https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wandering_Son

Heya everyone,

Back to a review, this time another manga I read. I discovered this one when I was linked it from reddit as a trans positivish manga but with trigger warnings. It’s an interesting one to dive into, so let’s get going.

Technically an anime cover again but it’s cute so sue me.

Wandering son mainly follows two main characters. Shuichi Nitori is a young boy who has always been effeminate and gradually begins to experiment being a girl. Secondly is Yoshino Takatsuki who is a young tomboyish girl who begins to experiment being a boy.

The first thing to say is that the pronouns for this manga are a bit tricky as each character changes their gender identity a few times through the series as they explore what their gender means to them, their friends, and their families. I will be spoiling the ending later but will warn you when we get there. Shuichi also goes by two nicknames; Shu in boy-mode, and Nitorin in girl-mode. Shu is an easy abbreviation of their name, but Nitorin is a kind of cutesy variation that would usually be associated with a young girl. Yoshinio tends to be called Takatsuki-kun which is an honorific mainly used for boys.

The story is quite a complex one as it follows Shu mainly while they try to come to terms with their gender. They start the story as male but feminine and as they go on they explore being more and more feminine, including crossdressing. Shu is in a fairly young level of school, I believe about 10 or 11 when it starts? Shu is in year 5 of elementary school which starts at 6 years old, so that’s my math. It ends roughly when they start college so around 19.

During this time a lot happens; Shu meets friends who encourage them, and bullies who don’t. Shua nd Yoshiko keep a journal that they pass between them for a year or so until a bully in their class discovers it and parades it around the school which Shu finds especially difficult as it has writing in their about times they’ve gone out dressed as a girl.

Some of the main themes, though, are the changing and realistic personalities and emotions. Characters who start off as firm friends get hit with an emotional realisation (maybe that they’re getting excluded or left behind) and so become hostile to the confusion and sadness of those. Some of them then reconcile later, some don’t. Some of the bullies later realise the childishness of their ways and become first begrudging then firm friends in later years. It all feels very human with a the reader having a good idea of everyone’s emotions but as in real life the characters themselves not always understanding each others’ motivations.

On the left Nitorin, on the right Takatsuki-kun

Some high points, beyond the good representation of people.

During the story Nitorin’s growth is really interesting. They start with a little bit of crossdressing at home by trying on their older sister’s clothing. This begins to escalate as they start going outside and then further when they go out with people they know (as with Takatsuki-kun in the image above). This will feel very familiar to a lot of trans people going through a transition as we begin to gain more confidence and find that just loitering around the house in gender-affirming-mode (doesn’t roll off the tongue as well) isn’t enough.

There’s also moments towards the end of the series where Nitorin and one of their friends who is a bit more open about wanting to be a girl both start going through puberty. As they are both biologically male there are times when their voices begin to crack, they start getting bigger, and there’s a genuine fear in both of them that they will become too big or “manly” to be able to keep passing. Oh boy is this a mood, but really well portrayed as they try to hide the inevitable or work around it, or just wish it wouldn’t happen.

Nitorin and Takatsuki-kun also meet a post-op transsexual later in their story called Yuki. She originally meets Takatsuki-kun believing them to be a boy and takes interest in them and Nitorin when she finds out they’re biologically female/male respectively. She keeps in touch with them, providing advice, and encouraging Nitorin occasionally. What I liked about Yuki’s portrayal is that Japan doesn’t always have the best track record for dealing with representation of crossdressing, drag, or trans issues (see Haruhi’s dad in Ouran High School Host Club for an example….) but Yuki is portrayed honestly and positively. She does run a gay bar, because it’s one of the few professionals trans women are allowed in media, but even that isn’t the typical skeezy dive.

There’s a fun side story throughout where Nitorin begins dating a girl called Anna who works at a modelling agency (we’ll get more onto that in a moment). Anna is tall, beautiful, educated, sophisticated, and finds Nitorin small and cute. Their relationship has to be kept a secret as the media would quickly pick up and harrass both Anna and Nitorin were it to be discovered. During their relationship Anna eventually does find out that Nitorin crossdresses and encourages it, wanting to go on dates with them in girl-mode. This continues throughput their education and their relationship is genuinely sweet and touching.

Lastly I would be remiss if I didn’t mention some of the cover and insert art, which is a gorgeous style of hazy lines and pastel colours, I’ll leave a picture below to convince you:

Shu in the middle in yellow surrounded by other classmates

The manga in general itself was a bit hit and miss for me, but it was a style I eventually got used to. I think what put me off most was some of the expression work just coming out a bit vacant, and the strong use of thick black lines and whole black panels that make parts feel dark and claustrophobic.

Shu walking home, laughing at “that”

The last point I’ll make before I move onto negatives is a kind of middling one, the series does get a bit into sexuality and sex, but it’s not a forerunning theme. Towards the middle of the series the characters are going through puberty and begin to experiment with masturbation, but it’s not done in a gratuitous way. There are some really poignant moments when they fish and are left with a strange mixture of emotions at what they’ve done and the body they have doing it with.

So now onto the negatives, and there’s a pretty big hole in the story I’ve not filled in; Nitorin’s older sister (by 1 year) Maho Nitori. Maho and Nitorin share a room at the start of the series on a bunk bed, but eventually the room gets separated with a curtain so they can have some privacy. Maho is the one Nitorin knicks a lot of their clothing from and also the one who is all to do with the modeling agency.

Maho dreams of joining the modelling agency that Anna is part of purely because of Maiko, the “top model” in this particular agency who Maho is basically fangirling over. She attends an audition with Nitorin and they get through preliminary before Anna tells Maho her desire to join just to meet Maiko is childish and silly, which strikes a bit of a nerve. After joining and Anna softening up though the three become fast friends, fulfilling Maho’s dream of being a model with Maiko.

What’s the issue then? Maho is such a bitch. There, I said it. Throughout the whole series she belittles and insults Nitorin, and repeatedly brings it back to the main arguments made against trans people; you’re gross, you’re a pervert, you’re not a real girl so stop pretending.

There is a reason for this, towards the start of the series Maho gets a crush on a boy in her year called Seya and invites him home. Unfortunately he arrives just as everyone else is out an Nitorin is full girl-mode and he himself develops a crush on Nitorin before realising they’re biologically male. This Maho sees as an affront to her own “genuine” femininity and from here on out attacks Nitorin because she’s terrifies they’ll be seen as cuter than her. This drives her to continue at the modelling agency and to keep putting Nitorin down to prevent them presenting female.

The fact it’s coming from a genuine emotional place doesn’t help or make it better. She is truly vile through most of the series and the backup from their parents is very “oh kids will be kids”.

Spoiler for the Ending

The series does end on a definitive note and resolves everything so I’d really recommend reading before you read this bit, but at the end Nitorin realises she is a girl and begins working towards that goal. Takatsuki-kun actually joins the modelling agency as a girl and at the end of the series decides that she is happy being this way and can put up with it, but still stays very androgynous. Best of all Anna and Nitorin stay together as Anna is okay with coming to terms with her partner being a girl, and her being a lesbian.

It’s really well done and doesn’t leave anything hanging, and the ending where Nitorin presents a book that she’s been writing in detailing her life so far really echo’s back to the diary and makes everything feel nicely symmetrical.


So what’s the verdict?

It’s a good series. A good representation of the troubles that a young trans questioning person will experience in life, and unfortunately that can get a bit too real at times. The characters are relatable and realistic, and the drama feels fitting for the age groups. Definitely give it a read, though do be prepared for your blood to boil at times.

That’s all fo this time! Next up, maybe something that isn’t a manga??

With love,

Sammy

Heya everyone,

Been a little bit again, I think about 2 weeks? It’s been a bit tricky with everything that’s going on so I’m going to do a big ol’ brain dump and move on.


I’ve been on an antidepressant, Citalopram, for about 5 years now. I started midway through university after my then-girlfriend-now-wife pointed out I was a mopey useless sack of shit (my words not hers). I had a trip to the GP who did a few test, had a good chat, slapped me on medication, and told me to fuck off.

It did really help but I was never reviewed to check up after that from that GP. Four years later I’d moved county and registered with a new GP who tried to refuse to prescribe without seeing me. This didn’t go down well as they’d originally told me there would be no problem so I got down to 1 week remaining and their next appointment was 3 weeks out. Clever. They agreed to prescribe.

After I realised I was trans and started looking at hormones I also encountered a lot of gatekeeping stories about people who had been refused (only by the NHS mind) hormones or other treatment either because of made-up interactions between the drugs or worse still the old “you’re not trans you’re just sad, have more antidepressants”.

This gave me a bit of a kick in the behind to try and stop Citalopram. Being a psychology graduate I know the issues with continued medication without review and having read the side-effects I knew it wasn’t a permanent solution, but it’s also a bit scary to stop. If you’re comfortable and emotionally stables there’s a lot to be said for not fixing what ain’t broke.

Coincidentally I got a call from my new surgery about 2 months ago now saying that again they wouldn’t prescribe until I’d had a review. Being sick of this shit I agreed only to a telephone review. I wasn’t too worried as I assumed they wanted me to stop taking it to save a few quid and I wanted to stop for my future treatments.

During the call the GP was delighted and told me it was easy enough, I should just stop taking it. Now I didn’t think that was a pretty good idea based on the fact neurological medication generally shouldn’t be stopped, but she was insistent that I was on a negligible dose anyway and so it would be fine. And who am I to argue with a trained medical professional?

Apparently someone with half a brain, which is precisely 1/2 more than her.

Three days later I got home from work after struggling through the day before collapsing on the sofa and spending the next hour blearily staring at the ceiling feeling like someone had taken a literal shit on my brain. It wasn’t very fun and I took another Citalopram and a couple of hours after that began to feel a little better.

After that I decided to ignore the GP and reduce the medication myself, dropping to half for 2 weeks, then half every other day for 2 weeks, successfully using up the last of my medication and doing it properly.


So that didn’t help! What else was going on? General fugue from the state of the UK. If you’re not aware or are triggered by the dreadful shit going on against trans people at the moment probably best to stop here.

Currently there are a bunch of debates raging nationally about:

  • Which bathrooms to use (again)
  • If trans people should be allowed to compete in sports (although we already are)
  • If we should be fucking sterilized before transitioning
  • If we should let kids know trans people exist of not “expose them” to us

The fact this is churning again and that the media are quite happy to exploit and run with this because it’s a nice sensationalist headline and generates a lot of cash isn’t helping.

There was a recent tweet storm against the head of a trans charity from some sort of pervert bigot. I assume she was a pervert because all she could talk about was this charity head’s daughter’s genitals! The content of her posts was vile, I’m not going to link them or name her because I don’t want my blog associated with that filth in any way, but it was truly vile and accusatory; multiple accusations about child abuse and causing bodily harm to her own daughter. She also repeated called her daughter a boy.

Now the head of the charity sent this to the police as it was both threatening, defamatory, and revolting. This piece of human garbage then went to the papers with “oh I’m being attacked by the police just because little innocent me misgendered her child, this is political correctness gone mad!!”. And the papers ate it up. Every single one ran the story, none included her actual tweets, and the charity gained a huge amount of hate mail. Lovely.


So with all this I’ve not been in a particularly good mood to post. I feel threatened that when I start transitioning socially I’m going to be faced with bigotry from around the country, our basic institutions like the press and health service will actively work against me, and that’s not great. What does cheer me up is knowing it’s not just me, there’s a lot of other people out there who face the same and who have come out the other side stronger, better people. Happier too.

Fingers crossed.

With love,

Sammy

Hiya everyone,

Bit of an odd review this one because I’m going to be talking about the movie Alita Battle Angel but having read the manga first. Let’s dive into it!

Alita herself, mid martial-art

Alita Battle Angel is a complex story. It’s also got a couple of really good twists and turns in it that I won’t be talking about but may be alluding to.

The story centres around, unsurprisingly, Alita. Alita is a cyborg; a being with a full human brain but an entirely robotic body. She is discovered in a scrap heap as nothing more than a head and torso by Dr Ido; a medic/roboticist who operates in the city of Scrapyard. Dr Ido often helps repair other denizens of the Scrapyard for free or for food only, when he discovers what remains of Alita he is taken aback and vows to repair her.

Ido quickly finds that Alita isn’t a simple cyborg but something much more complex. Missing all of her memories Alita learns what life is like in the Scrapyard, learns bits about the history of the world, makes friends, and falls in love. She also learns about pain and betrayal.

Dr Ido and his Big Fuck’n’ Hammer1TM

She quickly finds out that Ido moonlights as a bounty hunter, using a massive rocket-propelled hammer to destroy murderers and rapists in the town, protecting people as much as he repairs them. Alita learns she has an innate skill at fighting and demands to begin fighting to protect people as well.

The story develops as Alita meets Hugo, a scrap dealer and enthusiast of the “blood sport” Motorball (I put it in quotations because everyone who plays is mostly a robot so whilst there is a lot of brutality there isn’t so much blood). She begins to fall in love with him and he tries to prioritise his feelings for her against his own lifelong dream of escaping the Scrapyard for the paradisiacal floating city above them; Tiphares.


So things about the movie that are a bit weird: Alita’s eyes. It’s the elephant in the room; they’re huge. They’re also the only ones the film that are exaggerated in this way which makes her stand out even more. See?

As with the Mona Ogg the eyes follow you around the room and all the way home.

In manga and anime eyes are generally really big and prominent, this is partially down to artistic styles but also from the development of anime and manga, used as a way of increasing the expressiveness of characters. You could write (and people have written!) tomes on the subject, but it doesn’t usually make the transition from 2D to 3D very well. Especially not when nobody else in the film have that stylistic signature.

I’m going to say it though; I don’t think they’re a problem. Especially after watching a bit of the film they just become regular. I don’t know if this is because I watch a lot of anime but they didn’t bother me. It probably also helped that Alita was cute as anything and 100% transition goals.

Next up; the look of the film in general. This was done by Weta Digital. To those in the know that’s some fine post-production pedigree, they are good at what they do. And it shows. This film is gorgeous, the effects are all stunning and rarely look artificial or out of place.

The visual design really closely mimics the manga, I was able to spot all Alita’s outfits during the film that feature in the manga and whilst they’re not identical they really are obviously based heavily and recognisably on them. The same goes for the look of the characters, especially the augmantents and robotics.

On the note of the robotics they are beautiful, especially the body Ido first gives Alita. You can see some of this in the image below but it really doesn’t do justice to the level of detail etched into the bodywork.

The fight scenes are absolutely captivating, slow motion is used effectively in places to really highlight particular moments, but mostly the action happens at full speed. This is really impactful in some of the bar fights where Alita and the other cyborgs are moving at lightning fast speeds and these aren’t slowed down for viewers, it’s literally a blur of motion and someone is in a headlock.

Now the story. How does it compare to the source material? It’s pretty close actually. They’ve moved a few bits around and cut some stuff but nothing that’s too important. The main story beats are all there and they all feel cohortent in order. The downside is the film does end on a bit of a cliffhanger and obviously wants a sequel (which it will hopefully get with its current box office performance) which is disappointing for cinemagoers. The reason I’m particularly frustrated is that all the huge twists come next and I’m really interested to see how they’ll be done because they are BIG. So we’ll have to cross our fingers and hope!


All in all I’d highly recommend it. The film is brilliant if you didn’t read the manga and close enough it shouldn’t upset you if you did read it. Fingers crossed we get the remainder of it soon. Now I leave you with a bit of art from one of my favourite artists showing you what Alita looks like in the manga (close enough at least….).

Mmmmm.

With love,

Sammy

Hiya everyone,

I was quite excited when the Switch was announced. I had a Wii back in the day but never got on the Wii U bandwagon. I wasn’t hugely into the DS landscape because it seemed every year they bought out a new one that wasn’t backwards compatible from original, XL, super XL, 3D, 3D XL etc.. The Switch looked really good though, a home console that you can just pick up and play on the go? Nice!

When it came out I didn’t exactly rush to buy it, I had a PS4 I was playing religiously and whilst there were a dozen or so games out I wanted I didn’t want any of them enough to buy a new console.

A colleague at work was a massive Zelda nut though, so she did get one with Breath of the Wild, and after finishing it let me borrow the Switch and game so I could try it. I’ll work on a review of BotW later but having had a chance to play on a Switch I was really sold.

When Pokémon Let’s Go came out, though, that was it. I got one shortly after. I’ve always liked Pikachu well enough, but I love Eevee far more, and my favourite Pokémon of all time is Umbreon. I was so happy when the store clerk told me that had literally 1 edition of Let’s Go Eevee left in stock, so grabbed it!


Pokémon Let’s Go is a modern adaption of the original Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow games way back from Generation 1 (bearing in mind we’re just waiting for Gen 8 to come out soon). 151 (ish) Pokémon to capture, 8 gym leaders, Team Rocket, and an Elite Four waiting at the end.

This game builds more on Yellow as in Yellow you had a little follower Pikachu who would wander around behind you, in Let’s Go you get 2 follows!! Depending on which version you buy (Pikachu or Eevee) your first Pokémon is that one, you don’t get to pick from the traditional Ride/Water/Grass starter types. Your new buddy will then sit on your head/shoulder for your journey and won’t go into a Pokéball unless it’s for healing. You can then also get another Pokémon out and have them follow you too. This one you can interact with and they’ll find you berries and stuff in the grass, whereas your buddy Pokémon will just stay sat.

Amusingly for me because I got this as a bundle I got a Pokéball controller with the game, there was a gift inside the Pokéball of a free special Pokémon which turned out to be Mew, the 151st legendary. As I got this literally as soon as I started my journey I of course made Mew my follower and loved the idea of little kids challenging me to battles with their level 5 Caterpie completely uncaring of the mythical beast hovering over my shoulder.

Me, my buddy Sir Floof, and my follower Mew.

My buddy was promptly dubbed by both myself and my wife as the most adorable little bundle of fluff ever and knighted Sir Floof. She may be a girl, but she’s also a Sir. Most of the rest of the pictures in this post are just going to be of my wonderful little cuddle-ball.


The main changes between this game and the originals is the influence of Pokémon Go. You’d have to have been living under a rock for the past couple of years to have managed to miss Pokémon Go but if you have it’s a mobile game that uses GPS to let you catch the beasties in the world. It was quite popular.

A few mechanics have been carried over but it’s mostly around catching new Pokémon. In the original games you’d wander through long grass or caves or water, randomly you’d encounter a wild one of appropriate type (so grass types in grass etc.) and you’d have to battle it to weaken it, then when it was weak enough you could throw a Pokéball at them and you’d hopefully catch them. If you you could just keep throwing balls or risk damaging it a little bit more.

In Let’s Go you just pelt it with Pokéballs until it gives up.

So that’s not 100% accurate, each wild encounter has a coloured ring that shrinks until it vanishes then reappears and restarts. The goal is to flick the ball inside the circle and the smaller the circle the higher the chance you’ll catch it. Other stuff impacts your chances like what tier of ball you’re using and the strength of the Pokémon. If you’re interested you can read about the Go version of the Grand Unified Catch Theory but that’s the important bits.

Here you can see trying to catch a Golbat, the shrinking orange circle is what you want to hit the inside of.

For me this was a really positive change as I always hated trying to get things just low enough you didn’t knock them out, but not so high you weren’t going to catch them. This way you just have to have a reasonable aim and you can catch stuff. The downside is a really strong/rare Pokémon will absolutely wreck your reserves of balls. I was trying to catch a different legendary Articuno and went through all 100 Great tier balls and nearly 200 regular tier balls before I got it, mostly because I hadn’t planned to find it so didn’t bring any extra Ultra balls with me.


Aside from that there are a few quality of life changes that have carried over from other games in the series like the ability to trade your 6 strong team out with ones in your reserve from any location. There’s also a really nice change for me in the way TM’s (which are items you can use to teach special moves to your Pokémon) don’t get consumed when you use them, and also highlight which Pokémon can use them in a clear way.

Eevee can also be taught new moves by special people across the world. Moves in Pokémon are grouped by types (like fire and ice) and you can’t go teaching moves to a Pokémon that doesn’t share a type. Unless, that is, ones of these trainers teaches your Buddy these moves which can be of varied types. They’ve also all got really cute names, so my Eevee is currently rocking Baddy Bad (a dark type move), Bouncy Bubble (a water type move that heals you for some of the damage done), and Sparkly Swirl (a fairy type move, which is quite rare, and also cures status effects like burn and poison). This means your buddy Pokémon will always be able to have useful moves, which is great as you can’t remove them from your party.

The last major change I know of is that there’s now something called Catch Combo’s which weren’t in any of the previous games. To get a Catch Combo you just have to keep catching the same type of Pokémon over and over. If you accidentally get in an encounter with one you don’t want you can run away without losing your streak, but if you take too long and one runs away whilst you’re trying to catch it that does break the streak.

The benefit of having a streak is that the higher it gets the higher the chance of rarer, evolved, or more powerful version of Pokémon spawning around you. Depending on where you are you can use this to get specific ones you’re having trouble finding. The best part is you can combo on type in one place where they’re easy to get a bunch of the same one, and then go to where the rare one is to trigger the spawn. The downside is the combo’s need to be in in the 30’s range to be useful, which is a lot of time and effort!


For me the best part about the whole game is the play with buddy screen which lets you just pet them (sadly through the medium of a screen) and they make happy noises. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but oh my god is it worth it. The little happy squeaks and trills, the flopping about and wiggly ears, and sneezes and playful pats….. I love it so much!!!

The fact you can also dress up your Eevee and yourself in cute matching outfits?! Sold. Hands down.


So what’s my verdict? If you like Pokémon Go you’ll probably like this. If you like the show or movies there’s a good chance you’ll like this. If you liked the originals (or the modern versions) it might be a bit more hit/miss as it does replace some mechanics that people like, and that might not sit right with you.

But getting to play with my wonderful little girl Sir Floof more than makes up for it. Look at her little face and tell you didn’t fall in love.

With love,

Sammy

I thought I’d take a page out of my wife’s book for the next few posts. I’m going to write a few of these in bulk but might move around my scheduling depending on other stuff that happens.

I like anime and manga, I’ve read quite a lot of manga, and my YouTube “recommended” feed is currently full of “best of ” clips. One of these was cute moments from Sweetness and Lightning, or Amaama to Inazuma, by Gido Amagakure. I watched through it absentmindedly and it was adorable. A few months later it came up that I had the chance to read it, and I absolutely devoured it over a few weeks.

The video that sparked me reading the manga.

Sweetness and Lightning (I’ll start calling it S&L for brevity) follows the journey of a father and daughter; Kohei and Tsumugi Inuzuka. The series starts only a few months after Tsumugi’s mother has passed away with Kohei doing his best to work as a teacher full time at a local high school, and raising his energetic and strong-willed daughter who is in kindergarten. After Tsumugi says something about their food he realises that since his wife died they’ve been eating nothing but convenience store meals and he starts to remember how much his wife loved to cook for them, and the quality of the food she made them.

They decide to go out for food that night and end up at a restaurant he had a business card for only to find it’s closed that day, but that one of the students at his school is the daughter of the owner. Lida Kotori sees Tsumugi’s disappointment at not being able to eat something yummy and demands they stay and that she’ll cook for them.

After a little bit of panic as she leaves her mother several voicemails asking to help she struggles through and they have a simple bowl of rice. Tsumugi approves of this rice.

It’s a picture from the anime but almost identical in the manga.

After this Kohei vows to not let them eat store-bought food anymore, to make sure they eat delicious food every day, and to make sure he spends the time with Tsumugi to make that happen. They rope Lida into this (a fully willing participant) and the series follows their lives as they all learn to cook together.


There’s a lot to love about this series.

Firstly, and I cannot overstate this enough, it is so goddamned cute. Kohei is trying so hard to fill in as a single parent and is reluctant to rely on people to start, but quickly begins to rely more on his student and other friends. Tsumugi is fantastic, she’s a perfect balance of shy child unable to quite express herself, and precocious pest when she wants something. As you can see in the above picture she doesn’t have any words for how yummy something is so she just gets people to look at her face as she eats stuff.

The character who really resonates most with me, though, is Lida (or Kotori-san). She is the daughter of a famous TV chef who owns the restaurant they all end up cooking in and it’s her who grows the most. She is slightly disillusioned that her parents are divorced and she doesn’t have much time with either of them as her mother spends so much time away doing shows and interviews. She sees working with Kohei as a way of socialising a bit and getting to cook for people, which makes her happy.

She’s also afraid of knives after an accident as a child and so has been really limited in what she can cook herself, but with Kohei to help cut things for her she can expand her repertoire. After Tsumugi starts to cut things up (using a children’s knife) she also starts to push herself more to overcome her fears and eventually realise her dream.

The series is so sweet and the ending so perfect that it was with a tear in my eye I read the final pages.

The other really nice thing about this is that the cooking is covered in really good detail and nearly every chapter has them cooking something new with a recipe at the end. This was a really nice look into more Japanese cooking (which I’m fond of already) and I learned some really cool tricks and techniques for things I already cook, as well as a huge amount about stuff I don’t cook.

The recipes are really well laid out as they’re “copies” of the ones that Kotori’s mother makes for Tsumugi after she hears about her desire to cook more. They’ve got little pictures of the ingredients, helpful hints, and simple language. The translation I read was also really well done so they were perfect to just cut out/print off and use. I’ve not tried any yet, but it is only a matter of time.


Final impressions? It’s wonderful. It’s not exciting action or deep intrigue, it’s a lovely slice-of-life series that just potters along adorably and comes to a perfectly satisfying conclusion. I fully recommend it.

Until next time, with love,

Sammy