Say I Love You 10. Longtime readers will not be surprised that we weren't exactly thrilled about certain developments in this volume. Of course we knew it would be coming eventually, and volume nine hinted at it, and now we're mostly just glad it's over with. Also, it was handled a lot less graphically than all the stuff with Aiko and Hayakawa, and we appreciated that. Not that we didn't want Mei and Yamato to ever have sex, just that we wanted them to get married first. We like chastity. And then they can have lots of kids, because I think Yamato would be a good dad.
One thing I really appreciated about this volume is that Daichi and Kyoko commented to each other about how ridiculous it is that they needed Mei to solve their problems for them. We're usually okay with ridiculousness in storytelling, but it sure helps a lot when the story is self-aware.
The pacing of this volume was really good, we think. Maybe we just like that it didn't take very long for us to translate. Because of weird scheduling around the time we translated it, we basically worked on it for four half-days. Working consecutive half-days drives us nuts, but we kept having other plans, and simulpub chapters and things coming up. And technically, the half-days weren't consecutive, because we took two days off from it, but all the days we worked on it were half-days.
But anyway, it was kind of nice to have the story told over several chapters, instead of cramming it all in to one. Hazuki-sensei said in the afterword that the theme of this volume was "thank you", and it really comes through. And I think probably a lot of people can relate to Mei as she realizes that wow, she's in a group of people, having fun, and that's okay, and the other people don't mind and stuff.
So we liked it overall (except for Certain Developments), but we have a hard time thinking of things to say about it except that WOW things in Japan are expensive. Six thousand yen for a cake!? What the heck!? At the same time we translated this, we were going to Disneyland to see all the 60th anniversary stuff, and they have some merchandise that seemed ridiculously expensive at the time we saw the price (a set of three boxes of chocolates for $65, for example, and they weren't even jumbo boxes), but then we saw the prices for stuff in this volume of manga. We've been noticing that Disneyland seems to be getting more and more of its merchandising ideas from Japan, which is fantastic because Japan has a ton of great Disney merchandise, but why must they price it so!?
Anyway. It's a sweet volume, mostly.
Today I'm thankful for being almost finished with that silly little extra project, having a lovely dinner with the missionaries last night, being done with our workout for the day, getting to review the gratitude volume of Say I Love You just in time for Thanksgiving, and getting more handbells yesterday.