torachan: a cartoon kitten with a surprised/happy expression (chii)
What are you currently reading?
Made a little progress on The History of Forgetting. Still did not start Hollow City. I'm thinking maybe I should read something else instead, since I seem to not be interested in actually starting that up.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished A Wrinkle in Time today. Definitely file this under things I wish I'd left back in vaguely-remembered nostalgia land. :-/

As a kid, things like the heavy-handed religious themes and sexism went over my head. However, those things, along with the fact that the book is just not very well written, made it really hard to enjoy as an adult. And then there's the ending, Read more... ) I'm pretty sure all the other books have separate plots, so it's not something that is resolved in a future book. Instead it just ends abruptly and unsatisfyingly.

Anyway, I am still looking forward to seeing the movie, and this is one of the few times I hope that a movie is really different from the book. But I will definitely not be reading any of the sequels, and I honestly wish I hadn't reread this.

What do you think you'll read next?
Hopefully some more of Billy Bat. I have been going to bed late and been too tired to read in bed lately, so I haven't read anything on my phone or ipad (that's probably the main reason I haven't started Hollow City, either, so I really should try to get in bed earlier!).
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1. I got two chapters of manga posted today, which was a nice surprise (just happened to get both back from the typesetters at the same time).

2. Day off tomorrow! This past week has been one ridiculously hectic day after another, so I'm glad to have a day to rest.

3. I got a cutie Molly here.

torachan: (musume no iede)


Title: Musume no Iede
Original Title: 娘の家出 (Musume no Iede)
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Jump X
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 6 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + muge
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: When Mayuko's mom announces she's getting remarried, Mayuko runs away to live with her dad and his boyfriend. This heartwarming slice-of-life series follows Mayuko and her family and friends as their stories interweave.

Chapter Summary: Megumi has always been afraid of running into one of her students when she's at a concert, but as she struggles with whether or not to reach out to a student who hasn't been coming to school, she realizes maybe their shared love of idols could bridge the gap.



Chapter 15: Teacher
torachan: (fulldrum)


Title: Fulldrum
Author: Hakoishi Toru
Publisher: Young Jump
Category: Seinen
Genre: Humor, Sports
Status in Japan: 2 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Anima Regia
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Hino is obsessed with playing sports in high school, but not because he loves sports (he doesn't), or is any good at them (he's really not). He's doing it because that's the way to get a girlfriend (or so he thinks). After getting kicked out of half his school's sports clubs, he's still convinced he just hasn't found the sport he's truly destined for. When he (literally) runs into Noborito Ayako, manager of the rubgy club, it's love at first sight (for him), but all she's looking for is another warm body for the struggling rugby club. Could this be the chance he's been waiting for?

Chapter Summary: Koyama is not impressed with Hino, but Hino insists he'll do better in a real match.



Chapter 5: Kick Away the Doubt
torachan: a chibi drawing of sawko, kazehaya, and maru from kimi ni todoke (sawako/kazehaya)
1. We got this new aloe yogurt in at work called Alove and it is so good. *_*

2. Not only did I post some manga tonight, but I also got the typeset pages back for a project that's been a couple years in the making and hopefully will have that ready to post sometime in the next few days, too.

3. Couple of the cutest kitties ever.

torachan: (shibito no koe wo kiku ga yoi)


Title: You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead
Original Title: 死人との声をきくがよい (Shibito no Koe wo Kiku ga Yoi)
Author: Hiyodori Sachiko (Uguisu Sachiko)
Publisher: Champion Red Comics
Genre: Shounen
Status in Japan: 9 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Nostal
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Sickly Kishida Jun has the ability to see ghosts, but in his opinion, it's a stupid power and nothing good ever comes of it. Considering the number of grisly situations he seems to find himself in after the ghost of his childhood friend Hayakawa Ryoko starts following him around, he may have a point.

Chapter Summary: In "Angel-sama", Koizumi's little sister Aika enlists Kishida's help when she fears her friend has become possessed. In "The Clayman Cometh" an urban legend comes to life...but why does Kishida remember hearing about this creature years before anyone else was talking about it?



Chapter 16: Angel-sama
Chapter 17: The Clayman Cometh!!
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1. Got my haircut. It was starting to bother me, so yay.

2. I finished translating two chapters of manga, and worked a bit on a couple others.

3. Chloe has been really bothering me in the middle of the night the past couple weeks (she keeps getting in the window by my side of the bed and making noise) and I feel like I haven't had a good night's sleep in ages, so last night we decided to shut the door and see how that went and it was great. She knocked on the door once around six for breakfast, but didn't bang on the door or anything during the night. I think we'll try to keep the door closed for a while to try and break her of her nightly window obsession (she only cares about it at night for some reason).

4. I really can't get over how huge Jasper is. Only nine months!

torachan: brandon flowers of the killers with the text "some beautiful boy to save you" (some beautiful boy to save you)
1. Another busy, busy day at work, but I have tomorrow off!

2. Tonight was finally season three episode two of Rick and Morty! It was a pretty great episode.

3. Summer school at the college is over and the fall semester doesn't start until the end of the month, so we have a few weeks of peace and quiet in the neighborhood.

4. Chloe was staring really intently at something and Carla was able to get some really great shots of her.

torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
1. We had two cashiers call out sick this morning and there was no one to take their place, so I was on the register a lot, but things calmed down later in the day when the evening shift people came in.

2. I finally got the next chapter of Baby, Kokoro no Mama ni! posted.

3. I love this perfect tail curl.

torachan: kokoro and shizuru from baby kokoro no mama ni (baby kokoro no mama ni)


Title: Baby, Kokoro no Mama ni!
Original Title: Baby, ココロのママに! (Baby, Kokoro no Mama ni!)
Author: Okuyama Puku
Publisher: Polaris Comics
Genre: Shoujo
Status in Japan: 4 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: 19-year-old Roji Shizuru has a crush on a fellow university student, Nana, but there always seems to be complications when he tries to get closer to her. For one thing, he’s afraid his hot friend Tachibana Masaki will steal her. Beyond that, the main complication comes from the interference of children, specifically one odd child called Maida Kokoro, who keeps clinging to Shizuru and calling him "mama".

Chapter Summary: Roji walks Kokoro home from preschool.



Chapter 13: The Safe and Quiet Route
torachan: tavros from homestuck dressed as pupa pan (pupa pan)
1. Suuuper hectic again today, but at least it makes the day go by fast...

2. Carla grilled tonight and we had delicious tri-tip for dinner.

3. I got Hey! Pikmin in the mail today. It's pretty fun!

4. Jasper!

torachan: nepeta from homestuck (nepeta)
1. I slept like ten hours and was only interrupted by cats a little bit.

2. Had a nice day off. Got a lot of translation stuff done.

3. I just found out this iOS game I really love, Oceanhorn, is out for the Switch! I've kind of been wanting to play it again, and the Switch controls can't help but be better than the touchscreen ones, so I'm pretty excited about that.

4. Just checked Facebook one last time before bed and saw that the ACA repeal bill didn't pass, thank fuck.

5. Carla managed to snap a shot of Chloe yawning. So cute!

torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
What are you currently reading?
I started as in opened the file on my phone, but did not actually read any of Hollow City, the sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

I am also still in progress on The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory, though I don't think I read any this last week at all.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished the aforementioned Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children a few days ago. Overall I really liked it.

I also read Alison Bechdel's Are You My Mother? As opposed to Fun Home, which is a pretty straightforward memoir about her relationship with her father, this wanders a lot, with probably as much time spent talking about her time in therapy and her readings of various famous psychologists, as well as her wondering how to write this book that she's writing, as there is stuff about her interactions with her mother. But it works really well and I enjoyed it a lot.

I read the first volume of Urasawa Naoki's Billy Bat the night before last. I had been putting off reading it until it was complete, because with this sort of suspenseful story, I knew I didn't want to have to wait between releases. And then the series ended and I loaded it all on my ipad and didn't read it because I don't know why. But now I finally started and it's just as suspenseful as I knew it would be. In fact, I stayed up way too late reading the first volume because I kept telling myself I'd stop with the next chapter and then couldn't!

What do you think you'll read next?
More Billy Bat for sure. Also I definitely plan to get started on A Wrinkle in Time soon, since it is a library book and I can't let it sit forever (though at least as an older book it's four weeks instead of two; but I imagine with people wanting to read it because of the upcoming movie, copies might be more in demand than they normally would be and I can't count on being able to renew it if I don't finish before the due date).
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1. Today was one of those days where I was constantly running around the store doing one thing or another. It felt so hectic and I even had to be on the register for a while because someone went home sick, so I thought for sure I'd have to be there until after seven at the least, but I ended up getting everything done by six-thirty.

2. I stayed up way too late last night reading, and then Chloe was being a pest and making noise and keeping me up, so I didn't end up getting much sleep last night, but now I'm super tired and it's only midnight, so I'm going to go to bed in a few minutes and am hopeful that I'll be able to get a good night's sleep tonight. (And I can sleep in tomorrow, too.)

3. Looooooook at this sweet Molly on my desk!

torachan: nepeta from homestuck (nepeta)
1. I posted the final chapter of Tera Girl! I feel really good about getting that finished.

2. It was busy at work today and two people called out sick, but we had enough other people to cover and I didn't end up needing to stay as long as I thought I might (in fact, I got out of there pretty much on time).

3. We started watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend tonight. There's definitely a lot of cringey embarrassing situations, which are kind of hard to watch, but overall I'm enjoying it.

4. We went to DK's for doughnuts tonight. They had a new mango doughnut that was super tasty (though it's one of their pricey ones, so I doubt I'll get it again).

5. Jasper feet!

torachan: a drawing of a girl holding up buddhist beads as if in prayer (tera girl)
This is it, guys, the final chapter of Tera Girl! The zip also includes the bonus chapter Tera Kids, plus eight pages of gag comics and author talk from the end of the volume. If you are only interested in the Tera Girl story, then this zip file completes it. If you are also interested in the unrelated one-shot MKK Girl that was also included in the volume, then keep your eyes peeled, as I will be posting it sometime it the next couple months.



Title: Tera Girl
Original Title: 寺ガール (Tera Girl)
Author: Mizusawa Megumi
Publisher: Ribon Mascot Comics Cookie
Genre: Shoujo
Status in Japan: 3 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: When your father is a Buddhist priest and your home is a temple, life can be complicated. For Satoru, Hikari, and Ogami, the thought of who will inherit the temple and take over when their father gets old is always in the back of their minds, especially when it comes to matters of the heart. Because Hikari loves the temple so much, it's been all but decided that when she grows up, she'll marry someone who can take over from her father, but when she falls for someone completely unsuitable, all three sisters find themselves re-examining their assumptions.

Chapter summary: Hika is torn between her loyalty to the temple and her feelings for Okura-kun. Also includes a bonus chapter about Hika and her sisters when they were kids.



Chapter 6: Feast of Lanterns
torachan: maru the cat giving the side eye (maru side eye)
1. I had a good day off today. Got a chapter of You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead finished, and almost finished a chapter of Fulldrum. Did some housework, ran some errands. Got a lot of reading done.

2. I finally got the last memory in Breath of the Wild. Also finished up one of the sidequests I had hanging about (the Stalhorse one), and decided to search for the DLC treasures. So far I got the Twilight Princess mask and Majora's mask. (Both of them, as well as Misko's journal, which tells you the locations of the treasurers, were all in areas I'd never explored before, too.) Oh, and I picked up the reward for finding all 120 shrines.

3. When we were out running errands, I stopped at See's Candy and got some stuff that turned out to be almost exactly the amount left on the gift card my mom got me for my birthday. So I got a big bag of chocolates and only had to pay 28 cents. :D

4. Got soooo many great kitty pics today. I really love this one of Chloe looking regal.

torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
1. I have stayed up too late and am especially glad to have a day off tomorrow where I can sleep in.

2. We finished up season one of Daria tonight. I've really been enjoying it a lot.

3. I have also been enjoying the fairly cool weather we've been having. Looks like it's supposed to get up into the low 80s in the beginning of August, and I'm hoping it doesn't get too much warmer than that, but it probably will.

4. How are these cats so cute?

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1. I have to stay till closing tomorrow, which means I don't have to go in until noonish, so I can have a nice lazy morning.

2. Last night Jasper fell asleep with his head on the base of the scratching post, which was super cute.

torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
1. I'm just a few pages away from being done translating Tera Girl! Even though this is only a three volume series, it was such low priority it feels like it's taken forever to finish it, so I'm excited to finally get it done. (There is an unrelated one-shot at included in the last volume, and I do also plan to translate that, so I won't technically be done with the series until that's done, but I'll be done with the main story and the unrelated one-shot can wait for a bit.)

2. We got these delicious edamame Pretz in recently at work and I just tried them today and they're so good!

3. Carla got a bunch of really cute Chloe pics yesterday.

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