Japanese reading report

Feels like another light week. I read three volumes of manga and about a quarter of a new novel, listened to three audiobooks, and watched some anime.

Manga: 殺し愛 vol. 6-7 and I’m very much enjoying this series. It feels like the structure is pretty thoroughly planned out and I’m hoping the plan is to tell a complete story and then finish. インド人 is still annoying but the two main characters’ backstory was interesting and they’re basically getting along for real now which is nice. I also read つぐもも vol. 1 and it was fine. Pretty funny at times in a kind of classic slapstick way. I’m not sure why but I’ve had this series on my to-watch list since before I even started learning Japanese…not exactly worth the wait but I might read more.

I started reading 青春ブタ野郎 vol. 8 and I’m about 1/4 through it. So far it’s barely been about anything (at least in the supernatural side of things) so I don’t really have much to say about it. One thing I will mention is that the narrator for the audiobook pronounces 私立 as わたくしりつ every time, which took me by surprise since I initially read しりつ half a second before she got to it. It feels silly but my immediate response was “wow, a real pro!” Definitely feels like one of those things that could be an easy level-up when speaking.

Audiobooks: I was looking for a new series to binge and decided to give ひげひろ a try. Listened to the first three volumes (7:08, 7:09, 6:05, all at high focus) and actually enjoyed them quite a lot. Of all the LN protagonists I’ve read to date, I feel like 吉田 strikes a good balance between being a decent human being and also kind of a しょうもないやつ. The supporting cast members feel pretty well developed and everyone has distinct voices and personalities. There’s a lot of natural-seeming dialogue which will probably be good fodder now that I’m trying to prioritize output.

Anime: Buddy Daddies 7-8, Sugar apple 7-8, MHA 20. Pretty good overall. I’m never going to catch up on everything I’m trying to watch this season.