Finished メタモルフォーゼの縁側! It was a nice series, even if I got a little disappointed later on.
I summarized the premise already, but it was back in the summer thread, so.
It’s about the 75-years-old lady, who gets into yaoi manga during her retirement.
But that is set up really quickly, and then manga changes into typical slice of life, and I guess I’m really not compatible with typical slice of life. There are manga-cons and such, which make for a nice background, but I guess I wanted more about the process of the development of her new hobby?
And she makes friends with a highschool girl, who has a character design I really liked, but that results in yet another series about high school life, even if said high school life isn’t 100% of the plot.
And at the start it looked like it would be very easy & quick read, but even if there are many pages with nearly 0 text, there is also a lot of moments where we are thrown into some random conversation. And there a lot of things that are handwritten and I admit I sometimes just gave up trying to decipher small handwritten characters.
Still, it was nice to see some representation of the older people and the relationship between the old lady and the highschooler was really sweet and supportive. It would be great to have such person in my life when I was younger, eh.
Japanese vs mental health (ranting, a little heavy)
In my case achievements are of course good for my self-esteem, but I have a really hard time accepting daily struggle. As in when I don’t understand a sentence, or it takes long time before I understand it, or I have to check up a lot of words, or I make a mistake in textbooks tests, or I make a mistake in SRS… During childhood, perfection was always expected of me, and even perfection could be not enough, because I could always do two things perfectly, not just one. It quickly backfired and I started to struggle in school instead, which resulted in more pressure, and so on.
I love Japanese and for me it is my most precious, most cherished activity, but learning Japanese can easily activate these unpleasant memories, and managing them is really exhausting on top of retaining new info. So eh.