After the last volume of Noragami, I couldn't decide whether I liked Yato or not. He went from one extreme to the next, from loud and obnoxious to quiAfter the last volume of Noragami, I couldn't decide whether I liked Yato or not. He went from one extreme to the next, from loud and obnoxious to quiet and vulnerable. Volume 8 goes a long way to explain this dichotomy of personality within Yato.
The volume opens with Yato seemingly under house arrest by a mysterious figure that Yato refers to as his father. This situation is not a new occurrence and Yato reflects on this cycle of where he is permitted freedom only to be reigned back in and controlled by his father. Yato, a god of calamity, finds himself assigned to the basest of assignments to fulfill, which he does as apparently he has no choice, but his eyes deaden with the work. He would rather be a god that brings joy to humans.
So, I finally feel like I have a grasp on Yato's character. His needy persona is only that - a mask - to hide from confronting the emotional abuse he's suffered (he is visibly shaken at his father's voice). In order to survive as a god, Yato must be remembered by humans, which explains why his tenuous link to Hiyori means so much to him and why he can be overbearing at times. He's in essence, pretty desperate.
A question comes to mind regarding who this father of Yato's is. Yato has mentioned a few times thus far that whatever a god does is right. If his father is also a god, does that mean that whatever he does to Yato - the abuse, the control - is right, too? I don't think so, so it makes me think that maybe gods are more fallible than Yato would want to think. Maybe this train of thought is what he has used to accept his situation.
I love a series that gets to me like Noragami has. Add gorgeous artwork and it's the whole package. Highly recommended. ...more
Gakuen Alice was a cute little story (though I never did finish reading it thanks to Tokyopop going under), so when I saw that my library has anotherGakuen Alice was a cute little story (though I never did finish reading it thanks to Tokyopop going under), so when I saw that my library has another series by the same mangaka, I thought I'd give it a read. Two volumes in, and so far I am underwhelmed. The story feels disjointed and I don't like either of the protagonists. My library only has through volume 4, but I think the series was 6 six volumes, so whether I stop at volume 2 or read to volume 4, the series will be incomplete for me either way. But, I don't really care. Meh....more
Noragami is the breakout manga series for me this year. I am always so happy when I discover a new title to fall in love with. This series is unique fNoragami is the breakout manga series for me this year. I am always so happy when I discover a new title to fall in love with. This series is unique for me though, in that I don't always like many of the characters. Just when I think Yato is finally winning me over, he up and does despicable things that make me think again about whether I like his character or not. Volume 7 is a perfect example of this back and forth - the first few pages show him vulnerable, but then he quickly gets cocky and obnoxious, only to end the volume on a cliffhanger with him being yet again vulnerable. I can't make my mind up about Yato, and yet, that's also the appeal to this series. He's complex, and while I think ultimately he's going to mature in this story, like all things, for one step forward, he takes two steps back.
Yukine, on the other hand, has made such a rapid transformation from complete jerk to principled and dedicated student that I am really enjoying his character. I remember that it wasn't too many volumes ago that I wanted Yato to kick him to the curb. It's a good thing I'm not the one writing this story, heh.
Kodansha is releasing a volume a month for the foreseeable future, and I could not be more excited. With year long waits for Pandora Hearts and six month waits for other favorite series, it's nice to have a new volume a month with a series that I love. Yay....more
Kurama and Mizuki, in particular, get some screen time at last in this adorable series. The story left off with Nanami in a precarious situation, andKurama and Mizuki, in particular, get some screen time at last in this adorable series. The story left off with Nanami in a precarious situation, and any sort of sympathy I might have felt for Akura-Oh have quickly dissipated for me after he cruelly took advantage of Nanami's kindness. I am eager to see Tomoe and Akura-Oh face off, but that's on hold for now as the story turns back to Nanami's friends, supernatural and high school alike.
Kurama doesn't know what he wants, which proves that even teenage idols are just as confused as everyone else. Granted, he's got some baggage from his older brother's tormenting, but it's nice to see him start to emotionally mature.
Mizuki steals the show as he works his charisma and natural charm on the mermaid, Unari. Mizuki's selflessness in the face of a distraught mermaid and his undying devotion to his master, Nanami, is very sweet. Mizuki has come along way from the deceptive lonely snake he was when we first met him.
As always, Kamisama Kiss is delightful classic shojo with a wonderful mix of Japanese folklore and modern day life. I'm anxious to see where Nanami's story will continue to lead us...I am afraid that Akura-Oh's sapping of her life force is just a foreshadowing of Nanami's mortality in general. We already know she comes from a line of women who live short lives that were extended by virtue of Ryu-Oh's eye, which she no longer has. Tomoe is practically immortal, Nanami is not. I'm curious to see whether this difference between them will be addressed. Recommended....more
I have had this series recommended to me by several people, so I decided it was time to give it a try. At three volumes in, I am having a hard time geI have had this series recommended to me by several people, so I decided it was time to give it a try. At three volumes in, I am having a hard time getting into this story, but that doesn't mean much with my history of series (it took five or six volumes for me to get into Pandora Hearts and now it ranks among my top three favorite series). So far, I will say that the world building has been interesting, a bit steampunk a bit gothic (a perfect combination for me), with a fairly diverse cast so far. I'm not sure I have a handle on the story at all, but again, I'm good at rolling with things, so maybe in a few more volumes I'll have a better grasp on what is really going on with our characters, and our hero Allen Walker in particular....more
The past two volumes of Noragami have been fabulous - great storytelling, character development, and art - and it's time for me to start collecting thThe past two volumes of Noragami have been fabulous - great storytelling, character development, and art - and it's time for me to start collecting this series as I don't have enough patience to wait for my library to get each volume anymore and this story, thus far, is a keeper to reread again and again. Happy day that it looks like Kodansha will be releasing a new volume each month for the next several months. Yes, please, and, highly recommended, especially if you like Japanese folklore....more
I look forward to reading each new volume of Assassination Classroom with its crazy alien teacher who is planning to destroy the world if his studentsI look forward to reading each new volume of Assassination Classroom with its crazy alien teacher who is planning to destroy the world if his students can't assassinate him first. The thing is, I'm not sure I want him to be killed off, and I'm not sure Koro-sensei really wants to destroy the world either, though that principal of the school is enough to make you see why the alien would want to. Also, Nagisa! Glad to see the kid has some spunk....more
Magi continues to be a solid shonen series, though sometimes I find it hard to keep track of the story between volume releases. I'm always able to getMagi continues to be a solid shonen series, though sometimes I find it hard to keep track of the story between volume releases. I'm always able to get right back into the story easily enough, but the story is getting complex enough that I will have to reread it again some day to catch all the things I'm missing on this first read through....more
I'm all caught up with Nisekoi through VIZ's online simulpub. This series is the typical harem rom-com, but that doesn't mean that it can't have its cI'm all caught up with Nisekoi through VIZ's online simulpub. This series is the typical harem rom-com, but that doesn't mean that it can't have its cute moments (though plenty of cliches as well). Though I am enjoying most of the cast more than in earlier volumes, I am still rooting for Chitoge....more
Library Wars is one of those series that I never feel completely comfortable reading because in essence, it's kind of a silly premise: librarians haveLibrary Wars is one of those series that I never feel completely comfortable reading because in essence, it's kind of a silly premise: librarians have essentially become infantry in a war against free speech. I can't help but think that this would be something that police agencies would be tackling, but somehow they've become complicit in this story (thanks to the government) and the only protection for free speech lies with our heroic Library Defense Force.
It's kind of a campy story, but at the same time, I can't help but really enjoy it, fluff though it is. I mean, librarians with guns on the front line for humanity's right to free speech? How cool is that?
So, in this volume? More of the same - gotta defend the right to free speech, and yeah, there may be a little romance here and there. And, librarians with guns. Woo!...more