torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
What are you currently reading?
Back to reading vol. 3 of Oofuri, though I only read a couple pages. Not sure if I will stick with it or what?

What did you recently finish reading?
I read five or six issues of Jump, because I once again failed to keep up with it in a timely fashion. I have nothing in particular to say about One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, or World Trigger, as nothing particularly interesting is going on in them. Well, I did like the One Piece spoiler ), but overall this arc has not really been that exciting for me.

I do want to talk about other Jump stuff, though! Did anyone else read Toriyama Akira's new series Jaco the Galactic Patrolman? It just finished and IIRC was like eleven chapters total, so one volume. Initially I just thought it was kind of cute and funny but wasn't that thrilled, but I really loved the final chapter. Jaco spoilers ) If you're a fan of Dragon Ball, I definitely recommend checking this one out.

Also since that just ended, a new series has started in the US Jump, which I guess has been running in Japan (in Jump Square) for about a year. It's called Owari no Seraph (Seraph of the End) and it's about vampires, which didn't seem that interesting, but by the end of the first chapter I was hooked.

What do you think you'll read next?
Prrrrrrrrobably manga? But it could also be fanfic, idk.
torachan: arale from dr slump with a huge grin on her face (arale)
Title: Chotto Dake Kaette Kita Dr. Slump
Author: Koyama Takao (author), Nakatsuru Katsuyoshi (illustrator), Toriyama Akira (creator)
Number of Volumes: 4
My Rating: 4/5

In the mid '90s, Dr. Slump had a short-lived revival in the gaming magazine V Jump. It was neither written nor illustrated by Toriyama Akira, but it felt and looked spot on to me. I was a huge fan of the original manga and I enjoyed this as well, though not quite as much as I liked the original. All the same old characters were there, as well as a new addition, a boy from Big City Island named Karte, who moved to Penguin Village with his family and ends up having a crush on Arale (not knowing she's a robot, of course). There are also cameos by Dragonball and Dragonball GT characters, as well as Chrono Trigger and Dragon Warrior (and one whole Dragon Warrior-based chapter where Arale, Senbei, and the others are inside the game). The whole four volumes are basically just fanservice, but if you liked Dr. Slump, I'd recommend it. It was definitely fun to revisit the series after all these years.


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