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MonatsausLESE: August 2022

02 Sep

Keine Ahnung, was ich diesen Monat an dieser Stelle schreiben soll. Ich habe halt wieder Mangas gelesen und LNs auch. xD

Kakegurui – Das Leben ist ein Spiel Band 15
Man dachte jetzt geht der Kampf um den Schülerratsvorsitz in die finale Runde, aber dann kommen doch wieder ungeahnte Schwierigkeiten auf. Wie etwa die Tatsache, dass Yumeko auf einmal nicht mehr mitzocken will – und das macht angesichts ihres vorigen Verhaltens nicht nur ihren Freunden Sorge. Es bleibt faszinierend!

Kakegurui Midari Band 2
Ahhh, warum hat dieses Spinoff nur vier Bände? Midari und Ayame entwickeln sich für mich immer mehr zu einem OTP. Die beiden ergänzen sich einfach perfekt und ich mag sie auch als eigenständige Charaktere sehr gerne. Midari fand ich eh schon immer super und Ayame…oh, ich liebe diese Diskrepanz zwischen ihrem scheinbar vorbildlichen Schülerinnen-Image und den Dingen, die hinter dieser Fassade lauern. Hach, ich will mehr von den beiden~

Kakegurui Twin Band 7-10
Auch dieses Spinoff macht ne Menge Spaß. Nun wird es ja langsam ernst mit dem Plan des Blütenklubs und Mary und ihre Freundinnen müssen sich der Herausforderung endlich stellen. Gerade am Ende des 10.Bandes wird es ja nochmal sehr, sehr spannend, so dass ich jetzt dem nächsten Band richtig entgegenfiebern muss!

Gintama Band 1-3
Den Anime habe ich ja erstmal gedroppt, weil mich diese Folge in der alle nach Alternativen fürs Klopapier suchen so genervt hat (klingt niedergeschrieben auch irgendwie extrem dämlich lol). Irgendwie habe ich aber doch Lust auf die Reihe…deswegen probiere ich jetzt mal den Manga nachzukaufen, obwohl einige Bände ja schon nicht mehr zu haben sind. Ja, ich bin doof. Egal, die ersten drei Bände waren gut und ich mag das Grundprinzip einer historischen Welt mit moderner Technik etc einfach so gerne. Auch der Anime bekommt wohl noch eine Chance von mir.

Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Band 1
Den Anime habe ich immer noch nicht gesehen, aber man kann ja mal den Manga lesen, was? Band 1 war auch schon echt gut! Und mal ehrlich…ich kann mir nicht helfen, aber irgendwie bin ich mächtig gay für Towa. xD Auch wenn sie irgendwie nicht so cool und unnahbar ist wie ich es angesichts ihres Vaters gedacht hätte, aber ich kann total verstehen wenn alle Mitschülerinnen auf sie stehen. Und die haben sie ja noch nicht mal im weißen Anzug gesehen. Hnngh! :D Nein, mal ehrlich, ich freue mich schon auf die weiteren Bände und den Anime schaue ich mir nun auch bald mal an. Ich muss eh mal wieder ins Animegucken reinfinden…

5 Seconds to Death Band 10-11
Die Ereignisse überschlagen sich mit dem Auftauchen von Akiras Vater und wenig später mit dem „Unheil“. Mal sehen, was das für unsere Mainchars bedeuten wird – wenn man die bisherigen Andeutungen so sieht, dürften in dieser Stufe des Spiels so einige Kandidaten ihr Leben lassen. Will ich mal hoffen, dass keiner meiner Favoriten mit dabei ist…

Küsse und Schüsse Band 3-4
Immer noch netter Josei-Ero-Trash mit sexy Mainchar. Irgendwie ist die Romanze der beiden trotz Yakuza-Setting immer noch sehr wholesome, finde ich. Das macht den Manga auch weiterhin interessant, deswegen lese ich irgendwann nochmal weiter. Ist aber nicht so dringend, weil ich eh zu viele laufende Reihen habe.

Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time Band 9
Man denkt ja immer, noch skurriler geht es nicht mehr – aber dann toppt es dieser Manga doch mit jedem neuen Band. Diesmal erleben wir eine nackte Verfolgungsjagd durch einen Schlosskeller – na holla! Da ist wieder eine Menge Spaß zu erwarten~

Manga Love Story Band 40-45
Nun ist endlich die 40 überschritten (nein, nicht altersmäßig, nur von der Bandnummer her 8D) und es bleibt sexy. Makoto darf sich wieder gegen die geballte Damenwelt verteidigen und bei den diversen Beziehungskisten der Charaktere gibt es die eine oder andere interessante Entwicklung. Und ich habe immer noch über 30 Bände vor mir, yay!

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Band 4
Gerade gegen Ende hat sich dieser Band ein bisschen seltsam angefühlt. Irgendwie mag ich es einfach wesentlich mehr wenn Satou und seine Damen durch die Lande reisen, Slice-of-Life-Abenteuer erleben und neue Gebiete erforschen. Die Belagerung von Munou war dagegen nicht besonders spannend. Dabei mag ich Belagerungen in Büchern etc eigentlich, aber…es war nicht so recht spannend weil die Verteidiger dank Satous OP-Fähigkeiten ja eh gewinnen mussten. Und das Ende mit dem Aussuchen eines coolen Familiennamens fand ich auch irgendwie…weird, haha. Naja, aber die Reihe macht trotzdem noch Spaß. Hoffentlich gibt es nächstes Mal wieder mehr SoL!

The Asterisk War Band 4-7
Mittlerweile bin ich da angekommen, wo der Anime endete. Ich freue mich ja nun schon auf neues Material, aber…manchmal nervt der ganze Harem-Kram doch ein bisschen. Vor allem, weil die Novel ja nun eigentlich auch genug anderes zu bieten hat. Spannende Kämpfe und eine Menge Intrigen und so. Hoffentlich ist der kommende Band nicht so seicht, wie er laut der Synopsis klingt, sonst muss ich erstmal eine Lesepause machen, haha.

Is it wrong to try to pick up girls in a Dungeon? Band 2-3
Danmachi On the Side: Sword Oratoria Band 2-4

Nein, ich tippe nicht den kompletten Titel für’s Spinoff nochmal ein. XD Ich fasse auch beide Serien im Fazit mal zusammen, weil ich weiterhin die Bände im Wechsel lese, um die Story chronologisch zu erleben. So macht es mir persönlich auch viel Spaß, weil man die Ereignisse aus der einen Geschichte oft in der anderen aus einem anderen Blickwinkel erleben kann, der oft noch einen wichtigen Aspekt hinzufügt. In der Hauptserie finde ich gut, dass Bell wirklich so schnelle Fortschritte macht und nicht ewig auf den oberen Ebenen herumnoobt. Wobei es mich nervt, dass sowohl er selbst als auch diverse anderen Chars (I’m looking at you, Bete) diese Entwicklung gar nicht wahrzunehmen scheinen und immer davon labern wie schwach er noch ist. Naja. Vielleicht auch deswegen gefällt mir das Spinoff doch noch ein bisschen besser, auch weil die epischen Gildenkämpfe auf Ebene 50+ einfach so viel Laune machen und die Handlung um die mysteriöse Gruppierung, die den Dungeon und seine Monster manipuliert wirklich spannend ist. Deswegen würde ich manchmal bevorzugt das Spinoff weiterlesen, aber auch weil ich mich dann vielleicht nicht mehr zur Hauptserie aufraffen könnte bleibe ich beim Wechsel-Lesen.

 
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MonatsausLESE: Januar 2022

01 Feb

Ein Monat voll guter Mangas, was will man mehr. Und mit den beiden Kakegurui-Reihen ist mein Stapel auch ein ganzes Stück geschrumpft. Vielleicht wird es doch mal wieder was damit, den Stapel komplett wegzukriegen, wer weiß. ^^

Kakegurui – Das Leben ist ein Spiel Band 7-14
Ich muss sagen…ich bin wirklich froh, dass ich all diese Bände am Stück lesen konnte. Ansonsten hätte ich nämlich angesichts der vielen neuen Charaktere definitiv den Überblick verloren! Zwar sind die Neulinge durch die Bank einzigartig, so dass es dem Leser zumindest etwas erleichtert wird, aber dennoch. Wie immer gibt es auch jede Menge mehr oder weniger interessante Glücksspiele, wobei ich die meisten der Ideen immer noch erstaunlich unterhaltsam finde. Und, auch noch schön: der komplizierten Beziehung von Itsuki und Kaede wird auch wieder ziemlich viel Screentime gewidmet. Itsuki ist neben Mary mein Lieblingschar aus der Reihe und bisher gefällt mir wirklich gut, wie sich die Dinge zwischen ihr und Kaede entwickeln. Ich bin ja auch nicht so der große Shipper, aber die beiden würde ich irgendwie doch gerne zusammen sehen, haha. Na, aber wie auch immer, nun muss ich warten. Der nächste Band wird aber – sobald möglich – bestimmt vorbestellt. Die Reihe macht mir einfach zu viel Laune um nun wieder ewig aufs Weiterlesen zu warten.

Kakegurui Twin Band 1-6
Wie schon erwähnt gehört Mary ohnehin zu meinen Lieblingschars, deswegen freut mich dieses Spinoff umso mehr. (Wenn ich ehrlich bin hätte ich es aber eh gelesen, egal um wen oder was es sich alternativ gedreht hätte, haha.) Insgesamt ist es ähnlich gut wie die Hauptserie, auch weil es einige interessante Charaktere zu bieten hat. Allerdings frage ich mich doch was im späteren Verlauf z.B. mit Marys Freundinnen oder Juraku passieren wird, denn die spielen ja in der Hauptreihe keinerlei Rolle mehr. Von daher gibt es auch eine gewisse Portion Spannung und Vorfreude auf die späteren Ereignisse. Die Glücksspiele an sich finde ich manchmal etwas schlechter – vielleicht bin ich auch nur zu blöd, aber manchmal fühlen sich die Regeln nicht so 100% logisch an. Aber darüber kann man hinwegsehen, weil der Rest stimmt. Auch hier möchte ich zeitnah weiterlesen, aber erstmal hat mein vorliegender Stapel Priorität, also…dauert es hier mit dem Aufholen noch ein bisschen. ^^

Kemono Friends A La Carte Band 3-4
Wie schon der erste Band waren auch diese hier nette unterhaltsame Lesekost (Band 2 muss ich noch kaufen, aber es dürfte ja kein Problem sein die Bände hier durcheinander zu lesen!), und es gab sogar eine Sache, die mich geradezu schockiert hat: Kyururu-san ist ein Junge??? Ich glaube, ich muss nochmal im Anime nachschauen, aber beim Schauen dachte ich damals jedenfalls er wäre genau wie Kaban ein Mädchen. Wobei, seit ich es weiß frage ich mich wiederum warum ich das je dachte, lol.

Goodbye, my Rose Garden Band 1-3
Girls Love ist nicht unbedingt mein Lieblingsgenre, aber diese Reihe hier hat sich interessant angehört und war es letztlich auch. Ich mochte besonders das Setting im viktorianischen England, und die Andeutungen darüber, mit wie vielen Vorurteilen Homosexualität damals verbunden wurde. Trotzdem hat mich die Geschichte nicht so 100% mitgerissen, auch weil ich mir recht sicher war, wie das Ende aussehen würde. Immerhin wurde ich in der Hinsicht positiv überrascht. Zwar ging durch das geradezu märchenhafte Ende der Realismus ein bisschen verloren, aber immerhin war das hier ja auch kein Geschichtsbuch, sondern eine Lovestory. Und von daher, alles super.

 
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Monatsauslese: September 2021

02 Okt

Many manga, not enough books, you know the drill, yadda yadda ;D Also, I won’t write anything about the Mock the Week books because come on, what am I supposed to say about books full of funny one-liners, haha.

Queen’s Quality vol. 1-3
I find this series slightly annoying to read. I don’t exactly know why that is, but I feel like there’s just too much text (yeah, I know, it’s weird for me to complain about that point) and I also still don’t really like the heroine and the characters in general. But at least there’s an interesting antagonist for me to care about (lol) and I’m curious in which direction the plot will move from now on. Also, I liked the part about how everyone has negative emotions and that that’s totally legit, too.

Manga Love Story vol. 6-10
I still like it a lot, and not just for the ero content. The relationship of Yura and Makoto is just pleasantly wholesome (even if Makoto surely is anything but a saint, just look at his erotic fantasies lol) and I enjoy their little slice of life stories as a nice addition to all the ecchi. Well, I don’t regret buying the volumes again after having sold my copies years ago. I just can’t seem to find vol.65 for a reasonable price, and it’s bugging me a lot, haha.

Bungo Stray Dogs vol. 20
Nooooo! As if waiting for this volume after the cliffhanger of vol. 19 wasn’t painful enough – now this one ends on a cliffhanger too. And there isn’t even a release date for vol. 21 yet. Just horrible! Well, and as for the volume, I liked how the plotline from the end of the last volume seemed to be over somewhat quickly…but I suspected that things wouldn’t indeed be that easy. Still, I have to admit that I’m not entirely sold on the current arc. The skills of the characters were always sort of balanced throughout most of the story, so I’m not sure about the introduction of a basically undefeatable foe. A foe who got yet another way overpowered ability as of this volume. That does spoil the fun a bit, I gotta say.

Urusei Yatsura vol. 4-6
This manga is a lot of fun. Way more fun than the anime which felt pretty tedious at times, if you ask me. By now most of the main characters have made their appearance (I’m curious about whether Ryuunosuke and her dad will be less annoying in the manga…I hated the dad with a passion when I watched the anime, lol) and the usually single-chapter stories are an enjoyable read. I’m glad that a publisher finally decided to make this classic available to western readers!

Keine Cheats für die Liebe vol. 7-8
I sort of still enjoy Wotakoi, but…I’m not really invested in it anymore. Okay, I have to admit that my initial dislike for Kou is pretty much gone by now since she became so much less annoying in those volumes. But the relationship part of the manga just doesn’t really interest me all that much. Give me all the otaku jokes, that’s what I’m here for!

My Genderless Boyfriend vol.2
Just as good as the first volume – such an enjoyable series <3 And oddly enough I absolutely don’t mind the relationship stuff in this one. Maybe because it feels less stressful because the couple from this manga are simply relationship goals, while the ones from Wotakoi are…er, less so.

Kakegurui vol. 5-6
Just when I thought I was starting to get bored of this series…no, I’m absolutely not, it’s still amazing! Every new game they play basically blows my mind, even though I’m usually too dumb to understand the intricacies of each game. Well, but the characters do and that’s enough for me, lol. Anyway, a highly enjoyable manga and I’m torn between wanting to read all the volumes right now and going through them on a more slowly pace for prolonged fun, haha.

D.Gray-man vol. 13-27
This series still feels massively confusing at times and I wasn’t sure if I still enjoyed it at around volume 15 or so. But I do…I really do! And as of volume 27 we had plenty of revelations and flashbacks and now many things from the earlier volumes are suddenly starting to make sense! Which is a really rewarding feeling and it makes working through the earlier utter confusion absolutely worthwhile! Also, I like how the artstyle has developed over the course of the series. The current style looks very different from the beginning, which felt way more detailed. This can feel sort of odd at times, because some characters look really different from their earlier versions, but I don’t mind too much. Anyway, I don’t regret having re-read the first 22 volumes, and I also definitely don’t regret reading on after that!

Sengoku Blood vol. 3-4
Meh. The first two volumes had a certain trashy charm, but the final volumes were pretty boring. I was starting to get annoyed at the heroine, and the ending felt quite bland to me. However, I have to say that I like how this version of the story (with Nobunaga actually being his sister etc) was combined with the actual truth of the Honnoji incident. I would have liked to see a take like that in a more serious kind of Samurai story, actually.

Sherlock Holmes und die seltsamen Särge
Well, that one was…sort of good, but also sort of not? I liked how the author used various real-life mysteries and changed them into mental challenges for Sherlock Holmes. But some of the stories felt oddly modern. Like, I’m not entirely sure whether people already knew about the health hazards of mould in a house in the year 1900. So, in the end it was okay-ish, I guess. Not my favourite Holmes book, but also not the worst I’ve read.

Brexit for Dummies
Once again, not the kind of Brexit book I was looking for. The first few chapters were pretty informative, but the latter ones are mostly a guide for British business owners. And I’m not a British business owner. Obviously. Though that’s not the books‘ fault, but it just wasn’t the right thing for me.

UK Government & Politics Annual Survey 2011-2014
Finally done with all the Annual Surveys and being a politics nerd I really enjoyed reading them. It’s sort of funny to see how much British politics has changed since just a few years ago. Like, politicians taking responsibility for their actions and thus trying to act with at least some integrity and honesty? Sounds like something from another world!

Der Herr der Ringe
Finally done with this tome of epic proportions. I thought I would never be done, even though I was actually going through the pages really fast! Well, and of course I liked it quite a bit. I enjoy lengthy travel descriptions in my fantasy stories, and so the journey through Middle Earth with the Fellowship of the Ring was a lot of fun. I sort of want to rewatch the films now, but…looking at the pile of as of yet unwatched DVDs, this isn’t gonna happen anytime soon.

 
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MonatsausLESE: Juli 2021

03 Aug

I’m still bang in the middle of reading the first few volumes of various manga series. Other than that, it’s a few non-fiction books. Still not really in the mood for novels though, but I do want to finish a few in the remaining months of 2021…well, we’ll see.

Tokyo Ghoul vol. 1-5
Another one of those manga series I never really cared about. But a few weeks ago I felt for some reason like I wanted to check it out after all. And what should I say, it’s really good, actually. I’m not even too much into gory stuff anymore (or I never really was into it, even though I really enjoyed stuff like Elfen Lied back in the day), but Tokyo Ghoul is strangely compelling. And if I had any doubts left, then vol.5 was definitely enough to convince me. The scenes were Nishiki was fighting to protect his human girlfriend were positively haunting. I sort of liked Nishiki before, but that volume made him my possible favourite character from the series. Though I have to say that everyone is pretty interesting so far! Well, I’m really looking forward to the next volumes, and I will have to buy them soon-ish even though my manga backlog is already enormous, haha.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba vol. 1-2
I admit it, I hated this series quite a bit because the hype around it was just so damn annoying. I just really wanted to dislike it because of that. But now? I just thought I should give it a second chance, mainly because I really like some of the character designs (Muzan’s design for example, or some of the character who apparently appear later in the story…and I just really love Nezuko’s cuteness, haha). And while reading the first two volumes I was actually pleasantly surprised. I expected the story to be pretty serious and all that, but it’s really funny on many occasions! Some of the character’s faces are just priceless :D Sadly the German volumes are quite expensive due to the bigger format. So I can’t really catch up on the series right now, but I will definitely do so in the future.

Wise Man’s Grandchild vol. 1-2
Don’t even ask me why, but I really loved the anime adaption. And so I was pretty happy when I heard that the manga had been licensed by a german publisher. I wasn’t sure about how much I would like it, but…I love it a lot already. So far it’s not that different from the anime, but I just enjoy the story and characters and so everything’s a lot of fun. And strangely enough, I don’t even have a problem with the ridiculously overpowered main character. But he’s just so likable? I usually hate those kind of Gary Stu MCs, but he’s just alright and I totally get why the other characters want to be his friends :D

Spiel nicht mit meinem Herz
Generic boys love stuff, I guess. But I really enjoyed it! It was really funny and though the story confused me at times it was an entertaining read. Also, I like the drawing style and the way the mangaka depicted the sexy stuff. So yeah, I will get more of her one-shots! Already bought a few, actually. XD

Manga Love Story vol. 5
Can’t say too much about this. I need to finally get on with this series, because the first 30 volumes are re-reads anyway, But it’s strangely entertaining to read all about sex and love, even though I’m not too much into the real thing, lol.

Re:Life vol.1
Well, the premise is interesting, but…this manga just hits too close to home for my tastes. I mean, I’m even more useless than the MC (in my eyes he was just unlucky anyway, but that’s just how the japanese society is when it comes to people ’slacking off’…) and I definitely don’t want to live again through my high school years. Also, that thing about Hishino having trouble to find friends because she is too passive? That’s just exactly me. And I don’t want to be reminded of my loser-ness by a manga, so…I don’t know if I want to read on. Maybe. Or maybe not.

Kakegurui vol. 3-4
Still a somewhat awesome manga. I absolutely love Mary and I also came to like Midari a lot. I’m not always into the crazy ones, but she is exactly my kind of crazy person. XD

Moriarty the Patriot vol. 10
This manga just never fails to impress. Just when I thought that I didn’t really like Whiteley as a character, then THAT happens and I’m totally on board with the story again. Although I didn’t really like Whiteley’s reaction when he found his dead brother. Like the whole thing about ‚my life has no meaning anymore, I did all of this just for you‘. This only proves that Whiteley wasn’t that great after all, I think? Because he mostly cared about his brother’s wellbeing in the end the other poor and disadvantages people of Britain seemed just like an afterthought to him. I get that he was angry and heartbroken at that moment, but…yeah. It was absolutely great to see what the Moriartys made of the mess though. Oh, and the end of the volume was just priceless. Holmes at the Diogenes Club and especially that scene with Mrs. Hudson absolutely killed me. XD

D.Gray-man vol. 7-12
Reading this manga is such a ride, because the drawing style changes A LOT over the course of the series. It already looks way different than in the first volume, and when I looked into one of the later volumes I almost didn’t recognise some of the characters! It is a good read though, and by now I actually did remember some of the story details. It’s still pretty confusing at times, but I can live with that because I enjoy lots of things about the manga. Maybe I’ll finally manage to catch up to the latest volume in August. We’ll see.

Das Heureka-Prinzip (Chad Orzel)
Original title: Eureka – Discovering your inner scientist. First off, I did like the basic idea of this book. Some certain basic scientific methods really can easily be used for everyday things and this knowledge could actually change the way a layman is thinking about science in general. However, having said that…this book still rather served to discourage me from getting into science. How so? Well, the author used really lengthy examples from various fields of science to prove his assertions. And maybe this is just me being really stupid as usual, but…most of those examples were either really boring (like the one about sports statistics…I mean, I’m a huge nerd, but all that detailed stuff about various US sports? Hmm…) or just way too complicated for the unsuspecting reader. I just have zero ideas about quantum physics, and judging by the explanations in this book some prior knowledge would have been needed. But wasn’t this book about showing how everyone could make some use of scientific techniques?Well, but that actually disproved the entire point. At least in my eyes. So, while there were some interesting parts, reading this wasn’t really worth it in the end. And I still slogged through almost the entire thing. Sigh.

Bernie Sanders: Unsere Revolution
Reading through the first few chapters I really regretted getting the German edition, because the translation (or rather the use of some words) felt so weird to me? It got better in the later chapters though. Regarding the contents, it was pretty interesting and shocking to hear about some things happening in the U.S. and I can’t help but agree with most of the points Bernie Sanders is making. Global politics really does need major change, but I actually wonder if we’ll ever see that change. I’m glad some people still wholeheartedly believe in and fight for it!

A Short History of Brexit
A really interesting read, even though it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to know more about the political reasons for Brexit, but this book touches this issue only briefly. However, there were lots of interesting facts about the origins of the EU and its relationship to the UK. Knowing about their shared history does help a bit to get certain details of the negotiations and why both the British and the Europeans were really adamant about some things. Sometimes it was a bit much though, so I probably won’t remember all the facts, but…that’s not the book’s fault. So…still a really good book on the subject.

Mock the Week: Brand spanking new scenes we’d like to see
Well, it’s MtW. I love the show and so the book was also pretty funny to me. Mainly because I couldn’t help thinking about how some of the panelists would have delivered the jokes in it. And I even recognised some jokes! Anyway, I don’t think the books are must-haves, but I can’t say I regret getting most of them for really cheap.

Sherlock Holmes: Die rote Lola
More penny dreadful Holmes, so to speak. The atmosphere in these is just lovely, the cases…not so much. Sometimes the stories are just needlessy convoluted and don’t really make sense in the end. Well, but the books are great bedtime reading, so it’s not all bad!

Die zehn Kinder, die Frau Ming nie hatte
Bought this just on a whim, but it was actually really great! I enjoyed the story and I like the message the author was trying to convey. Well, if I got the message right, that is. ^^ (I’d say it was that what counts is what you feel in your heart, and not what everyone else thinks to be real.) Anyway, it was a really compelling read, maybe I should even look into the authors other books.

 

MonatsausLESE: Juni 2021

04 Jul

Not that many books, many new manga series and some re-reads – this sums up this month pretty well. I did read more than expected though, it felt like I rarely ever held any kind of book in my hand? :O (And the German title does just sound silly at this point, haha.)

Purgatory Survival vol. 1-2
Original title: Rengoku Dead Role. I have no idea why, but this month I was suddenly in the mood to read some random manga series I’ve never cared about before. This is one of them, and I mostly stumbled across it because it’s from the writer of Kakegurui. Well, even though I loved Mirai Nikki, I never got into any other of those survival death game series, but now I’m actually wondering why, because…I really enjoy this series! I’m too lazy to think about the solutions of the puzzles, but it’s a really entertaining read. I actually had to order the second volume right after finishing the first one because I wanted to know the solution of one game, haha. Honestly, my biggest complaint would be that the protagonist was never wearing his glasses again after the first chapter, lol.

Kakegurui vol. 1-2
Didn’t I just mention Kakegurui? Well. That was another one of the series I wanted to read all of a sudden. So, when there was a offer to get the first two volumes for a discounted price, I couldn’t say no. The promo art and what I saw of the series always put me off before…and that’s a shame, because it’s so good! I gotta say that Kakegurui might as well become one of my new all-time favourite series – and the grudging friendship between Yumeko and Mary is just totally my jam. And well, just like Yumeko can’t stop herself from gambling, I couldn’t stop myself from reading…so I already ordered the next volumes. Maybe I’ll also watch the anime, but for now I’m happy that I finally gave the manga a try!

Darwin’s Game vol. 1
More death game stuff, and I liked this one too. I’m not as excited about this one as I was about Purgatory Survival, but nevertheless I want to continue reading the series. I also noticed that some of the volumes have really beautiful covers and I’m looking to the point when the characters from those covers will actually appear in the story.

Interviews mit Monster-Mädchen vol. 1
Original title: Demichan wa Kataratai. A solid first volume, and I am intrigued to continue reading the series. But it wasn’t like I had to buy the next volume ASAP, like with some of the other series I started reading this month. Also, the volumes are really thin…I might as well try to get them used for cheap.

Violence Action vol. 1
The story is pretty engaging, and I liked the contrast between the heroine’s cute looks and the bloody jobs she completes for her employer. I might buy more volumes if I’m in the mood…or if I get them for cheap, as they usually cost 10€ and that’s a bit much for this kind of manga, I think.

Sengoku Blood vol. 1-2
Holy shit, this manga is pure crack. Or at least that’s what I thought when I was reading it :D I’m sure it’s actually supposed to be a pretty serious story, but I couldn’t help but laugh throughout the story. My favourite part was Yoshimoto Imagawa, the SM maniac who dresses like an idiot, lol. Also, the demon guy is pretty hot and Hideyoshi is best char. Looking forward to the next two volumes because I had a lot of fun with this manga.

D.Gray-man vol. 1-6
Hooray for omnibus volumes, I say! I did collect and read the German version of DGM some years ago, but then I sold my volumes and now I felt like re-reading the series from the beginning. Well, and so I started collecting the omnibus version! I have to say that I couldn’t really remember anything from the first few chapters, so it felt like reading that part of the story for the first time, haha. It was really enjoyable though – I especially liked the chapter about Miranda Lotto and I’m looking forward to her other appearances later in the story. By the way, it’s pretty funny that just five volumes got released since I stopped reading the series :O

Manga Love Story vol. 1-4
Original title: Futari Ecchi. Another series I read before, I think I owned all volumes until vol. ~30 before I sold them? Anyway, I still enjoy reading this series. Even though my interest in sex is basically just of an intellectual nature, it’s both entertaining and educational to follow the lovey-dovey adventures of our main couple and their various friends and aquaintances. I’m looking forward to getting beyond the point to which I had read before, but as I couldn’t remember many details it’s still fun to revisit the first volumes!

23:45 re
I loved the first volume of this duology. The second volume wasn’t as good in my opinion, but it was still a pleasant read. And it was a nice addition to the first volume after all, so…I really didn’t regret reading it!

Goodbye Harlequin
Wow, what even was my last 18+ rated boys love manga? No idea, but that one was pretty good. I love the drawing style (I will definitely buy the mangaka’s other stuff!) and I enjoyed both the story and the hot stuff. Quite surprising actually, I mostly bought this because the variant cover of the limited edition looks so nice, haha.

Murcielago vol. 14
I enjoy this series so much…I need to preorder all volumes from now on. Gotta support the publisher for releasing a series as weird as this one, haha. But the next volume is still some months away… ;_; Anyway, this was a great volume again. And I noticed that Kuroko’s sexual adventures aren’t that prominently featured in the story anymore. That was quite different in the first few volumes!

Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time vol. 2
I’m still in love with the German translation. It’s just like the German dubs of foreign comedy films and shows from the 80s, and that’s just exactly my kind of humour. Also, the story is way more enjoyable in the manga. But I mostly do read this for the funny stuff, even though I’m kinda glad to have found an ongoing ecchi series I’m enjoying again…

Young Bride’s Story vol. 9-10
Original title: Otoyomegatari. I just adore every single volume, chapter and panel of this series. It’s truly one of a kind and I just can’t find any fault with it. The art is wonderful, the characters are lovable and the story is somewhat interesting. Please read this, it’s great ;)

In/Spectre vol. 4-6
Original title: Kyokou Suiri. With these three volumes, the Steel Lady Nanase arc comes to a close. I really liked it, maybe even more than I did in the anime version. And I absolutely adore the concept of a urban legend coming to life. But now I’m really looking forward to new adventures that did not get an anime adaption yet. Wonder what the manga still has in store for me.

Die Klingen der Wächter vol. 1
Original title: Biao Ren. After reading another really great manhua last month, I tried another series this month. Well, this one is entirely different from last months‘ series, but it’s just as good! The story has lots of potential and the fight scenes are extremely cool. It’s not that high on my priority list (mostly due to the price of the volumes), but I’ll definitely keep reading this manhua!

Besuch bei Nacht (Eric Ambler)
Original title: The Night-Comers. I only bought and read this book purely by chance, but I enjoyed it immensely! I felt entirely immersed in the atmosphere and it was almost like I experienced the events of the story together with the main characters. The plot wasn’t overly complicated, but really engaging and so it didn’t take me long to finish the book. I might need to check out the authors‘ other works now. Always wanted to get into spy novels and all that anyway.

Englische Märchen/Schottische Märchen/Irische Märchen
I got this boxset of English, Scottish and Irish fairy tales as a Christmas present…took me a while to finally get around to read the book. Well, and I think I should have gotten an english-language edition, because I didn’t really like some of the translations. The English and Scottish stories were alright, but the Irish ones apparently had a different translator and reading felt like a chore. Even though the mythological background of the stories is obviously really interesting! So maybe I’ll get another edition of those fairy tales one day.

Sherlock Holmes: Das Geisterwrack / Der Rubin der Gräfin
I still do enjoy this series of penny dreadful-esque Holmes pastiches. But: the volume ‚Der Rubin der Gräfin‘ contained one story about a murderous Chinese shipmate and Watson’s final words about the case were pretty damn racist, which entirely ruined my reading experience. I get that the original Holmes stories were written at a time where racism was still pretty much everywhere, and some pastiche authors try to replicate that feeling in their stories. But the Watson from the original stories never railed at the ‚beastly deeds of foreign people‘ and the ‚cold smiles of the Chinese‘. Eugh. I sure hope this wasn’t any indicator for the author’s own mindset…

 
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