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Cooking Master Boy, because since I'd take interest to Shokugeki no Souma recently and I remember that I watched this anime adaptation at around 2006 iirc. Note that I mentioned manga here because while the anime itself was good adaptation, it lack the conclusion for the current arc while the manga managed to finished that (The manga was still unfinished while it was adapted).

It should be obvious what manga that I read was about, but it was only on Chinese cuisine because the setting was in China at 1800s. As Souma teach us, here we also had the protagonist (Mao) learn of how to cook delicious food before he finally became the Special chef (Just think Elite 10 in Souma for analogy, only that in each province at China had one). Mao was got that rank quickly though, and most of the manga was spent on his journey as Special chef against Underground Cooking Society (Think Black Organization in Conan for analogy) who want to using food for evil (Also to take over China). Oh, and of course Mao got more friends and acquintances who will help him to get through the journey there. Other than evil cooking society, we also had something called Legendary Cookingware, which I admit it was kind over the top. I think that's all I could said, and like back at Shokugeki no Souma you could drolling seeing the food.

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Reading through Sweet Magic Syndrome, which may or may not be consuming large amounts of my free time right now. It's just... so cute. 

As an aside, I'm finding this way more enjoyable than watching an anime. I have difficulties staying in one place for any discernible amount of time without needing to move about, so anime are sometimes a bit of a pain; this however, I can blast through a chapter, have a wander/make tea/awkwardly shuffle about, and then return as I see fit. It's great \ :sacchan: /

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Currently reading Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Steel Ball Run, mainly because it's a different universe so I won't spoil anything to come for the inevitable anime adaptations of Part 5 and 6, it's a step to checking out the latest series and the idea of a wild west manga was interesting. Enjoying it so far, especially the funny music tribute names of Stands and people and am about half way through now. I think that may be the first time I've seen killer balloon animals :michiru:

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Doing something I should've done long ago (given its joint first position in my 'favourite anime' rankings) and reading Acchi Kocchi. The more angular art style took me off guard to begin with, but I'm definitely warming to it. It's still absolutely hilarious and fuzzymaking (real word), so I'm happy.

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started reading this korean webtoon called girls the wild. MAN IS IT FUNNY, I don't read comedies and most anime/manga have a few jokes in them here and there but never laugh at them really.

Story isnt bad butMAN the jokes and the character expressions are gold have never laughed at a manga this hard, story isn't bad and i like it im at chapter 50

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Just finished Secret of the Princess. It was really, really sweet yuri, even though the protagonists pussyfooted around each other's feelings FOR AGES. All about that final confession :holo:

Currently working through Prunus Girl. Not sure how it's gonna pan out over 6 volumes, but it's nice and mischievous at the moment so I'm enjoying it.

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I'm totally gonna read something that @Nosebleed didn't rec at some point. Totally.

 

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Finished Akuma to Dolce. 8/10

Not the best depiction of "on a whim a powerful Devil helps a human" I've read, that honour goes to Hana to Akuma, but still a reasonably sweet story, in more than one sense. Frankly, it falls into some annoying stereotypes right at the start, but it soon became good enough that I forgave it. I'd like to speak in more detail, but I've forgotten all the minor details by now...

 

I also -- god, what have I gotten myself into -- started Love Hina, after solemnly swearing that I would stay away from harems.

Why did I start? Two reasons: 1) I reasonably enjoyed the anime, but it did not duly conclude. 2) People, in general, seem to regard it as something of a classic, and claim that the manga is better than the anime.
Certainly I, after some judgement, concluded that the manga was sufficiently different, and that I had watched the anime sufficiently long ago, to merit that I read the manga.
I still really like the cast. Putting aside the 'ecchi' misunderstandings, which I tend to skip, its been an enjoyable experience. I really like Naru.

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Finally finished Love Hina. 9/10
In every way superior to the anime, it concluded very well and I now feel, once more, that harems can be done well. Mainly by ensuring beyond a shadow of a doubt that the main girl is the main girl. Keitaro and Naru always had a comparatively closer relationship that everyone else. As long as I can see that, and so long as I'm occasionally fed some romantic moments between the two, I'm satisfied.
Also included some hot kisses. Such <3

On the other hand, I've started Karakuri Odette, which might be a romance, I'm still not sure.
It's sort of like Chobits except not CLAMP and I'm enjoying it a good bit more than I remember enjoying Chobits.
It'll likely end up a 10/10, unless it messes up its ending, which, reportedly, it does. Still really good.

Edit: Yep, still good. Marvellous story.

I liked how it occasionally tackled certain themes as the main character slowly learnt how to be human, and I liked how gradual her growth, as a character, was. Not only was it fun, it was also touching on occasion.
I really liked the Professor/Doctor. I suppose he felt like... a parent? A parent worrying his arse off and doing his damnedest for his children. A parent going white in the face when he hears what shenanigans his children got themselves into. A parent getting mad at his children's latest "brilliant" idea. Not the kind of parent that teaches, but the kind of parent that wants the children to learn by themselves.
In this sort of story the depiction of an actual robot is always dubious at best, but that is not the point.

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Currently reading Tsukihime adaptation in Manga. Luckily in France we have all of the 10 volumes, I heard the english translation stopped after the 6, so I got worried. 

Until now, it's really great, a lot better than the anime (wich I actually liked, when most of people wish it doesn't exist (also I can't stop listening to this)), really well drawn and seems pretty faithful to the VN (welp, I haven't done Arc's route yet tho, I started by Ciel and then gone to Hisui and Kohaku).

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I just finished reading Oyasumi Punpun, and... wow. Just wow.

Can't say I have had anything had any other manga affect me in such a way. I read it all in one day, and man, was it ever a ride.

I'm not even sure how I am supposed to put my thoughts into words for this. It was surreal, yet so very rooted in reality. It was an unapologetic look at life and mental illnesses, that really drives a nail or ten through the heart with its relatively relatable (for me) stories.

 

The portrayal of Punpun's early life really had me feeling nostalgic, thinking about the days where I was discovering myself just like he was. It just rang so true as he struggled to understand all of these changes going on inside as he was making his way into his adolescence. He is kind of a blank slate in a lot of ways, but with just enough character that he stands on his own two feet and can really be separated from more generic self-insert type protagonists. This becomes apparent closer to the end of the manga when Aiko makes her way into his life once more, upturning his already turbulent mental stability.

I think that is what I liked about him the most. All through his life, you could always tell what kind of state his mind was in, based on how he was being drawn, as that is a direct representation of what he thinks of himself. 

When he finally graduated and went into the world, and his form shifted more and more, you can REALLY feel his mental stability changing. From having that blank "I'm okay" face plastered on to just being portrayed as a simple triangle/pyramid. It was jarring, but when it settled in, it really hits hard.

There is a lot more I would like to talk about, but I really can't get it into words right now. It was just so good, and honestly, with some time to stew on it, it is probably my number one manga of all time.

Just, if you are thinking about reading it, be prepared. It has an EXTREMELY depressing atmosphere. Like, an unhealthy level of depressing.

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Well, I'm dropping the Tomo-chan wa Onnanoko! manga the latest panel has made it clear that the author is determined not to provide any God Damned relationship development while the comic is still popular and is content to put everything in the dreaded stasis of the status quo to milk hell out of the series. FUCK OFF

I guarantee that there will be at least two more big "Will they or wont they get together" arcs in-between 100-200 pages each that repeat the same shit.

 

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2 hours ago, Soulless Watcher said:

Well, I'm dropping the Tomo-chan wa Onnanoko! manga the latest panel has made it clear that the author is determined not to provide any God Damned relationship development while the comic is still popular and is content to put everything in the dreaded stasis of the status quo to milk hell out of the series. FUCK OFF

I guarantee that there will be at least two more big "Will they or wont they get together" arcs in-between 100-200 pages each that repeat the same shit.

 

Well, amigo, if shit gets popular, there's a 95% chance of the author being pressured to/choosing to milk the fck outta that shit.

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37 minutes ago, The Last Melody said:

Well, amigo, if shit gets popular, there's a 95% chance of the author being pressured to/choosing to milk the fck outta that shit.

I know, I'm just lamenting the fact that the majority of love stories (in manga) conclude at the confession/acceptance stage. The literal start of a romance is the end of the romance in almost the entire medium! 

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27 minutes ago, Soulless Watcher said:

I know, I'm just lamenting the fact that the majority of love stories (in manga) conclude at the confession/acceptance stage. The literal start of a romance is the end of the romance in almost the entire medium! 

I know what'cha mean, pal.
The best parts are often beyond the confession, as so many comical characters know very well(the incessant teasing and making fun of).
 

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Assasination Classroom was quite interesting manga there. So we had students who was told to be killing the being who about to destroy the world in one year, and yet the being was their homeroom teacher. Sounds like the teacher will be abusive one or like Monokuma because it was cute, until we found that it was far from those two (The being was quite friendly and helpful to the students). Oh, and turned out the students were victims of discrimination. That's all for now.

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Reading Ryushika Ryushika, which is basically Yotsuba&! by way of Yoshitoshi Abe. The girl is slightly less innocent and there's less focus on the characters around her and her positive influence on them, and more focus on the gags that result from the girl's wild imagination. Also, it gets pretty psychedelic sometimes. It's 10 volumes in full colour, though I don't think all of it is translated.

Recommended, anyway, especially if you like Yotsuba.

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Lately, I'm in clinical depression a Inio Asano Phase. I finished Solanin (one of the best mangas I ever read :Chocola: ) and Subarashii Sekai (plus Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction vol.1 & 2 and Oyasumi Punpun vol.1) and I'm reading Hikari no Machi. My next target is Sekai no Owari to Yoake Mae or The Girl on the Shore...but only if don't go crazy with all this depressive (but wonderful) material :wahaha:

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Just spent an hour reading through Koneko Hiroimashita.

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It was a really pleasant read, although also really kinda short. It's only 6 chapters, and as I said it took me ~ an hour to read from start to finish. It was nice to read about a parent/child relationship (well, kinda), and it's also lovely to read something that is entirely pure hearted in its approach. Reminded me of Amaama to Inazuma in that respect, and I loved that dearly. I was perhaps a little underwhelmed by the ending, but at the same time I don't know where the mangaka could have realistically gone, beyond @Nintaidou's suggestion of a couple of 'follow up' chapters. I'd definitely read it again if I fancy something nice and warm for an hour, 8/10 :sachi:

 

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