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Tackling Gintama at Snail Speed

I am the marathon type of manga reader. I prefer reading completed manga or picking up new titles which already have plenty of scanlated chapters. Unless I am very curious about the story development, I usually wait until there are a couple of chapters released to start reading again. Then I focus on finishing the manga or all the available chapters before I read any other. This is not the case with Gintama. I describe my reading style as slow and distracted.

Obviously, I do enjoy reading this tale of silly, easy going, airhead silver curly haired samurai, whose dream is to have a straight hair. If not I would not have been so persistent in reading it. The manga is jammed pack with gags, parodies and puns. Despite accusation of being a copycat and unoriginal because of them, it does have a story of its own and its characters are also very well developed. Hideaki Sorachi had exposed me to as many variety of plots and settings a mangaka can do in one title; amongst others: a video game face off, a naval siege, robotic coup de tat and my favorite, servitude in a haunted ryokan.

Seinen Wednesday 3: Kaze no Yojimbo

Let’s take a break from Manga and divert to anime this week.

Kaze no Yojimbo is one of the first Seinen anime series I have ever watched. Thinking back, it might be one of the titles which converted me into a fan of the seinen genre.

By Studio Pierrot
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery Seinen
Aired: 2001

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kaze no Yojimbo (trans. Bodyguard of the Wind) is a 2001/2002 Japanese animated television series based on Akira Kurosawa’s chanbara film Yojimbo.

The series follows George Kodama into the small town of Kimujuku. The wanderer quickly realizes he is an unwelcomed visitor and becomes caught up in a violent conflict between rival crime syndicates.

Seinen Wednesday 2: The Path of the Assassin (Hanzo no Mon)

By Koike Kazuo and Kojima Goseki
Genre: Historical, Martial Arts, Mature, Seinen
Scanlation status: Completed
Read Online: Homeunix Manga

From Dark Horse:

Path of the Assassin, called Hanzo no Mon in Japan, is the story of Hattori Hanzo, the fabled master ninja whose duty it was to protect Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ieyasu was the shogun who would unite Japan into one great nation. But before he could do that, he had to grow up and learn how to love the ladies!

As the secret caretaker of such an influential future leader, not only does Hanzo use vast and varied ninja talents, but in living closely with Ieyasu, he forms a close friendship with the young shogun.

Forget the high tech loaded, gun slinging, sword swaying, over imaginative action Seinen. Today, I am going to introduce you to the art of war the ancient Japanese way. The Path of the Assassin is a must read, especially for historical manga fan.

Hime’s Pick: Wolf Guy

I started reading this manga randomly because of its somehow enticing title. I mean.. Wolf Guy sounds like rrrr. Haha. Although, the story description sounds very common. It goes:

Ms. Aoshika is not only divorced, but an under appreciated teacher at her job. But one drunken mishap leads her to witness firsthand the brutal assault and murder of a young man. However, after fainting, she awakens to discover that all of the assailants have been seriously wounded.

And to her further surprise, the next day she discovers that not only is the young man, Akira, she met the night before alive, but he is now her new transfer student.

10 Manhwa & Manhua That Hime Loves, And You (Boys & Girls) Should Give a Chance

For years, Japanese manga has been my preference compared to Chinese (Taiwanese) manhua and Korean manhwa. One of the important component of a comic is the art, and most Chinese (Taiwanese) and Korean ones generally have ‘rougher’ drawings compared to the Japanese manga. I couldn’t get into the stories either for some reason.

Back in 2006, Entropy, the group which I was scanlating under released a Korean manhwa ‘The Bride of the Water God.’ This manhwa, blew me away with its art and plot. In the same year ShoujoMagic also released a wondeful Taiwanese manhua, ‘The One’. Both of these manhwa/manhua really changed my opinion regarding the capabilities of Korean and Taiwanese mangaka.

Since then, there has been an increase of scanlated Chinese manhua and Korean manhwa circulating around the web; revealing variety of genres, art style and themes. I have also have taken a liking to a number of Korean manhwa and Taiwanese manhua in variety of genres; shoujo, josei, shounen and seinen.


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