Rurouni Kenshin, part 3

part 1part 2

I keep falling behind on reviewing manga >.<; during this quarantine, I keep reading ongoing series. so to make up for that, I’ve decided to review another one of the series that I own. it’s always faster for me to read something I can hold in my hands >.>; so, here we go!

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Since I own this series, I will be reading the official English translation. I have the omnibus volumes.
summary:
“Shinomori Aoshi was once the leader of Edo Castle’s elite guard, the Oniwabbanshuu. When the shougunate was overthrown, Aoshi and his men were deprived of both home and purpose. All that’s left to them now are their fighting skills, which they’ve put to service as a mercenary guard for the industrialist Takeda Kanryuu. However much sympathy Kenshin might feel for the Oniwanbanshuu, he’s sworn to stop Kanryuu’s corrupt plans. But in order to do so, he’ll have to defeat Aoshi, a shinobi prodigy and master of a deadly twin-sword style.
Later, Isurugi Raijuuta, a swordsman of incredible strength and ferocity, requests Kenshin’s aid in reforming Japan’s swordsmanship schools, to save them from their decline in the modern age. Although Kenshin is intrigued by Raijuuta’s ideals, he’s disturbed by his increasingly brutal methods. Sanosuke runs into some trouble of his own when he’s reunited with a member of the Sekihou Army -the doomed civilian-run unit that they both served in during the revolution- who’s determined to exact revenge from the Meiji government.”
I am going to be doing shorthand as I read.  These descriptions are really more of a reminder to myself about what all I have been able to read so far.  Sorry if this bothers anyone!  I will do a full description on the final review page of each series I read.
Every post past this point will be a spoiler, so please read ahead with caution!
ch23: Kenshin fights Han’nya while Yahiko sits on Sanosuke’s shoulders (omg, that’s so adorable). Kenshin has some trouble at first because Han’nya’s tattoos create an obstacle illusion, but measuring with his sword, Kenshin figures it out and cracks Han’nya’s mask which hides his true face
ch24: Han’nya deformed his own face in order to be a master of disguise. his loyalty to Aoshi is absolute since Aoshi gave him a home and a purpose. Han’nya was almost killed by his parents and left in the woods where he somehow managed to survive before eventually meeting Aoshi who let him join the Oniwanbanshuu. Kenshin asks for Han’nya knew Megumi’s past -he did. Kenshin defeats him, and they continue on. 2nd guy (Shikijou) lets Kenshin and Yahiko escape so he can fight Sanosuke. he doesn’t think Sanosuke will be a challenge; Sanosuke’s mad now xD
ch25: Shikijou’s strong enough to throw Sanosuke around, and 1 headbutt makes Sanosuke stagger, but there’s no conviction in him; he’s all about the battle. he started working for Aoshi after he (only 13) defeated the fully grown Shikijou -who was working for the Ishin Shishi. Aoshi promised strength, so Shikijou switched sides. Sanosuke’s not impressed. with his conviction, he beats Shikijou before passing out himself. now, Kenshin and Yahiko face Aoshi
ch26: Yahiko’s told to stand back so Kenshin can fight Aoshi xD Aoshi uses a kodachi sword which is known as the shield sword (its shorter length makes it less powerful, but its light weight makes it great for parrying blows); Kenshin knows these are a pain to fight against. turns out Aoshi also knows martial arts which he uses to attack while defending with the kodachi. also, he taught Han’nya, so he’s even better. history lesson time @.@;
Yoshinobu, the last shougun of the Tokugawa area, left Osaka Castle during the battle of Toba Fushimi and went to Edo. he hid at the Kan-Eiji Temple in Ueno and left Katsu Kaishuu in charge. that guy met with Saigou Takamori, and they agreed to leave Edo Castle out of the battle. and thus the Oniwabanshuu didn’t get to fight in the Bakumatsu period.
which is why Aoshi is still battle hungry; he knows they could’ve secured victory if they’d been given a chance. they would’ve set fire to the city and killed the leaders during the confusion, leaving the footman to fall in battle. he’s still all for this plan, even during times of peace. he just wants to fight and prove his group’s strength. Kenshin’s not happy. while they keep fighting, Kanryuu tries to figure out how to get rid of Aoshi and Kenshin at the same time, and Megumi keeps considering her dagger <=(
ch27: Kenshin’s struggling against Aoshi, but he has a counter attack forming. Aoshi with a kodachi’s formidable because he controls his opponent’s range; Kenshin takes that control from him, so Aoshi uses his full skill and downs Kenshin. Yahiko prepares to battle to his last breath -Aoshi almost regrets having to kill him-, but Kenshin stands again; he blocked with his scabbard and took half damage. Kenshin catches Aoshi’s blade (supposedly martial arts don’t have a technique for this, but all 500 kenjutsu sword styles do?) and shoves the hilt into Aoshi’s throat xD (Idk why that makes me happy; maybe because I’m ready for Kenshin to take Aoshi down? he’s too focused on the past while Kenshin focuses on the future and what he can do to continue bettering the world)
ch28: after a 2nd hit -and a counter from Aoshi-, Aoshi’s defeated. he’s only unconscious for about 10 seconds, and Kenshin asks him why he didn’t become an officer after the Bakumatsu. Aoshi says he got tons of offers, but none for his men, so he stayed with the Oniwabanshuu that couldn’t move on in the Meiji era. Kanryuu reveals a gatling gun. minor history time:
it was invited in 1861 by an American doctor (Dr. Gatling) and brought to Japan after its use in the American Civil War by the Union. it’s 1 of the 3 great machines of war, alongside the armored ship /Stonewall Jackson/ and the Armstrong gun. it became well known in Japan after its use in the 3rd battle in the Boshin War by Minister Kawai Tsugunosuke
the gun Kanryuu has can shoot 200 bullets per minute. its shots wake up Sanosuke and all the previously defeated Oniwabansuu. Kenshin’s able to dodge the shots while carrying Yahiko -because Kanryuu’s not trying hard?- but Aoshi gets shot in the legs when he makes Kanryuu mad. Kanryuu intends to become a weapons dealer after making enough money from opium dealing; he thinks money will give him more power than Kenshin or Aoshi could ever have with their abilities. the Oniwabanshuu sacrifice themselves one after the other in order to save Aoshi, also giving Kenshin enough time to get his sword (also Han’nya told Kenshin where Megumi is). Kanryuu tries to shoot Kenshin, but he’s out of bullets. I love Kenshin’s line here ❤ “If you’re going to beg for your life, pray to your beloved money!!” <333 so good! <33 they leave Aoshi to grieve and continue on ahead

that’s all I have time to read this time, so if you would like to keep reading along with me, then please click <here>.

Rurouni Kenshin, part 2

part 1

I keep falling behind on reviewing manga >.<; during this quarantine, I keep reading ongoing series… >_>;; so to make up for that, I’ve decided to review another one of the series that I own. it’s always faster for me to read something I can hold in my hands >.>; so, here we go!

Rurouni Kenshin

Since I own this series, I will be reading the official English translation. I have the omnibus volumes.
summary:
“One hundred and fifty years ago in Kyoto, amid the flames of revolution, there arose a warrior, an assassin of such ferocious power he was given the title Hitokiri: Manslayer. With his bloodstained blade, the Hitokiri Battousai helped close the turbulent Bakumatsu period and end the reign of the shouguns, slashing open the way toward the progressive Meiji Era.
Then he vanished, and with the flow of years became legend.
In the eleventh year of Meiji, in the middle of Tokyo, the tale begins. Himura Kenshin, a humble rurouni, or wandering swordsman, comes to the aid of Kamiya Kaoru, a young woman who is struggling to defend her father’s school of swordsmanship against attacks by the infamous Hitokiri Battousai. However, neither Kenshin nor Battousai are quite what they seem…”
I am going to be doing shorthand as I read.  These descriptions are really more of a reminder to myself about what all I have been able to read so far.  Sorry if this bothers anyone!  I will do a full description on the final review page of each series I read.
Every post past this point will be a spoiler, so please read ahead with caution!
ch14: Kenshin hesitates, but it only takes a word from Jin-e for Kenshin to swing his sword. Kaoru yells for him to stop, surprising Kenshin and Jin-e; she’s broken the strengthened technique with her will for Kenshin to stay a rurouni. she was never even on Jin-e’s radar to be able to do that (but he also never knew she ran a dojo; he just saw a pretty girl in a kimono talking to Kenshin by the river; he underestimated her). Kenshin is saved, but Jin-e’s not down yet. Kenshin tells him to surrender, and Jin-e stabs himself through the chest; he can’t afford to be caught and interrogated by the police. he was hired by someone in the government and used the guise of a “crazy serial killer” to continue his work as a hitokiri. he says a hitokiri is a hitokiri until death. it gives Kenshin something to think about. Kenshin intends to suppress his hitokiri nature for the rest of his life. on the way back to the dojo, Kaoru thanks Kenshin for saving her life, and he thanks her for saving his. he tries to return her ribbon, but it’s all bloody now xD Sanosuke gives them crap for being out together all night xD
ch15: Kaoru likes the idea of having Kenshin on a leash xD Sanosuke takes Kenshin gambling! he wants Kenshin to cheer up -plus he’s using Kenshin’s abilities (how do those work? O.o) to predict the dice. gambling’s illegal, so Kenshin doesn’t want to do it, but it’s also illegal to carry a sword, so Kenshin agrees to stay. 1 of Sanosuke’s friends died recently from opium overdose -opium is also illegal. it’s also expensive, so Kenshin’s not sure how someone with normal income could buy enough to overdose from it. a lady runs into the room; she’s being chased by a couple guys. Sanosuke beats them up because he’s in a bad mood and he doesn’t like their attitude. they work for Takeda Kanryuu, a local “industrialist” who’s gained a lot of power recently. even the yakuza know not to mess with him. a 3rd guy appears and hurts two of Sanosuke’s friends before Kenshin and Sanosuke stop him. the lady wants them to help her escape Kanryuu, and it seems like she’s willing to pay in opium
ch16: the group returns to the dojo, and the lady (Megumi Takani) seems to have taken a liking to Kenshin. Sanosuke says they won Megumi to cover someone’s debts, and Kenshin reluctantly agrees to try and keep Kaoru uninvolved. more teasing happens, and Kaoru gets mad and kicks everyone out. Yahiko vanishes after this? O.o? Sanosuke wants answers from Megumi, but she’s being a pain and refusing to talk about herself. Sanosuke intends to stop the opium; he’s very serious about it. one of his friends shows up; the others have been checked out by the doctor, so they’re okay, but the 2 guys who attacked have shown up dead in the river. when our group arrives, they spot Kanryuu, the 3rd guy (Beshimi), and someone else. this guy isn’t part of the private army; he was hired after for even more security. he’s the okashira -aka the head/leader- of Edo castle’s oniwabanshuu -who were spies during the Edo period, now called onmitsu/ninja/shinobi. his name’s Aoshi Shinomori, and he became the okashira when he was 15, but he’s no longer the head (maybe because he works for Kanryuu now?). there’s a 4th person in the crowd named Han’nya, but we can’t see them. Kanryuu doesn’t give 2nd chances to his men; he kills those who fail. Aoshi is giving Beshimi a 2nd chance to get Megumi back. she’s the golden goose to Kanryuu
ch17: back at the dojo, Kenshin questions Megumi. she’ll answer questions about Kanryuu’s forces but nothing about herself. there’s 60 men in the private army and maybe 10 oniwabanshuu. Sanosuke’s sitting outside, and he keeps Kaoru from eavesdropping; she doesn’t like Kenshin being alone with Megumi xD also, Kenshin’s handwriting is apparently bad; Kaoru makes a joke that it’s as bad as the mangaka’s xD (I always like meta jokes like that xD) Kenshin tells Kaoru that something may happen at the dojo soon, but he’ll make sure she’s safe; she’s ok with it as long as he explains later. Megumi intends to run away during the fighting. Beshimi arrives with Hyottoko and Han’nya. Hyottoko breaks through the gate, and Sanosuke attacks first, but Hyottoko can breathe fire. he has a 9 liter bag of oil in his stomach and false teeth made of flint to start a spark. Sanosuke’s legs get burned, so Kenshin fights next, using the wind from his sword to repel the fire until the oil runs out. when Megumi tries to leave, Kaoru says the least she can do is stay since these men are fighting for her sake; Kaoru says that Kenshin won’t lose (it’s good to have that level of faith in your friends, but strategy wise, I can see why Megumi would intend to run, so I can’t fault her there. though running off too early is also a bad plan)
ch18: Hyottoko refuels (where’d that barrel come from?), and Sanosuke fights him again. he charges Hyottoko head on, through the fire, and rips the oil bag out of his stomach (omg, OW!), then knocks him out with a kick. Beshimi gets desperate and lets his anger get the better of him. he attacks Megumi with a spiral dart, but Yahiko jumps in the way, taking the hit in his arm. Kaoru scolds him, but he says he’s part of the team, so he deserves to at least be allowed to defend. but the dart was poisoned; Yahiko blacks out; he’ll die in an hour. Kenshin attacks Beshimi, but Han’nya uses a log substitution and grabs Beshimi
side note: Sanosuke, yelling at someone who’s poisoned to “snap out of it” is not an effective treatment
ch19: Han’nya wants to leave with his comrades, but Kenshin wants Beshimi to stay so they can get the antidote for Yahiko. they clash, but Han’nya uses martial arts to knock Kenshin back and escape. Megumi diagnoses the poison as jimsonweed and gives instructions -oral and written- for what everyone can do to help Yahiko; Kaoru’s tasked with getting the dojo’s doctor. thanks to these instructions, Yahiko should recover in 2-3 days. jimsonweed can be used for poison or medicine according to the doctor. the dojo’s doctor apparently knows some of Megumi’s history which he tells to Sanosuke and Kaoru at the same time that Megumi tells it to Kenshin. (this is going to be a lot…)
she’s from Aizu where doctors were prevalent. they treated everyone during the war which made the warlord in charge mad. Megumi’s father left Aizu for Nagasaki to study Western medicines -apparently leaving your prefecture back then was bad/hard to do, so the family had to be pardoned in order to return home later. after this, the Aizu War (4th great battle in the Boshin War) happened. The Imperial Army attacked Aizu to the point that even citizens had to fight, but on Sept 22, 1868, they had to surrender; they couldn’t defeat  the Ishin Shishi/patriots/new Empire. since Aizu had supported the Shinsengumi/shougonate, they were discriminated against once the Meiji era started. Megumi’s father died in the battles, and her mother and 2 brothers went missing. 5 years ago, she became the assistant to a doctor that the dojo’s doctor knew. this doctor worked for Kanryuu, and he created a potent opium from fewer materials, making it very valuable. Kanryuu killed him while trying to get the recipe, so now only Megumi knows it. she’s made it for 3 years, believing in the beginning that she was making healing medicine. she lives with the guilt under the hope that someday she can be a real doctor again, save lives instead of taking them, and might even find her missing family members. Kenshin praises her for being so strong by keeping the guilt without caving to Kanryuu; she hasn’t told him the recipe. Kaoru invites Megumi to stay with them -as long as she keeps her hands off Kenshin xD
back at bad guy headquarters, Han’nya reports to Aoshi. Kenshin did injure him, so he’s on recon duty for 3 days to learn Kenshin’s secrets
ch20: Megumi’s a good cook, but Sanosuke won’t eat her cooking since it was her opium that killed his friend. Kenshin asks Megumi not to take it to heart; Sanosuke’s just frustrated since Kanryuu hasn’t made another move for a week, but being called “opium woman” really gets into Megumi’s head. random info: there’s a cannon that fires at noon every day, and a book lender who walks around with new books. the book lender this time is Han’nya in disguise. Kanryuu wants to speak -just speak- with Megumi, so she goes. in the forest, Kanryuu threatens the dojo if Megumi won’t return. the attack is tonight, so she must decide quickly. she writes a farewell letter, saying she’s returning to Aizu, then returns to Kanryuu. Kenshin doesn’t believe the letter; he intends to save Megumi. Yahiko volunteers to because she saved his life, and isn’t this what the Kamiya Kasshin-ryu is for? Sanosuke refuses to go, but Kenshin scolds him. frustrated, Sanosuke decides to go, but only so he can fight
ch21: at the mansion, Yahiko tells Sanosuke not to slow them down, and they fight xD while they break in, Megumi’s with Kanryuu. she intends to kill him then herself, but Aoshi takes her blade. Kanryuu beats her until she’s knocked out <=( in the mainhall, Kenshin and Sanosuke have taken out the swordsmen and yakuza, and now the gunmen appear. Kenshin defeats some, and Sanosuke throws Yahiko at the others. he steals the gun from 1 then pretends to shoot him, causing the gunman to faint in fear. the others are taken out by Kenshin and Sanosuke who tells Yahiko not to slow them down xD Yahiko’s already breathing hard from trying to keep up, but Kenshin and Sanosuke aren’t even phased. Kanryuu sees the devastation and is terrified/confused, but Aoshi’s excited. he recognizes Kenshin for his spirit/ideals from the revolution. Kenshin seems to be his target (maybe that’s why he agreed to work for Kanryuu?)
ch22: Kanryuu tries to bribe Kenshin to become his bodyguard for 200 men’s wages, but Kenshin doesn’t budge; either Kanryuu can bring Megumi down or Kenshin can come up to get her. Kanryuu asks for an hour -intending to torture then kill her-, and Kenshin cuts a steel/metal lamp with enough force to send it crashing into the wall (I think even Aoshi’s impressed xD ). he’ll give Kanryuu an hour (but why though?), but now Kanryuu’s too scared to harm her. the oniwabanshuu will guard her, and after an hour when Kenshin’s been defeated (lol), then Kanryuu can do whatever he wants with her. they did start working for Kanryuu in order to fight strong opponents; they only cooperate with him because they want to; they don’t let Kanryuu boss them around. when Megumi wakes up, Aoshi gives her her short sword back because he respects the struggle she’s had in life. but he doesn’t give her hope for being rescued. the sword is returned as a “mercy”; she’ll die in an hour, either by her own hand or by Kanryuu’s torture… back on the 1st floor, Kenshin and co’s 1st opponent is Han’nya
And that’s the end of the 1st omnibus! There’s a couple versions of the original pilot at the end. I’ll go ahead and write a review for those, but those will be posted after I finish with the main story (omg; that’s going to be awhile @.@; ). There’re also colored versions of each volume cover (an omnibus usually holds 3 volumes) after those stories. I really liked all the colored art in the omnibuses ❤
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Rurouni Kenshin, part 1

I keep falling behind on reviewing manga >.<; during this quarantine, I keep reading ongoing series… >_>;; so to make up for that, I’ve decided to review another one of the series that I own. it’s always faster for me to read something I can hold in my hands >.>; so, here we go!
Since I own this series, I will be reading the official English translation. I have the omnibus volumes.
summary:
“One hundred and fifty years ago in Kyoto, amid the flames of revolution, there arose a warrior, an assassin of such ferocious power he was given the title Hitokiri: Manslayer. With his bloodstained blade, the Hitokiri Battousai helped close the turbulent Bakumatsu period and end the reign of the shouguns, slashing open the way toward the progressive Meiji Era.
Then he vanished, and with the flow of years became legend.
In the eleventh year of Meiji, in the middle of Tokyo, the tale begins. Himura Kenshin, a humble rurouni, or wandering swordsman, comes to the aid of Kamiya Kaoru, a young woman who is struggling to defend her father’s school of swordsmanship against attacks by the infamous Hitokiri Battousai. However, neither Kenshin nor Battousai are quite what they seem…”
I am going to be doing shorthand as I read.  These descriptions are really more of a reminder to myself about what all I have been able to read so far.  Sorry if this bothers anyone!  I will do a full description on the final review page of each series I read.
Every post past this point will be a spoiler, so please read ahead with caution!
ch1: the first half of the chapter is in color =O mostly reds with some blues ❤ so pretty! ❤
140 years ago, Hitokiri Battousai arose on the battlefields in Kyoto and helped to end the Bakumatsu Era before vanishing into legend. now’s it’s the 11th year of the Meiji Era. Kaoru Kamiya -master of the Kamiya dojo- confronts a traveler carrying a sword, accusing him of being the Battousai. his sword is a sakabatou, meaning the sharp edge is on the inner curve of the sword; it’s not a killing sword, so he must not be Battousai. there’s a murderer running around and calling himself Battousai, and he’s using Kaoru’s dojo’s sword style, so she intends to stop him to clear her dojo’s name. the sword style, Kamiya Kasshin-Ryu, was developed by her father over the course of 10 years, but he died 6 months ago in the Seinan War. it’s a style based on katsujin-ken, swords that give life. but Battousai’s even killing police officers. the traveler saves her from death so she can fight another day -but he doesn’t think she should; she’s not strong enough to defeat this Battousai. even her friend/physician, Kihei, says she should give up, but he also wants her to give up the sword and sell the dojo. Kaoru figures out that the Battousai probably lives at the dojo in the next town, and the traveler visits there to confirm. while he defeats the criminals at that dojo, Kihei betrays Kaoru at her dojo. the Battousai’s his younger brother (Kaoru guessed correctly about their hideout), and they want this dojo for its good economic location. the traveler appears and saves the day, defeating the bad guys; he was actually the Battousai of legend, but he wants peace; he no longer kills. Kaoru invites him to stay with her, and he agrees to stop traveling for a while. his name is Kenshin Himura. other info: there’s a ban on swords in the Meiji Era; it’s illegal to carry a real one if you’re not a police officer or military member, but wooden swords are ok.
(hopefully that’s the end of the long explanations @.@; so much info @.@;; )
ch2: Kenshin doesn’t know his age; he thinks he’s 28? the local police formed a sword corp to deal with the “Battousai”, and it’s run by warriors who made names for themselves in battle; they’re tyrants. Kenshin’s been caught again for carrying a sword, and they force him to draw it by threatening Kaoru and the locals; if he draws, they can kill him in “self defense”. Kenshin defeats them but is willing to be arrested for carrying a sword if they’ll stop being brutes. a high ranking guy that Kenshin knew during the war arrives; he wants Kenshin to join the government; all the other war heroes got seats of power, but Kenshin refuses because he didn’t raise his sword for power; he did it for peace. he carries a sword still to protect those in arms reach, and that’s all he wants left in life.
ch3: a kid tries to pickpocket Kenshin. Kaoru catches him, but Kenshin freely gives up his wallet since the kid seems to need money. pride wounded, the kid throws the wallet back. his name’s Yahiko Myoujin, and he’s descended from samurai; he has their pride. he tries to leave his gang but gets beaten for it. his father died a samurai, fighting against the revolution, and his mother joined a brothel so Yahiko could eat; she died of syphilis; the gang took him in after, and they find him trying to leave as an insult. despite the beatings, Yahiko’s adament about quitting. Kenshin arrives and saves him (Idk how many yakuza groups he destroyed while trying to save Yahiko; I wish I knew xD). he declares Yahiko as Kaoru’s student so he can be strong enough to save himself someday; both are shocked
side note: I’ve read this series at least 4 times in the past, and for personal reasons, I won’t read the author’s notes along the side anymore, so there may be some info I’m missing. sorry, but this is the only way I can enjoy this series… in all honesty, the mangaka gets really depressing over time, and it makes me dislike the series >.>;;
ch4: Yahiko and Kaoru clash too much to make any progress; they’re both too stubborn and immature; they’re very similar >.>; Yahiko won’t recognize Kaoru as strong, and she keeps losing her cool from his disrespect. a couple of her old students come to the dojo for help, and she shelters them when they say they were attacked. except, they’re the ones who attacked a gang. the gang arrives for revenge with a CANNON (overkill, guys), and Kaoru gives herself up in exchange for her students. Yahiko defends her, refusing to let her die alone, and Kenshin arrives to save them both. he slices a cannon ball apart, and the gang runs off. Kenshin tells the former students to never return and to never pick up a sword again. Kaoru reminds them to see a doctor, but she’s heartbroken that her father’s sword style of life was used for harm. Kenshin comforts her, and Yahiko finally agrees to be her student, so she doesn’t lose heart
ch5: Kaoru and co get lunch at a local café, and Kenshin takes a bottle to the back of the head so Kaoru doesn’t get hit. Yahiko yells at the drunks, and it quickly escalates. when they try to attack the waitress, a guy shows up and gets them to fight him outside. he wins with just a single flick and compliments Kenshin for intentionally getting hit before by the bottle. he wants to fight Kenshin but is turned down xD he leaves after without paying his bill xD the brothers from ch 1-2 approach him later and pay him to fight Himura Battousai, and he agrees; he’s a fight merchant, after all. he goes by Zanza
ch6: Kenshin’s 28, Kaoru’s 17, Yahiko’s 10, “Zanza” (actually named Sanosuke Sagara) is 19, and the bad brothers are 37 and 45 according to the chapter art. Sanosuke spends 2 weeks researching Kenshin; he researches all his fights before he goes in (which’s really smart =O shows he’s not just a hot headed fight maniac). he finds out that Kenshin was only active as the Hitokiri Battousai for 5 years, spending the 2nd half of his career as a protector against the Shinsengumi. his final battle was at Toba Fushimi, and after, he became a rurouni/traveler. despite knowing all that, Sanosuke couldn’t think of a battle strategy, so he challenges Kenshin honorably. the bad brothers (Hiruma bros) intend to jump in at the end of the fight and shoot Kenshin to assure victory, but they’re found out and the gun destroyed. on the way to the fight area, Yahiko reveals that he’s not bothered by Kenshin’s past. other info: Sanosuke says he believes everyone who fought for the revolution -meaning Kenshin- is a hypocrite; he hates them all. he’s also called Zanza because he wields a zanbatou -a giant katana without a sharp edge, meant to cut down an opponent on a horse; it’s so heavy it can’t be used to it’s potential usually. also, Sanosuke’s formidable because he can take a hit
ch7: Sanosuke’s temporarily brought down, but he remembers why he wears the mark of evil on his back. as a kid, he was part of the Sekihou army, a group of mostly merchants and farmers who fought for the revolution. they were promised lower taxes should the revolution go through, but with victory on the horizon, the new government went back on their word. they named the Sekihou army as traitorous liars and killed their captain as a scapegoat to their own lies. Sanosuke looked up to Captain Souzou Sagara to the point of wanting to 1 day have the same name (most farmers didn’t even have family names, and neither did Sanosuke). he’s never forgiven the revolutionary government for what they’ve done. rage re-awakened, Sanosuke stands up to keep fighting, but the older brother pulls a gun and shoots Kenshin. he blocks. he points a gun at Kaoru and Yahiko, but Sanosuke takes down the younger brother while Kenshin repels the older brother. with them taken care of, Sanosuke challenges Kenshin to continue fighting, and Kenshin flips his blade and accepts the challenge.
ch8: despite taking several hits, Sanosuke won’t fall. Kenshin gives him a good talking to which reminds Sanosuke what he used to fight for: a world of peace and equality; the war may’ve ended, but that doesn’t mean that goal has been achieved. Kenshin continues to fight as a rurouni. Sanosuke allows himself to fall. he’s so injured, it’s predicted that it’ll take 3 months to recover. instead, he’s back at the cafe the next day, still strong enough to take out the drunks from before -but a few punches from Kenshin and co almost level him. he intends to stick around Kenshin to see/test his sincerity. his zanbatou’s broken, and he’s given up being a fight merchant, so now he’s just Sanosuke, not Zanza. he also left the café without paying his bill again xD
ch9: apparently Sanosuke can cook, and Kaoru cannot xD the police chief comes to ask Kenshin to protect a local government guy from an assassin who’s been killing for 10 years. the assassin enjoys sending a warning letter -to get a big defense force- and then slaughtering as many as possible. he’s killed 10+ actual targets in 10 years and 90 police and others in his last attack alone. Kenshin agrees in order to spare some lives and maybe save this serial killer’s heart. Sanosuke joins in because he’s still a fight enthusiast xD the politician brags about surviving the last war, but that’s because Kenshin was his guard during his most famous battle -and Sanosuke’s beating all his “elite guard” in the past. Kenshin reverses his prideful boasting and has him humbly accept the police’s help/protection. at 1am, the outside policemen are killed, and the killer -Kurogasa- gets inside
ch10: the politician, Tani-san, promises x5 pay and an officer’s job to whoever kills the assassin, sending his 15 guards to attack. the assassin can use shin no ippou to paralyze opponents with a glance. Sanosuke gets caught in it, but Kenshin was behind him and is spared. they exchange blows, but Kenshin’s parried. Kurogasa uses the technique again, but Kenshin breaks out with his will. he identifies Kurogasa as Udou Jin-e, a hitokiri for hire during the Bakumatsu. he remembers stories of Kenshin, as well. Sanosuke breaks out of the technique and saves Tani-san, and Kenshin becomes the new target of Jin-e. Jin-e escapes; Kenshin’s troubled because he meant to stop him but was unable to
ch11: Jin-e originally fought for the Shinsengumi, but after killing people he wasn’t supposed to, he switched sides and fought for the patriots. Kenshin’s not sure he can beat him since Jin-e’s continued to fight for the past 10 years while Kenshin hasn’t. he asks Sanosuke to watch over the dojo for him; he won’t be back until he defeats Jin-e. when Sanosuke tells Kaoru, she goes after Kenshin because she’s worried he won’t come back after the fight. hitokiri used to stay near rivers for quick escape routes; Kenshin waits there for Jin-e but Kaoru finds him instead. she gives him her favorite ribbon so he’ll have to come back to return it. Jin-e kidnaps her (super shocking! very well done!) via the speedy river and tells Kenshin to become his old self if he wants to save her
ch12: they’re to meet at midnight at a shrine in the woods. when Kenshin arrives, Kaoru realizes he’s not the same Kenshin she knows; he’s like the old Battousai. Kenshin does well, but Jin-e could still beat him easily, so he ups the pressure by using the eye technique on Kaoru with enough force to freeze her lungs. she’ll be dead in 2 minutes if Kenshin doesn’t really get serious. it’s enough to fully enrage Kenshin. he breaks Jin-e’s nose in an instant and has the intent to kill him now
ch13: Jin-e uses the shin no ippou on himself to convince his mind that he’s invincible. Kenshin still has every intention of killing him. Kaoru can only be saved by his death or her own will. in a trade of blows, Kenshin breaks Jin-e’s elbow and severs the ligaments in his arm, ending his career as a swordsman, and now, he’ll take his life.
side note: according to Kenshin, one earns the title Battousai when one masters the battoujutsu
that’s all I have time to read this time. to keep reading along with me, then please click here to get to part 2! until next time!

Another

I had some time to kill at Books-A-Million, and I stumbled on this manga.  I’d seen it before, and I was fascinated by the art on the cover, so I finally decided to read it.  I didn’t know what to expect, but wow xD  Keep reading below to go along with me!

Another

(image from: https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&sxsrf=ALeKk03bGoy7gWVAU9m0cfnvNYdRumkMzw%3A1583892426349&source=hp&ei=ykdoXrfnEpjJtQbirbuoBA&q=manga+another&oq=manga+another&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0l3j0i22i30l7.832.2261..2402…1.0..0.104.1164.11j2……0….1..gws-wiz…….0i131j35i39j0i10.xubi1xfcDdY&ved=0ahUKEwi39LqLq5HoAhWYZM0KHeLWDkUQ4dUDCAc&uact=5)
I read this offline in the store, so it is the official translation, but I do not own the series.  I read the omnibus -I’m not sure if it comes any other way-, but I did not write down the summary on the back.  If I ever have the time to get that, I will update this section with that information.
Warning: This manga does show graphic gore.  If you’re not comfortable with seeing gore, then this is not the manga for you.
Every post past this point will be a spoiler, so please read ahead with caution!
Review time!
4 stars
Plot: 1 star.  This is actually hard to pinpoint, but I think the plot of the story revolves around the story from 26 years ago. First, we have to learn the full story, and then the characters need to figure out how to stop it early. Finding out the story was the first important mystery, but once you learn the story and its curse, the priority shifts into ending the curse as quickly as possible.  You can’t have one half without the other.  It’s an evolving plot, really, and it does get concluded at the end.  I have to give this a full star.
Art: 1 star.  The art is what drew me in, and it never disappointed.  The umbrella scene was traumatizing, but the positive(?) spin for that is that the art is incredibly detailed.  The use of shading and linework definitely evokes emotions.
Story Progression: 1 star.  This manga does a very good job of capturing your attention early on.  By the end of chapter 1, there’s already an inkling of mystery.  The first few pages are a bit slow, but that only lasts while the main character meets his class presidents.  The pacing does a good job of stretching out the anxiety and confusion of the story which prompts you to keep reading.  It also helped me get more invested in the story itself.  Things pick up right at the end, as they should.  I was never able to predict what would happen next, so it kept my attention the entire time.  I definitely have to give this one star.
Genre: 1/2 star.  A “Japanese mystery horror” is very fitting.  This is definitely a mystery.  The horror genre works, but it’s more psychological with gore -which I suppose would be horror.  I never got scared while reading this, but Japanese horror generally messes with your head more than anything.  The mystery factor cranked that to 11 for me.  I kept trying to put the pieces together when I wasn’t even seeing the whole puzzle.  I was getting as paranoid as the main character; it was impressive xD Horror is not my forte (as the main page states, I generally don’t read horror), so I’m not sure if this is horror or if it should be classified as psychological.  Some sites would add “mature” to cover the gore factor, but that’s splitting hairs.
I’ve tried doing some research (which is not my strong suit) -which means that I googled some terms, and here’s what I found about genres:Another, horror definitions
The Japanese horror definition is useless xP I was disgusted and startled by the umbrella scene, so horror here fits to some extent.  Psychological thriller does not, or at least, the Western idea of it does not suit this manga.  Honestly, psychological horror is the best fit, but that would remove the mystery genre.  Since I’m so on the fence about this and Google has failed me, I’m going to give genre half a star.  I don’t know Japanese horror well enough to know if this manga fits.

Enjoyment: 1/2 star.  I’m not sure how to feel about this manga.  It’s not the usual sort that I read, but I definitely chose to read it, and I never reached a point of giving up on the story.  I was fascinated by the mystery aspects, but I was also disturbed by the gore.  I wouldn’t call this reading “fun”, but it was absolutely an experience.  It’s a complicated feeling.
If you’d like to see my full review, then please click here.

Another, part 2

I had some time to kill at Books-A-Million, and I stumbled on this manga.  I’d seen it before, and I was fascinated by the art on the cover, so I finally decided to read it.  I didn’t know what to expect, but wow xD  Keep reading below to go along with me!
Another (image from: https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&sxsrf=ALeKk03bGoy7gWVAU9m0cfnvNYdRumkMzw%3A1583892426349&source=hp&ei=ykdoXrfnEpjJtQbirbuoBA&q=manga+another&oq=manga+another&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0l3j0i22i30l7.832.2261..2402…1.0..0.104.1164.11j2……0….1..gws-wiz…….0i131j35i39j0i10.xubi1xfcDdY&ved=0ahUKEwi39LqLq5HoAhWYZM0KHeLWDkUQ4dUDCAc&uact=5)
I read this offline in the store, so it is the official translation, but I do not own the series.  I read the omnibus -I’m not sure if it comes any other way-, but I did not write down the summary on the back.  If I ever have the time to get that, I will update this section with that information.
I am going to be doing shorthand as I read.  These descriptions are really more of a reminder to myself about what all I have been able to read so far.  Sorry if this bothers anyone!  I will do a full description on the final review page of each series I read.
Warning: This manga does show graphic gore.  If you’re not comfortable with seeing gore, then this is not the manga for you.
Every post past this point will be a spoiler, so please read ahead with caution!
Unfortunately for me, I didn’t write down a summary of the 2nd half of this manga after I read it >.<; so we’ll just have to go from my bad memory. I know how it ends, so this recounting won’t be very thorough
main character keeps talking to Misaki even though he’s not supposed to, but since everyone ignores her, he’s starting to think she might actually be a ghost. because of his disobedience, his classmates start to ignore him, too -but he doesn’t know why. 1 day, they see him and the next they don’t. now that he’s shunned, too, Misaki talks to him more freely, and it helps the main guy keep his sanity (don’t ignore people; being overlooked and ignored is very taxing on the psyche when you’re in middle school -and high school and any other time in your life).
they hang out in the library more, and the librarian talks to them even though their own teachers won’t. turns out, the librarian used to teach class C, but he couldn’t handle the deaths and eventually he became the librarian instead. the deaths don’t happen every year; there has to be a trigger, and sometimes there are “off years” where no one dies. but if the trigger happens, then someone dies every month for the rest of the school year. even teachers can be hit by it -if they teach class C.
the main character’s mom died during one of these death years, but she had already graduated. her sister (main guy’s aunt) had been in the class at the time, but her memories are hazy. the students’ memories (and teachers’) are always hazy about it. apparently the curse can change people’s memories.
we find out from Misaki and the librarian that since the original death 26 years ago, there’s always a wrong number of people in the class during death years; there’s an extra student. and one year, the deaths stopped partway through the year, but no one can remember why.
during this year, class C’s teacher dies. he goes crazy from the stress, kills his mother, and then kills himself in front of his students. it’s a traumatizing experience, and after that, they stop ignoring Misaki and main guy; it’s too late to try and stop the deaths, so their rule of ignoring them no longer matters. they’d hoped that by ignoring 1 student -and then the new guy- they could appease the curse, but that clearly isn’t working. so now the assistant teacher is in charge, and she’s terrified.
the 1 year the deaths stopped early, the class had gone on a school trip, so the assistant teacher sets that up. she just wants to stop this curse; she doesn’t want to die. but that trip in the past resulted in 3 deaths before finally stopping, and no one knows what else might’ve triggered the stop. so everyone’s freaked out.
somehow, Misaki and main guy learn from a former student what stopped the deaths that year. he left a recording at the school that main guy and co have to find and listen to. over the years, his memory has faded, so the recording is the only way to know. during the trip, the group listens to it, and the new class rep girl overhears. to stop the curse early, you must kill the extra student because they’re actually already dead. kill the ghost and the other deaths stop. but even the ghost doesn’t realize they’re a ghost, no one can tell who it is.
now the group’s terrified; they don’t tell anyone else because they don’t want to start a panic/murder fest. unfortunately, 1 friend thinks their other friend must be the ghost, so he tries to kill him that night. class rep girl also goes after Misaki because surely she’s the ghost. main guy wonders if he’s really the ghost. a fire also starts somehow, so now everyone in the hotel’s in danger.
all the students are wrong; friend B isn’t the ghost, Misaki’s not the ghost, and main guy’s not the ghost. Misaki has a doll’s eye in her right(maybe?) eye, and it’s blue (this was brought up early in the manga; I just didn’t include it last time because I wasn’t sure why it was important). with it, she can see who’s actually alive or dead. she’s known who the ghost is (which is very convenient), and now she knows she has to kill the ghost; she hasn’t wanted to take a life, but it’s the only way (which is understandable; she’s in freaking middle school; no one should have to do this!)
main guy saves Misaki; friend B survived his attack -barely-, and the fire gets put out by the rain. Misaki tells main guy about her ability, clears him of his own panic, and reluctantly tells him who the ghost really is. it’s their assistant teacher, aka: his aunt who looks like his mother, who’s treated him like a son (it’s only revealed now that she’s the assistant teacher). his mother died because aunt was a student in class C; main guy visited once as a child -to attend aunt’s funeral-; grandparents never acknowledged her all year and kept mourning someone other than main guy’s mom; no other class has an assistant teacher. the signs were there, just very subtle
main guy doesn’t let Misaki kill his aunt; he does it himself, and the curse is lifted. none of the other students remember his aunt, even the student who had a crush on her; only Misaki and main guy remember since they were the closest to the situation/were the ones who caused her death. in time, they’ll probably forget, too.
and weirdly enough, I don’t remember what happens after that? that might’ve been the end >.<;; but the mystery(?) has been solved, and the plot is done, so maybe that’s where the manga actually ended! I’ll check on that, too, when/if I eventually get the back cover info.
wasn’t this manga a wild ride? @.@
to read my full review of this manga, please click here.

Another, part 1

I had some time to kill at Books-A-Million, and I stumbled on this manga.  I’d seen it before, and I was fascinated by the art on the cover, so I finally decided to read it.  I didn’t know what to expect, but wow xD  Keep reading below to go along with me!
Another (image from: https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&sxsrf=ALeKk03bGoy7gWVAU9m0cfnvNYdRumkMzw%3A1583892426349&source=hp&ei=ykdoXrfnEpjJtQbirbuoBA&q=manga+another&oq=manga+another&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0l3j0i22i30l7.832.2261..2402…1.0..0.104.1164.11j2……0….1..gws-wiz…….0i131j35i39j0i10.xubi1xfcDdY&ved=0ahUKEwi39LqLq5HoAhWYZM0KHeLWDkUQ4dUDCAc&uact=5)
I read this offline in the store, so it is the official translation, but I do not own the series.  I read the omnibus -I’m not sure if it comes any other way-, but I did not write down the summary on the back.  If I ever have the time to get that, I will update this section with that information.
I am going to be doing shorthand as I read.  These descriptions are really more of a reminder to myself about what all I have been able to read so far.  Sorry if this bothers anyone!  I will do a full description on the final review page of each series I read.
Warning: This manga does show graphic gore.  If you’re not comfortable with seeing gore, then this is not the manga for you.
Every post past this point will be a spoiler, so please read ahead with caution!
(so, I wrote a summary to explain this manga to a friend, so I’m just going to copy that summary here)
I did start reading a manga at Books-A-Million that was weird. I’m pretty sure it’s a horror genre, but the art’s really pretty. I really like the art, and I’m only guessing that it’s horror. I got about halfway through the story. I like it now -though I was starting to get a little freaked out since things are getting progressively creepier. Idk if I’ll still like it by the end xD
It’s a bit explicit with its violence? It seems to be a physchological, suspense, thriller thing? There’s a lot of mystery and dropped hints, but nothing’s explained. Things just keep happening, and with each event, I can’t help but wonder if I’m crazy or if it’s really real and happening
It’s set in the final year of middle school. Our main character is a boy from Tokyo who’s currently staying with his grandparents in a smaller town. He has health problems, so he misses the beginning of the school year. While in the hospital, he befriends a nurse, meets his new class reps who visit him, and sees another student the day he’s discharged from the hospital -normal so far
This smaller town holds onto traditions and superstitions -which his aunt tells him about. Like, if you’re on the roof at school and you hear a crow, you have to walk back inside with your left foot first. Another one is that whatever the class decides becomes a fact that you just have to go with. There’s also an old story from 26 years ago about a student from class C who died, but no one will talk about it; everyon’s really hushed about it -slightly more weird but still mostly normal
The story’s about a girl named Misaki who died, but her classmates loved her so much, they pretended that she lived. In the graduation picture, you can even see her ghost. Somehow, telling this story triggers tragedy, so no one wants to say it for fear of “starting something”. But there’s a girl in the main character’s class who is named Misaki, and everyone acts like she doesn’t exist -now it gets weird
She was the classmate from the hospital. She went to pay respects to her cousin who had died that day, also named Misaki. She tells him the story from 26 years ago and says that’s only the beginning of the story. But she won’t tell him the rest and warns him to be careful. He tries asking around, asking family, classmates, even the nurse, but no one knows
A month after Misaki’s cousin dies, a classmate gets a call about a family emergency and runs out of class. She falls and dies. Now everyone’s saying the 26 year old curse is obviously triggered -it’s too late to stop it-, so now, someone related to their class will die every month until the school year ends
The nurse tries to help the main character learn the full story -she doesn’t know anything because she went to a different school growing up. But there’s an accident, and she dies, too. Her brother was in the class. The new class rep says this is all the main character’s fault, but he still doesn’t know what’s going on or even what’s real
And that’s as far as I’ve gotten. I’m curious where it’ll go next, but I hope it’s nothing too traumatizing xD
when the first classmate died, her death was super graphic; I think I actually jumped when I saw it, and I had to look away. Gore is not my thing, so if you’re like me, you may want to be careful reading this manga; I still can’t get that scene out of my head >.>
To keep reading with me, please click here.

Sakamoto desu ga?

Let’s just say it’s been a stressful day, so I wanted some comedy in my life. I’ve also been wanting to read something with a glasses wearing protagonist (I have no explanation >.>; ), so it seemed like the perfect time to read this xD

Sakamoto desu ga

(image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haven%27t_You_Heard%3F_I%27m_Sakamoto)

I don’t own this manga, so I’ll be reading fan translations online.

Every post past this point will be a spoiler, so please read ahead with caution!

 

Review time!

2.5 stars

Plot: 0 stars. As far as I can tell, this manga doesn’t have a plot. Each chapter is very episodic and self contained. Each chapter has its own purpose, but it’s usually “<classmate> wants to mess with Sakamoto; Sakamoto turns it around”. So, even the mini-plots of the series fail. Since it does not develop a plot, nor do the mini plots pan out, I have to give this 0 stars.

Art: 1 star. I like the art in this manga. Each character looks unique; they have different facial structures and body types, as well. I can tell what’s going on in each panel, and expressions are always well done. I actually really love the shading in the hair and eyes; it’s very picturesque.

Story Progression: 1/2 star. Like I said before, each chapter is self contained and episodic. Since they don’t form a cohesive story, it’s actually harder for the manga to keep my attention. There’s nothing to draw me into the next chapter which isn’t a bad thing, but I didn’t get sucked into this story. I honestly got bored a lot >.<; I have to give this only half a star since it couldn’t keep my attention. A lot of people really enjoy episodic series, but I am not one of them >.>;

Genre: 1/2 star. This manga is listed as a comedy, but I didn’t laugh very much. In all honesty, I laughed the most at the end of chapter gags than I did in the actual story. This isn’t to say the manga is not funny. This sort of humor appeals to a lot of people -I’ve heard a lot of praise about this series which is why I decided to read it! Unfortunately, it’s just not my kind of humor. I can only give this half of a star since I did not find it funny despite it being a comedy. You could maybe also call this a school life, maybe slice of life, maybe even supernatural (since I’m half convinced that Sakamoto’s an alien).

Enjoyment: 1/2 star. This manga was alright. I got bored a lot, and I didn’t find it funny, but the shenanigans were interesting, and the art was nice. Despite always knowing that Sakamoto was going to succeed, I was never able to guess how he would do it. This manga surprised me in a lot of ways. It had some really touching scenes; it could be a bit disturbing in other times. The art made me feel a lot thanks to linework, line weight, shading, etc. It’s expressive. This isn’t a bad read, and if it was my kind of humor, I probably would have loved this series. Since I wasn’t miserable (but I also wasn’t elated), I’ll give this half a star.

 

Sorry if I seem harsh in this review. I really didn’t think this manga would score so low, but here we are <=/  I can’t put this on my recommended manga list, but I do think that you should check it out if it fits your type of humor or if you enjoy episodic series.

To read my review from the start, then please click <here>.

Sakamoto desu ga?, part 3

Part 1part 2

Let’s just say it’s been a stressful day, so I wanted some comedy in my life. I’ve also been wanting to read something with a glasses wearing protagonist (I have no explanation >.>; ), so it seemed like the perfect time to read this xD

Sakamoto desu ga

(image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haven%27t_You_Heard%3F_I%27m_Sakamoto)

I don’t own this manga, so I’ll be reading fan translations online. I am going to be doing shorthand as I read.  These descriptions are really more of a reminder to myself about what all I have been able to read so far.  Sorry if this bothers anyone!  I will do a full description on the final review page of each series I read.

Every post past this point will be a spoiler, so please read ahead with caution!

ch15: it’s sports day, and class 1-2 is excited to win with Sakamoto in their class, but Sera reminds them that they could impress girls if they take out Sakamoto. they delay him in stage 1 for snagging bread off of rope, but he wins and gives part of his bread to the other runners like the good guy he is. stage 2, the human pyramid, also fails; Sakamoto gets all the fangirls, even the old ladies. stage 3 is the relay, and Sera ties Sakamoto’s shoelaces together. Sakamoto runs like a cheetah instead and somehow gets in the lead anyway. when he passes the baton to the girl, though, she drops it because it was slippery (it was in his mouth). Sakamoto asks Sera (who finishes the race) to please protect her drive since she didn’t give up despite everyone hating on her. Sera takes the heat off her by stripping during his run. the school’s so disgusted they forget about the girl. during lunch, she says he looks handsome sometimes 😉
ch16: for the festival, the delinquents are making cotton candy, and someone who’s been gone returns. he wants to know who Sakamoto is, but <awesome guy> won’t say. he gets injured for withholding the information. Sakamoto’s class is making “unknown things” out of balloons, but motivation is low. 2 girls are still willing to try, though, so Sakamoto does help. 2 classmates still think it’s stupid and leave, and scary guy approaches them. the next morning, all the class’s hard work has been shredded, and Sakamoto’s been framed
ch17: scary guy says the wanted posters are a game for the festival, so people start chasing Sakamoto to get the reward. the 2 slackers come back with more balloons to help put the exhibit back together since Sakamoto’s not around to help (so Idk if they’re guilty for shredding it?). the delinquents cause a distraction so Sakamoto can evade capture and later explain about the bad guy, Fuuze. he’s a bored adult who likes to eliminate the popular kid from schools because he can; he manipulates people with a game that isolates the popular kid. when Sakamoto gets back to class, he gets isolated but realizes how to fix it. he leaves, and a girl called A-ko/Eiko confesses to popping the balloons. the 2 slackers get hyper sensitive to it and incriminate themselves, and Eiko turns out to be Sakamoto with helium. they just wanted to be included, and they feel bad now. everyone teams up, and with the delinquents, their class event turns into a success thanks to cotton candy. Fuuze vs Sakamoto doesn’t seem to be over yet
ch18: 3 girls recall when they met Sakamoto. 1, during exams; she dropped her eraser because her hands were cold. Sakamoto caught it and rubbed it against his desk to warm it before giving it back; her hands stopped being cold. 2, terrible storm on the way to school flipped her umbrella. Sakamoto’s umbrella was also broken, but he appreciated the rain; now she loves rain. 3, she dropped her new textbooks, and Sakamoto caught them. she’s kept her stuff orderly ever since. Kubota recalls meeting Sakamoto when his band-aid fell off and almost exposed the pimple on his ring finger. Sakamoto picked it up and put it back. all the girls are jealous xD
ch19: Kubota gets sick, and his mom takes his place at school in order to get close with Sakamoto again. she works very hard to seem like her son, and Sakamoto doesn’t even realize who she is until during gym class. I’m honestly impressed that she repressed her urges so well! all she’s wanted is to touch Sakamoto, but when she falls and he offers to help her up, she stands by herself because she realizes it’s wrong to trick Sakamoto with her son’s image. after gym, the boys are hyper fixated on boobs, and Sakamoto gets their attention off “Kubota”. she asks him to be her friend, and he agrees ❤ she’d broken a dish during gym (what chopsticks rest on; Idk why she brought it with her), and he’d fixed it for her ❤ also her son’s recovering xD
ch20: it’s Christmas, and Sakamoto gets invited to a group date by a couple college guys who need a 3rd. the guys talk smooth, so he’s convinced to join. the girls aren’t interested at first, but this is Sakamoto; he finds a way to steal the show, as always. he leaves after epic karaoke that overfills the room with fans, leaving the 2 guys alone
ch21: my fave delinquent (his name’s Hayabusa) has 3 younger siblings and no mother. his father met a woman and wants him to meet her at a fancy, French restaurant because he may marry her. Hayabusa begs Sakamoto to teach him etiquette, but there’s no time, so Sakamoto acts as his hands during the meal (baggy clothes, y’all). things go well; the dad and lady leave, and on the way home, Hayabusa and Sakamoto run into them getting mugged -except the woman set this up to steal from him! to save his father’s reputation, Hayabusa switches with Sakamoto and acts as his hands, defeating them all. dad passes out during the struggle, and Hayabusa carries him home, vowing to help cover his slack since he’s just doing his best for his family
ch22: Sakamoto’s never seen snow, so Atsushi (OG delinquent fanboy) decides to teach him about snow. between snow angels and snowmen, he feels inferior and Fuuze (called Fukase here? did I get it wrong before?) re-appears and tells him to challenge Sakamoto one-on-one and win or else he’ll never be Sakamoto’s equal. so they have a snowball fight, and Atsushi holds his own, but the cold’s getting to him. Sakamoto gives him a couple heating pads to help, but he still feels like a failure. Fuuze/Fukase tries to turn him against Sakamoto -“if only he wasn’t here” (so rude xP)
ch23: the year’s almost over, and Yuu-chan’s sharing pics. Atsushi wants a couple of Sakamoto, but he won’t let himself speak up even though pics are free. he’s so tense he won’t even attend the meeting of delinquents. Fukase (I think I was wrong before, oops xD) is going to fail again, and now Hayabusa’ll be in his class next year. he warns the others that if they don’t hold something dear tight in their hearts then Fukase can corrupt them. poor Atsushi gets corrupted T~T during the graduation speech, he goes up to the stage with a baseball bat and tells Sakamoto to disappear T^T
ch24: Sakamoto uses Atsushi as part of his speech, and when Atsushi falls from the balcony, Sakamoto catches him, even when Atsushi hits him with the bat, he won’t let go. he goes so far as to get pants in order to save Atsushi from himself, and it’s beautiful. Atsushi doesn’t get in trouble because the teachers don’t realize it was a real attack. in the infirmary, Sakamoto talks to Fukase who says graduation is like a stormy sea; he’s not willing to face the future and he thinks himself strong for it. Hayabusa’s ready to go take Fukase down himself, but Sakamoto has an idea. when the graduates leave, Hayabusa and the rest of the delinquents bow to him then carry him like a wave out of the room. he doesn’t come back to the school, and some say they see him on the beach later with a surfboard.
the year is ending, and Sakamoto’s transfering to the US to join a space program like he’s always wanted. Sera vows to become a comedian, Ai will get a killer body, and Atsushi will study until he can travel overseas, too. Kubota will never forget all that Sakamoto has done for him; they’ll all be friends forever. the class as a whole tries to pie Sakamoto as he leaves, and they fail. he catches a pie and leaves with it. Hayabusa comments that Sakamoto’s not really going to the US, and Sakamoto simply says “who knows” T.T the gym teacher sees Sakamoto last but doesn’t recognize him because he has pie all over his face
and so ends “Sakamoto Desu Ga?”. I’ll have my final review up next time, so please click here to read it!

-not a manga-

I am so sorry that I’ve been away!  I thought my buffer would last me during the holidays, but clearly, I was wrong.  I also bought a house during the holidays, so between family get togethers and moving, I haven’t been on.  It also took me a few extra weeks to get my desktop set up.

All this to say, I’m very sorry for the delay.  I’ll try to get back onto my regular posting schedule starting February 29th!

Sakamoto desu ga?, part 2

To read part 1, click here.

Let’s just say it’s been a stressful day, so I wanted some comedy in my life. I’ve also been wanting to read something with a glasses wearing protagonist (I have no explanation >.>; ), so it seemed like the perfect time to read this xD

Sakamoto desu ga (image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haven%27t_You_Heard%3F_I%27m_Sakamoto)

I don’t own this manga, so I’ll be reading fan translations online. I am going to be doing shorthand as I read.  These descriptions are really more of a reminder to myself about what all I have been able to read so far.  Sorry if this bothers anyone!  I will do a full description on the final review page of each series I read.

Every post past this point will be a spoiler, so please read ahead with caution!

ch7: there’s a teacher that dislikes how Sakamoto’s always almost-late. since other teachers seem to turn to him to discipline students, he decides to catch Sakamoto breaking a rule in order to lecture him about his near-tardiness. throughout the chapter, he’s unable to, until finally in his own class, Sakamoto eats rice, provoking the teacher and being sent to stand in the hall. The teacher goes to check to make sure Sakamoto’s actually reflecting on his misconduct, but Sakamoto got kicked out on purpose because there was a dying sparrow in the hall, and he’s feeding it some of his rice (which is sort of sweet, but as far as I know, rice is bad for birds -which is why many people stopped throwing rice at weddings; it harmed the birds in the area). the teacher decides to be more lenient on Sakamoto’s almost-tardiness but still dislikes how Sakamoto scrapes by every day.
ch8: we see Sakamoto excel in several classes. in cooking class, he saves a slug within the lettuce. in art class, he draws someone’s inner and outer selves in one picture (Aina is both an orangutan and an angel, apparently). and during an emergency drill, a student from his class gets left behind while everyone else escapes the fire in the science lab. this student was in the restroom when the fire broke out. Sakamoto runs inside, douses himself in water, wraps a handkerchief around his nose and goes after the student. Sakamoto lowers him in a makeshift pouch before jumping out the window with a makeshift parachute.
on a side note, I think I laugh more from the random scenes at the end of the chapters than I do during the chapter itself x’D
ch9: the delinquents from class decide to dig a pit fall trap to demonstrate how “bad” they are. Sakamoto disappears into it, and they spend most of the chapter asking around to figure out where he went. a 2nd kid falls into the trap, and the delinquents realize a 2nd hole was dug. it seems impossibly deep, so the leader believes it leads to Brazil (the other side of the world) and thinks Sakamoto must be there. he jumps down because he wants to reach Sakamoto, saying admiring Sakamoto means more than simply watching. turns out, the hole’s not deep. also turns out, Sakamoto’s been in town without his school uniform on because it was in the cleaners; no one recognized him without it. he finds the delinquents and says he saw them digging and decided to help in their endeavors to find a hot spring. the leader returns Sakamoto’s uniform button that he’d thrown down the hole.
ch10: we’re seeing a lot of recurring characters now =O Hayabusa (worked for the big boss from ch5) has gotten curious about Sakamoto. as the leader of the 2nd years, he doesn’t like this 1st year getting so much attention. he tries to ask the big boss about Sakamoto, but big boss is still too traumatized. elsewhere, Kubota is asking Sakamoto for advice about a new hairstyle. Hayabusa asks to borrow Sakamoto’s face, so Sakamoto uses clay to imprint his image and hands it off. the girls in class go nuts and attack Hayabusa for it. he destroys it and calls Sakamoto out for later. Sakamoto tells his friends he can’t go because he has cleaning duty. Hayabusa’s lackeys overhear and decide they need to give Sakamoto incentive. they steal his shoes, so Sakamoto draws shoes over his socks xD they steal his ruler, so he uses a teacher’s straight hairstyle to hang a poster. so they shave Kubota’s head, and now Sakamoto’s mad. he meets Hayabusa outside and takes off his own glasses. it’s serious time O.O;
side note: I love that Sakamoto has the sparrow with him now ❤ Sakamoto seems to have a real soft spot for animals
ch11: before the fight can start, a policeman(?) sees the teens and calls out to them. they say they’re just playing push-sumo (or something), and the policeman decides to be the ref -because he loves his game. (basically, two opponents push each other until 1 has to move their feet to stay standing. whoever moves their feet loses). so, of course, the game goes on forever; it starts raining. the lackeys decide to try tripping Sakamoto to help their boss, but their boss sees them and gets onto them, saying that he would rather die than win with their help (he’s taking this very seriously). Sakamoto raises his arms, and everyone thinks he’s trying to hail down lightning. the boss still wants to fight, but then Sakamoto pushes him back– into a cab. he was just calling a cab xD he said the rain would give them colds. the lackeys fess up to shaving Kubota’s hair, and the boss is mad at them. Sakamoto has them buy supper ingredients as an apology. they all arrive at Kubota’s house and give him wakame (which I think is believe to increase hair growth?), and they all apologize to Kubota. he invites them all to eat with him -Sakamoto’s vanished by the time they get to the house, btw. later, we see Sakamoto with the nurse, helping her with stuff. he’s gotten a cold, but instead of letting her treat him, he ties a negi onion around his neck like a tie (they’re a folk remedy for colds according to the translation notes)
ch12: some younger boys make a game of kicking a rock all the way home from school (if you lose it, you lose). Sakamoto’s doing the same ahead of them, but he’s way better and most of the kids are impressed. the leader’s mad because he’s impatient to grown up and do that, too. the next day, they’re going to walk the white line without falling. Sakamoto’s already doing it, and the leader decides they have to follow if they ever want to grow up. they follow until it’s dark out, and the line ends. Sakamoto offers a roll of toilet paper to the leader, but he slaps it away, thinking it’s an insult. instead, it unrolls and forms a new white line for them to follow. at the end, the kids see one of their moms and they bolt. but the leader goes back for Sakamoto’s autograph, tearing off part of the toilet paper to get it (this was a kind of sweet chapter; I felt the boy’s energy and determination)
ch13: the class president secretly takes pictures of Sakamoto, and in a picture, she spots a ghost. she wants to warn him about the haunting but doesn’t want to reveal that she’s been taking his picture. she asks Kubota what to do, and he says she might be similar to the ghost. she finally realizes this is true when she hides and takes pictures of him from the shadows, being separate from reality and in the shadows, like a ghost. during a “rapid capture” series, she realizes the ghost is trying to say something; it’s a love confession to Sakamoto. she feels so compelled to tell him of this ghost’s feelings that she prints the pictures and shows him how the ghost says it. he walks off to do her copying assignment that she neglected, and she feels like she’s become hated by him. but he photocopies his face saying “thank you” back. the ghost stops haunting him, and the class prez now feels confident in taking his picture openly
ch14: the delinquents want Sakamoto to rent them some 18+ videos because they can’t get past the curtain. they hold a dvd he wants hostage, so he agrees. he gets a massive collection for them, and they guide him to the register, dodging 3 of their classmates. but when Kubota’s mom’s in 1 of the sections, Sakamoto detours and gets caught by Aina! he smoothly changes the subject from his dvds and even hides them on a shelf so they go unnoticed. at the register, he’s greeted by a manager who believes he’s not 18 yet. the manager tries to shake Sakamoto up by questioning his age, but Sakamoto powers through, saying the dvds will be returned THAT NIGHT and even looks at his watch (a hand-drawn rolex) and says that time is money, can we hurry this up? the manager is so mind blown that he allows the transaction (btw, Sakamoto used a rental card from 1 of the delinquents -which belonged to an older brother). when Sakamoto hands off the dvds to the group, they invite him to watch with them, but he says “oh look at the time” to his fake watch and leaves x’DDD they believe Sakamoto’s not mentally ready to see these sorts of dvds, and if he’s not ready, then how could they be ready? they return all the dvds immediately
and that’s it for this time!  To keep reading with me, then please click here.