There was just one thing that I took issue with, which I think is a staple in Disney movies these days as they try to subvert the "toxic" Disney princess trope, and that was a brief exchange in which Moana insists that she is not a princess. I don't really get why she would feel an aversion to being a princess, because on her island, she's been the only princess for as long as she can remember, so why would she not want to be associated with princesses? She doesn't have any guilt by princess association. and nobody is traveling in her world, so it's not like some traveler came along and told them all about the annoying princesses. What I'm saying is, even taking out how offended I am at the idea that a Disney princess is somehow a bad thing, it doesn't even make sense in the context of the movie. Maui's definition of a princess might possibly make sense, because he's a demigod and has been around for a long time and has the ability to travel...except that the only way to get that definition is to watch princess movies, and my guess would be that if he'd met other princesses, they would have been, like, real princesses that don't have animal sidekicks.
But that's enough of the Moana review, because even though this is Review Rednesday, that specific title refers to reviewing manga! So let's review some manga! We had a vote last week, which came up with a grand total of one vote, so the winner by a landslide is That Wolf-Boy Is Mine volume two! Let's hope the voter has already read the book! Spoiler level: mild.
I have to admit, I've been having a hard time getting into the right mindset for writing reviews lately. I think the busyness is getting to me. I finish something and all thoughts of it flee from my mind in favor of the next thing. And I'm only even mentioning it because I really like this series and I want to write a good review for it, but I'm not sure I'm capable at the moment. But I will try!
It continues to be your typical cute shojo romance, with Rin of course completing the love triangle. For some reason, I actually kind of want Komugi to end up with him, and Athena suggests that maybe it's because he, as opposed to Yu, is actually, y'know, in the series. We don't really see enough of Yu (at least not in this volume) to care about him much. I mean, yeah, yeah, tragic past and everything, but if you're going to not be around to pity, I don't have the brain capacity to remember that I pity you right now. Athena and I both wonder why his conclusion about his life is that he's supposed to be the end of the species, and not that he's supposed to repopulate the species, but if he's the last wolf in Japan, I can see where that's not really a viable option. He could marry a wolf from somewhere else, because I don't think it's a matter of a specific breed. On the other hand, if he's determined to end the species, all he has to do is water down the bloodline and make sure he and his descendants all marry humans. But maybe he knows about atavism.
So I have a theory, based on the whole "hypnosis not working" thing, that maybe Komugi's mother is a wolf or something, which would be great as far as helping Yu give up his angst, but not so great as far as messages: here's a human girl who isn't as bad as all those other humans...only just kidding, she's not a human after all. That might be a little depressing. On the other hand, this is a light shojo manga, so it's not like it's really trying to make any political statements. But anyway, we'll just see how it goes. Another likely scenario is that Komugi's mother is some kind of priestess. At any rate, it's also possible that Yu's mother didn't really mean to abandon him, but she died in whatever it was that also killed Komugi's grandparents. But that probably would have had to have been longer ago, except that we don't know the real age of these kids. Speaking of which, Senri really did used to be a house cat!? Dang, now I feel bad about the note we wrote for volume one. There may still be time to change it...
Okay, we just emailed our editor. We had a stupid sentence that said Senri was probably just born a supernatural cat based on his age. The stuff about Yata proves that you can't judge a supernatural forest creature by the apparent age of his human form. And suddenly I find myself wondering: how long has Yata been working at his job, I wonder? I mean, if it's been too long, surely somebody would have noticed that he doesn't age that much. That guy is suspicious. For a while, I was convinced that it was really him talking to Komugi at the end of this volume, just disguised as Yu, to stir things up for whatever reason. But thinking about it, Yu was seeming jealous of Rin throughout the volume, so that scene might really be him. He obviously has some emotional issues he needs to work through.
But really I want to talk about Rin, because he's my favorite, probably because, as previously stated, he's in it the most. I have to wonder, though, if he hates humans so much, why does he have to fall in love with one? Well, because it's shojo manga drama, of course, but I just wonder if there might be any nice vixens around or something. The other characters have connected his obsession with Komugi to his obsession with Yu, so maybe it makes more sense after all. But more importantly, when Senri tells Yu that he saw Aoshi sneaking around, we thought of having him say Aoshi was "skulking" around, and that's how we found out (when doing a usage check) that a "skulk" is a group of foxes. So if anybody's going to be skulking around, it's going to be Rin. Ultimately, we decided not to use skulk for a different reason--skulking isn't obviously sneaky in my mind (even though that's what it is), and we wanted the readers to know right away that Aoshi was being sneaky.
And what I'm learning now is, much as I love Rin, I don't have a whole lot to say about him. It feels like not a lot happened in this volume, which is sort of true but mostly not true. Aoshi was being more of Aoshi. His character description says he likes to mess with people, but that didn't really come across until this volume. Tanuki indeed. The whole chapter where they went to Rin's house was pretty nice. It's so cute to see Rin being all jealous. This is where I realize that, while I have very little patience for tsundere girls, I do enjoy reading about tsundere boys, especially because Rin isn't quite as abusive as other tsundere fox boys I can think of.
I would like to see more of Senri, though. Cats are the best.
And there you have it. But before we sign off, here's a plug for this week's manga release of ours: In/Spectre volume 1! Check it out!
And tune in next week, for Missions of Love 13!
ETA: I realized that I forgot to do my gratitude list, and the day before Thanksgiving, too. Today I'm thankful for getting to go have fun in Downtown Disney, catching a Muuma before the movie (we don't know its English name; it's a ghost Pokemon with a necklace...?), finishing our Fire Force second draft, getting to have some Jamba Juice, and not having to walk all the way back to the pin shop.