Lack of updates? There’s a reason!


bkub is pretty cool


hullo, strange reader who’s concerned about why my site says “updates every other week” and I’ve basically slowed down to once a month at best — why is that?

Is it because I’ve felt a lack of inspiration? No. Running out of material to discuss? HECK no. Series I decided to review are too long? Okay, kind of that but not totally. It’s not a serious reason so don’t worry if you’re the kind to worry.

Basically for the past while I’ve been trying to get a better job than the one I currently have, and I did pretty recently. It was a largely distracting process, but now I’m becoming a professional English teacher. I’ll be moving to Japan to teach English in June, at which point I can’t see why I wouldn’t get even busier. So, if suspicious absence has you worried, worry no longer, I’ve just got less time to do stuff.

Oh and there are great video games out right now. I mean, come on, NieR: Automata? I wasn’t going to AVOID playing that! Mostly just busy though. Actually when I start my new job teaching I may have a surprising amount of downtime and could potentially have more time to read manga. We’ll see!

That is all. K bye.

40 thoughts on “Lack of updates? There’s a reason!

  1. euklyd says:

    I hope everything goes well with your new job! I was one of those strange readers wondering, so this update is definitely useful.

    (Oh my god, yet another Person With Good Opinions™ talking about how amazing NieR: Automata is. I really do have to get it soon…)

  2. Thanks!

    And double thanks! Well, I’ve been looking forward to it for a long while! Like everyone else, I wasn’t expecting a sequel, let alone one with Platinum on the gameplay.

  3. Take your time. Sadly, real life try to crush us whenever possible and I understand that. I really like your posts, as they are really of high quality (IMO) and made me start some series which I now love.

  4. Colin says:

    Teach English in Japan? Check out a webcomic called “Let’s Speak English” if you ever have the time.
    Good luck!

  5. Forex says:

    Hello! You have a very entertaining site. I hope you’re doing okay now. So here it is. Have you read the new chapter of Ookami Shounen? Things are getting real interesting now. Like SUPER interesting.

    • Hello~ Thanks! I’m doing well indeed, and if I’m not dumb about it I should have 3 new reviews up this week.

      I’m up to date with the raws of Ookami Shounen. Things get crazier.

  6. Anon says:

    Hey terrenceswiff. Have you read Made in Abyss? It’s a dark manga, but if you can handle messed up stuff it’s really good.
    It’s only got 30-40 chapters too, so it doesn’t take long to read it.

    • Not yet, it’s in my backlog mainly because a lot of the pages I saw looked gross, and gore isn’t my cup of tea. However I got some anons to pitch it to me and apparently it’s not THAT gory, people just love to post gore from it.

      Also, from what I can tell that series is surprisingly lewd. I’ll have to see how I feel about that and whether I think it gels with the atmosphere and feeling of the manga.

      • Anon says:

        It’s not really that gory. It’s just that there are a couple of scenes that are incredibly brutal and people love to post them for shock value.

        As for the lewdness. It’s tame. There’s a couple of scenes of nudity here and there, and some jokes but it’s not reallly prominent.

  7. jl1031 says:

    Hey, I’ve been reading your reviews and they are pretty great! Especially for some less popular manga for which I desperately want to find others talking about. But I do notice a lack of war/military manga, maybe they are not your taste, but I really recommend checking this one out in particular: Groundless. It’s about this female sniper who joins the army out of vengeance after her husband is killed. The art isn’t always spectacular, but during the battle scenes, there are some detailed depictions that really get you hyped. Also, it portrays squad combat, politics, and war in general pretty realistically. Hope you check it out!

    • I actually know about Groundless and was going to read it, which, I think, is probably weird? I know about it from reading one of the author’s one shots, and it seemed really interesting (plus I liked the one shot, Debu to Bijin).

      I have no problem with war/military series. I like them a lot really, though I guess I don’t seek them out actively.

  8. SRZam says:

    I really like your long reviews, but I’m here mostly because I find the manga your recommended are very unique, interesting, and really resonates with me. I see your blog as a sophisticate manga curator. I don’t know how many people are like me, i.e. just following your blog for new recommendations. I wonder if it makes sense given your busy schedule to release a list of manga you are reading / have read (maybe in mangaupdates?). Anyway, keep up the great work. This is god’s work!

  9. Sorry if I haven’t been coming to this site after Batoto died, as that’s mainly where I saw the reviews of what you wrote.

    Wish you the best of luck dude.

    • Don’t mind it, and I am in no need of luck. Absence doesn’t always mean hardship.

      More reviews… this week actually. Starting later today, I guess? From my perspective, I’ll start posting them tomorrow morning.

  10. nightman1 says:

    Your reviews are very good. I’ve found several good manga through them. I now want to request you to read and review Yesterday o Utatte by Toumei Kei. I love it dearly, and I think you’re smart enough to see what it is and appreciate it too. Basically, it’s the equivalent of a long novel about reaching adulthood in Japan, but told through great drawing instead of words.

    I don’t think she created it to be “fun”, though if often is, but for grownups who’ve been through that process. Not very many manga readers appreciate that, I think, which is too bad.

    • I hate to say it, but I’ve gotta be honest with you: I REALLY am not digging where this manga is going and, examining where it supposedly goes beyond the first volume I am really not compelled to continue, especially with it being so long. It feels like a bit of a contrived story, and the main character is entirely not compelling. The shiftless, directionless protagonist can be great, but he seems too normal and honestly dull, which makes me question why anyone at all has interest in him, especially Haru.

      Honestly I found what I read very frustrating. Knowing where the manga goes makes me feel like I wasted time. Probably sounds harsh, probably lowers your opinion of me, but I shouldn’t sugarcoat. That said I think this can be much beloved if it resonates, and while I couldn’t feel any chemistry between the main and the girl he fell in love with (bad case of tell instead of show), I appreciate the idea of a male/female friendship.

      • nightman1 says:

        I like this kind of thing. I think “Sing Yesterday” is an unvarnished presentation of a common class of real young people, especially real JAPANESE people, who I gather are taught to be reticent about their feelings, not to make trouble for others, etc. There are lots of such people in the West too. They just don’t get to star in manga, because most manga readers want to read about the lives of “alpha” men and “strong” women. But these “Yesterday”-type people are reality too. And in particular the MC in this one represents a possible fate of young men who don’t get on a corporate career track to Salaryman status, and so, in a society that’s rather rigid in its demands, are prone to take some crummy PT job and become paralyzed.

        “Sekitou Elergy” is another similar work

        “Boys On the Run” is another.

        I admire the creators of all these works, and the scanlators of them, for having the courage to embrace the real within a graphic literature that is very standardly fantastical sensationalistic.

        • True, it is Japanese. As for Sekitou Elergy that was something I intended to give a look at some point.

          I couldn’t hate Boys on the Run more if I tried. Awful story.

  11. Coffee says:

    Since this is where people seem to be leaving general feedback, I want to give a big thanks to your blog! You’ve dug up a lot of interesting series and the reviews you write about them hype a lot of others up enough for me to want to read them.

    Gonna throw my own recommendation into the mix: have you read Kyokou Suiri?

    It’s a fantastic and pretty unique reverse-mystery story that the online manga community seemed to kind of forget about after it got licensed and scanlations stopped.
    Volume 1 is still up on readers, and the other chapters are floating around too.

    • Here or the directory. Either one’s fine, but the directory’s probably better since I did intend this particular article to only be here temporarily…. Eh.

      Thanks! I have read Kyokou Suiri. I don’t like it

      But hold a moment because I don’t necessarily think it’s bad. My issue with it was the protagonist and main heroine’s relationship, which irritated me a large amount. The MC supposedly doesn’t give a FUCK about the girl, the girl is smitten with him, and at least as far as I remember SOMEHOW this lunkhead of a protagonist has had sex with her? To be clear he seems to HATE her or is largely apathetic. If she wasn’t lying, it broke my suspension of disbelief, and if she was lying it’s still annoying and not a compelling main relationship and it bothered me too much since that relationship is core to the series. It seems like it’s probably really quite good, but that hangup was, for me, too much.

      • Coffee says:

        That’s fine, thanks for the reply!
        For a minor spoiler, the apathy is played up to keep readers doubting before a few moments at the end of the main arc where the male lead shows he’s serious about her, and their quips at each other are just part of their relationship.

        It does have a pretty delayed payoff which makes the initial hook difficult if the relationship is what you were looking out for – but I’d say the MC is the girl rather than the guy, and her doubts about their relationship are explored a lot by building up the dynamic and contrast between her and the ex girlfriend.

        (tldr ‘it’s an intentional maneuver and handled smartly over all, but it’s fair enough if you inherently don’t like the maneuver’)

        While their relationship is the strongest subtheme, the meat of the story and most impressive thing it did in my view was the ‘mystery’ arc that hit the climax in volume 6, so it’s a mixed blessing that you’d jump in during the volume full of spinoff breather chapters afterwards!

        • Yeah it’s not believable at all to me. If it’s explained that he’s serious and then afterward he’s still apathetic and doesn’t want to be with her and doesn’t want to sleep with her and it’s supposed to be “charming” that’s even worse. Their relationship, IMHO, sucks. I can’t call “showing an awful relationship and telling that it’s a good one” handled smartly. Without investment in the characters no story or mystery could really compel me. Pardon if I sound venomous about this but since this seemed to take up a lot of what I read it made me groan with irritation and annoyance. I seriously do feel that if it is indeed “justified’ that makes it worse since for the most part they demonstrate 0 chemistry.

  12. Corn says:

    Hi! I’ve been a lurker of your site for some time and I especially enjoy your reviews as I got to try some manga I haven’t read before (Hinamatsuri and Kerantaru Grande Scene, for instance).

    Just thought I’d leave a recommendation for Kasane since the English release just recently ended:

    I’m not sure if you’ve read it or not, but I find the story and mystery interesting, and the theatrical references in the story are also a plus.

    Anyways, thanks for all the great reviews, and looking forward to more!

    • I skimmed a few of the chapters years ago, I think. At the time I wasn’t particularly interested in it, but it’s got enough good reception that I’ve been considering it.

      Perhaps I will!

      By the way, even more than work right now my biggest time sink is actually writing right now. Technically working on 4 stories actively. A big reason I started this blog was to get into a swing of things, so I guess it makes sense that with my fiction chops back I’m mostly focusing on that again.

      I’d like to write more reviews. Maybe I’ll burn through my backlog on my next vacation and try writing more reviews. Thanks for reading, happy you found those series nice (especially Kenrantaru Grande Scene, it needs more love!).

  13. Hey there! Are you still in Japan? I’ve been reading your reviews for a while and I live in Tochigi. If you’re ever in the area please let me know! I’d be happy to buy you coffee or noodles as thanks for introducing me to YKK (and pretty much every other manga series I enjoy). Best of luck in your future! -Charles

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