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Posted on | October 16, 2021 | Comments Off on JAPANESE HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS IN TROUBLE!

— by Wombat-socho

(A Bronkowitz Films Production)
Ceterum autem censeo Silicon Valley esse delendam.

Higehiro in a nutshell.

Salaryman Yoshida gets turned down by a woman at work and takes it hard – he promptly goes out and gets trashed in a local bar. On his way home, he finds Sayu, a runaway teenager sitting on the curb who offers to sleep with him in exchange for being allowed to stay at his apartment. Yoshida is revolted by the idea of taking advantage of Sayu and makes a counter-offer: she can stay at his pace, but she has to work. And no sex! Our hero is determined to get Sayu’s head screwed back on straight, but his problems are just beginning – his protégé at work seems awfully interested in him (and not in a professional way) and the woman who rejected him is having second thoughts. Higehiro is the manga version of a successful light novel series, and shows quite a bit of promise. 

Komi Can’t Communicate, on the other hand, is up to its 15th volume, and our heroine is making slow but steady progress towards her goal of making 100 friends – no easy thing for a girl that can barely manage to hold a conversation with her closest friends and communicates with most people by writing on her notepad. Her icily standoffish classmate Kiyoko is running for class president – will supporting her get Komi another friend – or a bitter enemy? I am enjoying this series tremendously, because I remember very well what it was like to be socially awkward in high school, and also because the slowly developing Komi/Tadano relationship is just so darn cute. Highly recommended.

She may not be a Japanese schoolgirl, but Richard Sharpe’s lady Teresa is in more trouble than usual – the fierce Spanish partisan “La Aguja” (the Needle) is trapped inside the French-held fortress of Badajoz, the object of Wellington’s attention, with her daughter by Sharpe, and the prospect of being in a city stormed by the British Army isn’t a pleasant one, even for the armed and very dangerous Teresa. As if that weren’t bad enough, Lieutenant Sharpe’s gazette to Captain has been denied, and his old enemy Sergeant Hakeswill has shown up with the South Essex’ new colonel and a captain who’s bought Sharpe’s position as commander of the Light Company. Still, this is Richard Sharpe, and you know in the end that the South Essex’ Light Company will be, as it always was, Sharpe’s Company. This is one of the better books in the series by Bernard Cornwell, and full of juicy historical tidbits from the Napoleonic Wars. 

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