Japanese reading report

This week I moved into a new apartment and had to contend with about four hours of semi-unexpected driving to throw a wrench in my reading plans. It mostly worked out alright in the end.

Two more audiobooks; おさまけ 8 (7:13, low/medium focus) and 9 (7:03, medium focus). Still a pretty unremarkable harem series. The latest volume ended with a seemingly unambiguous confession/acceptance moment but the rest of the girls are still scheming. Oh well. It’s still easy to listen to and that’s what matters.

Anime: 呪術廻戦 S2, episodes 4-5. I’ve read the manga so it’s all review but it was fun hearing 天上天下唯我独尊 and recognizing it despite the fact that it’s probably a pretty niche word. The direction of the anime itself is really good. Also watched two episodes of Naruto and forgot to log them on either anilist or Moyase, whoops!

For manga I started off with フリーレン vol. 8. The first half was great — I thought the moral of the rare liquor story was good and then the mining development was really funny. I’m a little mixed on the latter half. The discussion about what it means to be a “good guy” was pretty interesting but I also felt like the story overall was lacking a strong emotional core. I also read 呪術廻戦 vol. 20 and 21 since the anime has reinvigorated my drive to get caught up. This arc has the (apparently) infamous pachinko guy and I dunno, I didn’t think it was all that bad. It’s definitely not very “cursey” but fighting inside the “setting” of a themed pachinko game (featuring hazards and features that the game is ostensibly “based on”) is novel and led to some fun moments.

Prose: I’ve started reading 面白ければなんでもあり as well. I’m 31 pages in at the moment, with only two days of reading over the past week. The essay format is enjoyable and the writing is pretty snappy. Overall pretty interesting based on what I’ve read so far, and I’ve heard it gets into some cool topics later so I’m looking forward to it.