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review 2019-12-21 00:00
Amnesia Labyrinth, Vol. 1
Amnesia Labyrinth, Vol. 1 - Natsumi Kohane,Nagaru Tanigawa 3.5 Stars!

Although incomplete, I find this to be quite deep and complex. The story keeps you in suspense and makes you question everything. Great read.
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review 2019-06-28 06:01
Quick Thoughts: The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya
The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya - Chris Pai,Nagaru Tanigawa,Noizi Ito

The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya

by Nagaru Tanigawa
Book 8 of Haruhi Suzumiya



Two stories continue the adventure in Volume 8 of the Haruhi Suzumiya series.

Editor-in-Chief, Straight Ahead!
Since the beginning of the year, the SOS Brigade has been masking as the Literature Club to be recognized as an official high school organization.  But when the new student council president threatens to disband the group, the members must write a collection of literature.  Naturally, Haruhi assume the role of editor-in-chief and leads the team to publication with hilarious results.

Wandering Shadow
From writers to detectives, the SOS Brigade does it all.  When fellow classmate Sanaka comes to the club seeking help, the team (well, Haruhi) is up to the task.  A well-trodden popular park path has suddenly begun to terrify the neighborhood dogs, and Haruhi suspects that its being haunted by animal spirits.  It looks like the SOS Brigade is about to perform its first first canine exorcism!

Normally, I would review each short story on it's own, give it a rating, and then calculate an average when I read anthologies.  But this time I just didn't feel like it.

The Indignation is just a continuation of the Haruhi Suzumiya adventures with her SOS Brigade, told through the snarky tone of our main narrator Kyon.  It's no different than previous books in the series, with both a strangeness to it that really makes you think, and a larger than life feel that makes you shudder a bit.

The first short story had my expectations up, as I looked forward to seeing what kind of stories each member of the SOS Brigade would come up with, but my expectations were a little deflated.  Specifically, I was looking forward to getting to the end of Kyon's "love story" because the characters hinted that there was a bit of mystery embedded... something that I didn't catch while I was reading it.  And unfortunately, I kind of feel like Kyon's story conclusion was a bit disappointing, almost anticlimactic--basically, I didn't quite understand why everyone was so in awe of it.

Nagato's very short stories were all kind of creepy in a Nagato-esque way, and also pretty thought-provoking.  Asahina's short fairy tale was just cute, illustrations and all.  And here's a spoiler:  You don't get to read any of the other stories the brigade puts together, which is a bit disappointing.  I would have at least liked to have read something of the story submitted by Tsuruya which was supposedly so hilarious that it was making everyone laugh like crazy.

So while I DID like the first short, Editor-in-Chief, Straight Ahead!, I was a bit deflated when some of the building up of my expectations wasn't met.  That's probably my fault.

The second short story, Wandering Shadow sounds like it has a very promising premise... but also fell kind of short.  In fact, I found it kind of boring.

Nonetheless, there was a lot of Kyon contemplating certain scenarios in life, which points to a nice improved development of his character from the lazy high school boy he'd been from the first book.  There are bits of continuation of some background, ongoing story with references back to previous books, and the overall mission to study Haruhi Suzumiya by our time traveler, esper, and alien, and the continued need to keep her content.

Overall, a nice book to waste away some time if you're a fan of this series already.



Booklikes-opoly 2019

Roll #7:
Square: European Vacation 33 | Read a book set i nthe UK, or that was written by an author whose first or last name begins with any letters in the word L-O-N-D-O-N.

How it fits:  Author's name starts with an 'N.'
Page Count:  212
Cash:  $3




Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/06/quick-thoughts-indignation-of-haruhi.html
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review 2016-08-06 21:16
Amnesia Labyrinth (manga, vol. 1) story by Nagaru Tanigawa, art by Natsumi Kohane, translation by Nan Rymer
Amnesia Labyrinth, Vol. 1 - Natsumi Kohane,Nagaru Tanigawa

I'll start by saying that the description on the back of the volume contains several incorrect statements. There is no evidence that Souji's sisters' clingy behavior is anything new. Also, I don't know if Souji and Yukako start dating in the next volume, but Yukako is not Souji's new girlfriend in this one. Now, on to my description.

Souji is a high school student who left his family home some time ago. He had hoped never to return, but sometimes we don't get what we want. At any rate, his three sisters are thrilled he's back. Harumi, his stepsister, is sweet and quiet and clearly has a crush on him. The real problems, though, are Youko and Saki. Youko is Souji's full sister. She possibly has a split personality, and she's certainly a vaguely malevolent presence in the household, glaring daggers at Souji even as she cuddles up to him in a more than sisterly sort of way. Saki is the daughter of Souji's father and Souji's father's mistress. She works as one of the family's maids and, when the other sisters aren't around, sleeps with Souji. And possibly also Kazushi, Souji's older brother. Kazushi, meanwhile, may be lurking somewhere nearby.

At school, Souji instantly comes to the attention of Yukako, the self-proclaimed sole member of the student council's “Intelligence Committee.” It's Yukako who tells Souji of the three murders that occurred at the end of the summer, shortly before he arrived. The school's smartest student was stabbed. After that came the track team's star runner, also stabbed. Then the student council president was pushed in front of a train. Yukako wants to know why the killer chose those particular victims, especially since she had a crush on the student council president. She basically forces Souji to join her, but Souji secretly thinks he knows who was responsible: Youko, his sister.

I think I picked this volume up in the clearance section during a used book shopping trip. I wasn't aware, at the time, that this was only a 2-volume series. It wouldn't be hard for me to either buy the second volume or get it via interlibrary loan, but...I don't know that I want to. Even that small amount of effort feels like too much.

This series' vibe reminds me of When They Cry, only with added incest and less playing around with tropes. Souji is a boring blank slate. He's supposedly good at everything – a star athlete, top student, handsome enough that all the girls fall for him (including all of his sisters) – but if Yukako hadn't repeatedly said how awesome he was, I'd have guessed he was a stereotypical loner geek with no friends and creepily affectionate sisters.

The creepy sisters thing was apparent right from the start, although the only one who seemed to genuinely creep Souji out was Youko. He took Harumi's devotion in a stride and saw it as destiny that he and Saki regularly slept together. I had a feeling he would have easily accepted Youko's habit of draping herself on him all the time if she hadn't also radiated hostility. The first time readers saw her, she was standing at the other end of a dark room, glaring at Souji. Also, when she unexpectedly visited Souji's school, Souji could sense her presence well before he saw her, in the form of a chill running down his spine.

This first volume was jam-packed with mysterious elements: Souji's gross relationship with his sisters, the murders, the hints that Souji's older brother was lurking somewhere in the background but refusing to reveal himself, Souji's reason for leaving in the first place, the possible references to “other selves” (either other personalities or doppelgangers), and the hints that Souji and/or Youko and Saki had previously killed someone.

I'm just not sure I have it in me to care. Souji was a boring guy who only got involved in the murder investigation because Yukako dragged him into it, and his relationship with his sisters was extremely off-putting. The storytelling was sloppy and unfocused, especially for something that was going to wrap up in only one more volume. And I shouldn't have to find out the answers to certain questions, like “why does Saki work as a maid in the family's household?”, by reading the character profiles.


  • Character profiles for Youko, Saki, Harumi, Souji, and Yukako.
  • A brief message from the author that makes this entire project sound like a mess from the very start. Apparently Amnesia Labyrinth started off as a story idea that Tanigawa couldn't figure out how to turn into a full novel. Or even a 2-volume manga series: “Although an overall plot does exist for this story, when everything was said and done, I sort of ran out of things to write, and therefore I admit there are a number of lazy, phantom passages scattered throughout.” Who includes a note like that in something they're hoping strangers will buy? On the plus side, it makes me more confident about my decision not to continue on with the series.
  • A one-page note from the character designer, of all people. Why the character designer and not the illustrator? And why did the series have both a character designer and an illustrator?
  • Translation notes for a few terms, the most important one being “yogare,” which is probably the key to understanding what's going on with Souji's sister, and maybe Souji himself. Perhaps Souji's older brother, who looks an awful lot like an evil version of Souji, is really his doppelganger?
  • A 12-page preview of Gunslinger Girl.


(Original review, including read-alikes and watch-alikes, posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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text 2016-08-06 19:41
Maybe including an author's note was a bad idea?
Amnesia Labyrinth, Vol. 1 - Natsumi Kohane,Nagaru Tanigawa

A gem from the author's note at the end of this volume:

"Although an overall plot does exist for this story, when everything was said and done, I sort of ran out of things to write, and therefore I admit there are a number of lazy, phantom passages scattered throughout."

And later:

"And to my readers, I do apologize for all the various delays this work has suffered. But if you continue to follow this series to the very end, it would make me the most insanely happy person ever."


"I know this series is crap and could have been written better, but I'd be happy if you bought and read it all anyway."

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text 2016-08-06 17:13
Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 192 pages.
Amnesia Labyrinth, Vol. 1 - Natsumi Kohane,Nagaru Tanigawa

(The pages aren't numbered, so I'm guessing.)


[Souji, after waking up naked next to Saki.] "This is how it is between Saki and me. It's been this way for awhile. Saki is the daughter of my father and his mistress. It almost seems destined that we would end up like this, just like our parents. And not just me, but probably Kazushi-niisan as well."


Eww. No. For one thing, presumably Souji's father and his mistress weren't related by blood. For another, no, it wasn't destined.


Don't have sex with your half-sister. And your brother shouldn't be having sex with her either.


ETA: Also, I'm pretty sure the translator meant "a while" and not "awhile."

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