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D. Gray-man Vol. 3 Thoughts

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If you haven’t read volume one or two, proceed with caution.

A robot goes crazy, the Millennium Earl has a dinner party, there’s a rewinding city, and a woman named Miranda who can’t hold down a job.

I liked this one even more than two. I’m hoping that this series gets better and better with each volume. It was even more funny and I related to Miranda’s struggle to find a place in her world. Her issues are more extreme than mine though!

D. Gray-man Vol. 2 Thoughts

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I will try not to spoil volume one but if you haven’t read it, proceed with caution.

Allen is going out on his first mission with Yu Kanda. They massively dislike each other because Yu Kanda is mean and Allen is not. They are fabulous frenemies.

I did like this one more than the first volume. The story really moved me. Part of that has to do with the pacing and the higher page count allotted to this story.

D. Gray-Man Vol. 1 Thoughts

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I’m reading a bind-up of the first three volumes of this manga for Tome Topple!

I read volume one yesterday.

This manga has been recommended to me a few times because a lot of people love it and it has dark supernatural elements. I’m a fan of multiple manga with dark supernatural elements.

It is definitely dark and scary. The concept of the akuma are terrifying all by themselves. The Maker is also really scary (although, I do want his pumpkin head umbrella).

The only problem I had was that Moa Hesse was introduced to me in the first chapter and I didn’t see her again. I thought she was well-developed (backstory, motivation, personality) and I would have liked to see her participate in the rest of the story but she just kind of disappeared. That made me sad.

I do want to see what happens next for Allen though.

Ten Count Volumes 1-3 Thoughts

***This post will contain spoilers and discussion of mature content.***

So I read the third volume on Valentine’s Day and I didn’t like it and returned it, thus this post.

The first volume was fabulous. I loved the characters right away and I really liked them as a couple. And even though it had an explicit warning on the cover there actually wasn’t any mature content. They didn’t even kiss (although there was an almost kiss, tee hee). Honestly, I was genuinely fine with this. I prefer the cuter side of yaoi. Also, I was on board for the plot and that last scene, where they shake hands and Kurose says goodbye forever and just rides away, made me cry.

The second volume was a bit more than I was prepared for (This volume did deserve the explicit warning. Their relationship goes to the sexual level rather quickly and both penises are out, although their testicles were missing.) but I was still rooting for the characters and there was still a plot I was willing to follow.

But that third volume… A whole lot of awkwardness occurred. Basically, the plot was that Shirotani kept getting overstimulated so oral sex then Shirotani gets a cold, Kurose freaks out a little (that was adorable!) but then the scene was ruined by some dominance stuff that made me uncomfortable. And it all pretty much devolved into an introduction to anal sex. Also, there was a snippet that seemed to be trying to explain why Shirotani is a germaphobe. He accidentally witnesses his father ┬áhaving sex with one of his students. That would be traumatizing but I’m not sure it explains being a germaphobe. We also still haven’t gotten any background on Kurose. In summary, this volume didn’t have plot, character, or relationship development.

Basically, I was given some reasons to be cautious in volume 2 and then volume 3 convinced me this series is not for me. So I’m a little sad because volume 1 was so fabulous and had a lot of potential but now I can move on to other things.

Behind the Scenes!!, Volume 1 by Bisco Hatori

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It is a bit chaotic at first because we are introduced to a bunch of characters within a very short span of time. The pacing of the beginning is also very quick. But I do think that works in this case because the focus of the story is on this group of people who do behind the scenes work (sets, props, costumes) for the movie/film clubs at their university.

Ranmaru is the main character and he seems to have a very similar attitude to the hot spring lady in Fruits Basket. He takes on a lot of blame and says he’s “sorry” an awful lot when most of the things he’s apologizing for aren’t really his fault. And yet I was genuinely rooting for him the whole time.

I haven’t fully connected with this series yet. Ouran High School Host Club is still my favorite from this manga-ka but there is a lot of potential here.