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Greetings, with holidays coming up, things get real busy, but this is also the month for a manga movable feast on Hikaru no Go. During the period of December 26-31, I would be rounding up, and creating an Archive that deals with all things about Hikaru no Go (ヒカルの碁). So I invite anyone who has something to say about this series to blog, podcast, or discuss about it. If you have written anything in the past about Hikaru no Go, please forward links to me. I would gladly include it in the archive.
I also invite if people can’t think much about this series, to explore, blog, discuss about other manga series that talk about some form of board game. I can think of Shoji, Mah jong, Hanafuda, or Karuta.. still just to talk about weiqi (Go) is pretty nice.
Please use the hashtag of #hngmmf. I can be reached at a couple of ways. Twitter is @animemiz, or send it by email at animemiz(at)gmail(dot)com. Now if anyone wants to participate and doesn’t have a blog, email me, and I can host the article on this blog.
Randomly as I was going through my feeds, and looking for stories to send over to the Paper via Anime Diet’s weekly Sphere Round, I came across this story from Comicattack.net talking about how does a reader get their comic book fix going on. My instant thought was awww.. does this need a manga alternative response or what.. and by alternative do I mean.. what can an English reader do about manga?
MMF has flown by this year… and with the holiday season coming up, along with real life issues. My writing has taken a back corner. So I am very thankful for this weekend…. please don’t mind me if I get on tangents and on a soap box, I’ll try to rein myself in.
For the better part of my life, anime and manga has shaped my preferences and purchases. Manga was a type of book, that was given to me alongside Archie Comics and all the Baby Sitters Club books. I fell into loving Anime first, so it wasn’t until I was seven or eight that I got my first manga, which was a Chinese translated City Hunter. Up to this day, I still look forward for the day that I am able to read this series completely without understanding the gist of every other word, just as I would love to get my hands on Umi no Triton when it gets released in English. City Hunter did get a limited release in English, but Raijin went under, and the copies of translated City Hunter went quickly oop. But I digress… I am thankful for manga that ultimately gets licensed to be produced in English.
I am thankful for mangaka who may or may not find financial success in life, but ultimately writes stories, where it would inspire and entertain others.
I am very thankful for manga titles that are not just Naruto, Death Note, Soul Eater, Black Butler, Bleach, though those titles have fans of their own, and I would defend Tegami Bacchi, Gintama, Yu Yu Hakusho, or Dr. Slump.
Thank you Japan, Osamu Tezuka-sensei… Taneguchi-sensei…
I am thankful for the NYC three library systems that help fuel my addictions.
I am thankful for the existence of BookOff as with Kinokuniya in New York. Thank you for providing a place where I can get unshrinkked or shrinkwrapped books. Thank you John, Ando-san, other Kinokuniya staff I talk with, and thank you Kaori-san.
I am thankful for the various publishers that exist to push forth manga publications and that I would willingly throw my wallet toward. Thank you for booktalking your products, shouthouts to Ed, Robert, Robert, Dallas, Robert [There's a couple of industry Roberts] (Vertical, Kodansha, Gen, Fanfare, DMP, Sublime, DMG, DMP, JManga, ALC, Yen).
I am thankful for being made aware of this online manga blogging community, via Twitter… there’s a lot of people I like to talk to about manga. Often I would be matching their enthusiasm with my thoughts or energy. I am very grateful for all the times we meet. So a quiet shoutout to Michael Pinto, Tony, Deb, Ed Sizemore, Kate (manga critic), Danielle (all about manga), Sean (toukochan), Erica (yuricon), Ginger, Brigid, Corrina (coco), monsiur la moe, moritheil, gendomike, and Tianmat’s Review. There’s others I probably should thank, but thanks for all the conversations we had in person or on Twitter, about this obsession of mine.
Take a look at other MMF contributions over at Matt’s Rocket Bomber.
In just a couple of more weeks, MMF for this month would happen. Before that, Anna: host of the MMF is giving away free manga of either Ouran High School Host Club 1 and 2 or Rasetsu 1 and 2.
The contest draws to a close on Sept 9 and is only open to US. citizens, so if you happen to want to get some free manga… take a look at details there.