It should be no surprise for any regular reader of this blog that manga is rarely featured in my writing – quite ironically, considering I apparently talk about it according to my main page.
Whilst at university, reading has become a chore. It’s rare I read for pleasure now, for I find it quite time-consuming to get involved a whole new world and immerse myself so much that I enjoy it. Arguably, that’s why I’ve enjoyed watching anime as often as I have done as of late. An episode of anime is usually half an hour at its longest. It’s easy to watch a single episode in between working on assignments, for example. In comparison, for me it takes a lot longer for reading to be just as enjoyable.
Conversely, I’ve also been exposed to manga more frequently whilst at university. Locally, my university’s bookshop keeps a good rotation of various different manga titles including Boku no Hero Academia and Yona of the Dawn to name just two. Further afield, by attending conventions I’ve also been surrounded by stalls that sell just manga, buying at least one volume of manga at the majority of conventions I’ve attended.
“Amelia, if you’ve bought a load of manga… Where are the manga posts?”
Good question. Turns out, I’m just a manga hoarder.
That being said, I have recently begun reading manga again. It started as I realised how many chapters I had to catch up on Kuroshitsuji (I haven’t read it in a good few years), but it has slowly emerged to be another element that I’ve recently been loving. I’ve read short manga such as Junai Host Club and became immersed in another enjoyable story. It was these short manga that have rekindled my appreciation for the medium.
So, what next? Well, I’ll definitely be reading more manga, meaning more posts on the medium are a definite. I’m also going to try and read more of Killing Stalking at the same time, for it’s be a long time since I read the first chapter. But just what else am I planning to read? Here, have my plan-to-read list in a list format:
- 20th Century Boys
- Bambi to Dhole
- Devils Line
- My Heavenly Hockey Club
- Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle
- I sold my life for ten thousand yen per year.
- Alice in Murderland
- Kimi no na wa.
- A Silent Voice
- Pandora Hearts
- Petite Pêche!
- Sennen no Yuki
- Something About Us
- Vanitas no Carte
- Yumemiru Taiyou
The list isn’t in a particular order, but that’s still a lot of manga that I’m wanting to read in comparison to my usual manga reading habits, huh? How about you, though? How often do you read manga? What are your thoughts on it? Have you read any of the above? Let me know in the comments below! Also, I’d love to hear your recommendations if you have any!
Until next time!
– Amelia x
4 thoughts on “Rediscovering Manga”
20th Century Boys is fantastic! I remember seeing it at the library and getting hooked. If you have the chance, after you finish your list, definitely check out the authors other works. Monster and Pluto are especially good.
A Silent Voice and Pandora Hearts is great as well, so I hope you enjoy them. 🙂
Ooh, I’ll definitely check out their other works as well! o:
Had not had the time to check out 20th Century Boys yet, sadly. I would say I’ve always been more into manga tan anime. Is that unusual? I prefer to read at my own pace and like black-and white.
I wouldn’t say that’s unusual! Everyone has their preferences!