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Title: Sekai no Owari to Yoakemae
Author: Asano Inio
My Rating: 5/5

This is a collection of ten short stories by the author of What a Wonderful World and Solanin. The art is just beautiful. I could really just look at his art all day.

I really enjoyed all the stories. He does such a great job of showing these little everyday moments. For example, "A Day in the Melancholy Life of A-ko the Daydreamer" is just what it says, a day in the life of Eiko, a girl who works part-time in a little shop in a train station. "Sunday, 6:30 PM" is the same Sunday evening told from three different POVs on the day Katsuhiko and Wakana discover their father is missing (each of their POVs, as well as their father's). "Before Dawn" is another one that highlights how things are linked in ways we don't notice, as it follows a bunch of people through the hours before dawn. "Tokyo" is about a manga author who goes back to the town he grew up in for a casual reunion with his old elementary school classmates. None of the stories are anything huge or exciting, just ordinary little moments. I love it.

I translated this for Kotonoha and the scanlation can be downloaded here.

Title: Hakase no Ai Shita Suushiki
Author: Kurita Riku & Ogawa Yoko
My Rating: 3/5

Based on the book of the same name, this is the story of a single mother who becomes the housekeeper to a math genius known only as "the professor" who has virtually no short-term memory after an accident. All the previous housekeepers have quit because he's so difficult, but over time the narrator and her son form a bond with the professor through math and baseball.

This was interesting and I enjoyed it, but while the professor is well-characterised (more than you usually get from this type of story, I think), it still definitely falls into the "what can disabled people teach us?" genre.

The manga is Japanese only, but the book is available in English.

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