And I do mean early in the morning. I woke up before 5:30 am this morning, even after going to bed after midnight. It's that time of the month again, and I can't sleep. (^^;
Just some lighthearted shoujo manga--my brain wasn't in any condition for more:
Descendants of Darkness Vol.6 by Matsushita Youko
My guess is that VIZ Media found nothing to censor in this volume--as there was nothing reprehensible, save for a bit of naughty dialogue. In fact, Muraki's virtual absence made this volume a virtual yawn, and it's no wonder that I don't really remember too much about it from the time that I was enjoying the series in Japanese. In this volume, we have sadistic Tatsumi, foolish Watari, and lots and lots more puppy-eyed Tsuzuki. Oh, and some *maybe* lesbians. What I *do* remember, though, is Matsushita's detailed admonitions about what is and isn't acceptable in fan letters addressed to her. I mean, how could I forget!? "Don't write in pencil." "Be polite." "You must put a return address on the envelope." "Write legibly." "Plain stationary only." GOOD LORD! Gimme a break! How rude of her is it to say all of these things to her readers, anyway? She's even more of a drama queen than Anne Rice. (And that's saying something.) Really, Matsushita. Take your fan letters and be grateful for what the readers have to give. No wonder she doesn't do manga anymore. She was probably emotionally unstable.
Ultra Maniac Vol.1 by Yoshizumi Wataru
The author's very first fantasy-tinged title, I didn't have high hopes, especially after how boring Marmalade Boy got after awhile, but I was pleasantly, delightfully surprised! The story crosses the serious, sraightlaced, and rather unimaginative Ayu with the cheerful, well-intentioned but inadvertently distructive, magic school dropout Nina. Ayu becomes Nina's guinea pig as she practices her magic in the hopes that she won't fail magic classes again next year. Though she's endlessly generous at heart, but her magic does more harm than good, and plotting to bring Ayu together with her schoolgirl crush inevitably backfires. I almost stopped breathing from helpless laughter when a ring that was supposed to stop annoying boys from poking her instead electrocuted every boy who touched Ayu. In any case, the manga looks a lot like Yoshizumi's previous relationship school drama titles; the magic happens rather subtly, but the little spice of magic gives the standard love triangle at the heart of the story a much needed blast of fresh air. Good, wholesome, clean fun. Highly recommended to shoujo fans. (^_^)