With February 2012 nearing its last few days, I can’t help but feel that summer break is oh so near. Mostly because the heat is really kicking it up a notch these last couple of days, alongside the final stretch of this semester’s subjects. With exams and such steadily approaching, I decided to hold off some completed shows I had on-cue for the weekend until a week or two into March.
That being said, I don’t want to rush and pull an all-nighter of studying just yet. So taking anime out of the equation for the time being (save for on-going shows, lol) I needed to find something to pass the time when I’m not studying. Light novels doesn’t sit well after studying. Same goes for VN’s. A few curious clicks later though, and I found myself enjoying some manga.
The first manga that I ever saw, and subsequently touched, was Slam Dunk. That was a few years ago (six maybe?) when my neighbor/childhood friend showed me a set of nine-volume paperbacks which, back then, I believed was some comics about a popular TV show that aired at our local television. I remember asking why the cover page was “at the back” and thought that his copy wasn’t printed right. The reaction I got was that of any manga/anime fan today.
I guess what made me steer away from manga was how it was so mainstream here in the Philippines (still is actually). It was in my late grade school/early high school days that talk about Naruto, Bleach and One Piece, could’ve been considered normal school-talk. I was just getting into anime at that time, and I wasn’t really into the whole shounen deal once I stopped watching anime at our local TV. I tried to read Shaman King one time, but a little under halfway through, OneManga “died”. Of course, I tried looking for the licensed volumes, but to me it was very expensive at the time ad thought that it wasn’t worth it.
Fast track to my junior year in high school when I read through Mirai Nikki in no less than two or three days (which, at that time, I believed to be a nice feat) but even then, I didn’t try to look for any other title that would pique my interest.
Fast track again to the later part of 2011, when I got into Kagami no Kuni no Harisugawa. I found out about it from an anime vlogger on YouTube. It was at a time when comedy and romance were already one of my favorite genres, so right away Kagami became an interesting read. It was on-going at the time which was also a first for me.
Which brings us to this month. Kagami had already ended three weeks ago, and at that time I was only following that, Gamaran, which was a recommendation from my high school friend, and Yozakura Quartet. Honestly, after Kagami’s finale, I felt a bit lacking. Without Kagami’s weekly dose of love and humor, I started looking for some sort of substitute. I stumbled upon Nisekoi, which I subsequently enjoyed. After the announcement of the Spring 2012 lineup, I checked out and caught up with Tasogare Otome x Amnesia. Recently, I also got into Nazo no Kanojo X, and today I began reading Medaka Box.
This is a first for me, and I’m really liking the titles I’ve mentioned above (despite how weird some of them are) I really can’t see a common genre among them so I can’t really say I prefer a certain type of manga yet, but nonetheless, born from my idleness, I have found myself appreciating manga more than I did before, even if it was because I didn’t like studying for three hours straight.
So, to the manga readers out there, any titles you’d recommend based on what I’m reading? Or, just something you’d recommend? ^^