Our ill-advised trip to Disneyland started a little earlier than originally planned, but we couldn't skip Review Rednesdays! We have four new translations released just yesterday, but one of them is Persona Q, which we haven't been reviewing because we've been translating it one chapter at a time. If people are interested, we might be able to start reviewing it and post review compilations, but I'm not sure if we have time for that kind of thing. Maybe if we did a paragraph or two per chapter... Hmmm... (I'm more interested in doing this for UQ Holder!.)
Anyway, two of the other releases were series that we reviewed in last week's special edition of Review Rednesdays, so we will go ahead and review the last one, Say I Love You 12! Spoiler level: Maybe moderate, but more on the mild side.
For once we're actually writing a review on the day we finished the book! This is mainly because we're in denial about needing to work anymore, so we're stopping work early. We'll see if we regret that later.
Anyway, Say I Love You 12. This volume was interesting, but everyone in it was being SO STUPID. Why wasn't there a time pass for Space Trip!? A two HUNDRED minute wait, and no time passes!? Are you kidding me!? That's like the worst possible planning in the world. Any ride that regularly has a wait of more than sixty minutes should by all rights have a time pass available, for goodness sake.
Other than that, this volume's visit to Land was much more satisfying than the visit in volume six. It's like Hazuki-sensei had been to Disneyland more recently, and so was able to remember more what it looks like. (Did she go with the voice actors!? Aaaaaaahhh!! I wanna go, too!!!!)
Also, Kai had been pretty, "Ehhh, I don't know if I wanna go to Land..." earlier in the series, so we were starting to seriously doubt his devotion to it, but he seems maybe okay now. The stuff about Rose shows why he's going to fall for Megumi, but Rin is still soooo much better. She's one of the few people who wasn't being stupid in this volume. Her and Asami.
But anyway. The first chapter has Len being stupid. (Speaking of Len, I know I wrote about Ren in the last review, so now you can see how that turned out. Why did it turn out that way? Because Len's internet handle is spelled out all in romaji with an L. So we emailed our editor and said, "So, um...we think we should change this..." And he agreed, so we did. We felt bad about it, because Ren/Len is one of the few Japanese names that you can't do a search & replace without much fear of changing the normal English words. Also, if we had just read ahead, we wouldn't have run into this problem, and our editor sends us, like, ALL of the books way in advance.)
I think Len wasn't being stupid so much as a jerk, but man, the way they talk about how careful they need to be going to the preschool. It's like small children are delicate and/or volatile...and that's true, but they just seemed to make too big a deal out of it. Of course, Len was just making a big deal out of it because he doesn't like people (Asami and Yamato) and he's a jerk. I liked him in the last volume (except for the abandoning his little sister part), but in this volume, I wanted to slap him.
Then the kid hits his head. First of all, when Mei was there watching him, he started to do a flip, and she closed her eyes!? Are you kidding me!? "This small child is about to do something that's dangerous even for adults to do, so let's make sure to not be able to see if the inevitable happens." But she's new to the whole daycare thing, so that's almost understandable.
At first, we thought the daycare workers were overreacting to the whole incident, because hey, kids are walking disaster areas. They get themselves hurt. But then we realized that was a lawsuit just waiting to happen and we were more understanding. But they were also like, "We remove anything that could hurt the children," and we were like, "Then why are the bars even there!? Raaaaaagh!" We were happy to see Shota's mom being so laidback about it.
Then Yamato was being stupid. For crying out loud. He's all like, "My girlfriend told me I'm a good photographer because I can make people smile, so I'm going to go take pictures of flowers and trees and cats and wonder why oh why oh WHY this isn't as satisfying." But I guess it's easy to judge people like this when you're not so close to the situation, and when you only get to see the specific moments that are relevant to the story development and none of the bits inbetween that make people forget those important moments. It's like when we were watching an anime yesterday and they were wondering what was making people so sick, and the camera kept showing the fireplace for no apparent reason, so we were like, "Hello! It's the firewood! Why can't you figure it out!?" Because they don't see the camera constantly pointing at the fireplace for no apparent reason.
Sawamichi was pretty cool, though, even if he did do a lot of monologuing. But we can't blame him for that; that's what people do in this series.
And finally, Len was stupid again. I mean, I understand wanting to trust that guy from the internet. I don't blame him for any of that. I just think he's stupid in general. But he maybe stopped being stupid at the end, so that's good. I have to point out, though, that how is he not good-looking when Hayakawa is? Of course it's all a matter of perception, so it's probably just that he's self-conscious and looks better than he thinks he does. Although he might benefit from a good haircut. Nevertheless, I think his hair is less bizarre than Yamato's. All we know is, we've seen Beauty and the Geek, and we know a few geeks in real life who have let their hair grow out for whatever reason, and then they went and got it cut and looked really really good.
Today I'm thankful for having a lovely time at Disneyland, getting a little bit of work done beforehand, getting to see Baymax, Page still being somewhat interested in her new toy, and getting to have beignets.