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manga (and a book) i've been reading [Feb. 26th, 2013|07:05 pm]
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Read Castle Mango 2 and Rivers End...Oh boy. Glad I got to do it in one fell swoop. I think I would've stopped reading it from depression if I had read it in installments, especially Castle Mango 2. I can't believe how painful basically the entire volume was. No lovey-dovey till the very end! And the crap that happens to Yozuru and his bad (yet earnest and determined!) handling of things waaaay over his head...And Togame's somewhat understandable (given his personality and background) but truly frustratingly passive way of dealing with Yozoru....GAH. Dude, just cast the kid off if you want him to keep to the straight and narrow. Don't do it AFTER you've done tons of stuff for him, including rescuing him from his foolish attempt to be in a porn film and secretly fixing the ruined room in the love hotel. Also, don't hang out with his little brother while basically brushing him off. I guess I can forgive Yozoru's inadequacies because he's young and immature and he's so obviously trying. I never got into Togame's head enough to really resonate with him, even in the novel that is his POV.

The hilarious last-minute confession Yozoru makes as they are about to have sex was fun, but...not enough! The sweet last bit with Togame coming home to a sleeping Yozoru was great, but...not enough! I felt like I should've gotten more sweetness after the pain of this volume, especially since there were many adorable moments in the first volume. But I should've known, it's Konohara Narise, right?

As for the novel...I didn't really read the story about Togame's past, "River's End." I skimmed it, and it was depressing. I'll fully read it when I'm up for it. As for "god bless you"...I enjoyed it because I enjoy reading stories that show the nitty gritty of some industry I don't know much about, in this case the film industry. But Togame's POV was so distant it's hard to get into. He's really too fatalistic for me, so I was glad when Yozoru tells him that his attitude is awful at the end.

The first sex scene in the story really threw me off. When I went back I realized it was because the narration didn't use Yozoru's name but instead just called him Togame's "lover." It was so impersonal, it made me sad to think it was an indication of Togame's distance from everything. Compared to that, the sex scene at the end is a lot more personal. Yozoru's name is used a lot more, and it just felt more passionate and loving.

I love love love love the lines: "恋人の横顔を見ながら、自分は幸せなのかもしれないと気づいた。いや、幸せなんだとそう思った。" I'm a sap for these kinds of sentiments expressed in a throwaway manner. ♥

I hope there'll be another story showing them in the future when Yozoru is Togame's sponsor.

Also read Silver Diamond volume 27 and gaiden...I gotta say that it went on too long. There were bits I enjoyed a lot in the last volume, but these story head really sputtered out by then. The gaiden was, on first reading, not that great to me. I'll have to go back and reread at some point to see if I still feel the same.

Hakkenden volume 12 was so worth the wait. Revelations! Flashbacks! I can't wait for the next volume. The annoying thing is that I reread the series and realized that stuff in volume 12 contradict stuff that was shown before. It really felt like she hadn't thought it through at the start (at least the big things) because seeing those inconsistencies just irked me.

This entry was originally posted at http://insaneneko.dreamwidth.org/492031.html. Please comment here or there.

[User Picture]From: wednesday_10_00
2013-02-27 02:19 pm (UTC)
So much agreement on Castle Mango 2. I love love love Yorozu, but the story was a disappointment, and why so little payoff at the end? Did your copy of the manga come with the little short story booklet ("Love Hotel")? It's mostly a silly throwaway PWP, but there's one part that's so sweet I just love it.

Just curious, what inconsistencies do you mean in Hakkenden? I have a hard time keeping details straight in that series, so I didn't notice anything.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2013-03-04 06:03 am (UTC)
Oh good, I'm glad I'm not the only one who wasn't satisfied. The PWP booklet is adorable, even though I dislike SM. Togame is so reasonable (If you don't like it we won't do it again, etc) and they are so adorable. Wish the manga had more of that.

As for Hakkenden, there's a scene of Shino, Sasuke, Yashiro, and Hamaji surrounded by burning buildings from the first volume. I always assumed that this happened before Shino and Sasuke were killed, but seeing the sequence of events from the latest volume makes it not work. They should be covered in blood if it was after they'd been revived, but then Yashiro wouldn't be there since he and Sasuke would've merged by then. Also, I can't reconcile Satomi's attitude toward Shino in flashbacks since they are brothers and had very positive contact even before Shino is killed. I can see Shino not remembering since Satomi can repress Shino's memories, but it feels so off that he'd be that cold towards Shino.
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[User Picture]From: wednesday_10_00
2013-03-04 01:40 pm (UTC)
Your comment makes me laugh because I'm sitting here going, "Have I read about those events? Did I know these things?" I mean, I don't have volume 12, but I follow the series in the magazine, so I must have...? I have swiss cheese brain when it comes to this series, I swear.

Anyway, I totally get what you mean about that being disappointing. Whether it was the author's poor planning or just her wanting to present things a certain way to the readers, it's annoying when added puzzle pieces don't fit the picture. It's so awesome when learning more makes earlier scenes make more sense that it's doubly disappointing when an author can't pull that off.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2013-03-05 01:14 am (UTC)
Ha ha. I didn't remember these things until I reread them. It is very disappointing to see things not line up properly, though. *sighs*
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[User Picture]From: whaole
2017-10-10 04:00 am (UTC)
Hi what's this short story you're talking about and where can I find it? Castle mango is definitely one of my fav bls but I was so disappointed to see the manga just ended without any extras >_<
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[User Picture]From: wednesday_10_00
2017-10-13 02:35 am (UTC)
Hmm, it was a special booklet that came with the first printing of the book (the Japanese version, I mean), so I don't know how easy it is to get a hold of now. Maybe somebody has scanlated it? I don't really keep up with scanlations so I have no idea.

Sorry, I wish I could be more helpful...good luck in finding it!
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[User Picture]From: madamada_chan
2013-02-28 02:56 am (UTC)
I felt like I should've gotten more sweetness after the pain of this volume, especially since there were many adorable moments in the first volume.

DITTO that. Actually, ditto everything you said about CM2 XD

Damn... now I want the drama CD for this so much more. But it looks like the company who did it went under as well...??? T_T
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2013-03-04 06:04 am (UTC)
Another one who wanted more sweet and less angst!! I don't know if I'd want to listen to the drama CD, personally...I prefer drama CDs of happier stories. ^^;
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