Monday, February 16, 2015

Manga Monday (1) A Brief Introduction


Manga Monday is a new feature to the blog which will be replacing (or at least existing alongside) Book to Movie Monday. Although I don't talk about them much on the blog, I am actually a huge, huge fan of Anime, Manga's, Graphic Novels and Comics. This feature will sort of be a catch all for all of the above. Some weeks I might just showcase a title, others I might talk about an artist or even (least here's hoping) feature an interview or two. We'll just sort of roll with the punches together. Sound good?

So, what is a Manga? Well, in short, it's a comic style created in Japan, or by Japanese creators in the Japanese language, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century.  Manga stories are typically printed in black-and-white (although full-color manga certainly exist) and they happen to be read back to front instead of the typical western style being front to back. If you'd like to know more, I highly suggest checking out A Brief History of Manga by Helen McCarthy. The book covers a great deal of stuff and is written by someone far more knowledgeable than me on the subject.

Kristin's Currently Reading:

Another by Yukito Ayatsuji

In the spring of 1998, Koichi Sakakibara transfers into Class 3-3 at Yomiyama North Middle School. But little does he know...his new class has a horrible secret. When he takes his seat in class for the first day of school, Koichi is unsettled by his fearful classmates. Despite this atmosphere and warnings from fellow students, Koichi is drawn to the beautiful, distant Mei Misaki, another classmate. But the closer he tries to get to her, the more mysterious she and their class become. And when a fellow student dies a disturbing death-the first of a long chain of deaths-Koichi seeks to learn the truth behind the curse of Class 3-3. But can he get answers before the curse kills him?

Initial Thoughts: Creepy plot, well drawn, intriguing main character.

75% In: Good but slow moving, resolution of mystery doesn't seem to be forthcoming, did like the plot twist. Overall, a solid B+ story at this point.

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Well I guess that's about it for this week. 
Let me know in the comments below what you'd like me to cover in the next couple of weeks and also what you're reading or watching currently (if anything). I could use some recommendations!

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