少女の夢を見ない. Very nice overall and I feel like the series could very well have just ended here. The plot threads have been tied up with no extra teaser at the end; the foreshadowing from vol. 1 has been resolved; everybody happy end. I guess I will say that the means by which the ending was achieved seemed unclear so maybe that’s what the next book will cover. Either way, I do have the next volume in my library already so I’ll probably read it pretty soon. I’m momentarily ahead of schedule on my novels goal for the year but I think it’ll be short-lived.

I only read one (completed) volume of manga this week; 僕のヒーローアカデミア vol. 37. Aside from my first ever experience with furigana on both sides of a word, nothing major to report. The first half of the volume had good energy but it took a sudden turn into a side conflict what feels like it could have been a oneshot spinoff manga rather than something to stick into the middle of the final boss battle. The last scene was a decent cliffhanger I guess. Still enjoying the manga a hell of a lot.

I watched this week’s episode of もののがたり and it’s the same as before. Feeling in the mood for something I could watch on my own during work, I decided to finally revisit Death Parade (watched ep. 1-4). I originally watched the first three episodes with English subtitles ages ago and have been meaning to get back to it for a while now. It’s a classic for a reason.

Aside from ハツコイ少女 (which I listened to while I read the book, 8:34 at full focus), I also listened to 魔女の宅急便 vol. 1 (5:33, medium focus). The biggest thing I guess I have to say about this is how differently it’s paced from the movie. I can only imagine that the first few books are all interwoven together. The writing and dialogue is all easy to understand and pretty fun. Might be a good first novel/audiobook recommendation.