My reading inclinations have been all over the place recently and as such, I’ve got a nice bit of variety to the things that I shall be diving into over the next couple of days and then possibly going into the upcoming week ahead, which includes a bit of horror, thriller, and non-fiction, along with a decent sized pile of Batman comics.
In an effort to check out older content, I browsed AniList’s catalogue of manga from 1990-1994 to see if anything would catch my attention. I tried to pick stuff that I either hadn’t heard of before (outside of my reference books) or that I knew would be a good complement to my specific tastes. I found five that seemed pretty interesting across the board,
Mars by Fuyumi Soryō is a shōjo romance manga series with a dark story that revolves around two individuals with very fucked-up pasts that find each other during a time in their lives where they are most impressionable and dealing with some severe emotional trauma. As they begin to lean on one another, their bond grows deeper and more dangerous along the way.
Eternal Sabbath has always held an extremely special place in my heart because it was not only my first science-fiction series, but it was also the first manga that I read that wasn’t Initial D. So, it had a rather large influence on my newly budding persona as a bookish otaku. Today, I wanted to bring your attention to ES and encourage you to try it out if you haven’t done so already.
A Man and His Cat by Umi Sakurai is a shōnen, slice of life, comedy manga series about an elderly gentleman named Kanda who visits a local pet shop one day and adopts a round, one-year-old kitty that no one else seems interested in. Feeling that the older, bigger kitty has quite a loveable appeal to him, he brings it home and together they build a hilarious bond of affection and companionship
The Wolf Boy is Mine (私のオオカミくん) by Yōko Nogiri is a shōjo, romance series that follows a high school girl named Komugi Kusunoki who transfers to rural Hokkaido after dealing with bullying at her previous school in the city. Upon arriving, she bumps into a super handsome dude named Yū Ōgami who blurts out that she smells good. Feeling somewhat mortified, Kusunoki walks away. Later in the day, when she’s getting some air, she comes across a dude sleeping under a shady tree. Realising it’s Yū, she approaches him and is shocked to discover that he’s transformed into a wolf.
Love in Focus (蓮住荘のさんかく) by Yōko Nogiri is a shōjo, romance manga series that revolves around a young teen named Mako who has a passion for photography. When a tragedy occurs in her personal life, she uses her passion as a means to distract her from the complexities of the emotions that follow.
A local book shop had a really nice manga sale this month—Buy One Get One Free—to celebrate the arrival of Spring and it allowed me to indulge in some unexpected manga buying, a glorious activity I haven’t done in quite a long time.
January and February kicked total ass for me in terms of reading. Granted I read mostly graphic novels and comics, but still. It feels fantastic to know that I consumed approximately 38 books across the last two months! Not everything was supremely mind-blowing, but a good chunk of these reads were decent and entertaining and enjoyable, while the rest left me questioning my life choices. Of course that contemplation only lasted for a few minutes before I moved on to the next book.
After watching Horimiya this season, I’ve been in the mood to read more romance manga. It feels really strange to say this because a) I couldn’t get into the Horimiya manga at all, and b) normally I’m not a huge fan of this genre. Yet, here I am, craving some fluffy, friendship-turning-into-lushy-love type shenanigans.
One of the most iconic fight scenes in the manga medium is the one that takes place between Sasuke Uchiha and Itachi Uchiha. There is so much angst and tragedy that surrounds these two brothers that when their time came to settle their issues with their fists and awesome ninja badassry, I was exceedingly excited, more so because Itachi is one of my favourite characters in the series. Yet, once the fight arrived and unfolded upon the coarse little pages of the volume, I found myself feeling disappointed and somewhat unsatisfied by their battle. At least at first.
The Elusive Samurai (逃げ上手の若君) by Yūsei Matsui is a shōnen, jidaigeki manga series that takes place between the Kamakura and Muromachi eras of Japanese history and follows a young boy named Hōjō Takatoki that is known for always being on a speedy run. When his entire family and status are viciously ripped from him by a terrible betrayal, Hōjō flees with an unexpected rival so that he may survive and exact his revenge one day in the near future.
My Home Hero (マイホームヒーロー) by Naoki Yamakawa & Masashi Asaki is a seinen, psychological crime thriller manga series about a forty-something year old salaryman that also writes mystery novels during his free time. During lunch with his eighteen-year-old daughter one day he learns that she is being physically abused by her boyfriend. Unable to stand the thought of someone harming his little girl, the salaryman does the unthinkable with the intention of protecting her.
Berserk is a seinen, dark fantasy, sword and sorcery series that is known for being one of the most graphic things in existence. It follows a former mercenary named Guts—also known as the Black Swordsman—and his epic quest for vengeance while being persistently pursued by morbidly grotesque demons of various sorts. There are so many things about Berserk that blew my mind and made me feel wholly silly for waiting so damn long in picking it up, however, these Deluxe Editions are absolutely gorgeous and help to justify my dilly-dallying quite a bit.
This afternoon I wanted to take a break from the heavy reviews and analyses of my favourite things and just indulge in a bit of aesthetic fun! Maybe it’s the ridiculous heat making me feel lethargic or just the whimsical side of the bed that I woke up on—either way, I wanted to do something…