2017 felt like an eternity ago. COVID-19 wasn’t a thing, I was still in college, and my place of employment wasn’t bankrupt (yet). It was a year I don’t really look back on fondly, though it did offer a variety of eventful moments and new beginnings for me. Also during this year, I started a manga called Yakumo-san wa Ezuke ga Shitai. What can I say? Cute covers entice me.
Currently publishing (and gaining popularity) at the time, I had dedicated myself to it for the long haul. At least until its rather repetitive chapter format began to degrade my interest in it; I nearly dropped it a couple years later. Fortunately for the story, I instead kept it on-hold, waiting for the inspiration to catch up on its current chapters.
2021 had me randomly checking on manga I was reading that were still ongoing. Something strange caught my eye: Yakumo-san no longer had a “Publishing” tag next to its name. Indeed, the series had ended and I never even noticed. Thus, now in mid-2022, I sped through the remaining chapters and am now ready to put this series behind me.
Continue reading “Thoughts on Yakumo-san wa Ezuke ga Shitai” →
Sometimes the urge to revisit a familiar source is so strong that you end up reading 84 chapters (spanning 25-30 pages) over a three-day period. Ah, just like the old days.
General story spoilers for this manga will follow.
Continue reading “Updated Thoughts on Tonari no Kashiwagi-san” →
How long has it been since I started this series? According to MyAnimeList… almost eleven months ago. Sounds accurate. Recommended to me long ago by a commenter whose name I do not recall, I had actually seen the above cover image while browsing the site I use to read manga. It was enough for them to suggest that, despite the use of sexual fan service, it had enough heart to be a fun read. Taking their word for it, the journey began. Not sure if I regret it… yet. Continue reading “Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru Struggles to Find Reasoning Beyond Trendiness” →
A week into 2019, I started reading a quaint little manga called Hi Score Girl (occasionally titled as High Score Girl). In truth, this was not the first time I came across this series, as I’ve been wanting to read it ever since… well, ever since running across it on MyAnimeList all the way back in 2013 or so. It wasn’t until news broke that the series was ending in 2018 that I felt re-invigorated to finally try it out. What an interesting year it’s been, going through this story (and waiting months for individual chapters to scanlate). Continue reading “Hi Score Girl Deserves a Participation Trophy” →
Even with my advanced age and slightly-cynically-inclined mindset, there is still a mushy part of my soul that adores the sweet and wholesome progression of romantic couplings. While I find the shipping fanatics of the world almost alarming in their enthusiasm, I empathize with them, as nothing gets me going in fiction quite like a well-developed romance. Something about two people trusting in one another over all else in a world so torn by disarray and strife… my heart goes “doki doki.” Because, in the end, all we really have is each other, right? Continue reading “Cigarette & Cherry – A Potential Floater” →
Note: Yugami-kun ni wa Tomodachi ga Inai has not finished scanlating at the time of this writing. That in mind, note that my overall reflection of the piece’s quality may change (slightly) upon the release of the final chapters. With 79 of 81 chapters released, however, any major feelings are unlikely to change. Continue reading “Yugami-kun ni wa Tomodachi ga Inai – Solitude’s Strengths (and Weaknesses)” →
Everyone, it has happened. I’ve been waiting for this day… for too long. Tonari no Kashiwagi-san has finally finished its scanlation thanks to the aid of one brave Spanish reddit user named “u/desdnt.” This man(?) has no idea the impact he(?) has made on my life upon the release of the last chapters of this manga. This is my salute to them, as a fellow human being and a peruser of pixelated pictures online. Thank you. Continue reading “HUZZAH! TONARI NO KASHIWAGI-SAN HAS FREED ME FROM ITS KAWAII CLUTCHES!” →
I’m reading a lot of ongoing manga. According to MyAnimeList, I’m reading ten ongoing manga, with three more that have completed, but are still being scanlated. Truth be told, while my anime-watching days are at a much more peaceful state compared to years past, manga has been something I’ve kept up on regularly. Some of these manga I enjoy so much that I feel the need to write on them while they’re still in production, like with when I wrote a piece on Komi-san. (Wow, has it really been over a year since I wrote that?!) Today’s topic is on a manga that, all things considered, might trump my adoration for the former. Continue reading “Let’s Accept Chaos with Aharen-san wa Hakarenai” →
From the mangaka that brought you Kobayashi Chi no Maid Dragon comes a simple 4-koma story of love between opposites, wrapped up in a convenient manner of awkward encounters and resolving past prejudice. Whether you interpret the previous statement as sarcastic, condescending, or formal, all I have to reply with is “Yes.” Continue reading “Entries from the Dead: Ojojojo” →