Thanks to Tiny Ugly Animal for the award! I’m still just getting myself set-up here, so it’s nice to hear someone appreciates the effort.
- Display the award logo.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
- Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.
- Nominate 5-10 bloggers.
- Ask them 7 questions.
Tiny Ugly Animal’s questions:
So, what are your thoughts on…
- the color purple?
- flying pigs?
- Tom Hiddleston?
- big hands?
Now, I’ll admit, I was debating whether I should participate in this or not. My blog is essentially about my reading life (and its closely associated hobbies) and these questions seem a bit off topic for me. But, then again, just because I was asked about “potatoes” doesn’t mean I can’t also find a way to keep it on topic…or, try to, anyways.
So, here are my answers!
My Thoughts on Potatoes
It’s a traditional street food in Autumn in Japan. Sweet Potatoes grilled over dry heat, called yakiimo (焼き芋). This is one of the first foods that intrigued me about Japan, and one I still have yet to try. I remember the scene came from one of the Sailor Moon movies… or, was it in the opening credits? Usagi and Chibiusa attempt to eat a very hot potato. I can’t remember exactly where it happened, but since watching it I’ve been wanting to try roasting a Japanese sweet potato this way. The only problem is that it’s been impossible to find ‘Japanese’ sweet potatoes in my city. I guess next time I visit Japan I should plan to go in the Autumn!
My Thoughts on Shoes
I’ve read a TON of manga, but never a title where the shoes take centre stage. They rarely do more for the character than act as mere decoration.
Off the top of my head, I can only think of 2 pairs of shoes that are explicitly discussed in manga. The first are in “Slam Dunk” where Sakuragi has to actually go to the store and pick out a pair of sneakers appropriate for the basketball court. And the other, is in “High School Debut” where Yoh states his mortification at Haruna’s choice of clothing (and rightly so!).
I think that shoes basically get forgotten in most series simply because they don’t contribute to the overall story. It’s the character and their actions that tend to be important. Close up shots of faces and hands are what are used to express action and emotion. Shoes just don’t seem to really matter for the most part – except that it would look strange if characters were constantly wandering around bare footed.
*since writing the above, I’ve been informed that the title “The Garden of Words” features a character who wants to design shoes. So, I guess there is a “shoe” manga after all. I haven’t read it though, so I don’t know how much it is actually discussed.
My Thoughts on The Colour Purple
Purple… is very purpley! Here are a selection of “purple” manga from my collection:
My Thoughts on Flying Pigs
The only “flying pig” I can think of is the ace pilot in Hayao Miyazaki’s Porco Rosso. I saw the film years ago, and even then it was just once. Despite being part of the Studio Ghibli cannon, it is somewhat surprising that there isn’t more Porco Rosso merchandise out there. I’ve been to the Ghibli museum, and I don’t even remember seeing him represented in any of the installations… But, I guess as a film it is missing Miyazaki’s trademark young female protagonist, and all of the “cutesy” elements that fans love. Maybe people are just less interested in a story featuring a middle-aged pig. He’s certainly not as “cute” as Totoro. I do actually remember enjoying the film (much more than expected), and think it might be time for a re-watch.
My Thoughts on Tom Hiddleston
Who? Uhhh… I don’t know who this is… Ohhhh… Well, thank you Google. So, thoughts: ummm…
Considering that he plays a ‘Norse’ god in what I’m assuming is his most famous role (because it’s the only one I recognize), I would recommend he read “Vinland Saga” by Makoto Yukimura. There is certainly a sad showing for manga featuring Norse mythology!
My Thoughts on Big Hands
They say that hands are the most difficult thing to draw. And no one seems to have a harder time of it than Mayu Shinjo. As popular as her series tend to be, she is terrible at drawing human proportions, especially in her male characters. Sometimes they’ll have too small of a head, too large of a chest, and most especially gargantuan over-sized hands that would look more at home on a gorilla. You could almost call this her “trademark” artistic style (which would then make these bizarre proportions excusable), except that her proportions on a single character also change drastically from panel to panel. I don’t know if she thinks this adds to her manga, or if she’s just sloppy, but it is certainly distracting.
My Thoughts on Gasoline
I guess we’ll go back to Japan and discuss Japanese Gas Pumps. The gas pump is one of the most “culture shock” things I encountered in Japan. They are manned by young people in cosplay (i.e. uniform) who furiously clean both inside and outside of your car, and then bow to you when you leave. It’s a bizarre experience. Especially considering that I always pump my own gas at a station.
In Canada, there is usually 2 pumps on the right-hand side that are designated for assistants. I avoid those pumps if at all possible. I like to do it myself. I don’t want to talk to other humans. And I pay at the pump. It’s quick and uncomplicated. And, I like it that way.
The idea of this high level of customer service is unnerving! If you ever pick up the manga “Skip Beat!” or “Initial D”, especially in the early volumes for both series, you will get a glimpse of what I’m talking about.
*Don’t feel bad if you don’t want to participate. I’ve never participated in one of these award/tags before so I’m still not entirely sure what the blogger etiquette is.
- What was the first manga you read?
- What was the last manga you read?
- Do you finish a volume of manga in 1 sitting, or will you take a break in the middle?
- Do you have a specific place that you like to read?
- Have you ever started a new hobby because of your interest in anime/manga?
- Recommend a non-manga comic book or graphic novel.
- What is your favourite novel?
*I’m also looking to follow more bloggers who talk about manga! If you have any recommendations, I would love to hear about it!