DECEMBER to FEBRUARY MANGA HAUL | Not your typical titles!

Just after Christmas and my birthday means I got a lot of unusual manga and manga-related books to add to my collection.

Books mentioned in this video:

  • Turning Point, 1997-2008 by Hayao Miyazaki
  • Triton of the Sea by Osamu Tezuka
  • The Osamu Tezuka Story by Toshio Ban
  • Fallen Words by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
  • Showa: A History of Japan by Shigeru Mizuki
  • Mail by Housui Yamazaki
  • The Last of the Mohicans by Shigeru Sugiura
  • Golden Pollen and Other Stories by Seiichi Hayashi
  • Nekogahara Stray Cat Samurai by Hiroyuki Takei
  • The Ghost and the Lady by Kazuhiro Fujita
  • Siuil la Run : the Girl from the Other side by Nagabe
  • Mechademia

 

Tetris: The Games People Play / by Box Brown

Tetris: The Games People PlayTetris: The Games People Play by Box Brown

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was okay. My opinion of it might be suffering for the fact that I just read a corporate history graphic novel that I enjoyed exponentially more about a month ago. It was too easy to compare the two.

I enjoyed the story well enough. But there wasn’t very much story to be had. If you had taken the first 50 pages, the last 10 and thrown in a few in the middle for good measure, you would have had your story.

But, then there were all of the other pages. Filled with rights negotiations… It’s not that this wasn’t important or interesting. But, it was just written in a way that made more sense in a report. This wasn’t supposed to just be facts with pictures. This was supposed to say something. Make me feel something. Like a good story should.

It was like facts were acquired. They were calculated to amount to a certain value. And then spewed out in sequence without vetting or embellishment. There was story to be had. I don’t even think that the content that existed was bad. It’s just that it was the skeletal information that a good story could have been built upon.

Obviously. I felt like the story was missing.

The art satisfied the report-style writing. It was okay. Cute enough. There were a few times when I got confused which character I was reading about and had to flip back to the pages they were introduced to figure it out.

I really liked the yellow/black pallette. Usually a harsh combination, but I found rather fun.

Overall, this was a quick read. I finished it in about an hour. I thought this was interesting and informative, if lacking in finesse and feeling. If you’re interested in the history of Tetris, or maybe the history of business partnerships between foreign-countries and Russia you might enjoy picking this up.

I didn’t mind Box Brown’s style — and am very curious in trying out his history of ‘Andre The Giant’ some time.

My TOP 12 Favourite SHOUJO MANGA

This is a pretty self-explanatory video. I love shoujo manga — and as much as I try to be non-biased about the types of titles I read, I probably pick-up shoujo manga the most. This is a list of my favourite titles. These aren’t the most popular titles, and many of them are out of print. But, they’re titles that I can’t help but be drawn to over and over again.

 

Books mentioned in this video:

  • Tail of the Moon by Rinko Ueda
  • Palette of 12 Secret Colors by Nari Kusukawa
  • Mars by Fuyumi Soryo
  • V. B. Rose by Banri Hidaka
  • Itazura na Kiss by Kaoru Tada
  • High School Debut by Kazune Kawahara
  • Marmalade Boy by Wataru Yoshizumi
  • Cipher by Minako Narita
  • Skip Beat! by Yoshiki Nakamura
  • The Name of the Flower by Ken Saito
  • Red River by Chie Shinohara
  • Love So Life by Kaede Kouchi
  • Beauty is the Beast by Tomo Matsumoto

 

MANGA BOOKSHELF 12 TOUR | + manga review (DRAGON VOICE)

 

This video is the beginning of a challenge that I’ve posed to myself of sharing my manga collection. I’m randomly choosing shelves in my collection and doing more in depth discussion of the titles that are on it. I’m still planning on doing a full collection tour at some point later this year, but that will be a tour without any real discussion.

This is from shelf 12, or more appropriately books D to E. We’ve shifted our collection around so these titles are now sitting on a different shelf, but am planning on getting to all of the titles at some point.

 

Manga mentioned in this video:

  • Dragon Knights by Mineko Ohkami
  • Dragon Voice by Yuriko Nishiyama
  • Dramacon by Stvelana Chmakova
  • Dream Saga by Megumi Tachikawa
  • The Drifting Classroom by Kazuo Umezu
  • Drug & Drop by CLAMP
  • Dr. Slump by Akira Toriyama
  • Duck Prince by Ai Morinaga
  • ES (Eternal Sabbath) by Fuyumi Soryo
  • DVD by Kye Young Chon
  • Earthian by Yun Kouga
  • Eerie Queerie by Shuri Shiozu
  • Erica Sakurazawa (short stories)
  • Eternity by Park Jin-Ryong and Shin Yong-Gwan
  • Eureka 7 by Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou

December Manga Haul…

I’m still catching up on making my haul videos… but, luckily haven’t bought ANY new manga since January 1st. I’m trying not to buy manga until May… but no promises!

 

What did I pick up in December?

  • Shuriken and Pleats, volume 2
  • Yona of the Dawn, volume 2-3
  • Genshiken Second Season, volume 9
  • Behind the Scenes, volume 3
  • Complex Age, volume 3
  • Yowamushi Pedal, volume 4
  • Liselotte & Witch’s Forest, volume 2
  • Komomo Confiserie, volume 5
  • Clover
  • Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths
  • Tsubasa Those With Wings, volume 1
  • Everyone’s Getting Married, volume 3
  • I am a Hero, volume 2
  • Rebound, volume 1
  • The Demon Prince of Momochi House, volume 7
  • The Summit of the Gods, volume 4-5
  • Phoenix, volume 7
  • Ultraman, volume 6
  • Haikyu!!, volume 6
  • The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, volume 14
  • Haven’t You Heard I’m Sakamoto, volume 3
  • Kaze Hikaru, volume 8 + 24
  • Ral Omega Grad, volume 3-4
  • Goodnight Pun Pun, volume 3-4
  • きのこいぬ (Kinoko Inu), volume 1-6
  • スキップ・ビート! (Skip Beat!), volume 38-39
  • ちはやふる (Chihayafuru), volume 1-2
  • Life so happy, volume 1

 

Another Manga Tag Video!

If you watch manga-tubers on YouTube you’ll know that there are a lot of TAG videos going around. Basically these are video memes…and you can tag other manga-tubers to also make the same video…

This one was created by AloofDragons a few weeks ago where I answer the questions:

  1. What are you reading right now?
  2. What is your guilty pleasure manga?
  3. Have you ever cried reading a manga? Do you remember which volume?
  4. What is a manga you like in a genre you don’t normally ever read?
  5. Pick. Seinen, shoujo or shounen?
  6. What is your favorite manga world? Why?
  7. Most underrated series that you own.
  8. What is a series that you don’t own but want the most in your collection/want to start collecting?
  9. Do you have a manga with a favorite spine aesthetic?
  10. Unread series on your shelf that you’re most looking forward to reading.

#DIVERSEATHON wrap-up

Oops. A bit late to wrap-up… you put it off one day and all of a sudden it’s a week later. So, anyways.

I participated in #Diverseathon. This was a challenge to read as much own voices literature from diverse authors. As you may know, I decided to pick graphic novels written by Indigenous authors born in Canada.

I’m not sure I learned too much. Maybe because there are several Indigenous groups that live very closely… or, because so much of my degree was focused on the history and culture of these groups. It was pretty much as expected.

What seemed unfortunate is that the titles each had a heavy-handed focus on reclaiming the “old ways”. I take this to be because they were written for the group that they were written about, and because most of them were supported with grants from the Government of Canada… so of course would have a particular agenda. It’s not a bad position, just that 1. it is incredibly disheartening that a group needs to have this message repeated over-and-over in their own literature and 2. the repetition gets a little tiring.

I placed holds on a number of titles, but these are the ones that arrived in time, which I read during the readathon.

☆☆☆/5 Ak Skim Aan (Hunter) / Marshall Leigh George was probably the most unique comic in the pile. It was a very short story of an Indigenous Father in a dystopian future who can’t provide for his family until…he discovers the “old ways”. It was essentially posed photographs with a textured overlay to give it a science fiction feel. I personally was surprised with how much I enjoyed this short story. Plus, it was a bilingual comic in Blackfoot with English subtitles which is such a unique thing to read.

☆☆/5 A Blanket of Butterflies / Richard van Camp again is a very short story. This one was nominated for an Eisner award in 2016. It wasn’t “that” awesome unfortunately. I think the nomination made me have higher expectations. This was about a Japanese man who came to Canada to reclaim his family sword that was being held hostage by an out-of-control Indigenous man until he rediscovers the “old ways”. I didn’t find this one as meaningful. There was an emotional finale, but the connection between characters was awkward. It was just much much too short.

There was an interesting attempt at connecting the Denne culture with Japanese culture that was hinted at… I would love to see that explored more in a future comic.

☆☆☆☆/5 Moonshot: The Indigenous Collection this is a beautiful and professional production of short stories by Indigenous authors edited by Hope Nicholson. This title is worth picking up if only for the first short graphic novel/brilliant work of art “Vision Quest: Echo / David Mack” about a deaf Cherokee girl and the love of her father. Visually stunning, and beautifully moving. YES!! This story!! If I could buy pages of this to hang on my walls I would…

I wasn’t terribly interested in the rest of the compilation. But, the first title…

☆☆☆/5 The Outside Circle / Patti Laboucane-Benson is a story of a young Indigenous man surround by gangs, drugs and violence is sent to prison after fighting with his mother’s boyfriend and eventually finding his way to healing through an Indigenous rehabilitation program.

Again, a heavy-handed approach to rediscovering the “old ways” — but I think actually done to the best effect. In the end, this was thought-provoking, but also incredibly depressing. At the end one man finds reclamation but is just one man in a seeming never-ending cycle of destruction.

There is so much hurt in these cultures that it can’t help but being reflected in their literature. It’s a bit overwhelming to read over-and-over, but it is a reflection of something significant, complex, and seemingly insurmountable.  Compared to the experience of just reading about it, how much more overwhelming to live with?!

February Manga TBR

I’ve decided to participate in a new YouTuber’s channel, YuriInRealLife‘s, challenge of reading 1 manga a day for the month of February. The quantity isn’t difficult, but I’m actually struggling right now to make time every day for reading manga… This is just the challenge I needed right now to get my reading back on track!

I’m incorporating this challenge into my personal challenge/TBR jar challenge. I made 6 colour categories for manga and will be choosing books from each category every month to hopefully read and review that same month… although maybe the reviews will be postponed to the following month. I hope that this will help me to make it through some of my back log.

The 6 colour categories:

Pink: Read a longer series of 11+ volumes that you’ve read less than half of. I’m going to be drawing 2 from this category every month — hopefully this will help me get through my massive backlog.

Yellow: Read a new 2016 release that you purchased, but didn’t read in 2016.

Green: TBA

Orange: Read your bookshelves. I numbered the papers 1 t0 54 to correspond to my primary manga book shelves and will draw one number every month. I will read at least 1 series from the bookshelf to feature in an upcoming review.

Blue: Read Osamu Tezuka. I will read 1 title/series that I own by Tezuka every month… again, for an upcoming review.

This is going to be an interesting experiment — but, I’m very happy for my first month’s selections.

Top Manga of 2016!

A little late to post this, but this is a very quick run-down of all of the new manga published in English in 2016 that I also read in 2016!

What were your favourite manga last year?

New Manga I read in 2016:

  • Behind the Scenes
  • Cells at Work
  • Cigarette Girl
  • Complex Age
  • Giganto Maxia
  • The God’s Lie
  • Heiress and the Chauffer
  • Honey So Sweet
  • Kitaro the Birth
  • Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear
  • Kuroko’s Basketball
  • Liselotte & Witch’s Forest
  • My Monster Secret
  • My Pathetic Vampire Life
  • Nekogahara Stray Cat Samurai
  • Platinum End
  • The Prince and His Dark Days
  • School Judgment
  • Shuriken and Pleats
  • That Wolf Boy is Mine
  • The Tipping Point
  • Wandering Island

I also read “Yona of the Dawn” this year, but forgot to mention it in my video. I gave it a nice solid 3 stars!