I've started reading a bit of manga again for the first time in quite a while. After I moved, it was all put into a couple enormous rubbermaid tubs and I hadn't seen them since. I decided on a whim to pick up a few things at Barnes & Noble when we went out for fun drinks (oh how I love thee, Cinnamon Dolce Frappuccino Lite <3). I grabbed Ayashi no Ceres, since I loved Watase Yuu's Fushigi Yuugi and thought Imadoki! was pretty good too. Well, when it had been coming out waaaay back in the day, I had seen an episode of the anime and was slightly intrigued by the end of it but otherwise was unimpressed. The manga gave me a much more thorough introduction, and I must say, after 2 volumes, I'm hooked. My biggest gripe thus far is just that I find most of the "comedic" parts pretty contrived (and thus, not funny), not to mention overdone (OMG he walked in on her when she was NAKEDZ~! LOL) the comedy is much less central to it than it was in say, FY, so I can forgive it. What has me hooked are the darker overtones, and some pretty interesting circumstances. For the first time in a long time I can't wait to read more. That's nice, after having gone so long without and also having sat through some that didn't end up being very good. I just hope it doesn't turn out to be too soap-opera-y, since I'm a little burnt out on that. We shall see.