And now it is time to get back to our very special week of Review Rednesday. Today we'll be finishing up with our monster theme by reviewing My Little Monster! Spoiler level: Last volume.
We actually started writing this review over a week ago (maybe a week ago), but we had just finished reviewing Noragami 10, and we didn't want Noragami 10 to overshadow My Little Monster 12 or vice versa. Of course, the obvious flaw in that choice is that now we've had a lot more time to forget about My Little Monster 12 and it was the last volume and that makes it important! It seems like not a lot happened, but maybe that's just the faded memories talking. Athena remembers thinking that a week ago, though. We wrote cover for this volume, and Athena recalls trying to write it and asking ourselves, "What even happened?" But I'm getting ahead of myself.
First of all, and I mentioned this on LiveJournal when we first started work on this volume, the fact that it was the last volume came as quite a shock, due in large part to the fact that we are in possession of a volume 13. Finding out that volume 13 was the last(?) volume was quite a shock in and of itself. I was looking at the Japanese Kodansha page to see how long it would be before we caught up with Japan on all the titles we're working on (we were swamped, and I wanted to know when we might be less swamped), and I couldn't find My Little Monster anywhere until I checked the list of past (as in, already over) series. We were a little bummed about that.
Anyway, the last volume. Sort of. What even happened? Let's see...Haru and Shizuku have finally made up. That was a very sweet scene. Those two are such a cute couple. ...And then Haru leaves for a year, and it seems like the rest of the series is just killing time until he comes back. Oh wait, except for the grave visit, which I think was a very important step in Haru and Yuzan's relationship. Now Yuzan can finally (hopefully) stop blaming himself for Haru leaving, and maybe they'll be friends again someday.
Takaya being in love with Oshima amused us. When they went to the temple on New Year's and he asked if Oshima was coming, we asked each other, "She has the biggest breasts of all the girls, doesn't she?" Yes, she does. Then when he stayed with Oshima while Shizuku went to the bathroom, and Shizuku was all, "He's such a social boy..." We were like, "...Yeah. THAT's it." It's really cute, though, especially when they show up in the end credits. (Also, I love that Robico did end credits. That was awesome.)
Asako and Sasayan's relationship is left with an unsatisfactory ending. (Asako is a pretty tough nut to crack.) We're hoping this will be resolved in volume 13, which happens to have the two of them on the cover. And speaking of covers, on volume 12, Shizuku took Haru's collar off! He's human now! Yay!
The way he proposed to her at the end was so great. I have to say, he's gotta cut his hair if he doesn't want to look more and more like Yuzan. Maybe his long hair is a sign that the two of them really are friends again. Or maybe he grew it out because Yuzan cut his hair. That's still kind of weird to think about.
But one of our favorite things will still always be in volume eleven, when Haru closes his hood over his face. It's just too hilarious.
Sorry; that's not a review for volume twelve. The chapter where there was no dialogue was pretty fun. There was a time when we would be a little miffed about such a thing [because we don't charge for pages that don't have text, so we'd get less money], but we've been so busy lately that we were like, "THANK YOU!!!" Then there was Haru's letter, which was pretty hilarious. It really was written using very formal language (hopefully that came across in the translation), but then (and hopefully this came through in the lettering) you see the way he wrote the letter, like as in handwriting, and it's so hyper! Very Haru. Like he looked up what to write in letters, but wrote it in his own unique way.
And I think that's about all we have to say. Iyo was pretty funny at the graduation ceremony, and it was neat to see everyone at their careers in the end credits. I'm glad Asako found gainful employment.
...I feel like I should apologize for not having a better review for the last volume of My Little Monster. But it's, like, double in the past now, so there's not a whole lot we can do about it. So feel free to liven up the discussion in the comments, because this review kind of needs help. Eh heh...
Now we'll have to decide what to review tomorrow... I think we have an Ice Reaper, a Noragami, a Devil Survivor... I think that's all, but we've had such a hard time keeping track.
Anyway, today I'm thankful for finishing our work quota today, Page not being too disruptive, getting passed the baton to work on My Little Monster, neat-looking projects on the horizon, and having time to fit said neat-looking projects into our schedule.