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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  • k-off
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 09:29 PM)
    @Kaiser Someone who actually still likes Nicholas Cage outside of his internet memes? To me he’s one of those actors who at this point, I can’t visualize playing a role outside of himself. Similar to how I can’t see any of Steve Carrell’s movies without seeing Michael Scott.
  • k-off
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 09:19 PM)
    @Bam Yup, asking for money online is flawed in almost every way from the donor’s point of view, a lot of my former art history degree friends have taken to Patreon in a last ditch effort to float their poor career choice.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 07:46 PM)
    With synecdoche it has the benefit of Hoffman’s performance and to get it you just have to “Feel it”.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 07:45 PM)
    Adaptation is one of those films with Nicholas Cage where you really wish he’d do more of, I wasn’t expecting that to go so off the rails near the end.
    Being John Malkovich, I dug the crazily creative premise.
    Anomalisa felt so human that the characters are puppets you can easily forget that.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 07:42 PM)
    @Bam: I really want to use Urotsukidouji as my reasoning for why more messed up stuff should be adapted, namely kara no shoujo but the industry will just never be that hardcore anymore.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 10:44 AM)
    In a world where Urotsukidoji gets 3 series of OVAs there is nothing you want to make that is too risqué or edgy that nobody would want to pick up. I get a small startup trying to push their fist film out, but most big Kickstarters are ran by bigname talents that already have a string of hits on their resume. C’mon, just have some faith in your work, it’s just crazy to ask for money upfront.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 10:37 AM)
    SuperMario: I assume you mean Charlie Kaufman’s new film, in which case he already did pretty much whatever he wanted. Have you seen Synecdoche, New York and Adaptation? Now I’m a big ran of the man, but this creative control card gets a bit overplayed. The Under the Dog producers claim the same thing, but looking at their trailer it doesn’t look like anything that Japanese studios don’t already greenlight.
  • SuperMario
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 09:01 AM)
    for me though, I only pay for projects that I’m certain to watch (and have to pay for it eventually), so I don’t see the point not to “helping” them out. It’s all the same for me.
  • SuperMario
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 08:58 AM)
    @Bam I think the core concept is 1) with Kickstarter, many projects that otherwise never could have made is get supported here and 2) creators have more artistic control over their project. Take Amonalisa for example, big studios was very hesitate to fund the film, because of the commercial failure of his first film, but he insisted to get crowdfund and we have one of the more creative animation output last year.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 08:53 AM)
    A lot of the tech stuff is things you will never use twice; like a smartphone microscope attachment. they’re usually pretty shifty with it too. Yeah I’m sure it takes the price of a house to make a video series about sexism in videogames- right? And it takes almost a million dollars to make a 4 level indie game with three guys- seems legit. Must be pretty nice to basically do business with zero chance of failure.

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