First, Athena finished volume two of Tenshi 1/2 Houteishiki yesterday, so now I can talk about that! I think our overall opinion of this volume is pretty much the same as it was for the last volume, which was (and I quote),
"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."
We had hoped that, since volume twos tend to come with a little bit more story development, that there would be a bit more story development...and there is a liiiiiittle bit more story development, but oh my goodness, will Yuiko please get out of her own head for a second!? Sheesh, and people thought Kazuha took forever agonizing over things. At least in Kazuha's case, she had multiple things to agonize over. Yuiko only has one at a time, and she still takes foreeeeeever. I mean, it's true, Athena and I will sometimes agonize over pointless things for approximately ever (see: Ravenclaw), but at least we go on to do other things in the meantime...mostly.
Our opinion also still stands that Mana did not in fact get 90% of his personality from his mother, but mostly takes after his father. Maybe he just takes after his father in the romance department? The whole, "No, don't touch her--she's mine! Hissss!!" is very Maki and not very Kazuha at all. Kazuha's more like, "Well... if you really want him... then...I guess...you can have him..."
We did get to see more of Hina and Michiru, which I guess is nice, but we want to see MANA! MANAAAAAAAAAA!!!
We're very grateful to Natsuya for injecting some sense into this series, but we wish he'd done it earlier in the volume, so we wouldn't have to wait a million years to see the effects.
And that concludes our vague, but still potentially spoilery (depending on your spoiler sensitivity level), review of Tenshi 1/2.
In other news, I find myself looking forward to watching Once Upon A Time, which has me concerned, because we're still constantly sighing and rolling our eyes about things. The concern is that maybe we're getting too much pleasure from finding fault in it. I don't think that's necessarily the case, but...it is us, so we can't say for sure. I just don't know.
Today I'm thankful for characters with sense, getting to read Tenshi 1/2 Houteishiki, also getting to read Ouji to Majo to Himegimi to, finishing work before lunch today despite having slept in, and having finally solidified our plans to see John Carter.