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Why I Forever Search for the “Wow” Moments in Manga

Okay first off it has been forever since I’ve posted on Curiosities. All of my work goes on Anime UK News now, so I guess I lost the need to write posts here because anything relevant usually fits there. This time I have something a little bit more personal to write though and something I want the ability to look back on for myself.

Without realising it myself, I’ve always been a bookworm. I love games and anime a great deal, but if I step back and look at my hobbies it’s safe to say that the majority of my time is spent reading. I read a lot of on-going manga series, 102 at the current count, and I sometimes get into a rut and wonder to myself why I do this. Why I follow so many; what I’m looking for; what I’m searching for. The answer came to me today unexpectedly.

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Reading Log: October 2020

Only two months of the year left, boy that flew by. This month I feel like I accomplished a lot by finally getting through the rest of my Bakuman re-read! Here’s what else I’ve been reading this month:

Bold = completed series
Italic = dropped


  1. I Want You No Matter What
  2. Tsubasa volume 5
  3. Star Crossed volume 3
  4. Dear Sa-chan (Manga +)
  5. Renchi na Himoto volume 1 (JP Read)
  6. For the Next Act… volume 1
  7. Tokyo Tararebe Girls Returns volume 1
  8. An Archdemon’s Dilemme: How to Love Your Elf Bride volume 4
  9. I’ll Teach You Until You Cry
  10. The Uninvited Cat and His Fickle Master volume 1
  11. I Am Your Secret Letter 
  12. Bakuman volumes 10-20
  13. Is It Okay to Rub You?
  14. Mythical Beast Investigator volume 1
  15. Witch Craft Works volumes 5-6
  16. Yozakura Quartet volume 6
  17. Mythical Beast Investigator volume 2
  18. Yozakura Quartet volumes 7-10
  19. A Side Character’s Love Story volume 6
  20. The Delinquent Housewife! volume 1
  21. The Master of Ragnarok volume 5
  22. The Faraway Paladin volume 4
  23. Bird and Horse
  24. Ao Haru Ride volume 13
  25. The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest volume 2 – review
  26. How To Make a Cutie Like You Honest
  27. An Unmapped Country Somewhere in this World volume 1
  28. Marginal Operation volume 7
  29. Wotakoi volume 4
  30. Long Distance Romance volume 1
  31. Moriarty the Patriot volume 1
  32. Pandora Hearts volume 1
  33. The Delinquent Housewife volume 2
  34. White Camelia
  35. An Incurable Case of Love volume 5
  36. The Ancient Magus Bride volume 13
  37. Fullmetal Alchemist Full Metal Edition volume 10
  38. Heroine for Hire volume 2
  39. Nosatsu Junkie volume 2 (JP read)
  40. Now That’s a Teacher! volume 1
  41. The Unwanted Undead Adventurer volume 5
  42. Hitman volume 1 (JP read)
  43. King of a Miniature Garden volume 1
  44. Koi ni Mudaguchi volume 3 (JP read)
  45. Tsubasa volume 6
  46. Snow White with the Red Hair volume 10
  47. Yoshi no Zuikara volume 1
  48. Kikenai Yoru wa Nai volume 1 (JP read)
  49. Rent-A-Girlfriend volume 3
  50. Himouto! Umaru-chan volume 11
  51. The Way of the Househusband volume 4
  52. Combatants Will Be Dispatched! volume 3

Light Novels:

  1. Combatants Will Be Dispatched! volume 4 – review
  2. Can Someone Please Explain What’s Going On? volume 4
  3. Fushi no Kami volume 1
  4. Pretty Boy Detective Club volume 1 – review
  5. I’ll Never Set Foot In That House Again volume 1
  6. Slayers volume 3
  7. Classroom of the Elite volume 3
  8. Black Summoner volume 2
  9. Outbreak Company volume 15
  10. In Another World With My Smartphone volume 21
  11. Mapping: The Trash-Tier Skill That Got Me Into a Top Tier Party volume 2
  12. Banished from the Hero’s Party volume 1 – review
  13. Holmes of Kyoto volume 2
  14. Spirit Chronicles volume 12
  15. The Bloodline volume 1
  16. Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World! Bonus Story volume 1
  17. Torture Princess volume 5
  18. The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan volume 7
  19. Kokoro Connect volume 11
  20. The Combat Baker and the Automation Waitress volume 9
  21. My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong As I Expected volume 2
  22. Cooking with Wild Game volume 10
  23. My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom volume 8
  24. By the Grace of the Gods volume 5
  25. Sarazanmai volume 1

So somehow I read 65 manga and 25 light novels compared to 38/18 last month, but I guess reading so much Bakuman will do that to a person! Meanwhile the pile of shame continues to look particularly unhealthy as I add to it faster than I read anything out of it (you’d think writing these posts every month would actually do something for me eventually)…