Hi, everyone! It's been a while since I last posted an entry, due to being busy with RL. (I've also been a little neglectful about responding to others' entries, for which I apologize. I promise I'll engage more from now on!) I meant to put up a 'about my Yuletide fics' post, and a 'fannish year in review post', but... well, that didn't happen. >_< Anyhow
First, off books! And manga too, because you can't have one without the other. I went out to Barnes & Noble the other day and got the collected Magic Knight Rayearth and the first three volumes of A Bride's Story! (And wiped out every B&N giftcard I'd received over the past two years. It was worth it.)( Image under the cut )
The art in A Bride's Story is amazing
, quite possibly one of the best I've seen. The detail that goes into every aspect, from the designs of the wood and clothing to the animals and even the landscape, is beautiful. I can't praise it highly enough. The story is also really fascinating- it's slice of life with just enough action and drama to keep the pace up, and I think this is the first time I've enjoyed a work of fiction focused on an arranged marriage. Basically, I like this series a lot! I definitely want to do a more in-depth review of it sometime.
Magic Knight Rayearth was also pretty interesting; I read the first half of the series when I was young, but never actually got around to the second half, so I was completely unspoiled for the ending. The series started out pretty forumlaic, (fight baddies, acquire powers, repeat) but the twist ending was really great. (Plus, the final battle involved both magical girls and giant mecha! More series should make full use of that thoroughly amazing combination, IMO.)
Another series I've been reading is Liar Game. I really, really enjoy the plot and the character interactions; watching Nao grow is really enjoyable, and the games always keep me on the edge of my seat. (Also, I am 100% shipping Fukunaga and Nao right now and I'm not even sorry.) And ugh, Yokoya is a truly despicable villain; I love to hate the guy. I'm not fully caught up yet (it's a long series) but I've been steadily chipping away at it. I'm currently starting the Pandemic Game arc. (The art is... not good, haha, but I can live with that.) My biggest problem isn't with the series itself (I think?) but with the translators. ( Liar Game Rant (Talks about Transphobia) )
On the non-manga side of things, I recently read three of Malcolm Gladwell's works: The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. Outliers was by far my favorite, but they were all very good. ( More about the books )
I've had considerably less success in the anime department, though. I tried Kuroko's Basketball, but it just... didn't really click for me? I liked much of the character interaction, but I guess sports anime really just don't do it for me. I think I'll try Jojo's Bizarre Adventure next; I love ridiculous gratuitous shonen, so it sounds right up my alley.
...Argh, this isn't even half of what I wanted to talk about, but this post is already really long and rambley, whoops. Maybe if I leave the other half for later it'll inspire me to actually update this journal in a timely fashion? That sounds like a good plan.
Anyway, how is everyone doing? Has the New Year been treating you well so far?