Manga Bingo Challenge + Giveaway | #mangareadathon 2018

#MANGAREADATHON GIVEAWAY #3: Manga Bingo!

You might remember that last year we made a bingo board for our reading challenges. We had fun with that bingo board, so we decided to keep it by combining it with another one of our challenges that we hosted last year, our Manga Treasure Hunt! This year we’re calling the challenge “manga bingo” AKA “mango” but the idea is the same.

To Enter This Giveaway:

  • Find pictures of the items listed in the mango board below in the manga you’re reading.
  • Take photographs of the items you find and share them on your social media (anywhere online as long as it is publicly visible). *Please DO NOT share pictures you’ve found in non-licensed publications or scanlations.
  • Share at least one item to enter this giveaway one time. Click HERE, to fill in the form.
  • Remember that when you share the pictures you MUST include the following information for any of the pictures you share to be eligible: name the item you’ve located (from the mango board), include the hashtag #mangabingo, the title of the book, and the author.

Ex. it may end up looking something like, this:

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  • Try for a Mango Blackout! If you find all of the items in the board below, Click HERE to fill in the form AGAIN and your name will be entered in this giveaway 3 times. You need to submit this form twice for your blackout to be counted.
  • Read the Rules & Disclaimers carefully before you enter.

 

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Some definitions:

  • Tatami: these are the traditional woven flooring panels used in houses
  • Miko: these are usually young shrine priestesses. They can be identified by their large red pants (hakama), large white shirt (haori), and are often holding a leafy tree branch (for performing purification rituals)
  • Pompadour: this is the classic hair style of gangster boys (or yankee) where their hair is twisted and pulled forward. It makes them look dangerous…
  • Geta: these are the traditional sandals (like flip-flops on stilts) worn with kimono or yukata (spring kimono)
  • Sailor Fuku: this is the style of school uniform that is often worn by Jr. High School girls (hint: where “Sailor” Moon gets her name)
  • Katana: this is a distinctly long and straight type of sword often used by samurai
  • Yokai: are Japanese spirits or monsters
  • Sensu: are folding fans used to cool oneself, to look sophisticated… and sometimes used as a weapon to defeat the enemy

 

Prizes:

ONE: A copy of Anne of Green Gables (novel) with illustrations by Maki Minami. A copy of Clover (manga) by CLAMP. Assorted Canadian and Japanese snacks.

TWO: A copy of Anne of Green Gables (novel) with illustrations by Maki Minami. A copy of Solanin (manga) by Inio Asano. Assorted Canadian and Japanese snacks.

*NOTE: manga copies may be previously used but are all in very good condition.

*Snacks may not be exactly as shown.

 

Rules & Disclaimers:

  1. Contest open internationally to countries and locations that my country currently ships to. You do not need to be participating in the manga readathon to enter.
  2. Open to subscribers 18 years or older or, over the age of 13 and have a guardian’s permission to enter.
  3. There will be 2 winners of this contest.
  4. You may enter up to 2 times in this contest (for a maximum of 3 chance to win this draw). Enter one time for participating. Enter a second time for completing a Bingo Blackout (finding ALL of the pictures in the mango board).
  5. Contest closes June 24, 2018 12pm MST (noon).
  6. Contest winner will be randomly chosen via draw. *Draw will be June 25, 2018*
  7. Contest winner must reply within 36 hours of notification with preferred shipping address or they will be disqualified.
  8. I reserve the right to disqualify any applicants for any reason without notification. (i.e. evidence of abusive, copyright infringement or illegal behavior)
  9. I am not to be held liable for any items lost or damaged in the mail. Manga awarded may be in very good/used condition.
  10. Prizes will be shipped using the cheapest means available to me. This means I cannot guarantee tracking or fast delivery.
  11. YouTube is not a sponsor of this contest. Participants must agree to release YouTube from any and all liability related to this contest.
  12. Entering this contest means you are agreeing to all terms above.

 


We are running more giveaways during this readathon. Make sure you follow this blog, and our twitter to find out what giveaways/and activities we’ll be hosting. 

Bookmark this page, which is being kept up-to-date with all of the giveaway/activities/challenges: https://mangahoarder.com/readathon18/

Follow us on Twitter: @MangaReadathon

Don’t forget to use the hashtag: #MangaReadathon so we can find you online. And, leave a link in the comments and let us know if you’ll be participating!

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Manga Art Challenge + Giveaway | #mangareadathon 2018

#MANGAREADATHON GIVEAWAY #2: Draw your favourite manga!

I want you to create a picture of your favourite manga or character. One page is all I need. Then SEND it to me via snail mail! Yes, you read right! I want you to send me your physical drawing in the mail.

Last year I had several participants mention that they weren’t allowed to use social media. So, I wanted to have activities that everyone could participate in. That’s where snail mail comes in. Plus, I really love receiving things in the mail! (who doesn’t?!)

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To enter this giveaway:

  • Send me one picture in the mail that you’ve created yourself of your favourite manga, or character. You can use any art mediums you like (please no glitter).
  • Pictures should be no larger than 8.5X11 inches (Standard letter size paper). I will accept photographs (of 3-dimensional or oversized art pieces).
  • Include the following information with your submission: your name & address (where I can send your prize to), your email (so I can contact you if you win), the name of the manga and character depicted in your art (because I don’t know everything), and if it is an original design or not.
  • If you have copied the picture from somewhere make sure you include a reference to the original artist, and the source of the picture.
  • Include the hashtag #mangareadathon.
  • Please DO NOT include any personal information on the front of the picture.
  • Send your picture to my P.O. Box listed below.
  • Read the Rules & Disclaimers carefully before you enter.

 

NOTE: You will not be judged on your artistic skill! The winner of this contest will be chosen randomly via draw.

 

Prize:

The winner will receive:

  • a Kaweco Ice Sport (Black) fountain pen, with extra refills (various colours)
  • and, a selection of Japanese stationery (including a muji notebook, washi tape, page flags, and stickers)

 

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*Prize may not be exactly as shown.

*If you want to see what the Kaweco fountain pen looks like out of the box, you can find a picture on “Jet Pens” (this is NOT an affiliate link): https://www.jetpens.com/Kaweco-Ice-Sport-Fountain-Pen-Black-Fine-Nib/pd/16674 

 

Rules & Disclaimers:

  1. Contest open internationally to countries and locations that my country currently ships to. You do not need to be participating in the manga readathon to enter.
  2. Open to subscribers 18 years or older or, over the age of 13 and have a guardian’s permission to enter.
  3. There will only be 1 winner.
  4. *Draw will be July 17, 2018* You should get your artwork in the mail by at least June 27 to ensure it arrives in time. Any submissions received after this time will not be included.
  5. Contest winner will be randomly chosen via draw.
  6. By entering this contest you are giving me the right to share your art on my social media channels, which include: this blog (mangahoarder.com), YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.
  7. I reserve the right to disqualify any applicants for any reason without notification. (i.e. evidence of abusive, copyright infringement or illegal behavior)
  8. I am not to be held liable for any items lost or damaged in the mail.
  9. Prizes will be shipped using the cheapest means available to me. This means I cannot guarantee tracking or fast delivery.
  10. I will not be returning your art after the contest is over, nor am I able to reimburse you for postage.
  11. eMail submissions will not be accepted.
  12. Please keep your art rated PG (or less).
  13. Please avoid glitter or other messy art supplies.
  14. Pictures should be no larger than standard letter size 8.5X11 inches.
  15. YouTube is not a sponsor of this contest. Participants must agree to release YouTube from any and all liability related to this contest.
  16. Entering this contest means you are agreeing to all terms above.

 

SEND YOUR ART TO:

Manga Hoarder’s Art Challenge

P.O. Box 47042

Creekside

Calgary, Alberta

T3P 0A0 Canada

 


We will be running more giveaways during this readathon. Make sure you follow this blog, and our twitter to find out what giveaways/and activities we’ll be hosting. 

Bookmark this page, which is being kept up-to-date with all of the giveaway/activities/challenges: https://mangahoarder.com/readathon18/

Follow us on Twitter: @MangaReadathon

Don’t forget to use the hashtag: #MangaReadathon so we can find you online. And, leave a link in the comments and let us know if you’ll be participating!

READING CHALLENGES | #MangaReadathon 2018

2018 readathonIt’s that time of year again, our Manga Readathon will be running from June 17-23, 2018. It starts at 12:00am Sunday and ends at 11:59pm Saturday in your time zone.

The aim of this readathon is to encourage you to read more manga than you normally would! So, if you normally don’t read manga, try to read 1 book. If you normally read 60 volumes, try to read 61. That’s all there is to it.

However, we do have optional challenges which you may want to use to construct your TBR (to be read) pile:

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Remember these are optional challenges, and are just there to help you pick what you’ll read during the week. They are also very flexible, so just make them work for you!

If you participated last year, you may remember that we created a 25-challenge bingo board for reading challenges. But with the number of comments we received after last year’s readathon we decided to scale it back to 7 simple challenges to make it easier for everyone.

However, if you are missing the 25-challenge bingo board from last year, we would recommend that you add-in the prompts from the #readmanga18 yearly manga reading challenge. The yearly challenge was created to replace the 25-challenge bingo board from last year’s readathon. Challenge yourself to see how many of the 52 yearly reading prompts you can complete in a single week! Find the challenge, here: #readmanga18


READATHON RULES: Please only read manga that have been legally translated into your language or legally licensed for distribution in your country. If you’re not sure you’re reading something legally, you probably aren’t. Thanks for avoiding scanlations during this readathon!


GIVEAWAY #1: What manga would you recommend?

We realize that it might be difficult for some people find a manga to read that’s been recommended. Maybe you’ve never been recommended a manga!

We want to give everyone a chance to find a title to read that someone else recommends.

To enter this giveaway:

  • Recommend 1 title below. Include the title, author, English-language publisher and a sentence (or two) on why you recommend it.
  • It must be a title that is currently in print in English (either physical or digitally).
  • Include the hashtag #mangareadathon in your response.
  • Read the Rules & Disclaimers before you enter.

Prize:

The winner will get to pick 3 volumes of manga from the following. *NOTE: these are used manga, but are all in very good condition:

7 Billion Needles — His Favorite — Berserk — One-Punch Man — Nextworld — Bakuman — Takane & Hana — Miss Me? — B’TX

All of the volumes above are volume 1s, except Miss Me? which is a 1-shot or self-contained volume, and Bakuman which includes volumes 1 & 2.

NOTE: If you decide to pick Bakuman, you will have to take both volumes 1 and 2. This title will count as 2 of the 3 volumes you can choose as your prize.

**7 Billion Needles, His Favorite, and Berserk are intended for an older audience and include mature subject matter.

Rules & Disclaimers:

  1. Contest open internationally to countries and locations that my country currently ships to. You do not need to be participating in the manga readathon to enter.
  2. Open to subscribers 18 years or older or, over the age of 13 and have a guardian’s permission to enter. (**Parents/Guardians: Please note that some manga are intended for an adult audience and may include mature subject matter.)
  3. There will only be 1 winner. This contest is being run on my blog here, and on my YouTube channel. You can enter the contest 1 time at both places (for a maximum of 2 entries).
  4. *Contest closes June 17, 2018 12:00 AM MST.* Any submissions after this time will not be included.
  5. Contest winner will be randomly chosen via draw.
  6. Contest winner must reply within 36 hours of notification with preferred shipping address or they will be disqualified.
  7. I reserve the right to disqualify any applicants for any reason without notification. (i.e. evidence of abusive or illegal behavior)
  8. I am not to be held liable for any items lost or damaged in the mail. Manga awarded is used (in very good condition).
  9. Prizes will be shipped using the cheapest means available to me. This means I cannot guarantee tracking or fast delivery.
  10. YouTube is not a sponsor of this contest. Participants must agree to release YouTube from any and all liability related to this contest.
  11. Entering this contest means you are agreeing to all terms above.

We will be running more giveaways during this readathon. Make sure you follow this blog, and our twitter to find out what giveaways/and activities we’ll be hosting. 

Bookmark this page, which is being kept up-to-date with all of the giveaway/activities/challenges: https://mangahoarder.com/readathon18/

Follow us on Twitter: @MangaReadathon

Don’t forget to use the hashtag: #MangaReadathon so we can find you online. And, leave a link in the comments and let us know if you’ll be participating!

25 Otaku Facts About Me!

I’ve been thinking of this list for a while now. I was originally going to film a video, but then I saw DynamicDylan film a tag which he titled 50 otaku facts. 50 facts is a lot to share in a single video, so I’ve been debating what to do about it. I’ve even filmed that video twice, but I haven’t liked the result either time. It’s weird to talk about yourself so much in such a short period of time. I’ve decided to scale it back to my original plan, and just do 25 facts… and so that I’m not actually “talking” about myself, I’ll post it here! haha!

1.  I discovered Japanimation by watching Sailor Moon. But, my first official anime title was Blue Seed.

2.  Of all anime I re-watch Blue Seed, 3X3 Eyes, Shura No Toki, HunterxHunter (1999), Azumanga Daioh, The Vision of Escaflowne, and Hikaru no Go the most. But still I only watch about 2 or 3 shows a year at the most these days.

3.  My favourite anime opening songs. At least, these are songs that can stick in my head for days. There are others, but this post is long enough (and also I couldn’t find good videos on YouTube for sharing)!

Nightwalker (Gessekai / BUCK-TICK)

Great Teacher Onizuka (Driver’s High / L’Arc En Ciel)

Zenki (I actually don’t know who sings this… send help!)

Edit: ZENKI (Kishin Douji ZENKI)” by Hironobu Kageyama — Thanks ZED-RAM!

Kimagure Orange Road (Night of Summer Side / Masanori Ikeda)

4. I prefer subs to dubs. Actually prefer is a mild word. I REALLY hate dubs. I won’t watch dubs if I have an option. And sometimes, I just won’t watch the series if I don’t have an option.

5. The Best line in anime (and probably one of the most famous) is: Omae wa mo shinde iru from Fist of the North Star. It often comes to mind when someone makes me angry. It’s good on so many levels! But, I have yet to say it to anyone in a fit of anger. ^ ^;

6. The first manga I read was Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki in 2003, from my public library. It legitimately changed my world!

7. The first manga I bought was Wedding Peach… also in 2003. Probably the day after I finished reading Nausicaa.

8. I relate most to Madarame from Genshiken (season 1).

9. My favourite characters are Piccolo (Dragon Ball Z) and Arale Norimaki (Dr. Slump).

10. The first time I went to Japan was on a tour (for geeks). Thanks to that tour my photo now appears in some manga. Or, maybe I should say… my forehead appears in some manga. haha!

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11. My biggest pet peeve are translations that try too hard to Westernize a title. Titles that attempt to remove the Japanese characters, settings and situations from it. Not only does it feel culturally insensitive, it feels insulting to readers. Give readers some credit! We can handle knowing that the title is set in Japan, has Japanese themes, and guess what, star Japanese characters! Gasp!

12. My 2nd biggest pet peeve are translations that neglect to translate Japanese terms like kawaii. The English use of the word kawaii and the Japanese use of the world kawaii are two completely different things! They are NOT equivalent. Not unless the character speaking it happens to be an otaku from the West. That’s the only time that it works! gah!

13. RANT TIME: I used to read online scans, but now have a very strong bias against them. Regardless if they are licensed in your country yet, or not… they were created illegally. AND their existence hurts the industry that I love. If it’s not licensed in your country, and you can’t read the original English, you are NOT entitled to read it. Not being able to afford manga is NOT a good excuse to read scans. Neither is the lack of availability in your country. If you are reading scans with the intention to invest in the series you like later, you are hurting the industry (have you even considered you also need to support the creators you don’t like?). Don’t read scans! But, if you are doing it, I beg you, don’t tell me about it! I am now on a mission to collect EVERY volume that I read through scans; even the titles I hated. I’ve bought about 200 in the last couple years… and have about 800 to go. This may take a while!

14. I love re-reading series. I would be happy to only re-read my favourite manga forever!

15. I re-read the series From Far Away 7 Times in less than 7 days. It was an experiment to see what rereading something over and over would be like. I’m glad I picked that title, it’s still one I can pick up any time and enjoy.

16. Art is MUCH more important than story in manga. If you take away the art, you’re left with a very confusing novel. But, if you take away the words (or even the plot), you can still have a very compelling manga.

17. My least favourite topic is World War 2. I’ll read it. But, I hate feeling the feelings.

18. My favourite genres are historical, romance, and gekiga (despite it often being about the war). I also prefer older titles from the 70s and 80s to modern stories. I’m old, it makes sense I’d prefer old titles, too.

19. My least favourite genre is harem. I can’t express to you how booooooring I find it!

20. My favourite trope/scenario in manga is the indirect kiss! It’s just so adorable (and absolutely ridiculous) every single time.

21. Takehiko Inoue is my favourite mangaka. He writes dynamic stories with complex characters, draws unbelievably gorgeous art… and he’s totally cute! haha.

collectors article22. Our manga collection was featured in a local magazine in a photo essay about collectors! Look at those empty shelves – what happened?! haha.

23. We used to regularly buy so much manga at one local comic book store, that they nicknamed us “the manga sisters” and used to print it on our receipts.

24. Together my sister & I have amassed over 5000 volumes of print manga.

25. I strongly believe that anime and manga have enriched my life. I’ve gotten close to my sister, made great friends, learned a language (sort of), tried many interesting hobbies, and lost a lot of money while having a ton of fun! I’ve genuinely enjoyed every minute of it!

 

I’m not going to tag anyone to do this, but if you’d like to please feel free! But don’t forget to put a link in my comments, so I can find you! 😀

Manga Reading Wrap-Up | Apr 2018

It’s the May 2-4 long weekend here in Canada (aka Victoria Day) so I’ve got a bit of time to myself for once! I’ve been working a bit on planning our upcoming Manga Readathon, will be working a bit on some blog posts, I’ve got a long list of videos I’d like to film…(but probably won’t) and then after that I better get outside and finally start planting my vegetable garden. But maybe I’ll leave that chore until next weekend… Ah, adulting.

So, until then, let’s catch up with some blog posts, shall we? Today, I’m wrapping up everything I read in the month of May.

★★★★★ 5 Star Reads:

Akira / by Katsuhiro Otomo (translation and English-language adaptation, Yoko Umezawa, Linda M. York, Jo Duffy). You have to read this. It’s so beautiful. The Kodansha box set. Beautiful. The story. Beautiful. The art. Beautiful. I have a video, where I talk more extensively about this manga. But, really, as a manga reader, this is about as good as it gets!

Magic Knight Rayearth II / by CLAMP (translator, Anita Sengupta ; English adaptation, Jamie S. Rich). Basically, this is a continuation of Rayearth (which is sort of a magical girl series). Rayearth is about a magical land, Cephiro, that three jr. highschool girls are summoned to to save the pillar who is the support for the land. In this title, the girls return to Rayearth, because now without a pillar, Cephiro is at risk. Powerful magic users from all around are coming to compete to become the new pillar (not understanding what the role really means).

This features CLAMP’s trademark gorgeous art, a fairly compelling story in three-short volumes and a somewhat surprising twist that really went above my expectations for this title. I’ve owned it for a long time, but this is the first time I’ve actually read this part of the series.

Itazura na Kiss / by Kaoru Tada (translation, Sachiko Sato.). Easily one of my favourite shoujo manga. Itazura na kiss is the standard scenario – dumb but upbeat girl falls in love with the intelligent jerk. After she confesses her feelings, and he completely humiliates her publicly, a family tragedy (her house falls down) forces them to live together in the same house.

Oh, the drama. Oh, the comedy. Oh, the revenge studying.

The scenario is so predictable. The situation is so overdone in shoujo manga I sometimes want to scream. But this manga just seems to get it right. The art in it isn’t perfect, but there are some perfect situations that I’ve never encountered in another shoujo manga. These two volumes are the best in the series, in my opinion.

The series doesn’t complete, and leaves you at a tantalizing cliff-hanger due to the untimely demise of the author. But, because of her health struggle, and because much of this story deals with the nursing/and doctoring professions feels so much more poignant. I absolutely love this one!

★★★★ 4 Star Reads:

Magic Knight Rayearth I / by CLAMP (translator, Anita Sengupta ; English adaptation, Jamie S. Rich). The beginning of this series has the girls meeting for the first time in Cephiro, gaining their warrior abilities, and fighting to save the pillar. But, in true CLAMP style things aren’t as rosy as they appear. This is a surprisingly effective series in 3 very short volumes.

Yes, I did rate 1 volume of Akira only 4 stars. Shock!

★★★ 3 Star Reads:

Mink / by Megumi Tachikawa (Translated by Michele Kriegman ; Adapted by Darcy Lockman). Another incomplete title by Tokyopop, but I have a faint memory that I also haven’t collected everything that’s available. This is a cute magical girl series that involves a computer program who turns our main character into an idol singer. It’s fairly stock. But, the characters, and the art are completely adorable.

*Edit: Mink, as I have learned, is complete in English. I guess that just means it’s just incomplete in my collection. But, knowing that I can collect the full series is VERY good news! Thanks, Krystallina, for the info!

Pixie Pop / by Ema Toyama. Another magical girl series. This one, the girl accidentally drinks the magical “grow up” juice of the drink fairy. Now, whenever she drinks something she transforms (or gains a special ability or personality trait relating to that drink). I think it’s a fairly cute series, but definitely geared for a much younger audience than I am.

QQ Sweeper (translation, JN Productions ; adaption, Bryant Turnage) and Queens Quality (translation, JN Productions ; English adaptation Ysabet Reinhardt) / both by Kyousuke Motomi I was worried about this one, I must admit. I wasn’t terribly fond of the first series (QQ Sweeper) when I originally read it. I did like it a lot better this time.

The problem is that the ideas, characters, and even story felt like something I’d already read by Kyousuke Motomi. It wasn’t new or fresh. But, thanks to the move to a new magazine, and a new direction for her manga the continuation in the title, Queens Quality, looks like it’s taking her other ideas to another level. There is a dark mystery about this title that is super compelling. I can’t wait to see where this series goes!

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Platinum Garden, 7 / by Maki Fujita  (Translated by Egan Loo ; English Adaptation by Sarah Dyer). I did it! I found volume 7. I have already written a fairly complete review for this series from volumes 1-6, and I was missing this final book. Luckily found it at a recent sale.

Unfortunately, despite now having the entire thing it is still far from complete. This is a title that started as drudgery, and ended up achingly compelling. It takes some time for this series to “get going”, and ends on the most frustrating cliff-hanger. I really hope someone will rescue and re-translate this series.

★★ 2 Star Reads:

Pink Innocent /  by Kotori Momoyuki (translated and adapted by Joshua Weeks). Another series in my collection that’s not complete, but I believe it is completely available in English… I think. This one is a story of a very wealthy young lady who has a crush on one of her classmates, and so pursues him to the extreme. Her personality is obnoxious but sweet – and so, of course, has completely won him over. This actually reminds me of another title (Flower in a Storm by Shigeyoshi Takagi) except that the roles are reversed… I also rated it 2 stars. I don’t like to read about this particular kind of domineering/obnoxious relationship.

★ 1 Star Reads:

Nothing! Hurray!

And there you have it. That’s everything for the month of April. Now, I can finally move onto May, which apparently will be ending any minute…

Manga Reading Wrap-Up | Mar 2018

Did Spring actually happen? I had every intention of keeping up with these monthly wrap-ups… but with Summer looming I am busier than ever. Now that I apparently have a moment to myself, let’s see what I read 2 months ago, shall we!??

★★★★★ 5 Star Reads:

NOTHING!!! That’s disappointing!

★★★★ 4 Star Reads:

Alice 19th / by Yuu Watase (Translated by JN Productions, Adaptation Lance Caselman). This is a cute (and somewhat dark) shoujo manga series about the power of words. I’m not a fan on how rushed the ending is of this title, but overall this is one I love to return to over-and-over. I wrote a more complete review, here. Continue reading

What Is It About Manga?

What is it about manga that appeals to you?

Librarian Nancy Pearl AFThis question was spurred on by a “Nancy Pearl”  TEDx talk from a few years ago (Below). If you don’t know Nancy Pearl, she’s basically the superhero of librarians… complete with her own action figure! She was recently visiting my city to talk about reading (I was unable to attend, so satisfied myself with her old TEDx).

While I don’t really think it’s the best TEDx talk I’ve watched, and think her ideas about recommending books to people may be a bit idealistic, she also suggests her own theory about why people enjoy the books they like.

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What Kind of Collector Are You?

I’ve been doing a bit of reading of academic journals lately. Partly because I’ve been working on a handful of scripted videos for my YouTube channel… and partly because I like reading academic journals.

But, in doing so, I’m coming across topics I want to talk about that don’t fit into the other things I’m doing. I think, I am going to start talking about them here.

So, today I am going to ask you, “What kind of collector are you?”

I was reading this article:

Belk, Russell W., et al. “Collectors and Collecting.” Advances in Consumer Research, vol. 15, no. 1, Jan. 1988, pp. 548-553.

There is quite a robust discussion of collecting behavior in it – which touch on some of the topics that I’m looking at adding to some videos. I won’t go into everything this article talks about, but the main point that I found interesting was how collectors were categorized.

Type A Collector: Continue reading

Manga TBR Shelf #40 | from Pi to Ra

I mentioned in my previous TBR shelf post that I’m creating a monthly TBR (to be read) by randomly selecting shelves from my manga room. This month, I’ve chosen shelf number 40! This contains regular sized manga from Pi to Ra.

This is one of those strange shelves where many of the series are incomplete. Several of these incomplete titles like Pieces of a Spiral are actually fairly new to the collection. They were picked up in the hopes that someday we’ll eventually be able to collect all of the volumes, and then eventually read them. But we’re not in any hurry.

I may decide to read a couple of the volume 1’s from these series, but when there are big gaps in the middle, I don’t force myself to continue.

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10 Most Anticipated New Manga : Spring – Summer 2018

My most anticipated new releases for Spring/Summer 2018 (April 2018 to August 2018). Release dates are subject to change without notice.

These first 5 titles are ones I’m most interested to hear reviews of. I’m probably not going to pick them up right away, but they are the ones I’m most intrigued by:

Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction by Inio Asano (Viz Media / Released: April 17) Continue reading