Anyway, Noragami came out just yesterday! The pink one! And it's really good! But! My Little Monster came out two weeks before that, so it gets to go first in review order, even though we're pretty sure the only person we know who reads these and cares about Noragami spoilers is the letterer and therefore has already read it. And besides, just because we love Noragami more than just about anything doesn't mean we want to slight My Little Monster. So here we go! Spoiler level: mild? moderate? somewhere inbetween? Spoilers get mentioned, but very vaguely.
My Little Monster volume 10
We just finished our translation of My Little Monster 10, and oh, it's so bittersweet! I was so happy when Shizuku said at the end that she was going to talk to Haru about what went wrong...and so sad when it turned out she couldn't. But it's really nice to see characters being assertive about their problems. Not that I can blame Haru for running away, either. I think the whole point of this series is that everyone has a lot of complex emotions and desires that they're trying to figure out.
Yuzan was pretty great in this volume. We usually hate him not because he's especially despicable, but because he makes us so hungry, carrying delicious-looking sweets everywhere he goes! Oh! And there was a very brief mention of a character whose gender remained unspecified (Shinjo), so we risked checking Wikipedia to see if we could find some mention of him/her, and that's how we stumbled upon the CD drama cast. Can you guess who played Yuzan? I always knew I had a special fondness for him, despite how much I hate him for making me hungry.
We never did find out much more about Shinjo. S/he wasn't mentioned on Wikipedia, so we did a quick Google check and managed to find out that this person no longer plays baseball, which was enough to make us think Shinjo is probably male... Anyway, we suspect it's the person that was getting beat up that Sasayan didn't go help. That flashback was in this volume, too, soon after some of his old friends conveniently mentioned that his hair was shorter in junior high (and that there was a person named Shinjo). I was a little sad that Sasayan never got to introduce his old team to Haru (at least, we assume that's who he wanted to introduce his old team to). Maybe he did, and we'll see that scene when it's flashed back to later on.
Now, a story about butterflies. A few weeks ago (as of this writing (May 12)), we were at Disneyland, and we saw a butterfly. Our friend commented on it, calling it by a name that I don't remember. I remarked that I had heard it called a cabbage butterfly. Our friend said that didn't make any sense, because he didn't see it on any cabbage. This claim could not be verified, because while there is cabbage at Disneyland, there wasn't any in that particular group of vegetation. But I wasn't sure of the credibility of my source anyway, so I let it go and stopped thinking about it.
Until! we got to this volume of My Little Monster and Haru was talking about butterfly migration paths. There was one called a kuromonshiro, which, based on later investigation, we figure means "black-marked white". We weren't able to track it down on Wikipedia until we shortened it to monshiro (marked white), and the article had a picture of a butterfly that looked remarkably like a the one we had seen at Disneyland so recently. So we clicked on the link to go to the English article, and what do you think is one of the more common names for that butterfly? You guessed it: cabbage butterfly. But it also had a bunch of other common names, so there is a possibility that we were both right.
Anyway, the love between Yuzan and Haru was so sweet. We recently translated the last half of the Big Hero 6 manga, and oh my goodness the similarities. It's like if Tadashi and Hiro's parents were just terrible people instead of dead. I thought it was especially interesting that apparently part of Yamaken's fear of Yuzan comes from Yuzan protecting Haru. It probably also comes from all the nurses liking him better, but anyway, it was just so unexpected based on Yuzan and Haru's current relationship.
And speaking of Haru's family! I was really disappointed in Shizuku for becoming a fan of his father. Athena doesn't think she was. She thinks that the woman in the picture was Shizuku's mother, and that's the real reason Shizuku put the article in her scrapbook. Only future volumes will tell...
And then there's Sasayan and Asako. They weren't in this volume very much, but they were so cute when they were! We don't have a whole lot more to say about that, but we wanted to mention it.
Today I'm thankful for our publishers recently revamping their websites to contain "new releases" pages that make it easier for us to track down recent releases, the delicious chocolate cake we snacked on today, fond memories of My Little Monster 10, pink Noragami covers, and the timeliness of this review just happening to come right after the review for the other manga we mention in it.