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Today’s Tub Manga: Haikyu!! (volume 13)

I LOVE HAIKYU!!.

Every volume I marvel at its tight-knit perfection. Every volume I open the cover with great anticipation just to read the author’s note at the beginning.

The Johzenji game takes up most of the volume with the last quarter of the book covering the beginning of the Wakutani game. (Volume 14 might be a bit rough; the Wakutani game makes me nervous every time I watch it.)

I think most volumes of Haikyu!! contain the same basic elements: Hinata doing something superhuman; Tanaka being goofy; Asahi busting out an awe-inspiring spike; Tsukishima smirking; the opposing team flashbacking to the words of their senpai; Kageyama being sassy; Noya getting a killer dig; Daichi lying crumpled on the court, dead…

Wait, wut? Hehe…Okay, so he’s not dead. But what a cliffhanger! If didn’t already know what happens from watching the anime, I’d be screaming.

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!

Today’s Tub Manga: The Water Dragon’s Bride (volume 2)

I was already getting a bit tired of this series a couple pages into volume two. It suffers from the same issues as the author’s Dawn of the Arcana series–weird, randomly contrived things happen way too often. There also seems to be a lot of yelling and crying considering the main character can’t speak; I keep trying to remind myself that she’s a small child and that’s why she…acts like a small child. But it still gets tiring.

However, volume two did have some high points. When the Water Dragon God goes on his rampage, his monologue made me go, “Yes! This makes sense! This is what I want to read!” Though violent and angry, at least it sounded more reasoned-out and intellectual than how he’s usually idiotically portrayed. His thought process made sense, whereas usually he’s written to not have much thought process at all.

The other gods are spicing up the story as well. To me, they’re really the highlights and the saviors of a pretty dreary, yelling-and-crying-filled story. The author seems to like them so I’m hoping we see more of them in the next volume.

Because yes, after the final pages of volume two (I don’t want to spoil it for you!) I’m hoping volume three blows it wide open and this series finally takes off. *crosses fingers*

Today’s Tub Manga: Assassination Classroom (volume 16)

We’re on the downhill slide of Assassination Classroom yet hitting what I think is the best part. Volume 16 spends pretty much the whole volume covering Koro-sensei’s past as he relates to the kids how he became…what he is.

Even though I watched the anime and it’s over, I was still looking forward to reading the manga version of this flashback.

If you’ve already read volumes 1-15, I imagine you’re in it for the long haul so I don’t really need to encourage you to read this…and if you dropped this a long time ago, then nothing I say will make you pick it up again and read sixteen volumes…

But this was one of my favorite volumes. I love a good flashback and a juicy, tentacle-laden backstory.

Today’s Tub Manga: Yona of the Dawn (volume 6)

I might as well just get it out of the way: I love Hak and he is gorgeous.

Okay, so in volume 6, Yona meets the Green Dragon (who is my second favorite next to Hak) who doesn’t want to be the Green Dragon but she gets involved with his pirate crew to try to foil the wicked human trafficking plot of the local official.

This might actually be my favorite arc (which may not be the best thing to say because there’s a whole lot more Yona in the future) because we get:

  • 1) Jaeha being Jaeha and I read everything he says in Junichi Suwabe’s voice;
  • 2) Jaeha and Hak bantering, which is the best thing ever and totally makes the entire series better from here on out;
  • 3) perhaps most importantly, major character growth for Yona.
  • (And maybe 4: that infamous Honey Scene!).

I didn’t really give it much thought before but watching Yona undergo her trial made me like her more/all over again as a protagonist. Seeing her cry even as she insisted on completing her task made her more…real. She’s not some badass. She’s not a superhuman that went from being a pampered princess to a martial arts master overnight. She’s still very much an inexperienced girl trying to just do her best for the people she cares about. And while that sounds very trope-y as I type it, I actually really liked how her weakness and her strength was showcased simultaneously.

 

Today’s Tub Manga: Golden Kamuy (volume 1)

READ THIS! TRUST ME!

I’d preordered this quite a while ago and was pretty excited about it. I’ll admit, I don’t hesitate to judge a protagonist by his facial scars. So “Golden Kamuy” looked super promising.

And volume 1 was phenomenal. I loved the shit out of it. I kind of worried I was too stoked about it and had set the bar too high but that was ultimately not the case. Volume 1 is exciting and clever and violent and beautiful. I read it way too fast because I just couldn’t stop. I love how the premise seems quite straightforward (looking for gold in Hokkaido) but is made tricky (tattoo map, anyone?).

I also really enjoy what Asirpa brings to the table; I love her practicality and feistiness as well as the flavor her Ainu heritage imparts to the story. I feel like I’m seeing something new. Along with that newness, I felt like we saw a more “wild brutality” in this manga compared to others. Growing up in the mountains, I kind of appreciated that “shit out here in the wilderness can kill you” feeling that this manga does very well.

Lastly, I freaked out at the final pages. I don’t think I blinked. I had a tiny suspicion at the line “old political prisoner” and then I read “Battle of Hakodate” and I was thinking, “No. Fucking. WAYYYYYYY…” and when I turned the page–

well, if I screamed and did a small fist pump of victory, thankfully I was in the tub where I didn’t bother anyone.

Today’s Tub Manga: Black Clover (volume 7)

I’ve loved “Black Clover” (and Yami, ahem) since the beginning. Every time I read it, whether it’s the paperback or by weekly chapter in Jump, I think, “This is the most shonen, shoneny, shoneniest thing EVER.” And I mean that in the best of ways.

Volume 7 opens not with an Author’s Note but a note instead from the author’s dog. So you know this is going to be an amazing volume. It’s worth buying just for that. We have some ominous political intrigue directly offset by Yami’s non-shit-giving nature and Asta’s endearing enthusiasm. Then it’s a beach scene (you really can’t beat that) and if Noelle can get a handle on her magic (spoiler: she does) they’ll end up at the bottom of the ocean in a magical ocean kingdom for a crazy battle royale.

So, it’s par for the course for “Black Clover.” Battles, crazy characters, battles, magic, Yami being Yami, battles, and hilarity.

I’ve said this about a lot of series but again, this is one worth buying just for the goofy little author’s notes and bonus story. “Black Clover” is just incredibly fun.