Posted by psgels on 14 September 2012 with categories: Manga Experiment

Okay, this is a bit of a weird entry. The thing is, that this will be the last entry for a few days. Tomorrow I’ll be on a holiday and I won’t return until upcoming friday. I do have internet connection starting tuesday, which I’ll probably use to submit a few entries, but expect some huge delays here.

Because of that, this week’s manga experiment is a bit different, because I’ve been busy packing my stuff and having a real life for a proper entry. I did visit a local manga library, at which I read a bit more of With the Light. Plus, I got a friend to loan me some manga that I can read while in the plane (all four volumes of Clamp’s wish to be exact, of which I already managed to finish the first chapter). But yeah, I can’t make any screenshots out of those, so no images for this entry.

With the Light – Vol.1: I finally managed to finish the first volume (which is like, triple the size of a regular manga volume), and I continued some of the steps in the life of the family while the titular autistic child Hikaru was in elementary school. A huge focus was on getting him to interact with “normal” people, instead of sending him to a place that only has autistic people, and I really liked that despite how hard it could be on him, that he’s improving slightly and slightly. The character-development here is top notch. At the same time, the author also takes her time to show some other problems of society, like domestic abuse, which is quite neatly woven into the rest of the story and used to relate back to the main characters. Quite well done.

Wish – Ch.01: I’ll have enough time to read this one while in my plane, but my first impressions of this are very favorable. I was a very big fan of Kobato’s last half, but so far the characters introduced here are completely different. And I like them a lot, especially the lead guy is likable and down to earth (not to mention in his twenties). This has got charm, of the same kind that made me such a big fan of Kobato.

And now for something completely random: what series would you like to see me blog next season? This is no thing definitive or anything, but I might use these results as a guide line.

What series would you like to see me blog?
  
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25 Responses

  1. Kaiser Eoghan says:

    Although it probably makes more sense to ask for psycho pass to be covered, I would hope that by watch kamisama hajimemashita would be able to restore your faith in the shoujo demographic.

  2. wicked says:

    If I could ask you to not blog about any series it’d be Gintama and Teekyu. Not that you were going to cover them anyways, but they simply don’t warrant specific analysis episode to episode as episodic comedies

  3. Firechick says:

    The reason why the English volumes of With The Light are so big is that they’re actually two volumes thrown into one. I don’t know why Yen Press (the English company that licensed this) decided to put two volumes together, but I don’t mind one bit. And yes! You should read Wish as well. I own all four volumes and it’s great!

    I wouldn’t mind if you blogged Little Busters and From The New World, the former mostly because I’m really sick and tired of all the pre-airing hate that LB is getting just because the show’s being handled by J.C. Staff instead of KyoAni. People need to have a bit more faith, and since you’re really good at seeing anime for what they are, maybe you can change their perspective a bit for the better.

    • Kaiser Eoghan says:

      @Firechick:I’ve always been interested in with the light but it concerned me that my own autism would be a factor in pushing me away from it, that is if it hit too close to home.
      @Wicked:I know its noitamina and all but I’d think psgels might get fed up with robotics notes.

      • wicked says:

        I dont know, he some how stuck with kimi-boku which had very little going on most of the time, though that might not be a good comparison, a sports anime might be a better comparison. I guess it will depend on cast chemistry and expectations.

        • Kaiser Eoghan says:

          Chemistry, absolutely and that’ll be be key to me enjoying the early bits of robotics notes.

          • wicked says:

            probably not just early, according to people that played, building robots and finding friends and robot competition…AKA tale of youth is most of the game

          • wicked says:

            Way more surprised that he’s looking forward to Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, it’s pretty moe and service-y

  4. Nito says:

    Where’s Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun?

    • psgels psgels says:

      Ack, I knew I missed one.

      • Kurini says:

        I would have voted for TbK if it was there.

        I voted for Btooom because all the series I’ll watch will probably be covered and I thought it would be the series that I want you to blog that might not be covered but I’m wrong now that I checked the potential you gave Btooom…

  5. KaZuHiRo says:

    So is this the replacement for every Autumn’s “Which series would you like me to blog” I wish you’d dedicate a formal blog entry for that.

    • psgels psgels says:

      That’s the thing: the previous years were just too formal, and after being forced to sit through Persona, I don’t feel like doing them anymore. This was literally an idea that popped into my head as I compiled this entry. It’s incredibly informal because of that. ;)

  6. sushi55 says:

    My vote goes to….Psycho Pass and Code;Breaker :)

  7. UltimateReaper says:

    I don’t even know what most of these series will be about, I simply watch whichever good ones come around and try not to miss out on anything. Gintama is the king of comedy as far as I’m concerned, I’d recommend you’d watch it but I’m not sure if you’d want to blog it. It’s a long running series, mostly comedy though every now and then a serious arc comes around, those are usually very well done and amazing.
    I think I’ll do more research on the upcomings.

    • UltimateReaper says:

      I find myself vastly unimpressed with the majority of this list, however, Initial D, K, Psycho-Pass, Robotics;Notes, and From the New World seem to have the most interesting/unique premises. I gagged at some of the other ones. MB, and Jor. Also but those are sequels. The rest who knows.

  8. inkka says:

    Normally,I judged what is my favorite anime of the season from great character development.From the trailers and premise,I feel that Robotic notes and Little busters can do what I want.So…That’s my vote.

  9. Ciik says:

    I know that this is very off-topic, but can I recommend 7 SEEDS? This is the most epic manga series I’ve ever read and it will only take a few seconds for you to Google it up and see how awesome it is! In a few words, it deals with post-apocalyptic Japan featuring gorgeous, well-fleshed characters and a complex story line. YOU.MUST.READ.7SEEDS.

  10. Watcherzero says:

    My firewall picked up a Trojan on the pollcode.com website.

  11. LyreSaint says:

    I know it’s not on the list, still if you like Saint Seiya Omega but wish it had more depth to it, try to check out the manga “Saint Seiya – The Lost Canvas”.

    That’s the most “complex” entry in the Saint Seiya franchise.

  12. Sean says:

    Psgels: I can hardly imagine you not blogging both Psycho-Pass and Robotics;Notes after seeing how much you enjoyed Puella Magi Madoka Magicka and Steins;Gate last year.

  13. Sei says:

    Hm, for some reason I don’t particularly like the ideas of having too much manga experiment. It’s nice as an experiment, but together with the weekly kaleidoscope, it makes the site a bit messy.

    • psgels psgels says:

      I actually agree with you. It was nice to do indeed, but messy indeed is the right word for the past three months. Next season I’m going to go back to my regular formula again, but at the very least this experiment served its purpose in finally getting me a bit familiar with manga. ^^;

  14. Trass says:

    I’m really looking forward to see you blogging Magi, psgels o3o

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:47 AM)
    I remember that same guy, during end of eva, pausing it over and over during that scene where asuka dies with all of those fast moving clips too.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:39 AM)
    I remember catching it also when I was young with a friend and we looked back on a fanservice scene with shinji and rei and he mentioned “You know if you think about it that scene is damn disturbing when you think she’s a clone of/modelled after you know who…”
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:36 AM)
    Before Eva, when I was 11 or so my image of a mech anime was Nadesico…then it was eva and then I was like…Whoah…whoah God halp! =O
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:34 AM)
    I suppose credit where I feel it due, the angel designs are excellent and I remember getting the shock of my life when shinji’s eva went nuts and then there was a bit with Bardiel infect Toji’s unit. I remember at least Masatos boyfriend being a likeable character.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:31 AM)
    I don’t think anyone was prepared for Eva, whether they liked the show or not, at 11 I can remember being horrified by end of eva and the series original ending as well as having my first moment of “Feck…theres a first…an anime that did something that scrambled my mind, I actually feel kind of thick now, this show is smarter than I am”.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:27 AM)
    It really wouldn’t have been that hard to put a satisfying ending to the original series, wrap up the threads nicely and put a pretty ribbon on the package to finish it off. But Anno and friends took a risk and went against the tide and end up becoming the trope-namer for the Gainax Endings. That took balls and made things unexpected and fresh, cuz god knows that ,good guys win the day ‘is tired and boring.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:26 AM)
    Requiem for a dream. I remember the guy who recommended that film saying to me “Even someone such as yourself who finds it hard to find/has high standards an emotionally investing film will get something out of requiem for a dream”
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:17 AM)
    @Emma: leaving a bad taste is pretty much the point of Eva, just as getting bummed out by Requiem For a Dream is the naturally intended effect. I don’t mind that you don’t enjoy Eva all that much Emma, l actually appreciate it over dishonest admiration. Just keep in mind that Eva deserves it’s special place in anime.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    But Eva just left a bad taste in my mouth as a whole, I understand that Bam you are very passinette about it and thats fine, I wasn’t aiming to provoke. I just feel that its frustrating that like alot of certain anime, that I am not allowed to dislike it or have reason to.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    If anything at least I found Ikuhara’s symbolism while obvious at least in utena and straightforward was at least visually interesting to look at.
    I love every David Lynch film and again I thought Lain was exceptional.

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