MANGA MONDAY: The Ways of the Househusband #1

Thank you to NetGalley and VIZ Media for providing me with a review copy.


Oono Kousuke’s series The Ways of the Househusband is one that I’ve been hearing a lot about, and considering I don’t actually read much straight-up comedy manga, I figured I would give it a go once I saw the first volume on NetGalley.

Oh my gods, this series is hysterical.

It follows Tatsu, an ex-yakuza boss (and a fierce one at that), who has given up his life as a killer to be a househusband with his career-focused wife, Miku. Now, despite Tatsu’s hardest attempts, he is still terrifying to most of the people he interacts with, his disposition unintentionally threatening and intimidating as he is still really only accustomed to talking about everything as if he was still in the yakuza.

There is a story arc of sorts in this volume, but each chapter is essentially a stand-alone short about the mishaps Tatsu gets himself into (my favourite of which is him fighting with the Roomba and the cat). It was a fast read and I can’t stress how hilarious this manga is. Tatsu is gorgeous and Miku is adorable, and I look forward to seeing how Tatsu’s old underling gets more involved in things.

I will definitely be picking up this series because I want more Tatsu in my life.

MANGA MONDAY: Saint Young Men

For today’s #MangaMonday I chose a re-released old classic that is so full of joy, you can’t help but smile while reading it.

Saint Young Men by Nakamura Hikaru is the story of Jesus and Buddha as roommates in Tokyo while they take a vacation from their godly duties to explore Earth. Each chapter is a snippet of the adventures they go on together and the hilarious mishaps two gods find themselves getting into while trying to function as regular humans.

I remember loving this series in high school because I thought the concept alone was hilarious. I saw snippets of the anime and laughed when I heard about the trailer for a live action film just a year or two ago. For anyone concerned about the religious content, I am not a religious person in the least but I can respect those who are and I feel Nakamura was sure to be respectful when putting out this series. The jokes are hilarious but never distasteful, even when addressing the Crucifixion or Buddha’s death.

This manga is definitely a feel-good, slice-of-life comedy that makes the perfect read for this time of year when keeping upbeat can be difficult. If you’re looking for a bit of fun with wonderful artwork and a loveable character duo, I highly recommend picking up the newest edition of Saint Young Men.

REVIEW: Herding Cats

I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


I love cats and I love Sarah Anderson, so a book by Sarah Anderson titled Herding Cats? Yes please.

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Like, come on, who isn’t like this?

I read through this book in about 45 minutes, but that’s not really a surprise since it’s a book of Sarah’s stand alone comics of being an adult, dealing with stress and anxiety, and – most importantly – cats. The only way I can think to describe the comics is #relatable and all of them made me smile and/or laugh out loud (seriously, I got weird looks in Starbucks over my snort-laughing over “buff cat”). Who doesn’t love dumb comics about dumb art that’s hilarious? It’s like reading my internal monologue in comic format and I just had so much fun reading it.

 

What surprised me was that the last dozen pages or so were about being an artist and the importance of believing in yourself. Andersen talks about always practicing and working at what you love and how it’s alright to hate your old artwork. “It just means you’re getting better,” she writes, which is a great way to think about past work. It really made me think differently about the things I have written that I was so proud of in the moment but hate to pieces now.

I really needed this book today and am really happy I was able to get my hands on it. I also look forward to essentially re-creating several of these comics in real life when I adopt my new cat.



35924705Author: Sarah Andersen
Published: 
March 27th 2018
Pages: 
112
Publisher: 
Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN: 
9781449489786

 

PRE-REVIEW: Bookish Boyfriends

I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


Bookish Boyfriends by Tiffany Schmidt revolves around Merri and her obsession with her “book boyfriends”. Attended a co-ed school for the first time since the sixth grade, Merri is very excited to make her romantic dreams come true.

I’m giving a strong 4.5/5 on this one. As this book doesn’t come out until May, I’m going to hold off on a major review until later.

In the meantime, what I do want to say about this book is that it wasn’t at all what I was expecting. I went in after just skimming the description on NetGalley and after being approved, I wasn’t really expecting much out if it other than it was going to be a bit of fluff.

What I actually got was a book about young love and how expectations rarely live up to reality. I got a very diverse and feminist novel about the importance of boundaries, no meaning no, and never under estimate someone for being different.

I look forward to sharing my full review closer to the release date of this wonderfully written book. If you’re looking for a fun bit of realistic romantic comedy in the future, pick this book up.