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MonatsausLESE: Dezember 2021

01 Jan

Der Mangastapel schrumpft, ist aber immer noch zu hoch :/ Und dabei habe ich diesmal so gut wie keine Mangas zu Weihnachten bekommen. Keine Ahnung was da los ist. Schätze, ich muss im neuen Jahr mal wieder mehr auf meine Kauf- und Lesebilanzen achten.

Yu-Gi-Oh Massiv Band 1
Es ist bestimmt schon gut 10 Jahre her, dass ich einen ersten Versuch mit YGO in Mangaform gestartet habe. Damals konnte mich das ganze nicht so recht überzeugen und immerhin ist die Reihe ja auch recht lang – also habe ich nie weitergesammelt. Die neuen Massiv-Sammelbände sind aber nun doch eine gute Gelegenheit für einen zweiten Versuch. Gefällt mir bisher auch recht gut! Der Manga ist gerade zu Beginn nun mal recht anders als der Anime, aber definitiv nicht schlechter. Ich bleibe jedenfalls mal dran, aber hoffentlich weckt der Manga nicht gleich wieder die Lust aufs Kartensammeln, haha.

Ein Fremder im Frühlingswind Band 1-3
Hmm, nun ja. Ein Fremder am Strand fand ich richtig gut, mit der Nachfolgeserie werde ich aber nicht so recht warm. Irgendwie nervt mich Mio fast die ganze Zeit, und auch die anderen Charaktere möchte ich das eine oder andere Mal doch gehörig durchschütteln… Allerdings ist der Zeichenstil halt sehr hübsch, und unter anderem deswegen habe ich mich durch die Bände noch etwas durchgequält. Ob ich aber noch weitere Bände kaufe weiß ich nicht so recht. Momentan hätte ich eher keine Lust drauf

Qualia unter dem Schnee
Diesen Einzelband fand ich da schon wieder etwas besser, weil er mich mit seiner leisen Liebesgeschichte eher an Ein Fremder am Strand erinnert hat. Verwirrt hat mich aber der Titel, weil ich den Begriff Qualia eher z.B. aus der Philosophie kenne – und nicht in Zusammenhang mit Miniaturgärten, wie im Nachwort erwähnt?

Our Dining Table
Eine recht niedliche Geschichte, und auch den simplen Zeichenstil fand ich schön. Allerdings verstehe ich immer noch nicht so recht, warum in so vielen Mangas Kochen und Essen so große Themen sind, weil mich persönlich das mal so überhaupt nicht interessiert. (Gut, ich esse zuweilen schon etwas, wenn ich nicht wieder alles Geld für Bücher und Co verschwendet habe ;D) Wie auch immer, kein schlechter Manga, aber auch kein Must-Read.

Murcielago Band 15
Nach dem (aufregenden :D) Ende des vorigen Arcs geht diesmal direkt ein neuer los…und der verspricht ziemlich spannend zu werden. Dafür vielleicht aber weniger brutal und blutig als die vorigen? Nicht, dass mich die Brutalität stört, aber es ist interessant zu sehen, wie sich der Manga im Laufe der Bände von purem guilty pleasure-Trash zu einer doch ernsthaft spannenden Geschichte entwickelt hat. (Der Trash-Faktor bleibt aber trotzdem noch erhalten und das ist auch gut so!) Und ich glaube, so langsam sollte ich aufs englische Release umsteigen. Ich würde ja gerne das deutsche Release unterstützen, aber die Bände werden immer teurer und erscheinen immer langsamer…da hat man doch Angst erst lange abzuwarten, nur um dann doch von einer Einstellung des Releases zu erfahren :/

Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time Band 5
In diesem Band taucht mit Mislim mal ein Charakter so ganz nach meinem Geschmack auf: ihr definierender Charakterzug ist ihre grenzenlose Arbeitsscheu. High-five und willkommen im Club ;D Natürlich wird’s wieder verrückt und erotisch – schließlich handelt es sich ja hier immer noch um Peter Grill’s Abenteuer – und so war dieser Band wieder ein großer Lesespaß für mich.

Our Wonderful Days Band 1-3
Eine nette kleine cute-girls-doing-cute-things-Story mit Yuri-Einschlag, irgendwo zwischen Non Non Biyori und Yuru Yuri. In letzter Zeit habe ich zwar nicht mehr viele Animes in dieser Richtung konsumiert, aber ich habe immer noch eine Schwäche dafür und so war diese Reihe genau richtig für mich. Und Fans der genannten Serien sollten sie bestimmt auch mögen.

Manga Love Story Band 11-17
Mittlerweile bin ich fast erstaunt, wie wenig ich von der Reihe noch in Erinnerung hatte. Immerhin ist der Plot ja nicht sooo tief und so sollte ich die Bände 1-30 zumindest noch ein bisschen kennen, aber…nope. Das einzige, was ich noch weiß ist, dass Makoto irgendwann Erektionsstörungen kriegt und er darum ein ziemliches Drama macht, lol. Naja, in jedem Fall ist es mir sehr recht, dass noch

One Piece Band 98
Band 100 rückt immer näher, whoa… In diesem Band hatte ich irgendwie manchmal Mühe, der Handlung zu folgen. Manche Panels und Sprechblasen konnte ich nicht so recht zuordnen – ist das jetzt ein Flashback und wer spricht da eigentlich? Ist ja aber auch irgendwie kein Wunder, so chaotisch wie es gerade im Kampfgeschehen zugeht. Und eigentlich wollte ich nach diesem Band mal eine Weile mit der Reihe pausieren, um dann mehrere Bände am Stück lesen zu können, aber…jetzt wüsste ich halt doch gerne wieder wie es weitergeht. ^^

Tokyo Aliens Band 1
Ein vielversprechender Serienauftakt, würde ich sagen! Ich möchte nun jedenfalls dringend wissen was mit Akira noch passieren wird…und welche Geheimnisse die Vergangenheit seines Vaters birgt. Aber wieso kommt diese Reihe auf dem deutschen Markt raus und Aoharu x Machinegun nicht? Ist das Airsoft-Thema hierzulande zu sehr Nische? Schade irgendwie, aber ich habe ja immerhin schon alle englischen Bände im Schrank stehen.

Yotsuba&! Band 15
Wie immer ein toller Band, und das teilweise jahrelange Warten auf eine Fortsetzung fühlt sich doch immer wieder lohnenswert an. Auch wenn ich wirklich nichts gegen einen schnelleren Release hätte ;D Im letzten Kapitel des Bandes wird es diesmal sogar ungewohnt emotional, was man von der Reihe ja so gar nicht gewöhnt ist! Ist aber auch nett und die restlichen Kapitel bieten ja sowieso die gewohnte niedlich-lustige Kost.

Kemono Friends A La Carte Band 1
Ah, ich muss dringend mal Kemono Friends rewatchen. Ich mag die Serie einfach zu gerne! Diese Manga-Anthologie bietet kleine Kurzgeschichten und Comicstrips von diversen Zeichnern und – was ja bei Anthologien eher selten der Fall ist – mir haben eigentlich alle Geschichten gut gefallen. Okay, für mich persönlich geht nichts über den Look aus dem Anime, aber Serval und Kaban sind irgendwie einfach in jedem Style süß. ^^

My Genderless Boyfriend Band 3
Ich wiederhole mich, aber…auch das war wieder ein echt guter Band. Der Manga ist und bleibt einfach wundervoll entspannend! Und damit es nicht langweilig wird, kommen jetzt auch langsam weitere Protagonisten dazu. Man darf sich auf den nächsten Band freuen…den es aber leider erst im August 2022 geben wird. Noooo!

 
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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: August 2021

04 Sep

Lots of manga, not as much books, the same as always. And behold: I even read two light novels this month! Yeah, I also can’t believe it, lol.

Magia the Ninth vol. 1-2
This was way too short! These two volumes were more like the prelude to a bigger story, but it seems that the manga got axed? I wish it hadn’t though, because it could’ve been really good. Well, I’m biased since I liked Classicaloid so much and this story feels very similar to it. But the premise is really interesting. I mean, people inheriting the souls of famous composers and using their music to fight battles against demons? Hell yeah! But seeing how the series only ever got these two volumes…it really is a shame.

Darwin’s Game vol. 2
Another enjoyable volume. I like that Shuka turned out to be a friendly girl after all (I expected her to be some cool and distant beauty type) and the new character could also become really interesting. I should finally continue buying this series, but I’m not really hooked yet and they are a bit expensive…

Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time vol. 3
More wacky erotic fun with the best german translation ever :D I’m still really glad I started buying the translated version because every volume is simply a hoot! Also, this series is one of the few on my ‚instant preorder‘ list. It’s so worth it, haha. There just aren’t enough good Ecchi series today, so this one is a nice exception!

One Piece vol. 92-97
Initially I wasn’t too thrilled about the Wa no Kuni-Arc, but those volumes have pretty much changed my mind. The story is a bit weird and over-convoluted at times, but it’s still intriguing enough. Also, there were some nice revelations regarding certain characters so far. (Though the blurb on the back of one volume spoiled one of the revelations for me. Could the publishers please think of the people who don’t read every new volume right after release day? D:) Anyway, I really can’t wait to read the next volume(s) now because I’m somewhat curious how this arc will end!

My Genderless Boyfriend vol. 1
I fell in love with this manga after just that one volume. It’s just one of those series that instantly make me feel better once I start reading a few chapters. Even though I absolutely don’t care about make-up, fashion and all that stuff. Also, the drawing style is really cute – and Wako and Meguru = relationship goals! (Oh, and since the title is a bit misleading: this story isn’t about a trans or nonbinary character, the ‚genderless‘ is just referring to a certain androgynous type of fashion and styling!)

Dorohedoro vol. 1-3
So far I’d say I enjoyed the anime a bit more, but that doesn’t that I don’t like the manga. Quite the contrary, it’s a lot of fun and I can’t wait until I get to read the chapters which didn’t get adapted in the anime. (But as for the first part of the story, I can wholeheartedly recommend the anime. It really captured the stylishly creepy atmosphere of the manga really well!)

In/Spectre vol. 7-10
Finally some new stories which didn’t get adapted yet! And I really enjoyed those stories. Maybe even more so than the Steel Lady arc! The combination of crime stories and the supernatural works really well. And now I’m kind of angry at the publisher. Dear Tokyopop, you can’t just suddenly stop publishing new volumes right in the middle of a new arc – and even without telling us if they’ll ever release more volumes of the series! That’s just…not fair :/

Hyouka vol. 2-11
I like the series. I think I enjoyed the manga more than the anime. And I still really like the story about how the name ‚Hyouka‘ came to be. That’s the kind of wordplay I really love, even though it was quite hard to decipher the meaning for anyone who did not know about the events. Yet I can’t help but wonder: do high schoolers really think and talk about the kind of stuff like the characters in Hyouka do? I’m definitely less introspective than they are. But well, maybe that’s just me being stupid and uneducated, haha. In any case, it is an enjoyable series and I wish there would’ve been an english release of the original novel.

Tokyo Ghoul vol. 6-14
I was really thrilled by the series right up until the end. Though I was a bit sad when the tone of the story turned significantly darker after the first few volumes. Ken slowly coming to terms with the ghoul part of himself was really interesting too and I didn’t like the person he was becoming at first. But nevertheless, it turned out that the story was still really good even after he decided to embrace the ghoul – so to speak. The final battle was a great climax and the final chapter ending on a cliffhanger was a really big incentive to make me buy the first few volumes of :re right after reading it, lol.

Tokyo Ghoul :re vol. 1-6
And so I started reading :re right after finishing the first part. At first it felt like a different series, but then it quickly moved into the same direction as the first series: it got a lot darker. Though this time I was happy about the change – even though I liked the new characters, it would’ve become boring quickly to just follow their everyday lifes at work and at home. Honestly, that’s not what I read TG for. (Also, RIP Ginshi. You were my favourite of the newbies and then you got killed like that ;_;). Oh, and there was another thing I really like so far about the sequel. And this was the first appearance of the ghoul called Owl. I was quite sad about Takizawa dying during the big battle at the end of the first series (the scene with him writing a testament was one of the most emotional ones of the entire series) and so I almost couldn’t believe it when I finally noticed that Owl was indeed him :O Of course it’s pretty heartbreaking to see how much he has changed (and what they must have done to him), so I can’t say I was ‚happy‘ about this development, but…I’m really intrigued by this part of the story and by his character as a whole, that much is for sure! Anyway, I would like to read the next volume ASAP, but seeing the number of volumes of the series I bought in the last month alone…er, well, I guess I have to wait. ^^

Is it wrong to try to pick up girls in a Dungeon? Light Novel vol. 1
The Danmachi anime felt sort of boring to me, but I was curious about the novel. I heard it gets much better (and darker) after four or five volumes, and I’m intrigued about that. Well, this first volume was already a nice read, even though I was already familiar with the first part of the story – obviously. I hope I’ll find the motivation to continue reading soon. Though the later volumes are twice as long as the first few ones…that might keep me from picking up vol. 2 anytime soon, lol.

Sword Art Online Light Novel vol. 1
Same as for Danmachi, really. With the exception that I disliked the SAO anime quite a bit. However, when I played one of the available SAO video games I had a lot of fun, so…well, why not take a look at the source material. And I have to say, reading it is a lot more pleasant than watching it. Kirito feels a lot less like some stupidly overpowered Gary Stu and more like a human when I’m actually able to learn more about his inner thoughts. So I’ll keep on reading. Which is good, because I already bought most of the volumes which got released in English so far. Oops.

In tiefen Wäldern Träumen lauschen vol. 2-4
I still absolutely love this series. The story hasn’t even progressed very far in those first few volumes, but every single volume just draws me in and I want more. Sadly there isn’t more, at least not for now. I hope we’ll get a release date for volume 5 soon! Guess I should look into the other Chinese comics/manhuas from the same publisher until then.

Die 100 wichtigsten philosophischen Argumente
Let me first say that I’ve got absolutely no idea about philosophy. But I wanted to learn at least some basics, because I keep seeing references to this or that theory in newspaper articles, books and sometimes even anime. Well, I guess I didn’t get like 75% of the mentioned theories, but some of them felt quite logical, even without any deeper knowledge. So it was an interesting book, but I guess it will be of more use to philosophy students and other people with prior knowledge. It did make me want to read up more on the subject, though. I wonder if there is a ‚Philosophy for Dummies‘ book, haha.

UK Government and Politics Annual Survey 2007-2010
These books are still really interesting, as I didn’t follow politics as closely as I do now back then. Of course they don’t mention every single political event in the UK, but they can still give me an idea about the most important topics in each year. And well, that’s what was looking for.

Mock the Week: 1001 scenes we’d like to see
Well, another MtW book. Can’t really say much about this. I enjoyed most of the jokes, though some are pretty bad too. Overall, a fun read.

111 Gründe London zu lieben
I’d say that I indeed love London, even though I wasn’t able to visit the city yet. (Note to self: you would be able to save some money if you would buy less books, wouldn’t you?) However, I have read a fair share of books about it, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that this book really does mention some stuff I didn’t hear about yet! (I loved the part about Christmas sales starting at the end of July, haha.) So it was definitely worth reading, and I can just recommend it.

Life in London (E-book, obviously not in the picture)
Last year I listened to a great audio adaption of this novel on BBC radio. Well, the novel isn’t as good as the adaption because there is just too much unnecessary talking and describing things (I can’t believe I would ever have to say something like that). However, it was still worth reading because it felt like an oddly comfortable read. I was reading a few pages before I went to sleep and I felt like I was making a short trip to the old London right before bedtime? (Maybe I was just tired though, haha). And another reason: I really like Georgette Heyer’s books and apparently she used this novel as an inspiration for many words and phrases she used in her own works. Which is really interesting! And this reminds me, I should read another Heyer novel. Haven’t done that for ages.

It Wasn’t Me: Why Everyone Else Is to Blame and You’re Not
I have no idea if anyone has read my post ever since last November, but if you did: do you remember me being really in love with Chris Addison? Well, even if you don’t remember, I’m definitely still very much in love. So it’s a bit weird that I haven’t read this book earlier, but…I wanted to save it for a special occasion and so I started reading on my birthday, lol. (Ironically I’ve read a review saying that you probably only like this book if you’re over 30 and middle-class…well, I’ve got to work on the middle-class thing, but at least I’ve got the right age now…yay?) Anyway! It was a bit different from what I expected (then again, what did I expect – no idea), but I had fun reading it and some parts could’ve been straight from one of his comedy routines. So yeah, I liked it a lot. Even though some parts probably don’t really work that well anymore in today’s world, but…I can’t say I mind. If I need to find something to critisise, then it’s that he hasn’t written another book ever since that one. I’m definitely not okay with that.

 
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