|manga i recently read
||[Aug. 4th, 2010|06:41 pm]
Asterisk 7 and 8 by Morimoto Shu concluded the current arc very satisfactorily. Lots of action, lots of friendship and sacrifice, lots of warm and fuzzy feelings. And lots of cute animals doing their part as well. XD This series doesn't seem to have finished with the end of this arc, and I'm so glad. This is my very reliable happy drug manga series (especially since there's no new Hakkenden!!! GAAAAH!).
Don't Cry Baby by Kinoshita Keiko is an odd manga. It's about a medical rep for a drug company and the veterinarian he visits as part of his work. The medical rep is gay and is still "recovering" from a painful breakup, but is outwardly very tsundere. The veterinarian, however, is rather carefree and doesn't get upset over the medical rep's tsundere-ness. At first I disliked this manga. I couldn't connect with the characters (esp extreme tsundere medical rep, but also the oddly detached veterinarian) or see how their interactions turned into anything. But after rereading many times to try to figure this manga out, I've come to like it. The medical rep's fragility and vulnerability comes through only in small bits through his brittle exterior, and the veterinarian's seeing through the medical rep's facade and his attempts to get through were subtle but firm. Though he didn't mean them to be that way, the veterinarian's attempts ended up being blows to the medical rep. It's hard to get through to a wounded heart, isn't it? I especially like one part where two scenes are juxtaposted: the medical rep is trying to kill his feelings over his ex while taking a shower after a one-night stand while the veterinarian is at his clinic trying to get a cat who pines for it's owner to eat by asking if his presence isn't enough for the cat. The cat is so pitiful, crouched down with one of those cones of shame.