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Say I Love You volume 13 
18th-May-2016 05:50 pm
Today was really tough. The plan was to finish a chapter of Nekogahara, do a rough draft of The Prince in His Dark Days, and then see if we could finish a chapter-like segment of In/Spectre. But Nekogahara took soooooooooo long! I don't even know why! Okay, maybe I sort of know why. Oh yeah, I do know why. Philosophy. Man, philosophy is hard, especially when it involves Japanese semantics and wordplay. On the bright side, we learned that a group of cats if called a clowder or a glaring. Also, Nekogahara is awesome.

But today is Review Rednesday, and we've had a request to post our review of Say I Love You 13, so here it is! Spoiler level: uh...I feel like it's moderate, but like nothing is really a surprise, so I'm really just confused.

Athena's review of this volume: why is the script so long (44 pages) when nothing happened?

That's partly the tired grumpiness talking. We were hoping to have this finished three days before we finished it, but then we went to Disneyland instead. We had a great time, but wore ourselves out after already being pretty worn out.

Anyway, this volume is mostly about Megumi, and despite not liking Megumi all that much, I thought it was pretty interesting. Maybe it's all the America's Next Top Model we used to watch when we were translating Nosatsu Junkie. I don't think she was being quite as silly as all the people in volume 12, but she was a little silly when she got Angelo's card and didn't immediately think, "Oh, maybe I can use this." But we can't really blame her for that, because going to a foreign country is stressful enough that it makes sense if you can't always think straight. And she wasn't just visiting, she was trying to make appointments and stuff in a language she didn't even speak. That takes a lot of guts.

I also thought it was interesting to discover that most of the readers hate Megumi. I'm not sure why I was so surprised by that. Maybe it's because Hazuki-sensei spends so much time on her, I figure it must be out of some desire to appease the readers. I should have known better from Hazuki-sensei.

The stuff with Kai is interesting, too. Rin is so cute with him. We're wondering if this is all leading up to Kai ending up with Megumi because she's such a jerk that he doesn't feel as inferior around her. I think that's not necessarily bad, as long as they try to help each other improve, but it does seem kind of...I don't know. Silly, I guess.

On the other hand, now we have Angelo. Speaking of Angelo, why is it that none of the French people in this series have French names? We kind of suspect that Carla's name comes from Hiro Mashima naming one of his female characters Charles (French pronunciation) in Fairy Tail and later discovering that it was a boys' name. The name became Carla, at least in the Crunchyroll subtitles, and maybe Kanae Hazuki was following that story. We know that she's familiar with Attack on Titan, and it makes sense that she'd be reading other Kodansha manga. Anyway, Italian names are cool, but so are French names! Oh well.

I think at one point my theory about Angelo was that Mei and Yamato are at a point that romantic rivals just don't make any sense, so now Kai and Megumi are getting them instead.

Speaking of Mei and Yamato, is Yamato going to propose? D'awwwww.

That review was kind of short. Sorry about that (unless you like short reviews, in which case, you're welcome)!

Today I'm thankful for managing to finish that chapter of Nekogahara, also managing to get a rough draft of The Prince in His Dark Days chapter done, finding out that there is in fact a third kitten, it being almost time to watch Gilmore Girls, and getting to see the finale of Castle. I can't believe it's over...which is kind of weird, because I would have believed it was over after last season.
18th-May-2016 11:12 pm (UTC)
Yay, this review! Okay, now what did I have to say about the book...? Oh yeah, that it turned int a whole different series, hey!! And YES I wanted to say the same thing about the names!! Angelo Garcia, wasn't it?—Italian AND Spanish? (why would Charles turn into Carla though? It could be Charlene or something, closer to the Japanese pronunciation of the French pronunciation of Charles...) But really, how hard is it to google "French names" and just pick some correct ones off a list??

Anyway I did enjoy the completely different setting and I was a lot more interested in Megumi than I ever was in previous volumes. Maybe it was seeing how Hazuki-sensei perceives foreigners and foreign perception of Japanese people/culture, and then all the modeling industry stuff too... I had some thoughts about Meg and the FrenchItalianSpanish photographer, along the lines of wow he's a sketchy creep, she should stay away, but also she should just go out with him and leave the rest of the series and characters behind and have her own European adventure because that seems interesting. I don't know if there was more to my thinking than that. I feel kiiind of bad for wishing a problematic relationship on her, but maybe it'd be fine?

Kai ending up with Meg so he can feel less inferior is funny and aggravating. Why's he gotta make stuff difficult?! Just be happy, stupid!!

Yamato and Mei, umm... were they in this book? (i know they were, but they were kind of an afterthought.)
19th-May-2016 01:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, I don't know what was up with it! (As for "Carla", I felt the same way! Surely there are many things that sound closer to sharuru and are still pretty girl's names. Charlotte, Charlize, Char...something.) And yeah. Just...it's not hard.

The perception about foreigners and foreign perception of Japan was definitely interesting. I can't remember now what I liked about it, but it might also have something to do with the fact that Megumi was out doing things and working toward a goal, whereas most of the time in this series you just have a lot of stuff happening to people. On the other hand, Athena thought this volume was extremely boring, possibly because what little interest we have in the series generally centers around Land, which is nowhere to be seen lately. (Oh wait, there were maybe two panels in volume 15 that were probably at Land.) (Apparently all of Tokyo Disneyland's Toon Town is sponsored by Kodansha, which might explain all of the parodies.)

Definitely agree about Angelo not seeming exactly trustworthy.

Yeah, Kai is just annoying me lately. Here I liked him because he appreciated Land, but he's just...he needs to get over himself.

As for your last comment, XD.
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