Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Manga in Japan日本の漫画について

It's strange, In America it always seemed like I was reading manga. But, now that I actually live in Japan, I barley pick it up. I do occasionally check out some of the monthly magazines just to see what's current though. Let's take a look...

I'm no expert, but these three magazines seem to be the best; Kodansha's Afternoon, Shueisha's Ultra Jump, and Shogakukan's Ikki. There are also weekly magazines, but let's stick with the monthlies for now.

One of my favorite mangaka is Daisuke Igarashi. He's probably best know in the states for Children of the Sea. Anyway, his work (and for a while Matsumoto Taiyo's too) is published in Ikki. I bought the issue you see above because it has what looks like a new series by him. Unfortunately he just did that cover and a poster... No story yet. A giant advertisement... I felt duped. But it wasn't a total loss. There was some pretty strange cool stuff (see below) by a guy named Murai.

Ultra Jump is also pretty consistently good. Right now Cloth Road by okama and Dogs by Shirow Miwa stand out to me.
ウルトラジャンプにも期待できる。今、OKAMAが描いているCLOTH ROADと三輪士郎のDOGSが目立つ。

...and finally there is Afternoon. This has one of my favorite comics, Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal. It also has another one of my favorite mangaka's latest work. Tsutomu Nihei's Knights of Sidonia.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The plot thickens... 筋が厚くなる

I have no idea if anyone can tell what's going on here. The pace of this manga is slowwwwwwwww...

I might have to re-think my strategy. ...It might just be better to release these pages on my deviantART account and collect them here when they're done.

I'm starting to think it might be cool to use this blog as a place to write about "the Japanese manga scene" as I set about trying to figure it out.