Entry #10: Sore wa Totsuzen, Unmei no Aite ga (SoM 2018)

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Ecch-i. It is the stuff of legends. It produces hordes of fans all across the land for a single purpose: sexual stimulation. Boy, do I LOVE unwarranted, random sexual stimulation with no payoff. Y’know what I like better than that? A setting that invites it without doing anything to the cultural norms which stigmatize the activity. Boy, do I LOVE teenagers who are too scared of sex to actually have sex, instead of behaving like teenagers and having sex. (more…)

Entry #9: Koukoku no Shugosha (SoM 2018)

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I really wasn’t fond of this manga early on. My feelings were in murky conflict as I fought to diversify my Summer with different sorts of genres and tones, instead of endlessly indulging in cute/stupid romances. There are times when I try to charge forward in spite of my disinterest, thinking it will do me good. In this case, the opening chapters did little to bring me out of my funk. About a third of the way through got me pretty invested. (more…)

Entry #7: Itoshi no Karin (SoM 2018)

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I could almost copy/paste the opening (full) paragraph for Inugami-san, read a few weeks back, to this most recent manga title. Itoshi no Karin (not to be confused with Itoshi no Kana… ugh) is a manga that I’m almost certain doesn’t even make the minimum requirement of pages necessary to qualify for the Summer. At twenty chapters (technically twenty-one, but it includes a bonus chapter) with an average of twenty-four pages (give or take), that’s about 480 total pages—the minimum was 500. Seeing as it was so close and the kawaii waifu adorning the cover entranced me, I figured I’d let it slide. Besides, it ended up being almost the exact thing I was looking for to read after super-duper Shounen space adventure. (more…)