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review 2017-12-11 19:20
Nnnnnope
Broken Angels, Volume 3 - Setsuri Tsuzuki

This series is seriously not good.

 

The first story is about how this girl was raped and thus can't have a normal relationship and is made out to be a villain for it.

The second one is about how a girl wants someone else to play the part of the swamp god other than Temari. Insert comments about "girls dressing like boys" and some "predatory lesbian" and you have this second story.

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review 2017-12-11 19:16
The Clockmaker's Personal Servant
Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Clockmaker's Story - QuinRose,Mamenosuke Fujimaru,Angela Liu

I wanted to like this more because of Julius. However it seems that Alice is only a maid and a servant to him in the relationship.

There is also a part about how "men will be men" even in her dreamworld and will try to rape women or some shit.

It really killed any kind of feeling I had for any of the characters.

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review 2017-12-10 19:32
Delicious in Dungeon (manga, vol. 2) by Ryoko Kui, translated by Taylor Engel
Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 2 - Ryoko Kui

The adventurers continue on their quest to save Falin, Laios's sister, and eat all manner of dungeon monsters. Senshi shows them how he uses golems to grow vegetables, talks about the dungeon ecosystem, and more. He also

gets them captured by orcs so that he can bake bread using their stolen starter. Later, the group eats treasure insects and a mimic and learns that the food in living pictures is not a good source of nutrition. The volume ends with Senshi learning that the kelpie he thought was a friend was actually waiting to kill him. He fixes a meal with its meat and lets Marcille wash his beard with kelpie fat soap.

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Uhh. This is still bizarre. The dungeon ecosystem stuff was kind of nice, and the mimic looked delicious (like crab, maybe?), but the bit with the kelpie just made me sad. It reminded me of the pig the main character in Silver Spoon was raising - after reading spoilers for later episodes, I quit that series and have never been able to bring myself to continue on. (Yes, I eat meat, and yes, I know this is hypocritical of me.)

The living painting stuff was strange, and I'm still wondering who that crazy elf was. I doubt the series will ever get back to that, though, since that would interfere with cooking and eating things.

I laughed at the revelation that Chilchuck is actually

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, and at the other characters' reactions this.

All in all, this is strangely fascinating, and I'll probably continue on, but I think I'm going to avoid trying to plow through too many volumes at once, since I suspect binge-reading would ruin this series for me. This might be a good series to get via interlibrary loan requests, rather than in big chunks during my vacations.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2017-12-10 19:21
Delicious in Dungeon (manga, vol. 1) by Ryoko Kui, translated by Taylor Engel
Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 1 - Ryoko Kui

Laios and his adventuring party are trying to defeat a dragon when his sister is grabbed and eaten. Before the dragon gets her, she uses magic to teleport the whole party to safety. Laios wants to save her before she's digested and unrevivably dead, but he's all out of money for provisions, and selling his weapons in order to buy food wouldn't put him in any better of a situation. Which is why he decides to try something he's been curious about for ages: cooking and eating the dungeon monsters he kills. His companions are horrified, but they go along with it out of necessity. It helps that they gain a new member, an experienced dungeon monster cook/nutritionist named Senshi.

This series is bizarro. No one seems to be very worried about dying, or even in that much of a rush to save Laios's sister, in large part because resurrection spells are a thing. So a lot of time is devoted to killing and cooking things. This is basically a foodie manga, just with fantasy food. Each meal even includes a list of ingredients.

This particular volume discusses the importance of a balanced diet, the fact that even experienced dungeon cooks can learn new things (for example, Senshi learns that mandrakes taste better if you let them scream first), and the use of dungeon traps as kitchen utensils and appliances (for chopping meat, frying it, etc.). Also, Laios acquires

a sword with a living armor creature inside it.

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Portable food? I worry that this guy's obsession with eating dungeon monsters is going to get him and his party killed. Thank goodness Senshi is there, although that guy has his own issues.

Marcille, the elf character, was borderline annoying. She was the character who seemed to have the most difficulty adjusting to eating dungeon monsters and finding her place in this slightly altered adventuring party - the polar opposite of Laios, who'd have happily eaten anything Senshi gave him (and some things even Senshi never considered cooking).

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2017-12-10 18:06
Black Butler (manga, vol. 23) by Yana Toboso, translated by Tomo Kimura
Black Butler Vol. 23 - Yana Toboso

This is the beginning of a new arc. The four disgraced prefects from the Weston College arc invite Lizzie's older brother to a music hall. Lizzie gets her brother to take her, and she has her fortune told, resulting in her

being mysteriously ensnared by the music hall - no matter how much Lizzie's brother tries to get her to come home with him and stay, she keeps going back to the music hall. Ciel investigates, on the order of the queen and in an effort to figure out Lizzie's strange behavior. The fortune teller, Blavat, seems to immediately know what Sebastian is and has him escorted out of the music hall. Meanwhile, Ciel has his fortune told and is told he's favored by the divine protection of Sirius. He's told to come back on a special day to take part in secret activities: a pop music concert (starring the prefects, who remind me strongly of the Uta no Prince-sama anime) and drugged sleep, during which the participants maybe have their blood drawn. Sebastian learns that some participants are turning up dead.

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Meh. This arc isn't starting off on a very interesting note, although I did enjoy seeing the prefects and Sebastian act like chirpy pop stars. Also, it was nice to see Sullivan reappear in order to diagnose Ciel's puncture wound - it looks like she might turn into a series regular, the person Ciel can turn to whenever he needs a little scientific help.

Part of the reason why I was disappointed with this volume was that I was hoping this arc would bring the story back to the Undertaker and Ciel's father. It looks like that isn't going to be the case, unless this stuff with Blavat is somehow connected.

That said, I'll probably enjoy this more after being given time to get used to it. I'm looking forward to reading more of this series during my next vacation. Seeing the shock on Sebastian's face when Blavat instantly realized he wasn't human was a lot of fun - it'll be nice to see where this arc ends up going.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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