My local bookstore had the second volume of Warau Kanako-sama on the shelf a couple weeks back, and seeing it actually made me excited to read a new manga for the first time in quite a while. A lot of what I’ve written here in the past is strictly negative criticism, so I figured I would take the opportunity to offer some rare praise for something I actually like.
I’m (provisionally) back after a murderously long hiatus, and I figured I’d take some time to talk about something I actually enjoy rather than just trashing whatever’s hot at the moment (although K-On!!’s time is nigh, for sure). And what I like, after a long week, is to sit down in Barnes & Nobles with some horribly rich cafe food, a Diet Coke and the first generic Viz manga with ‘Shojo Beat’ written on the spine that catches my eye.
In the end I refrained from appending ‘…Sucks’ to the title of the post, but I’m not going to lie: Aoi Hana has left me seriously conflicted over whether it’s an exceptionally good yuri title or another set of shitty stereotypes of lesbianism. Continue reading