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url 2017-07-06 16:29
"What Does Anime & Manga Offer to US Fans That They Can’t Get from US Pop Media?"

I haven't had a chance to read the full thing yet (I'm not even sure how long the full thing is - it seems like the "read next page" buttons go on forever), but this is really interesting, even though I think the comments sometimes oversimplify things. Then again, it can be hard to fit things into Tweet-sized bites.


If I remember right, I started off with my dad's comics collection (Marvel, DC, DC's Vertigo imprint, a bit of Image Comics) and then discovered manga via my wonderful public library and got completely hooked on that. I now read Japanese manga almost exclusively, for some of the reasons stated by the commenters. I like that, generally, it's easy to know where to start. While there are some authors/artists who create complex worlds and series with lots of crossover (CLAMP and their billions of cameos is the one example I can think of right now), and some authors/artists who "finish" a series and then reboot it or start a related series (Masashi Kishimoto, Nobuhiro Watsuki), and folks with related light novels and whatnot, you can still usually start with volume 1 of whatever they're working on and be fine.


I like that authors and artists don't generally change during a series' run - the consistency is nice (although even a single artist's style can change drastically in a relatively short span of time - good example, Maki Murakami's Gravitation, where the earlier volumes and later volumes look like they were drawn by completely different people but weren't). Now that I no longer live near a good public library with an excellent manga collection, I also really like that you can find lots of series with a definite ending and beginning, and lots of series with an affordable total number of volumes (less than 10 or 12 is my preference, anymore).


I got started with manga back in maybe the late '90s, which I think also made a difference. First, there was Tokyopop and its cheaper volumes. Second, volumes were more likely to include translator and cultural notes back then. Those cultural notes helped a lot.


Oof, so much nostalgia right now. I miss the days when I had good feelings about Tokyopop, and when Del Rey put out volumes of manga with pages and pages of translator's notes. ::sigh::

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review 2017-03-07 00:00
Mangatopia: Essays on Manga and Anime in the Modern World
Mangatopia: Essays on Manga and Anime in the Modern World - Timothy Perper I liked this book more or less. The problem wasn't with the information per se but with the structure. While I expected to encounter a few (or more) essays, what I got from this book were some texts in the style of Wikipedia entries. It seemed that the authors of some of the essays did not want the reader to move forward.
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review 2017-01-17 18:10
Great for the Visual Cook
Cook Korean!: A Comic Book with Recipes - Robin Ha
Perfect for the visual chef who wants to learn basic Korean cooking
The animation is very well done with easy to follow recipes.
Sweet backstory to go along with the authors recipes, and her path to getting this book done.
I have a lot of experience with cooking Korean foods and still found some new ideas in here. All the recipes are good solid basic Korean cooking that will lead the reader down the path to delicious eating. I couldn't help but like the author her personality comes through in the illustrations. This book has been added to my gifting idea library.
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text 2016-11-26 20:43
Currently hooked on: Yuri on Ice

[Warning, non-book post coming up.]


It's all about men's figure skating, and at this point I'm hoping the writer is going for a story in which Yuri not only learns to be confident in himself as a skater, but also finally realizes he's in love with famous figure skater Victor Nikiforov, his current coach. Like, love-love, not just hero worship or professional admiration. Literally all of Yuri's performances so far (7 episodes) have been great big love letters to Victor.


I really wish there were a manga version I could binge-read, but alas, this appears to be an original production.


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text 2016-09-26 02:16
Narrators who anime fans might recognize (Part 1?)

This post is inspired by a purchase I just made. Let's see how many of these folks I can track down. It's too bad that several of them have only narrated stuff I'm not interested in listening to, but I guess that keeps my Audible library from ballooning too much.


I've made an effort to list only those people who I was reasonably sure were really the audiobook narrators. For example, I found an audiobook narrated by a guy named Kirk Thornton, but he didn't sound like the Kirk Thornton I know from anime and I couldn't find any evidence they were the same person. Same with Liam O'Brien - I couldn't confirm that the audiobook narrator and the anime voice actor were the same person. If there are mistakes on this list, feel free to let me know.


Anyway, on to the list. Who knows, maybe there will be a part 2.


1. Alessandro Juliani


Anime fans may know Juliani as: L (Death Note)


A few audiobooks:


Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1 - Roger Zelazny,Alessandro Juliani  Solaris: The Definitive Edition - Stanislaw Lem,Bill Johnston (translator),Alessandro Juliani,Audible Studios  


2. Chris Patton


Anime fans may know Patton as: Greed (Fullmetal Alchemist), Soushi Miketsukami (Inu X Boku Secret Service), Creed Diskenth (Black Cat)


A few audiobooks:


Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - Chris Wyatt, Marvel Press,Chris Patton,Disney  Fatal Shadows - Josh Lanyon,Chris Patton  


3. Vic Mignogna


Anime fans may know Mignogna as: Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist), Death Scythe (Soul Eater), Zero (Vampire Knight)




A Howl at the Moon - Nathan Squiers,Vic Mignogna,Tiger Dynasty Publishing 


4. Eric Vale


Anime fans may know Vale as: Yuki Sohma (Fruits Basket), Trunks (Dragon Ball Z), both America and Canada (Hetalia: Axis Powers)


A few audiobooks:


Beast: Blood, Struggle, and Dreams at the Heart of Mixed Martial Arts - Doug Merlino,Eric Vale,Audible Studios for Bloomsbury  The Crippler: Cage Fighting and My Life on the Edge - Chris Leben,Daniel J. Patinkin,Eric Vale,Audible Studios  


5. Stephanie Sheh


Anime fans may know Sheh as: Orihime (Bleach), Micchon (Eden of the East), Hinata (Naruto)




Til Morning's Light: The Private Blog of Erica Page - Ross Berger,Stephanie Sheh,Audible Studios 


That's it for now. Hopefully I'll come across some more later.

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