Weekend Reading – A Method to Make the Gentle World and Goldfish Girls

Goldfish in swimming pools? A genius teaching at an all girls school? Sounds like some Weekend Reading.

A Method to Make the Gentle World

Summary from MangaUpdate: “Yuu Tomonoga is a genius who was accepted to an American university at the young age of 13 and later accepted into the university’s graduate program. Unfortunately, he loses funding for his research, but decides to drop out and continue the research on his own. He travels back to Japan in hopes of getting funding, but he quickly runs out of money for daily living. Luckily, he gets a call from an old friend and accepts his offer to teach at an all-girls school.”

Sound pretty straightforward, right? What I enjoy most about this title is how well defined all the characters are, even the side characters. Ms. Yurine talking about no longer having a dream; Touka who keeps searching for her prince; or Kayo just being Kayo.  You just want to know more about all of them.

Tomonoga is a good protagonist as well. While he initially is solely focused on his research project, he starts to see his effect on his class and that slowly changes him. Being the youngest faculty member, the way the other teachers treat him is amusing. I also enjoy the students messing with him considering he’s not that much older than they are.

Tomonoga playing with Aoi. It's the best.

Aoi is a fascinating character because she’s somewhat similar to Tomonoga. We’re shown that she obviously is gifted, but she downplays her intelligence to fit in. She definitely likes Tomonaga, yet she tells Haruka otherwise. I look forward to learning more about why she puts on the façade and seeing her character develop.

Left: Aoi, Right: Haruka

I just love Haruka. The way she gets flustered with Tomonoga and how she acts when her friends talk about him.  What I love most is how pure hearted she is. She’s obviously attractive, but she’s still self-conscious when it comes to Tomonoga. It’s incredibly endearing and I really want to root for her.

My only real complaint is that it’s published bi-monthly.  If the characters sound interesting to you, I definitely think it’s worth checking out.

Goldfish Girls

Came across this title via Brian Ruh. It’s a short illustrated e-book based on an event that took place in Saitama. It’s a short little , but the illustrations are gorgeous. It’s interesting that it’s self-published and only available digitally.  If you don’t mind spending $3, it’s available on Amazon. Check out that product description, too. If that doesn’t convince you to try it out, I guess it can’t be helped.

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