Monday, 27 July 2015

Shalee lhaih 2015: shiaghtin 30

Go here for English version. Note, this is rewritten from scratch, not a direct translation.

20oo - 26oo Jerrey Souree

Jerrey jeihoo shiaghtin as feed ny Shalee Lhaih. Va shiaghtin treih agglagh ayn, as cha dod mee lhaih ny lioaryn va foym. Chionnee mee carnaneen dy vanga gennal as lhaih shen. Shoh ny lhiah mee yn çhiaghtin shoh chaie:

Sumomomo, Momomo y.l. 1-5 (Shinobu Ohtaka)

Reayrtys noa er y shenn skeeal "ellynyn caggee, poosey reaghit rolaue". Cha nel anaase erbee ec yn ard-charracteyr firrinagh er y lheih; share lesh studeyrys son çheet dy ve ny leigheyder. Ta eiyrtyssyn aitt kyndagh rish shen, as by vie lhiam eddyr-obbraghey ny karracteyryn. Ny s'anmey ta'n eie shen scughey; er lhiam dy ren ad coayl shickyrys 'syn eie shen "fer lane chadjin as possan dy ellyneyr caggee boirey er", as arraghey y skeeal. Hoshiaght ta ard-ven y vrastyl echey ny caillin chadjin jesh, as t'ee soie dy mie ny hoi ny caillinyn keoie caggee elley, agh t'ad jannoo caggeyder jee dy leah. As ny smessey, rere aght boiragh manga, cha dod ad scuirr jeh cur bikini streng urree "son ta niart yn ellyn caggee eck er bun nearey" as lheid y boghtynid. Scuirr jeh! T'eh cur dwoaie er lheh orrym son s'mie lhiam cooid elley y skeeal.

Ta'n ellyn mie son y chooid smoo, agh ta cummey corrym er yn ard-charracteyr bwoirrin. T'ee 17 rere y skeeal, agh ta'n cummey echey sheer-arragey eddyr mysh 15 as mysh 6 d'eash - shen ouryssagh er lheh tra t'ee jannoo eab dy chleayney y gilley dy yannoo jibbag maree. As cha nel cummey 17 d'eash rieau urree. Ren shen milley reddyn dou beggan.

Er lhiam dy beagh eh ny straih lane vie dy jinnagh eh lhiantyn rish yn eie bunneydagh, "fer cadjin ayns seihll ellyneyryn caggee", as lhiggey da Koushi jiooldey ny gammanyn oc. Ta e seihll hene echey as eieyn elley er ny ta scanshoil: studeyrys, sheshaght, leigh. By vie lhiam hoshiaght tra v'eh gobbal lhiggey dou meenaghey ny ta scanshoil ayns bea, as jiooley y seihll shen ta soit er raghid as schlei gyn dean.

Bamboo Blade y.l. 1-4 (Masahiro Totsuka, Aguri Igarashi)

Skeeal taitnyssagh jeh club schoill kendo (ellyn y chliwe). Ta ynseyder faghidagh oc, agh cha nel eh olk, as ta blass feer deiney ayn ghooisht beggan co-ennaghtyn. Breeoil as taitnyssagh, as ta ellyn mie ayn - ayns ny caggaghyn myrgeddin. Cha nel eh taishbyney fo-eaddagh noadyr.

Barakamon v. 1-4 (Satsuki Yoshino)

Skeeal dy vea cadjin bio, bentyn rish penneyr Shapaanagh t'er narraghey dys ellan çheerey son dy sharaghey yn ellan echey, chammah's e smaght er hene. Ta'n skeeal bentyn rish sheshaght, eddyr-obbraghey deiney as bea balley beg çheerey. Ta ellyn lane vie ayn, as s'mie lhiam ny karracteyryn myrgeddin.

Fockle s'jerree

Lhaih mee ymmodee lioaryn, agh cha row ad ass y charnane. Va 81 aym yn çhiaghtin shoh chaie, myr shen ta 81 faagit dou nish. Shegin dou lhaih 31 lioar ayns 22 hiaghtin.

English version

20th - 26th July

The end of week twenty-nine of the Reading Project. It's been a very sad week and I needed something low-effort, so I bought some digital manga and ignored this whole thing:

Sumomomo, Momomo v. 1-5 (Shinobu Ohtaka)

A somewhat fun twist on the old martial arts, arranged marriage thing: the male protagonist has spurned the family martial arts tradition and wants to be a lawyer. This makes for some interesting scenes. Mostly the art was solid, but there's some weird inconsistency in portraying the heroine. They're apparently teenagers (supposedly 17), but Momoko varies from looking 15 to looking about 6 in some scenes, which is *particularly* creepy when she's trying to get into Koushi's pants. Seventeen, never. That stylistic weirdness threw things off for me.

I'm quite disappointed for a couple of reasons, though. Essentially, the series soon loses confidence in its "perfectly normal kid surrounded by martial artists" shtick and starts shifting away from it. The class president originally seems like a normal girl who will be a nice foil to the violent girls who surround Koushi, and is just genuinely pleasant. Naturally, then, they turn her into a martial artist at the first opportunity. My second disappointment is related: like so, so many others, they feel the need to insert gratuitous fanservice by having her wear a string bikini costume because her martial arts are powered by embarrassment or some such crap. I mean seriously, just grow the hell up. I particularly hate this because I quite enjoy the actual characters and their interplay, and the plot behind it all.

I feel like this would be a great series if it stayed true to its premise and had Koushi adamantly refuse to play their little games. He has his own sphere, with things he considers important, like studying and the law and school. I liked his initial refusal to let them define for him what is imporant; his rejection of their sphere of violence and raw-but-pointless skill.

Bamboo Blade v. 1-4 (Masahiro Totsuka, Aguri Igarashi)

Very enjoyable story of a school kendo club. Although the teacher is kind of contemptible, it's not enough to be unlikeable (and lack of money is a real problem). So far, a fun and lively read, and the art holds up for action scenes too. No pointless displays of underwear, either.

Barakamon v. 1-4 (Satsuki Yoshino)

A very enjoyable, quietly lively story of a calligrapher who moves to the countryside (well, an island) to hone his art and self-control. It's mostly about social interactions and village dynamics. Very solid art and good, relatable characters.


I read several books this week, none of them from the pile. I had 81 last week, so 81 are left over. I have 31 books to read in 22 weeks.

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