Tag: comedy

Today’s Tub Manga: Astra Lost in Space (volume 1)

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To paraphrase a dying Doc Holliday in Tombstone: “If you were ever my friend, if you ever had any of the slightest feeling for me…read Astra Lost in Space.”

Seriously. I really want you to read this. I want everyone to read this. It’s so so so incredibly good.

In this first volume we’re introduced to the kids who think they’re going on a planet camping trip for a week. But instead of a safe time learning camping skills, the group gets sucked into this weird orb thing and spat out into space. Luckily, they find an old empty ship (though this ship is defunct in some suspicious ways, hmmm…) and try to cobble together a plan to survive and return home, some bazillion (okay, 5012) light years away.

Having been repeatedly blown away by the suspense/cliffhangers/mystery/holy shit! moments, I’d forgotten how genuinely funny this series is. It’s such a crazy perfect combination of emotions and genres and artistic elements that makes it an intriguing and engaging read.

PLEASE READ THIS. I’M BEGGING YOU.

 

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Today’s Tub Manga: Genshiken: Second Season (volume 11)

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The cringe-worthy yet riveting speed date kujibiki continues in volume eleven. The super-awkward somewhat hormonal drama was so intense I don’t think I even blinked. And, of course, we were left with a cliffhanger as Madarame still doesn’t want to make a final decision. Which, as ridiculous as it all is, I could probably put up with at least three more volumes of harem merry-go-round insanity.

At the risk of spoiling: I just wanted to say that Madarame’s reaction to Hato’s “Hato x Mada” fantasy confession was really…endearing?

Also: Yajima might be my manga doppleganger.

Anyway, this series is fucking fantastic and never disappoints. Every time, I think, “This is so freakin’ goofy but so damn smart at the same time.”

On a somewhat irrelevant note, the description given on the back of volume 11 seems to not actually be for volume 11 at all–it sounds like it might be describing volume 12..? Regardless, it hypes events that totally didn’t happen in this volume.

Today’s Tub Manga: The High School Life of a Fudanshi (volume 2)

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Of course this is right up my alley. I can’t get enough of this series and I laugh so much while reading it. I can’t resist a good riff on the fujoshi/fudanshi lifestyle; it’s reminiscent of the feeling I got when I started Kiss Him, Not Me! only this is more jokes, less romantic drama.

There were so many great pages and panels that I want to share with my friend who has been patiently tolerating my fujoshi ways that I’ve decided to just send a copy of the whole book.

A book you want to share (or a book you willingly buy twice) has to be good, right?

Today’s Tub Manga: Handa-kun (volume 7)

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Volume 6 may have been the end of the actual story but Volume 7 brings us to the true finale of Handa-kun. This volume is comprised mostly of extra-arc short stories–one of which shows us a Handa Army reunion several years after high school graduation. There’s also a mini gallery, some four-panel comics, and a cool “end of series” note from the author (I’m a sucker for those things).

All-in-all, this was a cute and tidy way to wrap up a great series.

Today’s Tub Manga: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun (volume 8)

I’m sure I’ve said this before but I LOVE this manga!

I was actually pleasantly surprised to get another volume so soon. This series just brightens my day. Every volume is hilarious to me.

In volume eight, we get some more great Wakamatsu/Seo interaction (?) made even more interesting by the inclusion of Seo’s older brother to really just screw things up. Misunderstandings abound (hilariously). We also get some super cute scenes with Hori and Kashima.

And I will never tire of Mikoshiba’s love of dating sims.

All in all, adorable and wonderful volume. Sakura still has her work cut out for her, but it’s all good.

Today’s Tub Manga: Oresama Teacher (volume 22)

I can’t believe we’re already to volume 22! Just when I was wondering if twenty-two was too many volumes, this one came along and just kicked ass. I hope this series gets an anime someday because some of the characters do look a bit similar and are easily confused and I think being animated would remedy that.

This is my favorite volume in a while because it felt like progress was made and a lot of things got cleared up (finally). At the same time, Izumi Tsubaki’s humorous style shone throughout.

It’s been a very goofy and somewhat meandering series but I still really like it and volume 22 reminded me of so many of the reasons why I kept with it for this many volumes. Also, this book has the subtitle: The Story of Miyabi Hanabusa…so enjoy!