So we finished what little work we had to do today about an hour before lunch, then we watched some Star Driver (a series highly recommended by the creator of Host Club) and Sacred Seven, then we had lunch, and then we read manga! Yay! It was kind of an interesting scenario, because I was reading towards the end of Hoshi wa Utau, so I was crying my eyes out, and on the bottom bunk, Athena was happily enjoying the humor of Banri Hidaka. Nice.
We couldn't talk about Tenshi 1/2 Houteishiki yesterday, because I was the only one who'd read it, and it's hard to avoid spoilers when you're watching someone type them up. Athena could have gone away, but that would just be silly. But anyway, we've read it! And it's good! Not that we expected it not to be good--of course we expected it to be good--but to be honest, part of the reason we were so eager to read it is that we wanted to be the first ones to read it, rather than we were excited to read new Banri Hidaka manga. It's been over a year since her last tankobon, so we'd forgotten how much we like it. And again to be honest, we didn't much care for her last installment of the Akiyoshi Family series (which wasn't really about Akiyoshis, so maybe that was the problem).
But we wouldn't have been devastated if we hadn't gotten to it first. We were half-expecting Kinokuniya not to get it until tomorrow anyway.
So! as for this series...it's good! Yay! I admit it was a little less exciting to see Hina and Michiru show up than it would have been if they hadn't been on the cover, but that's okay. There are other characters. At this point they mostly seem to be in there purely for the longtime fans' pleasure, because they don't really do anything.
See, the biggest problem with this series (and it's not a huge problem, because it's still a good series so far) is that it mostly takes place in Yuiko's head. For the first three chapters, I was like, "Well, I understand that Mana is pretty much an object to be admired from afar, but let's pretend he's not for a second and get inside his head." We do eventually go inside his head, but not very far. It's only one volume, though, so we'll probably get more character interaction in the future.
As expected, Yuiko is adorable. Her main thing is that she's worried about her dry lips and her unruly hair, which Hidaka-sensei says are her own concerns about her looks. Then we find out she (Yuiko) has an older brother that got her into manga, and we can't help but wonder how much of Yuiko is modeled exactly after Hidaka-sensei. Mana seems to be pure wish fulfillment, too, so...
Speaking of Mana! Oh. my. goodness! So cute! This time, he's a year younger than the main girl, so he calls her -san, which is somehow one of the cutest things ever. And! he uses teineigo! Kya♥ I mean, obviously he uses teineigo, because he knows his manners, and that's how you're supposed to talk to your sempai, but that doesn't make it any less adorable. He says he got 90% of his personality from his mom, but either that's a lie, or he's only showing us the ten percent he got from his dad. ...Okay, he's a little less high-strung than Maki.
And anyway, I guess that's really all I'm going to say about it, except that, much as I love Maki and everyone he's related to, I think Yuiko's guy friend has a better face. Not sure how I like his hair, though.
And that concludes the fangirling about that. Anything else would mainly just be repeating a bunch of quotes from the manga, because it's really funny. And adorable.
Today I'm thankful for getting to read awesome new Banri Hidaka manga, the adorableness of the new characters, finding out that our workload will actually be manageable, being joined in our manga-reading by kitties, and the Disneyland wallpaper our computer chose today.