There were thunderstorms last night, but fortunately no lightning struck too close. The puppies handled it all quite well, really. My mother (who visited), thinks that they've become quite attached to me. She noticed the way they watched me intently and tried to solicit my attention exclusively. Indeed, after last night's LJ marathon, I lifted my laptop off my lap and found Boslie in it instead. ^^;
Anyway, I read the following manga yesterday morning, and then decided to head on back to novels (restarted Kushiel's Dart...maybe I'll actually finish it this time!):
Basara Vol.13 by Tamura Yumi
Our heroes escape the Abashiri prison (though there is yet a bit of complication left unresolved) and travel back down south. Ageha has decided that it's time for Sarasa to learn not to rely on him, so he goes off on his own (but not before just a couple more panels of gratuity with Shirazu). In a way, it's pleasant seeing a heroine being told that she should not be relying on a man, as that happens way too often for comfort in shoujo manga. Sarasa's travels take her to the now deeply-oppressed Suo City, and the possibly tragic love affair between the magistrate's pacifist, artistic son and a woman helping, quietly, to forment resistance. As always Sarasa assumes her role as Tatara with tremendous strength, her insecurities visible only to herself. Which is a very realistic rendition of heroism, I think; only people with delusions of grandeur *really* believe themselves to be heroes. As always, an excellent title with magnificent sweep and a haunting message of freedom.
Eyeshield 21 Vol.3 by Inagaki Riichiro and Murata Yusuke
Vol.3 concludes the game between the White Knights and the Devil Bats, and it goes without saying that the Devil Bats lose--BUT they are able to score two touchdowns on the competition, which is far more than was ever expected. Naturally, as this is a tournament shounen manga, this means that it is time to regroup and train. In this manga, that also means finding new team members, which is functioning apace. In an amusing twist, Hiruma has taken to doubling as Eyeshield 21, and he of course has given the guy an angry, confrontational, zero personality that is quite at odds with Sena's wimpdom. The characters really are quite lovable, and I'm pleased to see that Mamori is of the cute and super-strong heroine tradition, not the cute and frail one. I'm definitely continuing this series for at least a few more volumes. It has continued quite strongly thus far.