Japanese reading report

Anime: seven episodes just like last week. Caught up on Buddy Daddies, 僕のヒーローアカデミア、文豪ストレイドッグス、シュガーアップル . With only one episode left of each of the latter two, I’m definitely planning to start reading the source material at the cutoff point. Also watched three episodes of ロマンティック・キラー and just have to sing its praises again as usual. Planning to watch the final three episodes next week.

Manga: Just one volume, 葬送のフリーレン vol. 1. I’ve had my eye on it for a while and even bought my sister a copy of the English version because I was sure it was going to be good, but had never read it myself until now. It’s really nice. Very similar in a lot of ways to ヨコハマ買い出し紀行. It has a really good balance of slow melancholy scenes, big revelatory art spreads, and funny character moments. I’ll be reading more soon for sure.

Novels: 京都寺町三条のホームズ vol. 7. My last readalong book for a little while (meaning this was also an audiobook; 6:54, full focus). The book started with a cheating scare that I was sure was a dream sequence until it wasn’t, and then seems to go through a few false starts before getting to the real story. Once it finally got there, it was quite nice. There was a small timeskip that seemed pointless but eventually I realized the goal was not to skip past time with our main couple, but to bring a close to the rival arc that’s been going since the beginning of the series. Considering that I was starting to wonder just how much more it could reasonably escalate, I think the resolution worked out well. Curious to see where they go from here but I won’t be moving on right away.

Games: Another 3:00 of FFX. The story has reached a big reveal which I have to admit I feel a bit underwhelmed by. Maybe it’s genre literacy; I remember feeling similarly unfazed by a Xenoblade Chronicles 2 that had a big emotional impact on a friend of mine. I feel a bit like the groundwork wasn’t properly laid for me to appreciate the magnitude of the twist. Still enjoying the moment-to-moment a lot.