I do not understand why the entire sentient population of the universe is not reading Nana. I say "reading" and not "watching" because I'm scared of the anime; the Paradise Kiss anime was off in peculiar ways, and if they changed ANYTHING AT ALL about Nana my brain would explode. Changing Nana is badwrong.
I also don't get why Shoujo Beat subjects us to crap like Tail of the Moon, because letting people know what's in it in advance just warns them away; they might say "Ah, ninjas!" and buy it before they know it sucks on toast, but if you let them get a good sampling of it they'll know to avoid it. I don't know why that series about a young Kabuki actor (what, the manga-ka was contractually obligated not to use any stripe of celebrity anyone else had already used for the thriving "implausible romance between normal high-school girl and famous hottie" subgenre?) is doing in the magazine, and I hope it goes away soon because it is NOT an acceptable substitute for Kaze Hikaru, not even after the ridiculous, 7-page downward-spiral-and-redemption sequence for Serizawa Kamo (seriously, quickest hitting-of-rock-bottom EVAR. I still think I ought to rant on this, don't know if I'll bother though.) Despite the occasional sap, Baby & Me is still one of the highlights of the magazine, Vampire Knight is cheesetastic (in a good way) but super-pretty and might get more complicated later, Crimson Hero has enmeshed me in its "you have to try to care about sports for the sake of the characters" coils, Absolute Boyfriend still pwns, and I approve of the color-ink thing they're doing now. I hope that means the magazine's doing well.
Zombie Powder KICKS SO MUCH ASS. It's a Western with SF/fantasy touches and A SAMURAI. A samurai in a long coat! Who is a silver-haired bishie but NOT a crazy angst-boy! And his partner's a gun-toting banker-type in a suit and dress coat! It's like Kubo Tite decided to come up with a present just for me! I don't even dislike the young tag-along kid. Glee!
At the moment, my cat is curled up on my lap, trying to chase his own tail without getting up. It's adorable, but a little too claw-intensive for comfort.
I'm reading the FMA manga now. I think the anime's better, more on that in a minute, but it's almost worth it just for Arakawa's appearances as a cow. The anime and manga are very different, in the Trigun "we started the anime before the manga ended and planned all along for them to go in different directions" vein rather than the Naruto/RK "we'll follow the manga as long as we can, then fling ourselves over a cliff into the filler cesspool." Unlike Trigun, the manga is competent. Actually, the manga is very good, I just don't like it as much as the anime for several reasons. ( Expanding on those reasons. No real spoilers for either version. )
Not exactly manga, but the translation on the .hack//Another Birth novel was far more readable than some of the other anime-tie-in novels translations I've read or tried to read, which is a promising development not just because I want to read the .hack novels (though I do) but also because if this is an industry-wide development it might bode well for the Twelve Kingdoms and Scrapped Princess novels.
I need to remind myself to update credit card info with LJ and Godaddy (domain registrar) though I don't want to do that on the boyfriend's computer, which is what I'm using at the moment. He doesn't believe in firewalls for some reason. I should maybe ask about that.