Hello, my name is Extrange and I'm addicted to manga…


Girls will notice she’s reading; boys will notice you can’t see her panties.

I seem to suffer from a serious case of Manga fanatism: this week only, I’ve read 80-90 volumes of assorted mangas. And I still want to read more…

Since I was little, I devour books daily, and I really mean daily. Of course at start was comics of Donald Duck and Uncle Scroodge, then I moved to Doctor Strange and and Captain America, while at the same time I was reading more cultural classics like the works of Jules Verne and Arthur Conan Doyle. Soon I was into alternative reading like Sandman or Alien Legion and I was always searching for new material, both in form of comics or books.

Then manga appeared in front of me in the form of Saint Seya, Captain Tsubasa and other classics of those years (even if they were poorly translated into portuguese…). It also helped that series like Neon Genesis Evangelion and Lost Universe were aired in Portugal at the same time. But the problem was, in those days, getting access to manga was hard as hell and still was considered an odd thing; people would associate it with hentai, since we had a good amount of H magazines translated in Spanish selling around). And there was no such thing as scanlation or subbing groups who would translate the japanese material for the fans.


They finaly found their Yaoi doujins.

From that point things evolved; Internet revolution came and the anime/manga community got united globally. I read more and more mangas, ranging from Shojo manga like Card Captor Sakura to Shonen manga such as Rurouni Kenshin. Just recently that I got more involved with the anime universe instead of having a minor role on my choices. Nowadays I even get asked alot of times for advice of which mangas to read or what I think of certain characters.

My manga obsession comes from the fact I involve alot with the stories and characters they depict. I’m the kind of guy who goes emo after reading Nana or gets into high mood after reading Ouran High School Host Club. If I weren’t too clumsy, I could probably be a good actor (atleast I got good look …). Also, after I start reading something, I can’t manage to stop until I get to the ending, even reaching to the extreme of being awake untill 6 am reading all the volumes. All that mixed in gives you as final result my persona.

Another reason for my manga obsession is related to the nature of manga and anime: mangas are inherently richer in plot and animes are inherently richer in action. Add factors like time constraints of production who are tighter in anime and lack of support material leads to most animes adapted to manga to be inferior to their paper counter part. One blatant example is Fullmetal Alchemist: the anime, besides not completely grasping the manga true potential, it makes mad anyone who knows the written plot . That doesn’t mean it’s all like this, and there are cases where the anime surpasses the manga like Kekkaishi and Elfen Lied showed us, but the overall results kinda detracts me from anime.


Mundo Fantasma

The last reason for being such a fanatist is having as friends the owners of a portuguese bookstore called Mundo Fantasma. It’s one of the biggest bookstores specialized in comics and manga, besides having other stuff such as board games, figurines, miniatures and trading card games. The manga section is the biggest you can see around on these sides of Europe and having fairly often new books to read/buy. You can say I spent quite some time there ….

In the future I know that I won’t have so much time to read if I get a fixed job, but until those days arrive I’ll enjoy all the stories that will unroll in front of my eyes.

One last note, during the creation of this post I’ve re-read 3 volumes of Ouran High, read a volume of Battle Angel Alita and a volume of D.Gray-Man….

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  1. dan
    Posted November 25, 2007 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    i noticed her panties were missing. my eyes immediately homed in on that part of the picture.

    do i get a cookie?

  2. Posted November 25, 2007 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Your ‘Reading until 6am to get to the ending’ part reminds me of how I watch anime sometimes.

    Still, I wish I had that sort of collection, I could use it for study and reference material…

  3. Drk Eärwen
    Posted November 25, 2007 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    I totally understand you. I remember when I first saw Hajime no Ippo. Although boxing is one of the most important sports practiced in my country, I myself know little about it, and show even less interest on learning the mechanics. So when a friend of mine lend me the whole series and ovas, I said: “oh well, let’s give it a try”. Addiction doesn’t describe what I felt for this series. The thing is that the series doesn’t cover all the manga volumes that where released at the time the anime came out. So of course, in my need to quench my thirst, I went and looked for scanlations of the manga. To think that right now it’s going thru round 794 (that’s how chapters are called) and that I read all of it in less than a week makes me think I really have an obsession here. And what about mangas that are still running? Waiting a whole week for the chapter to come out is of question. I look for more in the meantime!

  4. Kyra
    Posted November 25, 2007 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    So…much…manga! *gasps and faints*

    Unfortunately my bookstore barely has a shelf of manga. In fact it only has a shelf on the shelf. If that makes sense. I usually try to get manga from my library, and that is pretty limited. (Though now they have manga bookmarks. Which I have taken a few. Because they have bishies on them. That are pretty to look at.) So if I’m addicted to a manga series I either find it online or get someone to buy it for me….

  5. Posted November 25, 2007 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    @dan: You can get a Kleenex…

    @Drk: Hajime no Ippo in one week? Not bad, not bad…reminds me of me reading all the volumes of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Ippo is good but I prefer other boxing mangas like Katsu.

    @Kyra: Bishie lover, heh? Yeah sometimes getting the manga you are after is a bit hard, specially if you look for a particular version of it. My Gunnm: Last Order collection is from Glènat and it’s in French but the store only has a more expensive, English version. So I have to get it from another store which doesn’t get manga ar regularly

  6. Linya
    Posted November 25, 2007 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    I want to go to that store and get locked in for a week.

    ^_^ sure you’re not related to me somehow? That’s exactly how I read my manga. I’ve read entire series in a day, two if it’s long. I’ve watched entire 56 episode anime series in two days–school days (so you know I spent at least some time working and away from my computer). I got into so much trouble in 9th grade–that’s when I found out manga and anime are available on-line. I’d always stay up til about 3-4 am, and only get about 3 hours or sleep. As for FMA anime– sad but true.

  7. Posted November 25, 2007 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    @Linya: hmm that reminds me of seeing all episodes of Eureka Seven on my Wii in 2 days too.

  8. Posted November 25, 2007 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    You can’t see her panties because she isn’t wearing any!

    That’s also why she’s blushing!

  9. Impz the Greenomanic
    Posted November 25, 2007 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Oh man…i am disturbed. I noticed the book until you pointed out about the panties…X_X

  10. Posted November 25, 2007 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    @Impz: It’s your Trap nature conflicting with your visual skills….

  11. Tenryu
    Posted November 25, 2007 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Totally agree with the FMA reference… and then there are some anime that follows so closely that you don’t even want to watch it (personally anyway)!

  12. deelink
    Posted November 25, 2007 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    I understand your manga addiction completely. I also love curling up to a book and get totally lost in that world. When I was reading “Monster” by Urasawa-sensei, I missed bus stops, walked into signs, forgot to eat, my cat got squashed because I sat on him and he scratched me (really badly) for my impudence and I stayed up till stupid AM until I finished it. Mixing licensed volumes and scanlations on my DS.. and computer. In the end the manga fan doesn’t care where they get their manga or how they read it, as long as they get their story. However the collector in me must have pristine editions of my favorite series! They look so good on the shelf uwa!

    I recently missed my train because I was reading the new shojo beat manga S.A, which reminds me a lot of Ouran Host Club!
    Manga is awesome :D

  13. Joe Sargent
    Posted November 26, 2007 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    Well… I read the text before… A kind of “literary culture” against “visual culture”, or something like that… But I look to the panties (just to confirm…).

    And, yes, you are addict… I recommend urgent help! Something like xxxholics… In five or six years you will be cured…

    And do you really believes that there’s any chance about “find a job”?

  14. Posted November 26, 2007 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    I too saw the book before the non-existence of the panties that was noted in your caption. -.-;;

  15. Son Gohan
    Posted November 26, 2007 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    I am also an avid manga reader, though I usually read 1-2 volumes a day. I buy about 30 volumes per month and I have a collection of ~2000 volumes. Every now and then I must sell/donate/throw away some minor series because I have no more space to store them. ^^;
    Fortunately the manga market in Italy is well developed, with 50-60 publications per month, so I have a lot of choice in what I read.

    Re FMA: the manga version is superior, but the anime has its merits. Instead of leaving an open ending for the lack of source material, they chose to develop an anime-only storyline which wasn’t that bad.

  16. Michelangelo
    Posted November 26, 2007 at 4:21 am | Permalink

    I can relate to that, but the manga is a a large dip in the budget. Whereas I have no problem in downloading anime, I think scanlations are a bit sucky to read.

  17. lousy
    Posted November 26, 2007 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    just fyi, my friend isnt an avid otaku but he has read 200+ different mangas (not volumes of manga).
    yea it totally disgraces us who think we like manga/anime

  18. RenegadeXD
    Posted November 26, 2007 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    hehehehe Lol i feel your pain or i guess my pleasure this is a curse that not all of us get unfortunately I got it too
    NOTE: I finish a quite hefty amount of manga and i cant remember them all but once i saw the picture i will remember first manga I ever read is “AMMANO Ai”
    nice manga,First anime watched Is “BTX”

  19. RenegadeXD
    Posted November 26, 2007 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Note: We are cursed or blessed but I can’t stop this feeling watching eureka seven in 2 days after that i watched full metal alchemist 2 and a half I haven’t slept is days after that i was rushed to the hospital because of dehydration T-T But in the end it was all worth it I skipped all living needs just to finish some anime series T_T

  20. Posted November 26, 2007 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    “mangas are inherently richer in plot and animes are inherently richer in action”

    I don’t think this is necessarily the case. The animation of the anime certainly lends itself to actual moving action occuring, but if done well, some manga panels can show much more action than anime. Usually what you say is the case though (Seiji punching cars in episode 2 of the Midori Days anime is a brilliant example of this). And at the same time a lot of manga plots are pretty crappy, and anime can condense plots such that the crappy portions are minimized and the finished product is at maximum efficiency. But again, it’s not a catch all thing. :P

  21. Posted November 26, 2007 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    “mangas are inherently richer in plot and animes are inherently richer in action”

    I would also disagree with the first point, there’s plenty of plotless anime and manga, and plenty of good plots on both. I would disagree that there is a predominant leaning either way to be honest. Although I would agree that anime can better portray action for obvious reasons of medium.

  22. Posted November 26, 2007 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Well. I noticed she was reading, and I´m a guy, what do I get?
    Then when I read what you wrote I had to doublecheck and noticed she wasn´t wearing any panties…

    Reading books on one day is fun. Espacially if it´s a good book you really live and want to know what happends next.

    I´m no fanatic, since I have enough trouble getting time to play the videogames I along with my studies. I save money that way sure but hell, I want to read more manga. And not the mainstream stuff either.

  23. bamboowitch
    Posted November 26, 2007 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Whaa¬ Another fanatic who is more insane that me :P
    I love this post – thank you for making me smile- though I doubt that was the aim and it was more of a ‘this is me’ thing >0

  24. Posted November 26, 2007 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    OMG, you read H magazines when you’re young and then ur parents didn’t stop you, or they did not see you reading it? H magazines as a kid is so wrong and uhh….

  25. Posted November 26, 2007 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    @Reverse Vampire: You need to learn one thing about boys…. everyone of them read porn or hentai when they were kids…and hidden from parents :-)

  26. Posted November 27, 2007 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    “You need to learn one thing about boys…. everyone of them read porn or hentai when they were kids…and hidden from parents”

    Porn was much more exciting when i was 14 and hiding it from my parents.

  27. sakki
    Posted November 28, 2007 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    ah, one of my favorite writers in this blog . . .

    i like reading all your features on new mangas and wow, you’re one person that has a varied taste in reading materials . . . i too have been addicted to books and comics and anime since grade school . . . and now, i’m catching up on reading a lot of mangas since most of my favorite animes were adapted from mangas . . . :) thanks GOD for the internet that now i can read a lot of them (and translated in english too) . . . my friends and i now even enrolled in Nihongo just for it

    i’m just so happy to have stumbled in this blog that i get to know a lot of things about mangas and anime

  28. Posted November 28, 2007 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    @sakki: “ah, one of my favorite writers in this blog . . . ” O.o

    That boosted my ego by 450%. Next you will tell me you are a single girl within legal age and with short hair…..

  29. D.J
    Posted November 28, 2007 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    Cool another addict ^-^

    Although I think I love anime just as much as I love manga.

    I can’t really generalize as to which I prefer. For some I liked the manga better, for others I preferred the anime.

    But I’ve adored reading ever since I was a little kid. I would devour books. To the point I hurt my eyes and had to get glasses for reading, because I strained them too much.

    I would drive my poor father crazy getting the maximum number of books out of the library, sometimes needing to go back the NEXT day to replace them since I had finished them already.

    And they weren’t easy kid books either.

    For me it started off as a habit born from trying to escape the world so I would be left alone. I was always at my happiest with a book in front of me. In fact if my teachers saw me without one they would be shocked.

    One of my favourite things to do is curl up with a good book or manga.

    In fact I think my anime watching time has gone way down because I’ve been reading so much manga lately.

    I just finished a really wonderful series called Crossroad. Its about a little family made up of people who aren’t actually blood related to each other. They at one point parted ways and recently came back together and through some trials and tribulations find that despite being pretty much dumped by anyone who is actually related to them. All they needed to be a family was each other.

    If anyone is interested in a more detailed summary of it, let me know and I’ll do my best.

    In any case I absolutely recommend it.

    I just got through the most recent chapter of Vampire Knight and Hoshi no Utau. I won’t list the others I’m currently trying to read we’ll be here all night! ^-^ Course it was a slow night manga-wise since I watched Transformers again.

    Just know that you are not alone in your manga addiction ^-^

    Ahh Hubby-sama would probably like that picture too. Of course you’d have to pry him away from the Bome Full Metal Panic figures he came home with today from the comic book store. Which I think were totally awesome, he was probably thinking they were totally hot. But really my main thought was. HEY! You guys get all these sexy figures of anime chicks.

    Where’s my Sagara figure complete with Arblest! Or Kurz, Kurz is pretty…

    Sorry got of track, GO MANGA!

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