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May ̶B̶o̶o̶k̶ Manga Haul! | #40

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Hi! Once again, I haven’t bought any books this month, just a ton of manga. I just haven’t been gravitating towards normal books for some reason lately, and I couldn’t tell you why. It is what it is though.

This is what I got!

Wild Adapter vols 1-6 by Kazuya Minekura – I’m pretty sure this is the complete series. I know there’s technically a volume 7, but it was never translated into English, and I’m fairly certain it’s like a ‘bonus’ volume, not directly tied to the plot of the first six. I’m really hoping I’m right though, because getting done with volume six and finding that the plot doesn’t resolve like I expect it to will be annoying, hah. Technically I read this back in high school but I do not remember a single thing about it. (And actually, I think I’m technically only haulings vols 4-6. I’m pretty sure I had 1-3 before this month)

Saiyuki vols 2, 4 and 9 and Saiyuki Reload vols 1, 3-9 by Kazuya Minekura – Same author as Wild Adapter, this series is out of print. So I’m collecting the volumes as I see them. Reload is the sequel series to the original Saiyuki, which has nine volumes. I think Reload has a tenth volume that was never translated into English so I’m not looking forward to that. The original series I’ve already read multiple times, just never picked up my own copies, and Reload I think I’ve read up through volume 6 or 7.

Magus of the Library vol 2 by Mitsu Izumi – This one I picked up because a friend of mine is a bit crazy about it. Turns out I rather like it too – it’s a fantasy where librarians hold power and books are coveted, and it’s like a reader’s wet dream. I really like this one so far!

O Maidens In Your Savage Season vol 6 by Mari Okada – Every time I pick up one of these, I sing its praises. I really like how this series delves into a teenage mindset when the brain’s experiencing all these new things and its being overly dramatic about it. It’s hilarious and endearing and I wrote a glowing five star blabber on volume 1, should anyone be interested.

Hotel Africa vols 1 and 2 by Hee Jung Park – This is another one where I read the first volume and absolutely adored it. When I read it though, it was a borrowed copy from a friend. But now I have my own, and volume 2 to boot! I’m very excited about these ones.

Given vol 1 by Natsuki Kizu – I gotta tell ya, I picked this up and read it because I love the anime. And while I did enjoy this too, I think the anime is actually a bit better. I don’t mean content-wise, they’re pretty lined up with each other – but I mean exhibition-wise. This is a story surrounding music. It was nice to actually hear the music, hah. The art in here does a really good job of emphasis though, I was always able to tell how a song was affecting a character, but unfortunately I obviously couldn’t hear the song. I’m still gonna collect this because I did enjoy it, but man I gotta rewatch the anime now.

Honey Darling by Norikazu Akira – This is a one-shot romance between a vet and a guy who is clueless when it comes to taking care of a kitten. This was short and sweet and I rather liked it.

Yarichin Bitch Club vols 1 and 2 by Tanaka Ogeretsu – I don’t really know how to describe this series other than ‘utter insanity’. It’s so damned entertaining though, and I found myself laughing out loud multiple times throughout the series. Volume 3 is out now I think, so I’ll be picking that up as well sometime in the future here.

Candy Color Paradox vols 1 and 2 by Isaku Natsume – This one I actually just read the first volume of yesterday, and I rather enjoyed it. This was definitely an impulse-buy. Rightstuf has sales right and I like the sales but you get free shipping at 50 dollars and who doesn’t want free shipping? So I got these to get free shipping, and I’m happy I did! This is super cute.

Takane & Hana vol 2 by Yuki Shiwas – I’m kinda iffy about this series, because it has the potential to go one of two ways: Super wholesome or super creepy. And I’m just crazy enough to find out. If it ends up going creepy I’m gonna drop the series like a stone, so I’m holding out hope for some wholesomeness here.

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits vols 1 and 2 by Waco Ioka – This one I actually just wrote a blabber on yesterday! This series reminds me of Spirited Away, but a bit darker I guess? It’s whimsical and slightly unsettling and I really, really like it so far.

Absolute Boyfriend vols 1-5 by Yuu Watase – Volume 6 is on back order, so I hope it shows up someday. This series I picked up because I read it in high school and remember thinking it was hilarious. It follows a girl who orders a robot boyfriend… and then doesn’t make the payments on him. It’s absolutely nuts and so entertaining, and I hope I like it this time around as much as I did the first time.

Yu Yu Hakusho vols 1 and 3 by Yoshihiro Togashi – Technically I’m rehauling my own old copy of vol 1 – I used to own it a while ago, and then gave it to my sister. Well, she gave it back, along with volume 3. I’m hoping to collect this whole series. It’s out of print so wish me luck.

Waiting For Spring vols 1-4 by Anashin – This one I picked up because it looked like a cute, fluffy romance and guess what, it’s a cute, fluffy romance. I’m rather enjoying this so far for what it is, and do plan on continuing to purchase it when I see it!


And that’s it! I might actually buy a book next month – the Hunger Games book is out, and I want it. We’ll see if I reread the originals in time, though. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 05/24/2020 in Books, Book Haul

 

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Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits by Waco Ioka, vols 1 & 2 | Blabber

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Vol. 1 (Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, #1)Kakuriyo vols 1 and 2 by Waco Ioka
Manga – Fantasy
200 pages each
Read May 22, 2020
Spoiler-free blabber

Kakuriyo was a whimsical get-away. 

Honestly I picked this up knowing nothing about it. I saw it on sale on Rightstuf and decided to grab the first couple volumes. Turns out, it was exactly what I was in the mood for.

This manga follows a young Japanese woman named Aoi Tsubaki, who inherited her grandfather’s ability to see spirits – creatures from Japanese legend. Yokai, ogres, kappas, you name it. Whenever she sees them, she gives them food to ward them off, as spirits tend to eat humans once they realize they’ve been seen. So in addition to the Japanese folklore aspect, you get almost a food-romance theme as well. And by ‘food-romance’ I mean that food is glorified in this book. Even simple meals are made to seem like they’d be delicious.

The plot picks up when Aoi sees a masked yokai, lamenting his hunger. She gives him her lunch, but when she goes to walk away, the yokai grabs her and transports her to Kakuriyo: the spirit world, where it turns out he runs an inn for spirits and suddenly demands that she marry him to pay a debt incurred by her grandfather. Her reaction to that is basically ‘lol yeah right’. And the story goes from there.

Obviously I’m not too far into the series – there are five or six books out so far, and I’m only covering the first two here, but these two have definitely made me a fan. As I said before, this series is whimsical, and it really reminded me of Spirited Away, but in a darker, more gritty kind of way. I wouldn’t call this a horror, it’s nowhere near, but it definitely gives you glimpses and sharp reminders that Aoi is not among humans, and sometimes she forgets that. Every time she starts to get comfortable, she says or does something and a yokai’s face just changes, or she’s suddenly thrown into a dangerous situation. It’s unnerving, as the yokai are written in a highly human way. It kind of lulls you into a false sense of security, and then they distinctly act inhuman, and it throws you off. I loved it.

I have a feeling that this will eventually turn into a romance. It’s being published by Shojo Beat after all, but that’s not too present in the first two volumes, at least. As I mentioned above, the yokai wants her to be his bride but she’s not having it, and insists on working off her debt at the inn instead. But I can see the beginning inklings that this’ll turn into a romance, and I can totally see it.

Another thing that I wasn’t expecting was how funny this was. I laughed out loud multiple times throughout the two volumes. Aoi trying to center herself in this new world caused a few entertaining situations, and the Odanna, the spirit who brought her there, causes a few himself. He’s quiet and reserved and seems indifferent, but occasionally he’ll say something that just throws Aoi off-kilter in a hilarious way. I really enjoyed it.

So overall I really enjoyed this. I liked the characters, the plot was entertaining, and I really loved the world. Again, it just had this… unworldly feel to it, and I thought it was great. I’m definitely going to catch up on this one as soon as I’m able.

4 and 4.5 stars, respectively

 

 
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Posted by on 05/23/2020 in blabbers, Books, Review

 

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50 Rapid Fire Book Questions Tag

Book Tag

Hi, a tag today! Wasn’t tagged. Original can be found here.

1. Hardback or paperback?

Paperback

2. Dust jacket off or on?

On! I’m a heathen, I know.

3. Second hand or new copies?

Doesn’t matter, I’ll buy both.

4. Audiobooks or nah?

Sure!

5. Do you cover buy?

Occasionally

6. What’s a good book with a bad cover?

Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)

7. What’s a bad book with a good cover?

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1)

8. First book you ever read?

Oh gosh man, I don’t remember. On my own? Probably a Little Critters book.

Just a Little Critter Collection (Little Critter)

9. Last book you finished?

Shaman King, Vol. 4: The Over Soul

10. Last series you finished?

Ten Count, Vol. 1 (Ten Count, #1)

11. Last book you bought?

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Vol. 1 (Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, #1)

This hasn’t even arrived yet – it’s in transit!

12. What’s your favourite genre?

Fantasy!

13. What’s your favourite book in that genre?

How dare you.

14. What genre do you never reach for?

True crime

15. Do you read poetry?

Occasionally

16. Popular science?

Not really

17. Middle grade?

Occasionally

18. Do you have book box subscriptions?

Nope

19. What’s your favourite bookish item?

My Fullmetal Alchemist pocket watch:

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20. What’s your current bookmark?

This one!

21. What’s the strangest object you’ve used as a bookmark?

A beer bottle

22. Book jackets or nah?

Didn’t we already ask this question?

23. Who’s your fictional boyfriend?

I don’t have one!

24. Favourite book couple?

Probably Ed and Winry from FMA

25. Favourite book villain?

Naraku from Inuyasha

26. Favourite book adventure?

Literally everything that happens in Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings world

27. Series, trilogies or standalones?

This is a hard one. I like them all, I guess.

28. Mixed media books or paragraphs?

Paragraphs

29. What’s your favourite book adaptation?

Miyazaki’s rendition of Howl’s Moving Castle

30. Film adaptations or tv adaptations?

Television

31. What book needs an adaptation?

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)

32. Favourite book world?

Harry Potter. Cliche but true.

33. Favourite writing style?

Probably Robin Hobb

34. What’s a book that you love that people don’t know about?

Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)

35. What’s a popular book that you hated?

Rumble

36. Favourite childhood reads?

The Pokemon chapter book series!

I Choose You (Pokemon Chapter Book, #1)

37. What’s a book that changed your life?

Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 01

It was the very first manga I ever bought, and it introduced me to a world I’m still in the middle of over 15 years later

38. What book did you hate at school?

Lord of the Flies

39. Do you buy to collect?

Yep

40. Do you donate books?

Yep!

41. What’s your favourite reading snack?

Goldfish crackers

42. What’s your favourite reading position?

Usually stretched out in a recliner

43. Natural light or lamp light?

Natural

44. Outside or inside?

Inside

45. Breaking the cover or keeping it smooth?

Smooth. What kind of heathen breaks the cover?!

46. Do you read in other languages?

Not really

47. What book series do you want to finish this year?

Shaman King!

48. What book release are you most excited about right now?

The Tyrant Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #3)

Soon.

49. Do you have a favourite book influencer?

No.

50. Do you have a channel, blog or social media feed?

Well I mean you’re on my blog, so here’s a shameless plug to my instagram.


And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 05/19/2020 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #5

Coffee Time

Hi! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, so I figured it was time. For those unfamiliar, in this type of post, I look back in my past book hauls and talk about where the books are now, whether I actually read them, etc.

This is the fifth edition of this, so we’re going to look at my fifth book haul, originally posted on January 28th, 2016. These were the books I got:

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The first thing I notice about this photo is how dark it is. Man.

Feast of Crows by George R. R. Martin – Owned, read

I’ve read all of these books at this point but honestly the likelihood of me picking up the sixth one (if it ever comes out) is pretty slim because I’d have to reread everything so I remember what’s going on, and I didn’t love them enough to want to actually do that.

Inuyasha vols 19 and 20 by Rumiko Takahashi – Owned, read (technically)

So technically I’ve read vols 19 and 20 of Inuyasha, but I haven’t read my specific copies yet. So maybe these are ‘unread’? Who knows. I do plan on re-reading the entire series at some point, but that also involves collecting the whole thing and there are 50-something volumes. Someday, someday.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Unhauled, read

This one I ended up reading and getting rid of. I didn’t dislike it. It was three stars. I thought it was good for what it was. But between the main character annoying me and the fact that I know I’ll never reread it, I got rid of it.

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – Owned, read

I actually just mentioned this in my post from yesterday: Three star books that weirdly stuck with me. Funny it comes up again. But yeah, read this, didn’t love it, but something pulls me towards it.

Locke & Key vol 1 by Joe Hill – Owned, read

I gotta say though, ‘owned’ is a rather tumultuous term for this one. I’ve been meaning to get rid of it. I actually have the second volume of this too and have read it, but I’m not crazy about the art style. I did watch the Netflix show and liked it but after that I’m not sure I’m up to collecting the series and re-going through the story. So.. this will likely disappear when the plague is over.


And that’s it for today! My first book hauls were so tiny in retrospect… man, I have a problem. Part of me wants to get back to those nice, concise hauls. Another part of me is super enjoying buying 30 volumes of manga per month. So. Hehe.

 
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Posted by on 05/17/2020 in Books, Coffee Time

 

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Three star books that have weirdly stuck with me

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Hi! Today I want to talk about books that were three or three and a half stars for me, but for some reason, I still think about a lot.

A three star rating for me is basically a ‘neutral’ rating. I didn’t dislike it but I don’t know if I liked it, either. It was alright. A three and a half for me is a solid ‘I liked it’. But still, I didn’t ‘really like’ it, nor did I love it. Books in these two categories for me are in the dozens and hundreds. A lot of books I read end up around a 3.5. And most of the time my positive feelings for them aren’t really enough to make a lasting impression. Nothing emotionally charged me while reading them.

But for some reason, occasionally, I’ll come across one of these books that I thought was just okay, but it’ll pop into my head over and over, sometimes for years after I’ve read it. It’ll either be the characters that stick with me or the plot or some plot twist, but something, something keeps bringing me back to them. And who knows, maybe that ‘thing’ that keeps pulling me back to them will make you just absolutely love them.

And these are those books:


A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale For the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (3.5 stars) – This one is the book that inspired my post. Mostly, because I tend to purge books that I don’t really like. Unless it’s part of a series where other books were rated higher, I tend not to keep books with this rating. But every time I have this in my hand, and am contemplating getting rid of it, something, something keeps it on my shelf.

When I think about this book, it’s the narration that comes to mind. There was something almost whimsical about it, while at the same time being very pragmatic. It’s really strange. Part of me wants to reread this, another part of me remembers how much I disliked the ending, and doesn’t want to. It’s weird.

Goodreads synopsis:

In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying, but before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in a ways she can scarcely imagine.

Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. 

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays

we are never meeting in real life by Samantha Irby (3.5 stars) – I think the reason this one has stuck with me was being of the time in my life when I read it, plus one particular part of the book I can’t get out of my head. When I read it, I picked it up on a whim at a bookstore in Connecticut. I was there visiting a friend and it was the day after Christmas we’d gone out. I just… remember that trip so clearly. I remember my mindset, I remember the time I spent with my friend that year, and this book was just dotted throughout. And the scene I remember – which I can’t really detail because spoilers – was the one scene in the book that made me laugh out loud in mortification. It was so awful but so hilarious.

Goodreads synopsis:

Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a dumpster fire. With We Are Never Meeting in Real Life., “bitches gotta eat” blogger and comedian Samantha Irby turns the serio-comic essay into an art form. Whether talking about how her difficult childhood has led to a problem in making “adult” budgets, explaining why she should be the new Bachelorette–she’s “35-ish, but could easily pass for 60-something”–detailing a disastrous pilgrimage-slash-romantic-vacation to Nashville to scatter her estranged father’s ashes, sharing awkward sexual encounters, or dispensing advice on how to navigate friendships with former drinking buddies who are now suburban moms–hang in there for the Costco loot–she’s as deft at poking fun at the ghosts of her past self as she is at capturing powerful emotional truths.

Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (3.5 stars) – I feel like my tie to this one is obvious, so I don’t know if it truly counts: I love the movie. I’m a huge Miyazaki fan (who isn’t) and I’ve probably seen his rendition of this story about thirty times. So when I read the book itself last year I was really looking forward to it. Unfortunately I found it just alright. I didn’t much care for the difference in characterization and this is blasphemous but I prefer the movie. Sue me.

Goodreads synopsis:

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

Rook

Rook by Sharon Cameron (3.5 stars) – Out of all the books on this list, Rook is probably the one I mention the most. And what’s stuck with me is both the setting and the tone. Rook was just so immersive. It’s set in regressed-Earth Paris, long after the city has fallen and people have forgotten what ‘modern’ technology even is, so they find ‘relics’ from our time – cds and art and machines – and have no idea what they are. It was just so fascinating, and I think about it a lot. The reason I didn’t love this book was the pacing. It was a bit slow for me. But man, the world was really a great one.

Goodreads synopsis:

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (3 stars) – This book makes me feel sad. And honestly, I listened to this on audio book, and the narration – the way the main character changed and then changed again, was just devastating to listen to, and it was the way I felt during this that’s stuck with me. Man, that narrator really knocked it out of the park.

Goodreads synopsis:

With more than five million copies sold, Flowers for Algernon is the beloved, classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In poignant diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As the experimental procedure takes effect, Charlie’s intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment seems to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance–until Algernon begins his sudden, unexpected deterioration. Will the same happen to Charlie?


And that’s it! Maybe this’ll become a series, who knows. I know I had to cull this list to make it smaller, so I already have material for a post number two.

If you have any books that left an impression on you, good or bad, years after reading them, do lemme know. I like books that stick.

 
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Posted by on 05/16/2020 in Books, Coffee Time

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: The last ten books I abandoned

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So I gotta tell ya, I don’t DNF books too often. I have no qualm in doing so, mind you, but most of the time I’m pretty accurate when it comes to picking out books that are to my taste, so it doesn’t happen much. Because of this, my definition of ‘abandoned’ is going to include ‘books I’ve dnf’d’ and ‘books that went on the back-burner‘. By back-burner I mean books I’m ‘currently reading’, literally haven’t picked up in ages, but do intend on finishing.


Books on the back-burner:

There are only three at the moment. Usually there are five or six on this list. Basically all of these I’ve started but haven’t picked up in a good while. I haven’t DNF’d them, I intend to continue on with all of them. I just… haven’t in a bit. I’m pretty sure that counts as abandonment.

The DNFs:

So going by date, these are the most recent seven DNFs of mine.

  • The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan – I picked this up as a read-along book for r/Fantasy’s book of the month but I just didn’t vibe with it, and quit it after about 150 pages
  • Weaveworld by Clive Barker – This one I feel bad about every time I mention it. This book is one of my mom’s favorites and she lent it to me hoping I’d love it. Well, I really didn’t, and it was really hard for me to tell her that, haha.
  • The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells – Honestly I could see myself giving this one a second chance. I quit it because of the narrator on the audio book, and I didn’t have a physical copy to pick up
  • Beginning Programming with Java for Dummies by Barry Burd – Honestly I quit this one because 1) it was too low of a level for what I was after and 2) it didn’t have an actual coding exercises, which is what I wanted.
  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – I get that this was supposed to be a huge satire but I just couldn’t get into it
  • Keepers of the Garden by Dolores Cannon – This is a metaphysics-y spiritual-y book that a friend in college lent me and while it was interesting, by chapter ten it was basically repeating the same concepts over and over, so I decided to bail.
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess – I tend to dislike books where the main character is an asshole and surprise, surprise.

And that’s it! According to Goodreads at least, I’ve not finished only 12 books, so I’m glad this isn’t top twenty tuesday or we’d be in trouble. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 05/12/2020 in Books, Top Ten Tuesday

 

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Inuyasha is getting a sequel and I don’t know how I feel about it

 

Obligatory spoilers for Inuyasha

The other day it was announced that a sequel to Inuyasha, an anime/manga series created by Rumiko Takahashi, was in the works. Titled ‘Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon’ it follows the daughters of the brothers Inuyasha and Sesshomaru on a new adventure.

Inuyasha has been one of my favorite manga/anime for… about half my life, since I was 14 or 15 years old. It was my first fandom, the first show I got really nerdy about. It’s the first one that drove me to read and write fanfiction. It led me to meet some of my best friends online (that I still have to this day and have crossed the world to visit!), and it was definitely a gateway anime that just threw me neck-deep into the world of all things Japanese animation. And as an almost-30-year old, I’m still there. And I know that if I wouldn’t have discovered this show when I was a teen, I wouldn’t be the same kind of anime fan I am today (who knows if I’d be one at all?).

I guess what I’m saying is, Inuyasha has been one of my all-time favorite shows throughout my life. I’ve rewatched it more times than I can count, I’ve read hours and hours and millions of words of fanfiction about it, I’ve collected merch from it, and just thinking about it, just hearing the music from it sends me back to 2004-2006 when a bunch of my childhood friends and I would stay up late on Saturdays to watch the new episode. It takes me back to my childhood. It’s nostalgic.

So hearing it had a sequel gave me so many mixed feelings.

It was announced by Viz here, and so far, this is what has been released so far of the plot:

The series focuses on twin demons Towa and Setsuna, the daughters of Inuyasha’s brother Sesshomaru.

The twins are separated from each other during a forest fire, and Towa wanders into a mysterious tunnel that takes her to present-day Japan. Towa is then raised by Kagome Higurashi’s brother Sota. Ten years later, Towa reunites with Setsuna, who has no memories of her sister and has become a demon slayer. The two are joined by Moroha, the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome. They travel between past and present to unravel the mystery of why the tunnel has reopened, while Towa and Setsuna struggle to reconnect.

So basically, Sesshomaru has twins with… mother not revealed. And Inuyasha and Kagome have at least one kid. The latter is kind of expected but Sesshomaru having kids?? This is blowing my mind.

And apparently it’s blowing the internet’s mind too because what does the internet do when something happens?? They make memes. And there are a lot about this sequel already. And that’s how I’m gonna explain my feelings here too. Here are some of my faves:

These two in particular really grasp how it feels to be an Inuyasha fan right now. It’s something that nobody has really talked about in over a decade and then suddenly WE’RE EVERYWHERE and it’s wonderful. I’m excited and scared but I’m totally here for it.

So the internet (and me) like I said is really going wild about who the potential mom of Sesshomaru’s twins is. Long story short for those who don’t actually watch the show and are reading this for funsies, Sesshomaru is basically an ice king. He shows zero interest in anything aside from achieving power the entire show. Romance doesn’t seem like something he’s even capable of. So the fact that he’s a father – and becomes one quickly enough that his and Inuyasha’s kids can be close in age is mind-boggling. Part way through the show though, he takes in an orphaned human girl named Rin (character development!), about who’s eight years old. She is the primary suspect to a lot of fans right now – that’s where the second meme comes from.

Demons age far more slowly than humans. Sesshomaru himself during the time of Inuyasha is supposedly roughly around five hundred years old. Inuyasha is about 150 or 200ish. And the main characters Inuyasha and Kagome – who is 15 throughout most of the series and 18 at the end – have a kid. That’s why it’s not a stretch to assume Sesshomaru and Rin – who could age ten years into an adult and Sesshomaru age absolutely nothing – could also have a kid (or two, rather).

Whoever it turns out to be though, it’s gonna make the fandom explode, just you wait. We’re all gnawing at the bit to know who it is.


But as the title suggests, I don’t know how I feel about this sequel. I am excited for it, on one hand. On the other, it scares me. Inuyasha has been done and settled for a decade now. The Inuyasha fandom had become this thing that had the show… and then a million headcanons. Basically we’ve all already decided what happened next in our heads because hey, the show ended a decade ago.

So many fanfictions have been written about essentially this stage of life for the characters – what happened after the end of the show, who ends up with who, who has kids, who ends up just continuing their show-poodle ways… and this sequel basically blows all that out of the water.

And I get that my main complaint is ‘now it discounts all the fan-made stuff’, but… I feel like after having only that stuff to go on for a decade, that’s a legitimate reason to feel unease about this. It’s like breaking a Piaget schema in my head that I’ve held as true for a long time and having to reconstruct it to something new. I’ll do it, but I’m almost(?!?) grumpy about having to.

But I’m also excited, because now I get more time in the Inuyasha universe, which is something I didn’t realize I’ve been pining for, but now that I have it, I know I totally am, and was for years.

So time for more memes, these ones to show my excitement:

And that last one really, really explains it. When I was fifteen, that was me. I was obsessed. And then I kept that obsession locked inside me for the past ten or fifteen years – it was still there, as I’ve re-watched the show countless times like I said, but now it can BLOSSOM AGAIN.

I think the best thing that’s gonna come out of this (aside from more Inuyasha of course) is the merch. It’s basically impossible to find Inuyasha figures or whatnot that don’t cost $300 right now, because nobody’s making it! All the pieces on sale are old collector pieces, and while I like collecting merch, I’m not at that level…. yet. But with this new series, I’m hoping Inuyasha merch will make a come-back and I’ll finally be able to get figures of all the characters for my manga shelf.


So overall, my feelings: Mostly excited, very curious, partly annoyed for dumb reasons.

Will I watch and/or read it? Definitely. Will I like it? Probably. Will I be annoyed every time I see one of my headcanons bite the dust? Yes.

Tell me what you think. I wanna nerd about this a bit more.

 

 
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