||[Aug. 10th, 2006|09:39 am]
I actually like the new Livejournal navigation bar, and a few of the new features they've introduced - like "Recent Comments." Very useful. I thought I wouldn't like them at first, but...
So, I finished Kaze no Stigma 2 last night, which was reasonably good. They're softening up Kazuma a bit, and his budding relationship with Ayano is a little silly, but I still like it.
I was thinking of picking up Zero no Tsukaima next, on both umiushi's recommendation and because the first episode of the anime was entertaining, but for some reason (no, I don't have a better explanation... maybe mood?) I decided against it. Instead, I started Haiiro no Airisu (Grayish Iris), which in the first couple of pages has managed to frustrate me and pique my interest.
Reference the lines that had me scratching my head:
If you understand Japanese, think about them for a moment and try to parse them. I tried four or five times, and I just couldn't get past the references to "mirai" - future. If you take that as a word, the sentences make absolutely no sense. However, one of the female characters' name is "Mirai."
I figured this out after reading the inside cover. By the way, that's one of the really frustrating things about Japanese books. In Japanese bookstores, the books are often shrinkwrapped, and there's nothing on the outside aside from the art and title by which to judge them. So, you kind of wander down the aisle, pulling out things that look vaguely interesting, and then study the cover to see whether it still looks appealing. This is the sad trend that got me Kougeki Tenshi, which I hated with a passion. Maburaho I don't have the same excuse - it wasn't shrinkwrapped. I just didn't read the cover closely enough, so I didn't recognize it as a harem story.
Restarted Genshiken last night. One of the amazing things about that series is how accurate the drawings are... I found myself pointing at the screen and yelling 'that's it! That's exactly what that place looks like!" more than once. But, I'm just Japan starved. Even though when I go back I'm going to want to shop, despite being more or less out of things to shop for... you know, I think it just might be that shopping makes me go to (more or less, depending on your definition) normal places. It may be that I just like that atmosphere.