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Wow more manga opinions nobody cares about.

I finished reading K-On! (けいおん!), K-On! College (けいおん! college), and K-On! Highschool (けいおん! highschool). It’s a fun light-hearted series that I really should have read earlier. The premise is simple, a bunch of high schools girls form a music club and get up to the usual anime antics. Anyway you’ve probably heard of it, and it’s popular for a good reason so go read it!

This month a pre-order I placed months ago for a figurine arrived, along with a couple of others I ordered at the same time. There’s some pictures on my Twitter if you care to see them. Worth it I guess, I’ve got the money. I was surprised nobody I knew passed judgement for gay-ass anime girl figurines.

I also finally got around to watching THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: BEYOND THE BRILLIANT FUTURE! (THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE 輝きの向こう側へ!). It was decent I guess, but the story was nothing really enthralling. It felt more like they just shoved a couple of episodes of the anime together.

There’s another couple of currently-publishing mangas I’m reading:

My Senpai is Annoying (先輩がうざい後輩の話) is a cute little heart-warming series that’s being published on Pixiv. It’s one of those tsundere almost-romance stories.

Wake up please, Ms. Kusakabe (起きてください、草壁さん) is great if you like sleeping and girls that like to take naps.

I watched Pop Team Epic (ポプテピピック) as it was airing. If you can’t appreciate some really avant-garde surrealist humor you might not like it. I thought it was pretty good. A lot of crazy meta-jokes. When I first heard about it (through physical advertisements in Akihabara!), I’ll admit I had no clue how they were going to make it into an anime. But they did somehow and it turned out pretty decent. They gave these guys 24 minutes to make whatever they wanted, and it turns out it’s 12 minutes of whatever they wanted but twice. Go give it a shot, you might like it.

Apart from that I’ve just been up to the usual stuff: work and counterstrike. Follow my Twitch channel if you like to watch people play video games instead of playing them yourself. I’ve also got a vacation planned in a couple of weeks to Las Vegas/Grand Canyon/the Southwest, so maybe that will be fun.

More cartoon book reviews —

I wanted to write an update on the stuff I’ve been reading so…

I finished reading the main series of Nichijou (日常). It’s a great light-hearted comedy manga, but if you can’t appreciate the absurdist kind of humor it features you might not like it, it took me a bit to get into it. If you’re looking for something fun to read I’d totally recommend it. I was something I enjoyed reading during those isolated evenings down in the Mojave desert. The manga almost seems like it was written to be made into an anime with how animated it is. I haven’t watched it though, maybe sometime soon. Helvetica Standard (ヘルベチカスタンダード) is like the DVD bonus features for the manga, I picked it up and you should too if you liked it.

I finished all six volumes of Mysterious Girlfriend X (謎の彼女X ‘Nazo no Kanojo X’) as well. It’s a bit of a longer read but if you wanted to read a romance manga I’d absolutely recommend it. Unlike some others I’ve read I liked how it set the story up for drama but instead of things turning bad everything resolves in a nice wholesome manner, it was almost refreshing. The story was kind of slow and doesn’t make a lot of progression so if you wanted a riveting story that keeps you going for the next volume you might not like it. On the other hand, if you want a sweet, loving, fun story to read you’ll like it as much as I did. There’s an anime too but I haven’t seen it. Considering how many volumes of manga there were I would imagine they cut out quite a bit.

I’m up to volume 4 of Aho Girl (アホガール). I’ll admit I’m only reading it because of the memes. If you want a fun 4-koma comedy manga it’s pretty good.

I’ve been keeping up with Please Tell Me! Galko-chan (おしえて! ギャル子ちゃん ‘Oshiete! Galko-chan’), nothing to add from my last post. Volume 11 of No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! (私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い! ‘Watamote’) was good too.

K-On! (けいおん!) is another series I started reading. It’s a nice fun little manga with cure girls doing cute things. It’s only four thin volumes so it’s not terribly long.

I also picked up a bunch of doujins at Comiket 93 when I was in Japan over Christmas. It was super cool but I don’t really have any reviews to write.

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