Yawara-chan is supposed to be cute, of course, but Naoki Urasawa's original art is much cuter than the stuff we got in the anime. Sayaka Honami actually looks beautiful (as she is supposed to) and even Jody Rockwell looks somewhat feminine (instead of, y'know, totally butch).
Strangely enough Yawara is more expressive in the manga than in the anime. No, I don't really get why. But I don't recall seeing many expressions on her face in the anime, not like some of the ones I'm seeing in the manga.
Bonus points for Urasawa's regular use of rectangular panels. The panel sizes vary, of course, but it makes me feel a little better about my own tendency to draw that way. (My layout style was called "boring" by a pro, and I do not easily or lightly reject any honest critique...but it may be a matter of style after all.)
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I whiled away the afternoon reading the manga. Brunch was a steak sandwich, dinner was leftover beef stroganoff; dessert at both meals was birthday cake. But there have been a few "popcorn" rain showers here and there all day, and it's been hot, so I just sat inside and didn't try to do anything ambitious.
I turned the AC on for an hour or so around 4 PM. There's something immensely satisfying about being inside an air-conditioned house when there's a thunderstorm going on a hot day. I shut it off after it got the house down to 77° and it's been off since.
...but about 8-ish I checked the outside temperature and it had fallen to something sensible, so now I've opened the windows back up and have a fan pulling in cool air.
Seventies tomorrow but nineties predicted again for next weekend, which is Memorial Day weekend. Maybe this year I'll get to watch the Indy 500, unlike last year. *sigh*