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Brain goes *SPLUT* (despite mild caffeination from multiple cups of green tea)... 
3rd-Aug-2005 09:28 pm
First off, an embarrassingly attention-seeking meme from gogoangelgunboy (self-described attention-whore ^_~ ):

Do you read me?
If you read me on a regular/semi regular basis, leave me a comment and let me know. Then post this in your lj and find out who reads you.

(Okay, okay, I admit I'm dying to see if someone unexpected answers in the affirmative.)

Inbetween writing the Manga Departments news articles today, I was reading more manga off the ever-growing pile. I think the fact of my selections, as my brain is not in any condition for what I really want to read--Saint Fire by Tanith Lee and The Vintner's Luck by Elizabeth Knox--should tell you EXACTLY how I'm feeling right now:

Hana-Kimi Vol.7 by Nakajo Hisaya
Damn Nakajo for making this series start to get good just as I was thinking of dropping it permanently! Or is it that my standards are just falling of the sheer end of the cliff? >_< Damn me for not being sure one way or the other! In any case, my pitiful brain was entertained, a Julia pretends to be Mizuki's girlfriend and Osaka High goes off on its trip to Hokkaido. I'm really having trouble believing that, after all this time, Mizuki hasn't been found out by anyone but Sano...and I have even more trouble believing that Sano's been able to hide his knowledge from Mizuki! But then, we wouldn't have a story, no would we? I think I love Dr. Umeda's gratuitous moments most of all, though reading the author's cheerful nattering on about American TV dramas that she likes was also amusing.

Tramps Like Us Vol.6 by Ogawa Yayoi
God, does Ogawa draw the human form beautifully, or what!? Her careful perspective at times betrays formal art training, in spite of the typical mangaka's minimalist approach. I wasn't certain that the little vacation story, with its supernatural subthemes, was quite appropriate for the series. I'm not sure I like magic in my romantic soap opera comedies. :P In any case, I think this volume marks a turning point: Hasumi's finally off to Hong Kong, but not before one of Sumire's coworkers confesses her undying love to him...while Sumire is as always her stoic, unruffled self. Maybe now there will be more room in her heart for Momo to move into; can a pet also be a lover? ^^; (Oh, and how come Ogawa's drawing Momo *taller* than Sumire now, anyway? He wasn't before. Komatteru.) As always, an excellent, mature series that is almost, but not quite, a ladies manga.

Vampire Game Vol.12 by JUDAL
You get the feeling that things are at last starting to come to a climatic head, and that the series will end soon, in Vol.12. Darres, with some magical help from Duzell, exchanges his blood Ishtar and is able to draw the holy sword Sidia, thus "proving" his descent and eligibility to marry Ishtar. The vampires are also making their move, and they are by no means loyal to their once-departed king Duzell. As always, a bit of homoerotic overtone with what turns out to be the reincarnation of the vampire king's former "toy." Yujinn starts playing his hand, and it's a...interesting one, to say the least. Also, could Illsaide be the reincarnation of Phelios? Starting to look pretty likely... Yet another great, if under-read, series that originally ran in Wings--highly, highly recommended to vintage CLAMP fans and anyone who likes their bishounen long- and silver-haired. ^_~
4th-Aug-2005 02:27 am (UTC)
Well I do read you, sometimes.. Once in a while anyhow.....

Umm, would I like Tramps Like Us?
4th-Aug-2005 02:31 am (UTC)
Actually. Considering what all else you've read--Yes. ^__^

It's about Harvard graduate Sumire who works for publishing and faces daily misunderstanding and prejudice from her coworkers for being the "successful," brilliant career woman. Thing is...she keeps a this boy as a pet...

Sound good? XD XD XD

Yeah. I think you'd like the story a lot.
4th-Aug-2005 02:34 am (UTC)
YEAH....another person who likes Tramps Like Us. (hugs vol. 6)....

THIS is such a breath of fresh air for someone who loves manga but is starting to tire of all the 16 year old girl's dealing with their angst and bra size.

Sumire is a WOMAN and my goodness doesn't that one just stand up and flip the bird at the world in a male dominated society and is way too busy to angst about anything more than the fact that she's out of ciggies. *snrk*

I love her and Momo and dayum I live in hope that they wake up one day and realize they are really perfectly matched....

I am not sure what happened with that left turn at the mermaid story but *shrugs*...what the heck...this is a tale built around the premise that a male in Japan would be willing to be a womans pet so what the heck?


I continue to devour this one as soon as it arrives regardless of how hungry the family is :P
4th-Aug-2005 02:41 am (UTC)
I continue to devour this one as soon as it arrives regardless of how hungry the family is :P

*nods* I'm starting to find that this one is coming consistently close to the top of my "immediate must-reads".

Sumire is a WOMAN and my goodness doesn't that one just stand up and flip the bird at the world in a male dominated society and is way too busy to angst about anything more than the fact that she's out of ciggies.

*nods so more* Yeah, it's so refreshing to see a story about a woman coming head to head with very real Japanese corporate prejudice and intolerance. A lot of women in Japan write about this, but not a lot of manga that make it over to the US attain that level of realism.

*sighs* But...have you seen Happy Mania? In theory *very* similar to Kimi wa Pet, but ohmygod how much I *hated* the heroine. She went through boyfriends like cheap socks, and she had not the a modicum of Sumire's intelligence. Yet I can't fully rationalize why I like Kimi wa Pet so much and Happy Mania not at all...
4th-Aug-2005 02:49 am (UTC)
someone DOESN'T like bish with long silver hair? chuu.
that would be worse than not liking exotic arabian lube...*grin*

of course i read your journal. gosh.
4th-Aug-2005 02:54 am (UTC)
Okay, so I admit I've never met anyone who *didn't* like a bishounen with long, silver hair...but that hypothetical person must be out there somewhere, right? ^^;

I figure the bishounen lovers have somehow missed out on Vampire Game because the cover art isn't the most suggestive in the world:


But the boys in this series really *are* pretty.
4th-Aug-2005 04:57 am (UTC)
You know I read your entries. I'm just lazy and don't commment.
4th-Aug-2005 10:53 am (UTC)
Do I count for reading if I just skim?

And boys with short silver hair are much cuter. Long silver hair belongs on girls, guy hair doesn't have the right sway to pull it off.
4th-Aug-2005 11:27 am (UTC)
*raises hand too*
I don't like long hair on guys that much either, too much brainwashing and bad images come to mind.

I always thought the ending for Hana Kimi was too abrupt at 23 considering that it was dragging out for so long and at its pace. 22 and 23 was kinda interesting tho.
4th-Aug-2005 11:28 am (UTC)
Oooo - I have The Vinter's Luck in my to-read pile. Maybe I'll attack that after I finish all six of the Witch World (in two giant omnibusses) books I'm currently reading - brain candy is fun, but something meatier might be nice.
4th-Aug-2005 12:22 pm (UTC)
Witch World? That sounds famailiar...who's the author?
4th-Aug-2005 12:31 pm (UTC)
Vampire Game is great - V12 actually arrived yesterday with my box o'manga, but after reading Fruits Basket 11 and the final volume of Lament of the Lamb....anything else would have felt trite. I'll probably read that (and Model 7 - the pretty, pretty art has somehow kept me buying this, despite the horrific mess that is the story) tonight.

Yellow 1 arrived in that box, too - I'm kind of scared to read it after your review. ^_^;;
4th-Aug-2005 12:35 pm (UTC)
*grins* I just finished Lament of the Lamb Vol.7 last night. Err...*confusions*...I thought Toume Kei was a *woman*...

In any case, the ending wrapped itself up nicely, but I was disappointed that it ended up being one of those "but only (like) a dream" plots. The story was always gorgeous and rather original in its premise and execution (until the end, that is), though.
4th-Aug-2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
That meme is spreading like wildfire! The first time I saw it I thought someone was just making it up to see who reads him. But it's come up 7 times on my flist.
4th-Aug-2005 06:46 pm (UTC)
No kidding. ^^; I've only seen it once. From the person I took it from. >_<

But then, gogoangelgunboy is the only self-described attention whore on my friends list.
5th-Aug-2005 12:48 pm (UTC)
I've been away from the computer a bit the last couple days, but anyway...I do read regularly, even if I don't comment very often.
5th-Aug-2005 12:51 pm (UTC)
*nods* I always read everyones' entries...but do I remember them? Now, *that's* the question... ^^;
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