manga post of the day
I just posted a news item over at Destroy All Monsters citing an article in the English-language Japan Times that provides a pretty good beginner's primer on manga--Japanese comic books, which enjoy a much more widespread readership than their American counterparts.
What's inside? The answers are as diverse as the manga themselves, from the wacky pirate adventures of the boys' manga "One Piece," to comics for women featuring beautiful youths falling in love with each other. What is striking, especially to outlanders used to the formulaic superheroes of American comics, is the unbuttoned, unhinged quality of so many manga -- even ones for schoolkids. The hero of Eiichiro Oda's "One Piece," for example, is a boy who runs off to seek fame and fortune as a pirate -- and happens to have a rubber-like body from ingesting a magical plant. Imagine a stretchy Spider-Man, minus the latex suit.
The article doesn't mention that in some shoujo manga--the ones aimed at a femaile audience that feature ""--the youths involved are sometimes of the same gender.
(continued in the next post)