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2017/07/26
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"Eromanga Sensei" volume 9 by Fushimi Tsukasa. If you had just finished the anime series but didn't keep up with the original novels, you can stop reading now. The spoiler is on the front cover.

This entire volume is the reaction to the last line in volume 8 (https://goo.gl/pzibrm), where Masamune proposed to Sagiri. Few months after that, volume 9 came with the subtitle "newlyweds life with Sagiri". Masamune and Sagiri did not actually get married in this volume for various reasons, nonetheless the text is exactly the kind of sweet stuff you might expect from a newly married couple, like "let's think about our children's names" kind of stuff. It was like that from beginning to end.

You might have thought that the sweetness early on was building up to a major conflict, which was the strategy taken by the other series about little sisters (https://goo.gl/M5W158). There were no such conflicts in the first two chapters, but there is a bit of twist in the final chapter where readers get a bit of history about Sagiri and Masamune's parents. Ultimately turned out to be very sweet as well, if the first two chapters were milk chocolate, the last chapter would be dark chocolate. The masterful character developments that resulted in this chapter is brilliant, and all the meta jokes about these being light novel characters made it even better.

I found this volume immensely enjoyable, and really sweet. Feels like the ending is near, but maybe not in the next volume. I am looking forward to a happy ending.

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I met a new cat this week! This didn't run away from me immediately, but wasn't the type to stay still either. This personality seem to be the average of the two guardians of this bridge (the black one is slow while the mask&mantle one is jumpy), and the fur color also seem to be the average of the two (black + mask&mantle = gray mask&mantle), so I am guessing these cats are related.

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2017/07/21
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2017/07/21
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2017/07/19
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2017/07/16
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"Biburia Koshodou no Jiken Techou" volume 7 by Mikami En, with the subtitle "Shioriko-san and Endless Stage". This volume completes the series with one of the most famous works: Shakespeare's First Folio.

Just a story based on the history of the First Folio would have been fantastic, and the author took it to the next level with not one but two cunning auction scenes, an interesting analysis on book sizes, and a long running revenge scheme that took 30 years to complete. This last bit is the result of obsessive old men plotting against the next generation of booksellers, and also explains the disappearance of Shioriko's mother. Most loose ends were closed with this volume, and the series is completed with Daisuke's marriage proposal to Shioriko.

The 30 year old revenge also exemplifies a problem with this series: most characters in this series come with an unhealthy level of obsession for books. For this volume, this obsession manifested in the perverted revenge scenario, compared to the more straightforward criminal acts in previous volumes. This is a series about the wonders of the antique books and does an excellent job in highlighting all the details and the intriguing histories surrounding those books. In comparison, pretty much every character who handles those old books were all unpleasant in one way or another. It was easy to appreciate the books, but not so easy to identify with any of the characters.

After the two year gap between volume 6 and volume 7, and after having read through other light novel backlogs, I finally brought myself to finish this series. Volume 7 is much more enjoyable than volume 6, and overall I really appreciate all the other books that were highlighted in this series. This might not be a series that I would read again soon, but the upcoming anime might be something to look forward to.

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