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.
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….