Spring is finally in full bloom. My allergies have been having quite the raging party to celebrate. Trash bins filling up with a snowy mountain of tissues as the red-nose syndrome finds its way to my face. In observance of such a lovely time of year, I decided to do the Spring Reading Tag! Adding some joy to my otherwise nasally season, LOL. I altered the tag and questions just a little bit to fit the manga theme. I thought this would be a fun twist on the tag.
01. What series are you most excited to read over the next few months?
Hana Kimi by Hisaya Nakajo, which is a shōjo, romance comedy series. Orange by Ichigo Takano, which is a shōjo, slice-of-life series. Fruits Basket Collector’s Editions by Natsuki Takaya, which is shōjo, fantasy, romance comedy series. All of these are feel-good for the most part, with beautiful illustrations, and awesome characters. They feel very Springy to me. 🙂
02. What series most makes you think of Spring, for whatever reason?
Natsume’s Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjinchō) by Yuki Midorikawa. This is one of my all-time favourite serials that’s so genuinely and beautifully feel-good, with breathtaking environments, and heart-warming friendships.
03. The days are getting longer–what is the longest manga series you’ve ever read?
The longest manga series that I have ever read and finished is the seinen series, Initial D by Shuichi Shigeno with 48 volumes. The longest manga series I’ve ever read and haven’t finished (yet) is Naruto by Masahi Kishimoto with 72 volumes. I’m about halfway through this series.
04. What manga would you recommend to brighten someone’s day?
I have two! Both are shōjo romance manga, but they are so cute and genuinely happy-go-lucky that you can’t help but smile and feel good yourself. The first is Hiyokoi by Moe Yukimaru. This is about a boy, who’s the tallest in his class, and a girl, who’s the shortest in her class. They formulate a friendship that becomes something more. The next is My Love Story! by Kazune Kawahara with illustrations by Aruko. This is about a boy who’s not your typical guy. He’s SUPER muscular and has an appearance that’s akin to a gorilla. He saves a cute, petite girl from a pervert on a train. She ends up falling for him and theatrics ensue. Their relationship is a lot more relatable, awkward, and hilariously adorable.
05. Spring brings new life in nature–think up a series that doesn’t exist but you wish that it did (e.g: by a favourite author, on a certain theme or issue, etc.).
I would love to see a manga portrayal of Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood. It’s my favourite novel, written by my favourite author, and I think it would make a lovely josei manga series that’s very raw and real. It would sort of be the adult version of Mars by Fuyumi Soryo.
06. Spring is also a time of growth–how has your reading changed over the years?
With manga specifically, I’ve noticed that I attract a lot more to illustrations that are neater and crisper, and stories that follow complicated yet very realistic situations/portrayals, which is difficult to come by in manga. In regards to romance, I no longer enjoy angsty stories, but sincerely heart-warming and cheerful ones. Aside from romance, I much prefer seinen and fantasy genres.
07. Any plans that you’re looking forward to over the next few months?
I am looking forward to attending a book festival in Berkeley, California in June (which is in Summer, not Spring, haha). I’ve never been to a book festival, so I’m very, very excited about it. As far as Spring goes, there isn’t much going for me. I plan on spending a lot of time with my parents, which I always enjoy. My mum is such an amazing cook, I’m so jealous, hahaha.
Thank you for reading this post! Happy reading to all! 🙂