Mari Okada: From Truant to Anime Screenwriter chs 1-6
Elementary and middle school years. Some pretty heavy stuff, although some of it may be embellished a little, she is the queen of melodrama after all!
Cooking with Wild Game (LN) vol 4
Not sure I'll continue with this series. It's pretty good, but not exactly my favourite and I'm so short on time these days...
The Quintessential Quintuplets vol 8
I love how this manga makes you think it's going to go with the trope, then completely defeats it in a logical and realistic way. Remember last time I said I bet Nino's confession won't have been heard by Fuutaro? I was right. And she was just about to walk away. But then instead turns around and confesses again. More reasons she's best girl.
Kakegurui vol 10
Nice to see some of the old enemies coming back. And that the art is still as gorgeous and expressive as ever.
Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle vol 7
Oh my word, a story that took like 4 chapters?! That's so rare for this. It's still just as good and cute as ever.
Mari Okada: From Truant to Anime Screenwriter chs 13 & 14 plus epilogue (complete)
Interesting tidbits about Anohana and AotH. I knew they were set in her hometown, but it seems it was by accident as it was only supposed to be an example of a setting, but everybody else got excited about it and due to her hang-ups couldn't bring herself to speak out about not actually wanting to have it set there. Also the same thing happened with the setting of Jintan's house. She took the scouting team to her house and the artists were too inspired and because of scheduling she couldn't get it changed. So Jintan's house is pretty much the house Mari Okada grew up in!
It was sad to read that even after the success of Anohana and working with the same team her anxiety still got the better of her when working on AotH. I don't think it shows in the final product, but it interesting to see that she felt it wasn't directly inspired by her situation growing up and that certain lines were subconscious rather than deliberate, but there seems to be so many links between her and Jun that you have to wonder that even in a book where she admits to hiding away from her past sometimes and not being honest about her feelings whether she was still doing it as she wrote it.
It would be interesting to see what she has to say about Maquia and O Maidens (I think it's the first time she wrote for a manga rather than having an original script turned into one). So hopefully there's a sequal.