The Falling ¥en and You (or why you should be shopping at

This is more of a PSA than a normal blog post, but I felt like letting the people who follow this blog a secret.  Stuff from Japan is pretty cheap right now.  Hold on, before you cash out your life savings and spend it on stuff from a US based webstore, I should warn you, it takes a little work to take advantage of this.

A little back story first.  If you want to cut to the chase you can skip this paragraph, it’s not essential.  I just don’t get many chances to trot out my Economics/Finance education, because most people find it boring.  Imagine that.  I won’t go into details, because I doubt anybody wants to read a term paper, but Japan’s economy has been struggling and in order to increase exports the Japanese version of the Federal Reserve, the Bank of Japan has been printing money like mad.  OK, technically that’s not what they are doing but the result is the same so stay with me.  Japan wants to sell more to sell more to other countries and it wants to avoid deflation (deflation scares the hell out of central bankers).  So the Bank of Japan decided (with the help of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe) that the value of the Yen is too damn high.  The Yen has fallen dramatically (by about 30%) over the last three years, and that’s good news for US otaku.

Unfortunately, that US-based webstore isn’t passing on that savings to you, but it’s not necessarily because they are just greedy.  They might just be trying to recoup what they paid for the merchandise back before the price dropped to current levels. I recently bought six volumes of the  Devil is a Part Timer (Hataraku Maou-sama) manga for ¥ 3,694 (app $31.40) from  The price from is $54.90. didn’t have all six volumes, but going by what they had the price would have been about $37.  Prices can be “sticky” like this for a number of reasons, but there is no reason for you to deal with the stickiness (eww), because you can order directly from Japan like me.

Now, I can imagine your issues, so let me try to answer them:

This doesn’t help me, I don’t read Japanese.

Just like, the version has tons of non-book items.  From bento boxes to wall scrolls and from PS Vita games to Figma figures.  You can even get cosplay items if that is your thing.

No you idiot, I just can’t read the damn website.

First of all, has an English option.  Unfortunately, since everything is listed in Japanese it is only useful at checkout. (btw, you can just use your login)  Fortunately this is 2015 and there is this nifty little tool called Google Translate.  Google is better for telling you what a website says, and not so good for telling you what to search for.  So I have a couple of helpful tips. コミックor 漫画 is manga.  The website generally uses the first one.  So let’s say you wanted the A Certain Magical Index manga.  First you need the name.  It turns out, most Wikipedia entries and MyAnimeList entries include the name in Japanese characters.  Boom, here it is とある魔術の禁書目録(インデックス).  Now to get just the manga results simply add the manga characters to your search. とある魔術の禁書目録(インデックス) 漫画 This works for other merchandise as well.  Want a wall scroll? Try adding アニメグッズ. This means “anime goods” and will bring up everything from key chains to posters.  Some things are even easier.  Figma and PS Vita are trademarked names.  Want a figure?  Just type in Figma after the name. Want a PS Vita game, well, you should be able to handle it from here.

But shipping costs are ridiculous!

Well you got me there.  You won’t get free shipping like you do in a lot of stores in the states. However, my experience with shipping from Japan was amazing.  I placed the order on Monday afternoon and DHL had it in my hand on Wednesday afternoon.  If I wanted to pull the trigger on the sweet Major Kusanagi Figma I’ve been looking at, I’d pay ¥ 4,782 or $41.83, plus $8.75 in shipping ($50.58).  $8.75 is hardly unreasonable for the kind of service I got.  Consider that the same item is $66 including regular shipping on, and ordering from Japan is an awesome deal.

Unfortunately, there are some flaws in ordering this way.  Not everything will ship to the US.  When you try to check out, you will be told if one of your items is not available outside Japan.  This is mostly going to happen with used items.  You also don’t know what you are paying for shipping until checkout.  It’s also useful to copy an item’s listing and run it through Google Translate to be safe.  Getting a folder instead of a poster or a Light Novel instead of a Manga would suck.  These issues seem pretty minor to me though.  Even if you decide not to buy anything, you should be able to do some window shopping with the info I’ve given you.  100 = app $.86 give or take a cent or two.  Enjoy.


5 things about Japan you don’t generally see in Anime and Manga.

The world of anime and manga paint an incomplete portrait of Japan.  Many of the tropes are so repetitive that it is hard for someone who consumes a lot of Japanese media to understand that these are a sort of collective fantasy.  The real world is bit different.  To throw some ice water on the party, here on some things that rarely find their way into the media American otakus love to consume.

1.  The Japanese are disappearing

Japan needs to increase it’s fertility rate by more than 40% if they want maintain current population levels.

With a population of over 120 million, the Japanese aren’t going to disappear overnight. What is currently projected is that the population will be roughly half of what it is now by the end of the century. Want to see what that looks like? Go to Detroit, which has had it’s popualtion fall by more than 50%. That or just imagine 1 out of every 2 people you know don’t exist. I think there is a Twilight Zone episode like that.  Whatever Japan looks like in 85 years, it won’t be pretty, unless there are some drastic shifts.


2. Japan is broke.

The Japanese government is the most heavily indebted in the world, and not by a small amount.  If you compare GDP (a number that roughly equals what a country produces in a year) to the amount of government debt, Japan exceeds everybody’s favorite economic problem child, Greece, by a mere 50%.  How about the immense US national debt? By the same metric, Japan is more than twice as broke as we are.  This is an even bigger issue when you factor in the declining population.  To maintain current levels of GDP, the country would have to more than double individual productivity by the end of the century.  So, even if Japan produces twice as much per person, they will still not make a dent in their debt rate.


3. Being an adult in Japan sucks

There’s a reason Hikki is in no hurry to join the workforce

You don’t have to watch too many anime or read too many manga to realize that a very large number of the stories are set in high school or even middle school. This seems strange to those of us that were raised in the US, where high school is often a less than pleasant experience.  Why does high school, specifically the 2nd year (11th grade in the states) show up so much?  The answer is a bit painful.  The Japanese are obsessed with high school because it is downhill from there.  青春, or seishun (youth), is a common theme in Japanese media because it is as good as their life generally gets.  As adults, the Japanese work long, often unpaid hours–en/index.htm  They don’t interact much socially and their lives are pretty rigid.  There’s generally not a lot of romance or adventure or much of anything that makes for a good story going on over the age of 17, so that’s where so much of their media is set.


4. Japanese women aren’t allowed to be badasses

She’ll make a helluva secretary.

The strong, confident, sword wielding Japanese school girl would surely make a great CEO someday.  Except that Japanese women rarely rise to management positions, no matter how competent they are.  The World Economic Forum ranked Japan 104th out of 142 countries in Gender Equality in 2014.  According to research by Teikoku Data Bank Ltd, women hold only 6.2 percent of the managerial posts at Japan’s companies.  Women, no matter how capable they are, are expected to stop working and crank out some babies.  Strong heroines are such a mainstay of anime and manga, that I had always thought that Japan would have been a very forward thinking country when it come to gender roles.  Nope, just another example of the gap between reality and otaku fantasy.


5. The Japanese don’t like sex very much

They’re not thinking what you think they’re thinking.

Some highlights from a 2011 report from Japan’s population center.

• Extremely high numbers of Japanese do not find sex appealing. 45 percent of women and 25 percent of men, ages 16 to 24, are “not interested in or despised sexual contact.”

More than a third of childbearing-age Japanese have never had sex: 39 percent of women and 36 percent of men, ages 18 to 34.

The large amount of fan service in anime and manga would lead you to believe that the Japanese are obsessed with sex and sexuality. Sexual imagery certainly pervades the media we see.  I could wax poetic about the gap between the fluffy voyeuristic nature of common fan service and real erotic sexual initmacy, but this is something that seems to go deeper than that.

Caveats and Disclaimers:

First of all, I am not trying to paint a complete picture of Japanese society.  I am talking about things you don’t see in anime and manga.  I do not mean to be smug or condescending. Every country has issues.  Secondly, I know that the above topics do occasionally find their way into shows we watch and books we read.  The population problems and the plight of the salaryman in particular make occasional appearances.   It is possible , however, to consume a large amount of Japanese media and never see a refrence to any of these issues.  Lastly,  I made a lot of large generalizations.  No country the size of Japan can be summed up in just a few paragraphs.  If you have issues with this post or have an antecdote that supports or refutes what I’ve said, feel free to add a comment.  I’m curious what manga and anime fans make of all this, so any input would be welcome.

Parting Thought:

I can’t shake the notion that all of these are connected.  Unhappy people don’t raise families, and they don’t interact.  A country that is working itself to death, sometimes literally, to pay off it’s debts has little time for grown up (or adult, for that matter) adventures.  An economy that only utilizes half of it’s available talent cannot hope to compete with the rest of the world for very long.  If Japan can be saved, it will have to be by Japanese women.  The question is, will the men in power allow them to do it.

Denpa Kyoushi is getting an Anime!

Denpa Kyoushi is a fun manga centering around an otaku genius who just does whatever he wants.  After graduating college he has been a NEET, but his sister has finally gotten him a teaching job at her school.  Jun’ichirō Kagami might only do whatever he feels like doing, but once he decides to do something he goes all out.  He finds that he really enjoys teaching, just not from the regular curriculum.  Denpa is similar to Assassination Classroom in that an unorthodox teacher helps out problem students.  This should work very well as an anime.  Expect tons of references to anime and manga from this show as well as a lot of laughs.  There will also be the morality and life lessons that you would expect from a teacher centered show, just with an otaku twist.


Manga Spotlight: Arpeggio of Blue Steel

Arpeggio of Blue Steel (Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio) was a fairly succesful anime in fall of 2013.  The setting is familiar to anyone who has read or watched a few futuristic action animes or mangas.  In the not too distant future the world’s sea levels have risen considerably, changing the current landscape.  The twist here is that humanity is effectively blockaded by the mysterious and powerful Fleet of Fog, which appears to be made up of modernized World War 2 warships.  Travel between landmasses by air or sea is impossible.  A Submarine, I-401, has mysteriously shown up at a Japanese port. (the real I-401 is quite an interesting ship, btw)  The subs AI, which has the ability to take a human form called a mental model, decides to take on a small crew and a captain and then goes rogue.  She chooses Gunzou Chihaya, the son of the admiral who commanded the UN naval fleet that opposed the Fog when they first appeared.

The manga is very good.  In my opinion, it is superior to the anime, which diverged from the original story early.  The manga is worth checking out even if you watched and enjoyed the anime.  Intrigue and action are the basic core of Arpeggio, but it also explores shifting allegiances and what it means to be human.  There are a number of connections between Chihaya and the Fleet of Fog, which builds a nice mystery.  Since who is on who’s side is fluid, the reader is left to wonder what will happen in any given encounter.  The only thing that I would consider a drawback is that there are a large number of ships in the Fleet of Fog, and it gets challenging to keep them all straight.  The manga is available on Crunchyroll’s manga service and in print form from Seven Seas Entertainment.  It is released monthly with 61 chapters currently available.


Manga Updates

Caution:  I am talking about current Manga series.  If you are not up to date there may be spoilers.

Kono Oneesan wa Fiction desu (Is this Girl for Real?) – The  mangaka tells us the end is near.  I have enjoyed the series and will be sorry to see it go.  I’m curious to see how it ends up.  The age difference is so large that I doubt there will be a happy ending, but I hope I am wrong

Yamada and the Seven Witches –  It looks like this is finally getting back to basics.  With Yamada and Miyamura quitting the Student Council, the story will hopefully start to look more like the first witches arc.  The first arc of Yamada and co was really good, but the manga seems to have lost it’s way since.

Girls of the Wild’s – Are ships finally setting sail? Queen and Jae Gu are steadily getting closer.  There has to be some dating coming after this arc is through.

Boku wa Mari no Naka (Inside Mari) – This is, without question the strangest manga I have ever read.  The mangaka is very close to loosing me here, not because I am offended, but because I don’t understand the story anymore.

Ana Satsujin – A new arc is on the way!  I had thought that the last chapter would be the last chapter, but it apparently we are going to see them as a couple now.  Interesting.

Kiss x Sis – Headed for endgame?  Kiss x Sis is wrong on so many levels.  Step-sisters, parent teacher relationships, etc.  In the end though, I think the MC will end up with a girl his age who is not his step-sister.  I think we have just gotten a glimpse of how that will happen.




Japanophobia, Pedophilia, and the glory of being British.

I had not expected to try to write something serious so soon after starting this blog, but when I saw this article, I knew I was going to need a release.

I remember a time when the BBC website was my home site, and when I enjoyed reading the news from the British perspective.  Unfortunately, as time has gone on, I feel the general quality of the news has gone down.  I have also noticed a surge in British nationalism.  I love quite a few things from Britain.  My in-laws, pub food, soccer, Top Gear, Dr. Who, Sherlock, and a number of other things.  Lately however, the British seem to love themselves much more than I ever could.  I’ve been wondering for a while now if this trend will continue.  This might sound strange coming from an American, since the “‘Murica is the best at everything” attitude is so prevalent here.  Among more educated circles however, that ‘Murican attitude has a very negative connotation.  Spend some time on any international website with that “Leader of the Free World” mentality and you will be attacked mercilessly.  Thing is, the US got this way by constantly telling itself that it was true, that we were superior.  It makes me uncomfortable seeing the British doing the same thing.  This brings me back to the article.  When I saw it, I had read enough recent BBC articles to know where this was going.

Let me get this out of the way.  I abhor child pornography, and I dislike the sexualized depictions of children in manga and anime.  I would like Japan to do more to curb the sexual depictions of children in manga because I find it disgusting.  However, I don’t have the first clue how they should go about this. Two things that become troublesome is how do you define the age of a fictional entity and what makes a depiction sexual.  I could show you a drawing of a pre-pubescent girl, and tell you that she is 18 in my story.  Is this an issue?  Characters like this are not uncommon in anime/manga.  Usually it is played for laughs, but the question remains.  Sexual depictions of a character of that kind are difficult to address.  Do you go by the story or the image?  On the flip side, busty and adult looking pre-pubescent girls also occasionally show up in anime/manga.  Add into to all of this that anime/manga characters are caricatures.  Feminine traits like larger eyes in proportion to their face, smaller noses, and yes, the curves, are exaggerated as part of the style.  This all makes writing an effective law difficult.  The other issue is what makes a scene sexual.  Although clothing, or the lack of it, is part of the equation, it is entirely possible to have sexual depictions without “showing skin” and it is possible for nudity to not be sexual.  Still, I would like Japan to pass something, some baseline rules that would cover the darker shades of gray.  In that respect, the question posed by the article’s title is a legitimate one.

Unfortunately, things go downhill from the title.  The picture below it, with a group of busty girls in school uniforms,  serves to taint the anime/manga industry as a whole (as well as gathering lots of internet traffic).  Certainly what the article is talking about isn’t “mainstream” anime/manga.   Of course, the “meat’ of the article does include a caveat about the size of child porn manga.

“Material like this is a tiny part of Japan’s huge manga industry, which generates around US $3.6bn in sales annually.”

That’s not the impression you get from a quick scan of the article.  From there we go skipping down the magical stereotype road on our way to Oz.  You see, the article lets us know that the Japanese are just perverts in general.  A few lines from the above disclaimer is the mention of millions of manga fans being made into criminals if child porn manga was outlawed and then a couple of paragraphs on the general perviness of Japanese culture.  What really drew got me going was this bullet point block in the middle of the article.

Japan and images of child sexual abuse

  • Japan outlawed the production and distribution of images of sexual abuse of children in 1999 – 21 years after the UK

  • In 2013, the US State Department described Japan as an “international hub for the production and trafficking of child pornography”

  • Japan’s police agency reported 1,644 offences in 2013 – more than in any year since the 1999 law came into force

  • In June 2014, Japan banned possession of real images of child sexual abuse – people were given one year to comply

The first bullet point in particular drew my ire, as it seems to be trying to assert some kind of British superiority.

A further caveat also shows up in the article.

This is what worries critics – the concern that even if no-one is harmed in the creation of sexually explicit manga, it might normalise, facilitate, or lead to an increased risk of sexual abuse.

No-one knows whether this is the case – research has been inconclusive.

This is true, but certain statistics are available.  BBC knows this, because they have reported on them before. Just how prevalent is child sexual abuse in Japan?

“In 2012, 66,701 cases of suspected child abuse were reported to child consultation centers nationwide. Physical violence comprised 35 percent of all cases, while neglect accounted for 29 percent, psychological abuse 33.6 percent and sexual abuse 2.2 percent. According to National Police Agency statistics, 482 arrests were made in 2013 that were related to child abuse allegations. Physical violence accounted for 70 percent of these cases, while sexual assault made up almost 22 percent. Of those arrested, 77 percent were either fathers or father figures.”

2.2% of 66,701 is 1,467.  It’s worth noting that is suspected cases.  1,467 suspected cases in a country of 127 million.  How does that compare to Britain.

“In 2012/13, there were 18,915 sexual crimes against children under 16 recorded in England and Wales, according to the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). Included in that figure were 4,171 offences of sexual assault on a female child under 13 and 1,267 offences of sexual assault on under-13 male children.”

That’s over 5,000 cases with less than half the population of Japan (around 56 million)  There are a number of factors that could be effecting these numbers, but the disparity is so astoundingly high, that it’s hard believe Japan could be worse.  If every suspected case in Japan was an actual crime and if only 1 in 8 of the incidences of sexual abuse actually got reported, Japan would still be below England and Wales.   It’s hard to imagine where the morally superior tone comes from, considering the recent scandals in England. It must be because the British don’t have the “fascination with youth” that Japan has, and after all, they outlawed child porn drawings way back in 2009.

The article is implicitly critical of Japan’s openness regarding it’s sexual deviancy.  I have to wonder though, if perhaps the taboo nature of sex in the US and UK  is much more of a problem.  Child Sexual Abuse and Child Pornography are real issues, and deserve better coverage than simply pointing at another race and commenting on how pervy they are.  There was a time when you could expect real reporting from the BBC.  It’s sad to watch such a storied institution morph into Fox News UK.


Manga in 2014

A look at my past year reading manga.

Seo Kouji:

Kimi no Iru Machi was, for the most part, a great read.   A tale of romance and coming of age that felt like a roller coaster.  The writing wasn’t always good, and the characters could be downright rage inducing.  Overall though, KnIM had quite a bit going for it.  I wanted to see the characters find happiness, even if they didn’t necessarily deserve it.  As the series drew to a close early this year, those of us following the long running series were treated to one of the worst trainwreck endings I have ever seen.  Having made it through so many trials an tribulations, our main couple breaks up and then time jumps their way into an inexplicable happy ending.  KnIM’s ending came off like Seo was just tired of writing it and wanted to move on.  It’s too bad, because the title deserved better and so did the fans who had stuck with it over the last 5 years.

(Caution: Major Spoiler coming)  What Seo appears to have been in a hurry to move on to was Fuuka.  Centering a story around the daughter of lead couple of his older work Suzuka, Seo started the new manga promisingly.  In a meandering way he led us down a romance between the plucky heroine and a hesitant, shy boy with no ambition.  (Stop now if you haven’t read and are planning to read Fuuka)

He kills her.  The title character suddenly dies and the manga wanders around aimlessly for several chapters.  Possibly forever as the last time I read it a few weeks ago it was still in “getting the band back together” land.  Fukka’s death wasn’t handled well.  It was in fact, handled with same kind of apparent disinterest that KnIM’s ending was.  Killing off the title character is a bold move, which if done correctly, could have elevated the manga significantly.  Unfortunately, Seo went for pure shock value and apparently hadn’t thought of anything to follow it up with.  He never even bothered to show her grieving parents, who many of us had followed through over 160 chapters.  The real crime about Fuuka’s death is that the manga has been boring ever since.  The only thing keeping me interested at all is wondering what the hell Seo was thinking.  As time goes on though, it’s looking like he wasn’t thinking at all.

Koe no Kitachi:

Koe no Kitachi (aka Silent Voice) was not an easy read at first.  The early chapters full of elementary school bullying are really hard to get through.  The reward is one of the best stories I’ve ever read.  When the manga ended in November, I found my Tuesdays suddenly felt empty.  Although I wish that the ending had been more substantial, this manga has planted itself firmly near the top of my list and I expect it to stay there for a long time.


Horimiya is a delightful manga about a pair of oddballs and their oddball romance.  The reason I mention it in a year end review is that it the main characters managed to take their relationship way past where most mangas stop.  They even did it in a remarkably classy way.  Also, the manga is still going strong and is still as funny and sweet as ever.  Such a great example to the titles that stop short of the characters even dating.

Ore ga Doutei o Sutetara Shinu Ken ni Tsuite:

This manga was a pleasant surprise.  Ore ga Doutei was the epidome of Seinen manga.  The MC gets strangled by an old friend, but instead of death he finds himself years in the past and back in high school.  He is determined to alter the future and avoid making the mistakes he believes led to his death.  He, naturally, finds this all a lot more difficult than it sounds.  It was a great story that I just kind of stumbled upon early this year.  Titles like this remind me that if I don’t dig a little bit into the giant pile of scanlated manga now and then, you really do miss out on some great stuff.

Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai (Aka: The World God Only Knows):

Of all the mangas ended in 2014, the one that stands out the most is tKami Nomi.  It’s had it’s ups and downs, but till the end Kami Nomi was exactly the kind of title I read manga for.  The mangaka built great characters built around a ludicrous premise and then just kept making it click.  As it finally reached it’s climax earlier this year, I realized just how much I enjoyed my time with Keima and co.  The ending itself was just OK.  The manga though, was a great one.  If you’ve seen the anime and want more, or if you are new to manga and are looking for a nice long read.  I highly recommend this title.


‘ere we go…

2014 was a year of self assesment, and one of the things I have discovered about myself is that I have something to say. So I’m going to try this out.  Mostly, I am planning on just posting about things of interest to myself.  This is not going to be a news blog.  Most posts will probably be about anime, manga, or table top wargaming.  I will post an occasional rant or comment on current events, but that is not my mission here.


So, a brief rundown on the state of my anime vewiership.  Currently I am watching Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun (ep8) and When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace (ep6).  Nozaki-kun is the funniest thing I have seen in a long while.  It’s hard to say anythng specific about it at this point, except that it is comedy gold.  Supernatural Battles is ok so far, but indicates it might be aiming for real romantic tension behind the Chunni/Harem shtick.

I also recently finished Trinity 7 and Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works.  Trinity 7 was a disappointment, but it’s hard to nail down why.  Partially, I think it comes from the series being burdened by over the top fan service.  This made watching it a solitary experience, as I would have been uncomfortable watcing it with my wife and 13 year old daughter.  This was less a probelm for the manga, because reading manga is a solitary experience for the most part.  Anime is definitely more enjoyable when shared.  Trinity Seven just failed to elevate the source material.  The girls were cute, the protag was refreshingly honest, but the storytelling just lacked impact.  Fan service fests like this typically do OK in BD sales, so maybe we will get to see another season.  It would be nice to see enjoyable manga turned into an enjoyable anime.

Fate/Stay left me conflicted.  It was certainly easy on the eyes.  The action was great and the characters were likeable, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that something was missing.  Shirou’s tsundere routine has started to grate on me and Saber getting shuffled to the background is a waste of potential drama.  Those are small issues though.  It’s hard to pin down my issue with Fate/Stay.  I think it is just a matter of inefficiency.  Whether it is because they are trying to stretch the material (which makes Saber’s lack of development even harder to understand), or are just stuggling with pacing, I just don’t feel like I got a season’s worth of entertainment out of the show.  With a couple of double episodes as an advantage, this is kind of hard to understand.  I am eagerly anticipating April and the next season, but wish that this season had been a bit more filling.

Manga and Light Novels:

Ana Satsujin has delivered it’s weekly dose of WTF?  Any literature purist would pick this whole manga to pieces.  It doesn’t matter though because I am entertained, and that’s why I read manga after all.  I do get the feeling that it is winding done though.  All things must end I guess.

Okusama ga Seito Kaichou!, Kanojo no Kagi wo Akeru Houhou, and Hantsu x Torashu are seeing some more translated pages, which makes me happy.  I find Kaichou and Houhou to be delightfully raunchy rom-coms.  Both push the limits, but manage to cram in some sweet moments and plot points to keep things interesting.  Hantsu x Torashu seems to be mirroring the protags journey from common pervert to reluctant playboy.  Easy to dismiss as a fan service fest, Hamaji’s evolution from ne’er do well to big man on campus has churned out some delicious drama amongst the pantsu.  I only hope that at some point we will get translations of the 20+ chapters that got skipped.

I also recently read chapter 10 of Yahari ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru  (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU), also known as Oregairu.  I don’t read many light novels, but this is a title that is in serious contention for my all time favorite. has done a fabulous job of translating the chapter quickly.  With the hype train gathering steam as we approach April’s season 2 start, I just couldn’t resist the urge to spoil myself with another chapter.  The relationship’s of the characters continue their slow burn in this volume, and I have to wonder whether we will se 2 more volumes or just one.  I expect that the ending will be timed to coincide with the end of the anime.  I hope the ending is worthy of the work.