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text 2017-12-30 19:18
Reading progress update: I've read 95%.
The Travelling Cat Chronicles - Hiro Ari... The Travelling Cat Chronicles - Hiro Arikawa

This has been one of the loveliest books I've read all year. The relationship between Satoru and his cat, Nana, is so heartwarming, even though the novel itself has become unbearably sad.

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text 2017-12-27 17:53
Reading progress update: I've read 22%.
The Travelling Cat Chronicles - Hiro Ari... The Travelling Cat Chronicles - Hiro Arikawa


Some people really shouldn't become parents. There's no absolute guarantee when it comes to the love between a parent and their child


I'd heard great things about this book, read the sample and decided to give it a try. It's a Japanese novel about a cat called Nana, who narrates part of the novel. He was rescued by Satoru, who decides to take him on a road trip to visit some of his childhood friends. 


The novel's quite different from what I imagined, but in a good way. I thought it'd be a light read about the antics of a cat, but instead it's in equal parts endearing and heartbreaking as relationships from Satoru's past are unravelled.



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review 2016-04-16 09:28
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 15 - Kiir... Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 15 - Kiiro Yumi,Hiro Arikawa

And so the main story comes to a close. I can only hope that we will also get the side story manga.


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text 2016-01-06 06:42
Library Wars live version
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 1 - Kiiro Yumi,Hiro Arikawa,Kinami Watabe

This is happening in Hong Kong.


5 Hong Kong books stores owners/publishers were enforced disappeared, probably by the ML China government. 


The Hong Kong people are now demanding for their release, and the Hong Kong police to investigate on their kidnapping. 


The local Hong Kong government CE is appointed by the shitty ML China government, aka a completely useless jerk,


And now, we are comparing to a Japanese manga and films, "The Library Wars". 


The plot for Library Wars: 


"The background of the plot is based on the Statement on Intellectual Freedom in Libraries that went into effect in Japan in 1954 (amended in 1979), and the terms are a little different from the Freedom of the Library Law that appears in Toshokan Sensō.

The simplified declaration:


It is the most important responsibility of libraries to offer collected materials and library facilities to the people who have the Right to Know as one of their fundamental human rights. In order to fulfill their mission, libraries shall recognize the following matters as their proper duties, and shall put them into practice.


  1. Libraries have freedom in collecting their materials.
  2. Libraries secure the freedom of offering their materials.
  3. Libraries guarantee the privacy of users.
  4. Libraries oppose any type of censorship categorically." 


Freedom of printing books and selling books are comparable to booksellers as many Hong Kong people buy books than to borrow them from libraries. 


See the trailer: https://youtu.be/8Bqgn4icG5M


Back to reality.

The books sellers that "disappeared" by the ML China government, were selling banned books in Hong Kong.



From a pocket of people targeted to be eliminated, it is sad thing to experience and witness it in everyday life. 


Update on 7 Jan 2016 news: http://thinkprogress.org/world/2016/01/06/3736302/hong-kong/


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review 2015-05-16 08:53
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 13 - Hiro Arikawa,Yumi Kiiro

Finally the 13th volume is out! It was a bit confusing (which comes with the time it takes for the manga to be released (now almost a year)), but you can quickly ease back into the story and find out all there is.

The manga is still on the whole Toma vs MBC/MBA, we are slowly getting to a climax though, throughout this manga there are plans being made, things being discussed and in the end a very big plan is being hatched. At times it was a bit boring, I am not really one to care about things like politics and so at times I was just hoping stuff would speed up. I also (probably due to it taking ages to be released) kept mixing up the whole MBA and MBC stuff. After I read it I just went online to find out what the difference was again.

Of course, the book isn't only about politics, troubles and fights, it is also about Dojo and Kasahara getting further in their relationship. Though it does get a bit boring that they still aren't together, yet are flirting so much with each other that it is bordering on too much, especially considering they aren't in a relationship and are still boss and subordinate. I am just hoping they will get together and will finally be a bit romantic.

Kasahara's idea was brilliant, though she didn't knew it would give such a reaction. At times she does have some smart remarks/ideas.

Oh, Oh, I have to give cheers because of the Komaki x Marie part. That part was just so fricking adorable! I was just squealing in delight. Marie is a very lucky girl, and I am sure she and Komaki will be very happy together. :)

The bonus manga were fun, it was a nice added bonus.

I am a bit worried about how the mangaka will finish the story, according to an article on AnimeNewsNetwork, the mangaka is fnished with the manga now, which means we will probably either get one or 2 more volumes. I am worried that they author won't be able to finish it, or will rush it. Both situations would be terribly sad.
Oh well, I guess we will see in a year or maybe longer, depending on how fast the chapters are bundled and how fast Viz will translate them and bring them out.

The art is still fun and I really love looking at the characters, the mangaka does such a good job on them!

All in all, I would still recommend this volume, it was quite interesting (though also boring at times).

Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/

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