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Today’s Tub Manga: Aoharu x Machinegun (volume 5)

I think I have a soft spot for manga/anime about survival games because they remind me a little of my paintball days. However, like my paintball days, I tend to lose interest. I love the premise of Aoharu x Machinegun and really enjoyed the anime but did lapse in reading the manga…

However, volume five went by in a flash. We’re about to enter the Haru-Haruki arc which is a bit convoluted but for now, Hotaru is being her relatively simple-minded self and plugging along. The whole “oh no, I’m a girl!” issue is kind of brushed aside early-to-mid volume and I realized at some point that, perhaps because I’ve read so much BL, I don’t really register Hotaru as a girl. It’s no longer an important plot point.

It is the original plot point, though, so it gets resurrected in the final pages of this volume.

Today’s Tub Manga: Prison School (volume 7)


As I said on the podcast, whenever your manga arrives shrinkwrapped, that’s a sign you’ve got good shit on your hands. Volume 7 picks right up in the ridiculously lewd situation where volume 6 left off and it’s full steam ahead from there.

I laughed so hard I almost choked.

I thought Prison School was funny during the “first half” when the boys were in prison but since the switch…it’s turned into something amazingly hilarious. Incredibly lewd and sweaty and likely to be horribly misunderstood if someone happens to catch a page over your shoulder, but amazingly hilarious all the same.

Totally fucking laugh out loud awesome. Every volume it just keeps getting better.

Today’s Tub Manga: Karneval (volume 7)

I can’t help it; every time I open the latest “Karneval” I think, “Holy shit, this is beautiful.”

Even if the story was complete crap, this manga would be saved by how delicious it is to my eyes. But thankfully, the story is not complete crap, but actually really enjoyable. Heh.

We are now way past where the anime ended and things are ramping up. However, volume 7 continues to do what hooked me with “Karneval” in the first place: maintain a perfectly seamless balance of action, humor, battles, intrigue, wit, and emotion. And oh, right, beauty. 😉

I do hope that someday we’ll see a continuation of the anime because I do love the voice cast (and so does the author-the Behind the Scenes notes from recordings in the last pages of previous volumes were a real treat). Until then, I’ll stick with the crew of Circus and enjoy the journey.

Today’s Tub Manga: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun (volume 7)

Longtime readers of this blog might remember how much I LOVED “Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun” when the anime aired. For new readers: it was one of my favorite shows of the season. So of course I picked up the manga when it was released in English.

What impressed me with this particular volume is that we’re seven books into the series of what’s (mostly) a four-panel comic and it just keeps getting funnier. Don’t get me wrong–I love it and don’t want it to end, but every time I preorder the next volume I think, “How long can this keep up? Won’t she run out of funny eventually?” Because while I’d hate for it to end, I’d hate even more for it to be forced to continue and become drab and awkward.

Judging by volume 7, however, that fear is totally misplaced. The humor keeps getting wilder and more ridiculous and each volume is more entertaining than the one before it.

One thing I can say is that I’m always giddy to get the latest volume. No matter how foul of a mood I’m in or how stressed out I may be when I crack open the cover, by the time I finish that last page I’m all smiles and just wishing for more. (Actually, I’m usually all smiles by page two.)

New Release Tuesday 3/28/17

I had been getting a little burned out on Servamp after the anime. I wasn’t paying close enough attention and as a result, what was going on just ended up being kind of confusing. Plus the same over-the-top, chaotic personalities that makes many of the characters endearing is also what makes them exhausting.

That said, even though I couldn’t remember what was even going on from volume 8, I really enjoyed volume 9. It had a lot of that dark twisty brokenness that I actually enjoy from Servamp and is all the more extreme against slapstick humor and ridiculousness just panels before. For whatever reason, I finally had a feeling of “catching up” in this volume, like things clicked and I understood what was going on. Finally. Maybe?

I’m glad I’ve kept with the series and look forward to volume 10…

I can’t even tell you how much I loved the shit out of Prison School volume 6. When I first picked up the manga after the anime ended, I thought it might be just a bit too lewd for my pure eyes (ha!).

I’ve gotten over it.

There was something about this particular volume that just gave me that “this is hitting its stride” feeling. It hit a perfect balance of lewdness, ridiculousness, humor, and weird complicated dramatic high school plots. I laughed out loud several times. There was something incredibly (and perhaps uncomfortably) “true” about this volume.

I feel like girls everywhere should read this series–and this volume in particular–and know that whenever you go on a date, that guy you’re with is thinking about dropping his pants and sticking his dick into a plastic bottle. No lie.

Embrace the life lessons of Prison School.