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That Wolf-Boy Is Mine! volume 4 
19th-Apr-2017 05:19 pm
We just finished our first draft of a horror series, and man, those things can be exhausting. We have got to stop agreeing to do them. You really have to wonder 1)why anyone would enjoy reading/viewing that kind of content, and 2)what kind of a sick mind you'd have to have to come up with that kind of stuff. But the creator seems like a pretty nice guy. It is a mystery.

Anyway. It's Review Rednesday! And boy could I go for a nice cheery review. It would have been funny and sad if we were scheduled to post a Corpse Party review today. But it would have been the last one, so there's that. But that is not the case! This week we bring you our review of the fourth and final volume of That Wolf-Boy Is Mine! Spoiler level: Surprisingly low for the last volume, but it is the last volume, so be warned.

The fourth and final volume of That Wolf-Boy Is Mine!. It was a lovely series. Kind of sad to see it go, but sometimes it's better for a series to end than to go on for too long, and this had a pretty satisfying ending.

As for a brief summary: this is the volume where Komugi has forgotten all about Yu, but since it's the last volume, of course she ends up remembering and we find out everything about how they met when they were little and stuff. It also features a short story about how Senri got to be an ayakashi, which is also very nice.

Anyway, we just liked it. I always like the stories where they manage to remember everything and still be in love despite all the magic spells or hypnosis or whatever. And I liked how they explained it in this series, too, how Komugi points out that even though her memories were erased, it didn't erase that the things happened and had an effect on her.

Now as for Yu's past. We learn that the shocking secret is that his mother didn't abandon him because she didn't want him, she abandoned him because she died. That was a little bit hard to accept at first, because it was like, "Okay, so his mother actually didn't abandon him, but you want him to hate her for abandoning him anyway? How is that better?" But then Aoshi asked about it, and he had a reason that made sense, so we were satisfied. And they also explained why Yata erased her memories even though she wasn't likely to remember anyway.

As I'm writing this review, Athena's giving me a run-through of what happened so I can remember, and she reminded me of the scene where Komugi talks to Yu again under the tree, and I wanted to mention it because it's just so darn cute. Also the way Yu insisted on keeping an eye on her...although he was kind of stalkerish about it. But that just reminds me of one of the afterwords to Higurashi: Demon Exposing Arc, where there's a comic about the manga artist, the editor, and the original creator sitting together discussing the story, and somebody was like, "You know, this guy shows up at awfully convenient times. Is he stalking her or something?" and somebody else was like, "That's okay, it wasn't a crime back then (1983). They just called them devoted admirers." Of course Yu gets away with it because we already know and think we can trust him. And because we know he had reasons for not being able to talk to her.

The story about Senri was so sweet and sad. I mean, we knew it couldn't end well, because he didn't have a girlfriend in the main story, but it felt kind of optimistic at the end, I think. Or maybe I was just too tired to be sad. It was so cute how devoted he was to Sumi, and how he wasn't afraid to die for her. That was pretty funny, too, with Yata. The funniest part was that the lonely old man finally broke down and got a cat. And then the cat was lonely, so he got a dog. Of course, that brings up the question of if he's so much older than they are, why does he go to school with them? The world may never know. I'm interested in knowing Aoshi's "origin story", too. I figure Rin's story is pretty much what we already know about him and Yu, since his dad is kind of the guy in charge of all the animals. It just makes sense that he already had enough power to transform into a human, and he's hanging out with the others because he's always hanging out with Yu. So I guess Aoshi's story is something along the lines of he discovered that something was going on with these other animals, and it sounded interesting, so he decided to join the fun.

I also liked how Nogiri-sensei kept making it seem like Yata was doing stuff that was really shady and underhanded, and then you find out what's going on and you're like, "...Oh. That's actually kind of nice of you."

I guess my only complaint about this volume is the lack of Rin, but sometimes that kind of thing just happens. It was nice to learn more about Senri, since he's so aloof and so rarely actually takes part in what's going on. And it was just a really nice series all around. We're glad we had the opportunity to translate it.

Today I'm thankful for memories of much happier serieseses, finishing that first draft, having gotten to translate That Wolf-Boy Is Mine! (it's the one series of this batch that we chose for ourselves that didn't turn out to be ridiculously hard to translate; apparently we don't really know how to pick 'em, but we love them all...unless we're tired), not having to keep working on the horror book into the night, and having plans to go to a Relief Society activity.
19th-Apr-2017 11:36 pm (UTC)
...why do you keep agreeing to translate horror manga? Haha. I hope it's at least not too long a series, and that you find parts to enjoy about it.

I haven't read the Senri story yet! I got to the end of the main story, looked at the first couple pages or so of that part, and thought, "This looks sad. I don't want to read sad right now." ...and I haven't picked it back up yet (it's been a couple weeks). I'm sure it's good too, I just have to find myself in the right mood. (and with spare time.)

Anyway, the main story was really nice, all throughout. Even though I'm not a fan of the memory-loss plot under really any circumstances, and it kinda seems like a cheap way to create drama for endings, at least it didn't take too long to resolve, and the way she just naturally remembered again was sweet. And Yu was a cute, non-threatening stalker :)
20th-Apr-2017 02:34 am (UTC)
Because we have a hard time turning down work of any kind. It's bad. But it is only three volumes, and this is the second one!

Aww, the Senri story is nice! We couldn't say if it's sad or not, though, because apparently our gauge for that kind of thing is completely shot. I know Old Yeller is sad...

I kind of have a thing for the memory-loss plot, as long as it's done well. (I found out a while back that while Alethea does mean truth, more literally it means "un-forgetting," so that might have something to do with why I dig the un-forgetting plot point so much.) And this series brought up the memory thing right in the beginning, so at least it wasn't a, "Surprise! You have amnesia!" That Yu is such an adorable dangerous lost puppy.
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