I Destroy Manga! My manga bullet journal (Oct 2019)

It’s true! I do destroy manga. But only manga that wanted to be destroyed. Because of my loooooong history collecting manga, I’ve amassed a somewhat large collection of damaged manga. And a few years ago, I realized I could do something interesting with these books, if I turned them into craft projects. There have been a few things I’ve made in the past, but lately I just use manga to create bullet journal spreads.

I’ve really come to enjoy making these pages, and then filling them in during my week. I’m surprised by how much more productive I have become.

However, next year I’m going to be moving out of the standard Leuchtturm1917 book that I’ve been using for my bujo, and into a new Hobonichi Cousin. It’s a book I’ve used in the past and enjoyed, but I did struggle to fill the pages much more than I do with the Leuchtturm1917. So, I’m not sure how my planning will turn out in 2020, but I’m interested to see where this new planner takes me.

What do you use to plan with (if anything)? Are you as big a stationery addict as I am?

*note: if you want to skip the talking part, start the video at 8:15

 

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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)

 

art prize

*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!

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…