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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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