What did I read (and finish) this week? Look below to find out!
Bakuman, Vol. 3: Debut and Impatience by Tsugumi Ohba (2011) – In this volume, Saiko and Shugin struggle to come up with a good idea that will surpass their editor’s expectations. They want to make something shounen, but it’s not really Shugin’s forte. Meanwhile, Shugin’s burgeoning relationship with Miyoshi makes Saiko question his commitment to their work. Saiko’s impatience and lack of communication can be really irritating, but it’s still really good.
Bakuman, Vol. 4: Phone Call and the Night Before by Tsugumi Ohba (2011) – In this volume, Saiko and Shugin break up because Shugin can’t come up with storyboards on time. However, as the two try to work apart, they discover that they’re actually on the same wavelength and collaborate behind their editor’s back. This helps them get into the Golden Future Cup where they compete with some of their own manga friends. It’s a plot-driven arc and pretty good.
Bakuman, Vol. 5: Yearbook and Photobook by Tsugumi Ohba (2011) – In this volume, Saiko and Shugin finally get to start their own series in Shounen Jump! Despite how exciting it all is, they still have to deal with getting a new, younger, less experienced editor as well as juggling school, work, and wanting to improve. The toll hits Saiko the hardest, but they hang in there.
My Love Story!!, Vol. 1 by Kazune Kawahara (2014) – My Love Story!! Is about Takeo Goda, a gorilla of a boy with strong muscles and strong feelings. Unfortunately, girls never return said feelings, and he has to reconcile himself to a loveless, chivalrous existence – until he meets and saves Yamato, a pure girl he sees being harassed on the subway. This is like the cutest freaking manga. I love it.
My Love Story!!, Vol. 2 by Kazune Kawahara (2014) – In this volume, Takeo and Yamato are securely going out and securely in love, but it’s not all smooth sailing. Yamato’s friends have a hard time seeing how she’d like Takeo, and the two get separated as Takeo prepares for a judo tournament. Naturally, however, love and Takeo’s amazing physique pull them through.
My Love Story!!, Vol. 3 by Kazune Kawahara (2015) – In this volume, Takeo and Yamato celebrate Yamato’s birthday – only to have Takeo’s friend Sunakawa’s father get sick. Then, when they try to make up for the day, they get lost in the forest – and Yamato’s heart goes crazy (Girl wants to get closer wink wink.). Still so damn cute.
My Love Story!!, Vol. 4 by Kazune Kawahara (2015) – This is an action-packed volume. Ai, Sunakawa’s older sister, has a crush on Takeo, but she’s trying to get over it – only to have a college suitor try to set them up/get her to go out with him. Then Takeo tries to study for a really hard test so he and Yamato can be in the same college. Finally, Takeo helps a slow girl practice for a big race – and maybe catches her eye in the process. I will never stop loving this series.
Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars!/Soma’s Cooking Battles) by Yuto Tsukuda (2012 – ongoing) ch. 146 – Finally, Soma reveals the true form of his gyoza. Naturally, it blows away Eizan and the judges. But will that be enough to win the shokugeki? It’s good though a tad predictable.