Manga Mentions 3.07 Part 1
No matter how busy I get, it's always essential to escape into some manga, so here are the last five volumes I've enjoyed. xxxHolic Vol 8 has a really bizarre twist where Doumeki shares his eye with Watanuki (who lost his in the last volume), plus another appearance by the cute Zashiki-Warashi (I'm completely aware that none of this makes sense to anyone but manga readers!). Kaze Hikaru Vol 4 was wonderful, and it's quickly becoming one of my favorites, since I'm fascinated by the history and culture (intensely researched, actually!) that's wrapped inside this love story (and Sei's mistaken jealousy over Okita's sword was really sweet!). Monster Vol 6 was unique because the main character Dr. Tenma is almost completely absent, but taking the time to develop the character of his ex-fiance is one of the reasons this series is so mature. Death Note Vol 9 was a little disappointing, only because the rules of the note keep getting more obscure (who cares what happens if there are seven death notes in the human world?), and because Near and Mello together are taking the cerebral thing a little too far. Kikaida 02 Vol 5 was filled with some excellent artwork, and this time includes a second story (apart from the main series) that felt much more like an episode of the awesome TV show. I would have loved to see Jiro stop a moving train in live action!