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I read manga and books. I usually read Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Horror. I also read other books or manga that are not within those genres.

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
AR has read 45 books toward their goal of 50 books.
Goblin Slayer, Vol. 1 - Kumo Kagyu

I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought.


Unlike other light novels, the story is dark. It doesn't shy away from describing gore and blood during battle scenes. Also, there are some references to rape in some of the passages. If reading about those things makes you uncomfortable, I recommend skipping this book series.


I found the cast in this book to be fascinating and memorable despite not having proper names (Goblin Slayer's name is Goblin Slayer). My favorite characters so far were Priestess and Goblin Slayer. I wished there was more worldbuilding in this book. I hope the future volumes have that. 



The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Volume 2 - Gamei Hitsuji, Hikoki

DNF 20%


I am disappointed to say that this volume was a bit of a letdown. There were too much technobabble and unnecessary exposition in the passages I read. I had a difficult time to slog through the passages talking about Kabbalah and the different elements for example. It is a shame that I have to rate this book a low rating because I liked the first volume. I forgave the first volume for its wall of text because it was meant to be an introduction for the series. However, in this second volume, the info dumps became old fast. I wish information like that were in a guidebook or some side material so that the story would be read more smoothly without all the technobabble. 


However, I liked the illustrations in the book.



Kingdom Hearts II Novel Volume 1

Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel, Vol. 1 (light novel) - Nojima Kazushige, Tetsuya Nomura, Tomoco Kanemaki

I'm a fan of the Kingdom Hearts series, and I chose to read this novel because I'm hyped up about Kingdom Hearts III.


This novel covers the first part of the game until the start of the Heartless battle in Hollow Bastion. The story follows the Final Mix version of the game well. The notable difference is that the book focuses more on other characters beside Sora. Kairi, Riku, and Namine get a lot more scenes in the book compared to the game. Those scenes provide me a clear view of what happens in Kingdom Hearts II.


The book does not contain a lot of visits to the Disney worlds which I did not mind because reading about every world that appears in the game does not sound exciting (if I want to experience every world, I can just play the game). Also, most of the worlds in the game have little to do with the main plot. So, I'm glad the author skipped most of the world visits and instead focused on the ones that are connected to the main story.


I recommend this book to fans who want something to do while they wait for Kingdom Hearts III. 


I got my copy of Devilman Classic Edition Volume One last week. It's so big and gorgeous. I also received my copy of Durarara Redollars Arc Volume One this week after waiting for two years for it (original release date was sometime in 2016, but it was pushed back). I'm happy that it's in my hands now.


I'd like to take some photos, but I'm not in the mood because I'm a bit tired now. 

— feeling excited
Devilman Vol 1
Devilman Vol 1

Two more weeks for this to come out.

Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple

The other day, I watched Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple. It was really awesome and bit of creepy in some scenes.


I wish I could watch it again. I hope it comes out on Blu-ray.


Sophie's World

Sophie's World - Paulette Møller, Jostein Gaarder

An exciting and engaging read for learning about the basics of philosophy especially if you're a philosophy novice. Before I read this book, I had some familiarity with some philosophers and philosophy schools. After reading this book, I began to have a better understanding of some philosophical concepts. 


The majority of the book's text focused on the development of each philosophical concept and covers time periods from ancient Greece to 20th century Europe. Fortunately, these passages are written in an accessible way that even philosophy beginners and average readers can understand. However, advanced philosophy students might find some of the explanations to be repetitive or disappointed that there are not a lot of challenging information in the passages. I don't recommend this book to readers who want to read about Eastern philosophies since this book limited to Western concepts.


This book is not just about philosophy, but it's a mystery novel about Sophie figuring out who Hilde is and why she is receiving her mail. So Sophie starts learning about philosophy from a mysterious philosopher to figure out who is Hilde. During the first half, I was engrossed in the story and wanted to know who this Hilde is. This sense of mystery was appealing to me and kept me excited. However, the second half was a bit disappointing. The reason was that the mystery of Hilde was solved. I thought that mystery was answered too early. After that part, the exciting and edge of your seat feeling disappears. The reason I kept on going was that I enjoyed reading about the philosophy lessons that Sophie is receiving.


After I finished this book, I'm now extremely interested in learning more about philosophy and philosophers.


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Reading progress update: I've read 318 out of 518 pages.

Sophie's World - Paulette Møller, Jostein Gaarder


I'm over 50% done with this book and I'm surprised with the twist. Sophie and the others are characters in a story read by Hilde. It reminds of the twist with The Lego Movie.

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Watched the second episode of Devil's Line. Going to drop it because it feels rushed and lacks some emotion in some areas. The OP and ED are really good though.


Going back to reading the manga of it.

Today I watched the first episodes of Tokyo Ghoul re and Devil's Line. I thought they were great first episodes. I hope the streak continues into future episodes.

Sophie's World - Paulette Møller, Jostein Gaarder

I'm going to start reading this book. I heard great things about this title.

Yesterday, I discovered StoryBundle, a pay-what-you-want website similar to Humble Bundle. I decided to try them out because one of the bundles feature A Small Charred Face. Even though I own a physical copy of the book, I decided to pay for it because the copy on the website is DRM free. Plus, some of the other books featured in the bundle looked interesting, and I wanted to read more international books.


I wished I discovered this website sooner because one of the past bundles was the Haikasoru Japan Scifi bundle. Oh well, I hope they put up that bundle again.


Anyway, I hope I can find some time to read these books.


The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Volume 1

The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Volume 1 - Gamei Hitsuji, himesuz, Hikoki


When I first read the summary of this light novel, I was worried that Suimei would be an extremely unlikable character. However, when I started reading the story, my worries were put to rest. While he does have some jerk moments, he is a surprisingly not a horrible character. The volume does go into some details into why he behaves in specific ways like the reason for not telling his friends that he's a magician. The side characters like Suimei's friends were okay. Reiji has a personality similar to the other light novel protagonists, and it was neat to see the differences between Reiji's and Suimei's personalities. Mizuki was a typical sweet girl and is a little underdeveloped compared to the rest of the cast. I admit I couldn't stand Felmenia at first, but later in the book, her personality began to grow on me. I hope to see more development for the rest of the cast.


I enjoyed reading about the differences between the magic systems between the worlds, and the techniques used by the characters. Fortunately, it wasn't too tedious to read, and there wasn't a lot of technobabble. The illustrations in this book were neat and helpful for me to understand some parts of the story. 


Since I was reading the pre-pub version of the story on the J-Novel Club website, I encountered some typos in the text. Hopefully, those mistakes are corrected before the volume officially goes on sale.


Readers who are in the mood for more isekai stories should check this series out.


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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 3

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now - Erica Henderson, Ryan North

DNF: Page 49


I checked out this book while I was doing my Comixology free trial and the work did not click with me.


The artwork was a bit offputting for me. It wasn't terrible, but I didn't like the art style because of how the facial expression was drawn. Most of the characters share the same goofy looking faces in the panels I read. I don't mind silly facial expressions for a few scenes, but frequently seeing them becomes old.


The main thing that I couldn't stand in this book was the writing. I'm willing to deal with art styles I don't like if the story or writing is intriguing and entertaining (Higurashi and Umineko visual novels for example). Unfortunately, the comic's writing was the weakest point. It tries too hard to be funny and quirky. The worst part would have to be when the writer points out stuff to the reader like this example: "From Wikipedia. You can tell because this looks a lot like a Wikipedia entry." Lines like that example happen a lot in this comic from the panels to the margins at the bottom of the pages. I don't find those funny, and it breaks me away from the plot. 


This comic was not for me. 

I wonder how the anime will be like compared to the manga.

Spring Anime 2018

I'm excited for Tokyo Ghoul: re, Golden Kamuy and Legend of the Galatic Heroes Die Neue These. Full Metal Panic Invisible Victory looks interesting as well.