Thumbs up for Sailor Moon Box Set (Vol. 1-6) (and vol. 7) by Naoko Takeuchi. Manga.
My blasted friend got me hooked on the new anime series, which at the time only had six or seven episodes available, so I was quickly left wanting more. Rather than watching the 1990’s anime, which my friend warned me was quite padded, I started reading the manga.… >> Read more
Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for Zombie Fairy Vol. I by Daisuke Torii. Manga.
My ex thought I would be amused by this. He is correct. It is utterly silly – the kind of thing where the ninja-fairy shouts out the names of her attacks as she uses them. How can you not chuckle at a manga in which there is a chapter entitled: “Bizarre!… >> Read more
Thumbs up for My Japan by Etsuko Watanabe. Children’s.
A cheerful, colorful picture book about life in Japan. It makes me want to go, if I cannot go to Japan, at least to Uwajimaya to look at their ridiculously fluorescent tchatchke.… >> Read more
Back at the end of July last year, I decided to get an overview of Japanese literature by reading the most beloved Japanese books by the most beloved authors. My choice of Japanese literature, as opposed to, say Swedish or North Dakotan, was fairly random, beyond the fact that the number of Swedish novels translated into English can be counted on the fingers of one hand, and I’d rather visit Japan than North Dakota.… >> Read more
Neutral rating for Coin Locker Babies by Ryu Murakami. Literature.
Um. Well. That was bizarre. In fact, that was the most bizarre book I’ve ever read, and I feel inadequate to the task of describing it to you. Let me just start with the fact that the author is in severe need of counseling (or perhaps it’s hopeless). Suffice it to say, if you are easily grossed out, you won’t make it past Paragraph #1.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon by Sei Shonagon, translated by Ivan Morris. Essays.
I’ve wanted to read this ever since reading about it in Ruth Ozeki’s My Year Of Meats. (And don’t ask me why I read that, given that it is i) modern, ii) American and iii) about wanting a baby: all things that I avoid in my books.… >> Read more
Thumbs down for Ring by Koji Suzuki. Horror.
I found this filed in the Literature section of the bookstore where I bought it, but please, if Ring is literature than so’s my grocery list. Though it didn’t seem much like Horror, either, as it wasn’t scary (to me), unless you count a prosaically creepy denouement. (Pity; I thought it would be appropriate to read something scary at Halloween.) Sub-mediocre writing and/or translating, but when the investigation picks up, the pages turn fast.… >> Read more
Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for Ghost in the Shell by Shirow Masamune. Manga.
I didn’t know there was any manga that had footnotes, though in retrospect I shouldn’t have been surprised. My boyfriend said you have to read this a couple of times to really understand all of it. I don’t feel like I want to put that much work into it.… >> Read more