Whom will Sumire choose - Momo or Hasumi? Is Momo going to decide to get on with his life without her once and for all? We still don't know the answer...moreWhom will Sumire choose - Momo or Hasumi? Is Momo going to decide to get on with his life without her once and for all? We still don't know the answers to those questions, but Volume 11 is another set of compelling romantic misadventures in this fantastic manga series.
The question I most want answered is "When is someone going to publish more of Yayoi Ogawa's manga in English?!?" Ogawa's art is gorgeous and her writing in Tramps Like Us is spot-on. It's quite a feat to make a story about a young man who's kept as a "pet" by a career woman neither kinky nor cheesy. Ogawa does a marvelous job of conveying the different tempos and moods of the rather unusual relationships between Sumire and her men, and adds depth to the story with a wide cast of well-developed (and sometimes completely wacky!) secondary characters.(less)
Volume 12 is a cliff hanger that shook things up a bit! Relationships are all topsy-turvy - what is Sumire going to do now that the playing field (and...moreVolume 12 is a cliff hanger that shook things up a bit! Relationships are all topsy-turvy - what is Sumire going to do now that the playing field (and the players!) has changed so dramatically? Or is it that they have become more true to type? Maybe a bunch of wrongs do make a right? Just what is Sumire looking for in a man, anyway?
And what's up with Sumire's sister, Akane? There's a subplot there, and only two volumes left in which to resolve it! ;)(less)
The magic in Hibiki's Magic is that it not only has outstanding art, but also manages to strike the perfect balance between dark, tragic circumstances...moreThe magic in Hibiki's Magic is that it not only has outstanding art, but also manages to strike the perfect balance between dark, tragic circumstances and absolutely adorable kawaii squeeness. It's just so cute! And dark! All at the same time!
I can't help but wonder - since magic has a price, what's the price that Hibiki is paying? At this point, it's not clear.
The "price of magic" convention reminds me a bit of Fullmetal Alchemist. Actually, I think there are several similarities between FMA and Hibiki - Hibiki's world is a post-war world in which magic was used as a weapon, homunculi can be created, gruesome unethical magical experiments occurred, and there is also a technological presence - steam-powered trains, etc.
Both of the first two volumes are focused on character stories rather than an overall epic plot. And gosh are those characters wonderfully wacky! (The homunculus warrior/weapon is very, very fond of melon cakes!) Hibiki excels at rounding out characters and having them really yank on some heart strings.
Cynics might not like Hibiki, as it does tend to be a bit sentimental and hopeful. Yet still bittersweet. Hmm. At any rate, this series certainly has me wrapped around its little finger.
I checked the TokyoPop site and the ANN site, neither seem to list a release date for volume three - or how many volumes there are in the series. I intend to snap up a copy of volume three as soon as it's released. (less)
The Omnivore's Dilemma focuses on the origin of food and "food," and briefly describes the impact of both in our diet. In Defens...morePollan does it again!
The Omnivore's Dilemma focuses on the origin of food and "food," and briefly describes the impact of both in our diet. In Defense of Food is an examination of food and "food" that briefly considers where both come from, but focuses on how we came to be eating less food and more "food" in the first place. It goes on to offer practical advice for changing our ways and mending our health.
Pollan offers advice for navigating the "food" in the supermarket (if your great-gramma wouldn't recognize it as food, neither should you) and describes how "nutritionism" isn't the best way to think about nutrition, despite what your cereal box may have written on it.
This fairly slim volume offers empowering information for taking control of our diets back from the industrialized food industry and related special interest groups. It covers both why we should and how we can go about doing it - which is preferable to a whole bunch of hand-wringing and resignation to a fate haunted by chronic diseases of affluence. (less)