@stardf29 - I just finished I Will Cook With My Fully Friends and second the recommendation for it.
If someone gets the Kindle sample and thinks it will all be like that, then relax. It starts out as a serious drama that might remind you of I Refuse to Be Your Enemy or White Cat's Revenge but switches rather quickly to the lighter, fluffier content while still keeping some drama.
The heroine is smarter, stronger and wiser than many of them in these kinds of LNs, while still having a sweet and silly side.
@darktwilight So everyone knows, there are in fact bonus stories that were included as store bonuses with My Next Life as a Villainess in Japan, but we have not had any luck licensing them. As such, we are unable to translate and include them in our ebooks.
Second, it's possible that not all short stories that were released with the web novel will be officially published, meaning those we would have no chance of being able to include.
@terrence I copied those sentences with the reworked punctuation into DeepL, and got a completely different, and much worse result:
I've been trying to keep my face relaxed and smiling, and my facial muscles have hardened.
I heard a noise and looked down to see Destiny mimicking me by rubbing her cheek.
Damn, I thought it was a bit cute.
Then I realised that I had it set to English (UK), since I normally try to conform to British spelling when I write. But apparently, on DeepL, choosing English (UK) as the target can give considerably worse results than choosing English (US).
So Shimamura is dealing with both parents in the intro, hers and Adachi's. I feel like their home life and social interactions were such an integral part of who they were as characters last volume, but only hinted at mostly, so it's good to see these parental figures in a more full view this time. Adachi's absent mother is painted negatively, but the forced half-assed change Shimamura seeks is also painted negatively. Shimamura can't put into words what the ideal mother is because it's something more intrinsic, and once you put words to it, it feels hollow. I wonder where they'll go with all this.
Shimamura's mother on the other hand is a piece of work. She likes to tell her little sister not to be like Shimamura, and one of the values she tried to instill in Shima was "don't embarrass the family". I can see how she and Shima are going to come at odds should Shima start dating Adachi at any point. Shima's mom also physically assaults her in anime fashion (bonk to the head; pushes her in the pool)... Yeah, not a fan of this character.
Little alien chick and little sis of Shima meeting is cute. More of that wholesome friendship could be fun. I do wonder what the alien's deal is (I feel like they're going to do something cheesy later and say that the bond of Adachi and Shima birthed her or something... I don't know). Her alien companion is also still out there apparently, curious who or what that is (watch it be a dog or something).
Now we're on to Adachi struggling to ask Shima out... On a date... On Christmas. Good luck my in
denial friend. x)