We also had a very brief visit from our nephew, who was feeling under the weather today, and insisted on being taken away from his home, so Sarah tried visiting. He came in, pointed as if to say, "Take me to the cat." Then he saw the cat (who was none too happy to see him), and he pointed back to the front door, as if to say, "Now take me home."
Anyway, we also both finished reading Tenshi 1/2 Houteishiki, so now we can talk about it.
Oh my goodness, volume three is sooooo much better than the first two volumes! Okay, maybe not sooooo much better, but definitely better. There is one problem, in that it starts out with a Mana chapter, and ends with a Mana chapter, but in the middle there's practically no Mana. (And in the second Mana chapter, he's moping most of the time.) There is, however, a panel with Senko's little brother, which made me happy because he's one of my favorite Akiyoshi characters. And also on the bright side, the volume actually spends a significant amount of time outside of Yuiko's head, which was a nice change of pace.
On the other hand, this volume also had Yuiko doing a lot of stuff that I found to be more relatable, so even when we were inside her head it wasn't like, "Oh, get over it!" It was more like, "I've totally been there!" Like when she was all worried because Ueno got all his friends to help look for her bicycle pedals, and he says, "Don't worry; nobody thinks you're imposing," and she was like, "It's like he read my mind." Yup, been there. Only without the reassuring bishounen...though come to think of it there was the one time on the way home from LAX (after our trip to Japan) when our home teacher's tire blew up, and he assured us it wasn't our fault. Not sure I'd call him a bishounen, but he certainly wasn't bad to look at.
Yes, I think the main thing that helped this volume was the existence of characters. We knew there would be characters, because Hidaka-sensei mentioned something on her blog, and we weren't disappointed. They actually talked! To each other! On the other hand, Yuiko and Mana are still stuck on the whole kiss thing. There hasn't been an inch of progress on that front. (Maybe half a centimeter on Mana's part, Athena suggests. Thanks, Natsuya.) But in the meantime, I don't mind reading about Ueno. It actually made me wonder if maybe Mana wouldn't get the girl after all (it wouldn't be the first time in a Hidaka manga).
And Ueno's friends are hilarious. One of them is named Sora Irie, and we really have to wonder if that was a coincidence or not. Kingdom Hearts' Sora is played by an Irino... Hmmmmmmmm... But this Sora is a lot meaner than the one in Kingdom Hearts. I'm kind of disappointed in Rui for believing him every time he blames his mean comments on someone else. Speaking of Rui, I think it's pretty funny that Yuiko's friends are named Emi and Rui. The kanji for Rui is different, because most parents probably wouldn't name their daughter that (unless she was the villain in some fantasy type series), but ignoring the kanji, you could say Yuiko's friends are named Laughter and Tears. Now she just needs a Nozomi and a Kyo to get Hopes and Fears, and she'd have a whole Small World!
Today I'm thankful for oh my goodness our Amazon Japan order shipped!, having a shiny new calendar (I didn't expect to get a calendar when we agreed to sign up for renter's insurance, but so far I think it's the best part of the deal; it has puppies and kittens), our Amazon not Japan order arriving today, the adorable puppy on our calendar for January (I think it's a Springer spaniel, but what do I know about dog breeds?), and the yummy pizza we ordered for dinner.