We're on volume nine, which I kind of think you have to read twice, because...okay, so Missions is a series we like so much that we tend to read it as soon as we get it, instead of holding off until translation time. So we read volume nine, like, months ago, and I seem to remember thinking it was a little too ridiculous the way everything was happening. Like, "Come on, really?" I mean, Shigure and Akira were adorable as ever, but still. But now that we've read it to the end and know more about the motives involved, it's pretty hilarious. I don't know if that counts as a spoiler. Well, if it does, hopefully you'll have forgotten all about it by the time the English version is published.
I'm a little sad we didn't get assigned the other Ema Toyama series that Kodansha is doing now...but since we did get assigned Noragami, I'm not going to complain. We'll just get the series for our reading pleasure.
Anyway...there is one aspect of the story that we sometimes wonder about, in the sense of, "Should we write a cultural note about this?" The question is Yukina and Akira. For some reason, it never really occurred to us that it might be an issue until we read reviews where people were like, "Cousins? Ew."
I guess the real reason it never occurred to us is that, while Akira is definitely a threat to Shigure, it seems pretty obvious (though we could be wrong, if Toyama-sensei really likes to throw her readers for a loop) that Yukina is going to end up with Shigure anyway. Still, it doesn't change the fact that Akira is deeply in love with his cousin. So we read the reviews, and we're like, "Guys, it's not a big deal in Japan." And then we think, "Maybe we should write a note where we say that." And then we think, "But dude, we're already at volume nine. It should be pretty obvious by now that it's not a thing in Japan, since all the characters know about it, and none of them have said, 'That's gross.'"
Actually, we decided to look it up to make sure, because maybe it is a big deal in Japan...and maybe it is, but so far all we've discovered is that it's legal to marry your cousin in Japan. It's also legal to marry your cousin in several of the United States, and not only in the South. Like, in California and New York, too. We also found out that incest is, in fact, frowned upon in Japan--close relatives (closer than cousins) aren't given marriage licenses, and if a child is born in an incestuous relationship, they'll fudge the records (the father will be listed as the adoptive father, and the actual father column will be left blank).
So yeah. We don't know. Maybe we'll write a note. Maybe not. I don't know.
Today I'm thankful for making it safely back from the store (all our bags started falling apart and dropping our groceries everywhere!), getting to work on another fun volume of Missions of Love, having a granola bar stash, remembering that we did get chocolate, and vitamins.