Posts tagged: manga
During this month’s Switcheroo, Romance Editor Chris writes about her newfound love of and lessons she’s learned from Korean tv melodramas:
Last April, I wrote about my first foray into anime. I had a great time with it, and my successful venture had a of couple unintended side-effects. For one thing, I enjoyed that first series so much that I tried another, then another, then many more (which led to me finally figuring out how to make Netflix play it in Japanese. Hurrah, technological success!). And then, when my choices narrowed down to only shows I didn’t want to watch, I began to read manga instead.
I’ve read a lot of manga since then. A LOT. It was a boon to my local library, since I signed out a dozen of volumes every couple of days for months. [NB: the TPL has a pretty good manga collection] One series I couldn’t get the timing right with was Boys Over Flowers, by Yoko Kamio. So when Netflix coughed up a Korean television adaptation of the series, I was chuffed.
Romance Editor Chris writes about friendship in stories:
We move through out lives making connections at work, at home, at play. Not all of those relationships are the kind to see you head off a cliff together rather than be parted, but they’re real nonetheless. I’m pretty sure Richard Florida has written at least one book about this. But we don’t need statistics to know it’s true. Lifetime or situational; professional or personal: we live in an ever-changing network of ties ranging from adamantine to momentary.
In short, we have friends.
(cover from Kimi Ni Todoke #8, which Chris discusses in her piece.)
Romance Editor Chris shares the the best qualities to look for in beach reading.
Beach reading is a particular phenomenon. It’s the reason airport bookstores carry racks and racks of bestsellers instead of a curated collection. It’s a time for people who read for work, duty, or education to relax a little and remember how to read for pleasure. And it’s also a time when you read less expensive books because they may get covered in sand, sunscreen or snack food.
This week at The Gutter, Romance Editor Chris is charmed by Ouran High School Host Club:
I’ve watched very little series anime in my life, largely because the depth of the genre is a little daunting to the uninitiated. A single, exquisite Hayao Miyazaki movie? Yes please. Thirty-two DVDs worth of Bleach episodes? Um… intimidating. But last year a friend gave me Fruits Basket at exactly the right time. I adored watching it (and hunting down all the manga volumes) and I’ve been looking for something similar since then. A couple weeks ago I stumbled across Ouran High School Host Club. Achievement: unlocked.
Page from “The Master Puppet.” Jason Orfalas, pencils. Claude St. Aubin, inking. Peter Gutiérrez, story. It’s included in the Eisner-nominated collection, Shi: Kaidan, and is one of the perks for The Cultural Gutter's indiegogo fundraiser.
Comics Editor Carol writes about Lord Death Man’s skeleton suit and Chip Kidd, Geoff Spear and Saul Ferris’ Bat-Manga! The Secret History of Batman in Japan.
I appreciate Lord Death Man’s flair, his élan, panache, the way he daringly wears brown leather gloves, belt and boots with his high-contrast black and white skeleton suit—and makes it work. Of the many skeleton suits in the criminal underworld, I would wear Lord Death Man’s.
(This article is also part of the Mysterious Order of the Skeleton Suit's theme month on skeletons and skeleton suits).