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Make Me Write Something Up!

So I've been reading things, but you don't know that because I haven't been writing about them.

Which books and/or manga would you like to hear about?

Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosely (mystery; read on vacation)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (novel; read on vacation)
Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith (YA fantasy novel; read on vacation)
Double Whammy by Carl Hiassen (comic mystery; read on vacation)
Kekkaishi, vols. 1-10 (Shounen manga)
Bamboo Blade, vols. 1-5 (Shoujo manga)

Also, does anyone want to talk about the final four volumes of Samurai Deeper Kyo? I think it would be pretty hard to sum them up without spoilers, but I'd enjoy talking with anyone else who's just finished the series.


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Jul. 31st, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
Wait, Bamboo Blade is shoujo? I've only read one volume (vol 2) but I had it pegged as shounen.

I read most of the final volumes of SDK in a combination of scans/raws+trans ages ago, but haven't read the last 6 licensed volumes yet.
Jul. 31st, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)

Well, shoujo is my guess. Although I see it was published in a seinen manga. I'm so confused. (And you can't edit a poll.)

The presence of the boy characters is insignificant, the fanservice in the actual story (as opposed to the color extras, which were immensely disappointing to me when I found them online) is minimal (especially compared to, say, SDK), and a lot of the storyline has to do with the girls, their interactions, their issues at school, and their interactions with their families.

So why would it be shounen? It's the girliest thing I've read in manga since Ouran.

I guess I really don't understand the categories!


Jul. 31st, 2010 08:08 am (UTC)
The thing you have to remember, nee-chan, is that the big demographic categories are all down to the classification of the magazine that originally published a series, and may have little to nothing to do with any seeming genre tropes or audience appeal elements in the actual manga content. Bamboo Blade could hardly be more female-centric, or girlier, than Inubaka, but that runs in a seinen magazine, too! (And if the disappointing color art you're referring to was fanservicey sexualized stuff of the girls -- well, I think you've found the evidence of the intended crossover appeal to the teen boy/young adult male seinen demographic right there, much like all the moe fanservice pinups and random panty shots in Inubaka. I think shonen mags, especially huge ones with a rather formulaic house style, tend to be bigger on having a strong focus on the boys; by the time you hit the seinen market the primary audience is much more interested in girls and the stories reflect that -- and not always in the more blatantly sexy way of something like Black Lagoon; more cute-and-innocent types have a pretty huge following too, and there is a lot of totally female-centric stuff that has massive fanboy followings. (Remember Majima in Flower of Life, for instance? I'd be willing to bet EVERYTHING he buys is focused on female characters, and plenty of it isn't porny.)
Jul. 31st, 2010 08:10 am (UTC)
Can I put in a write-in vote for Peter Høeg? *puppy-dog eyes*
Jul. 31st, 2010 09:08 am (UTC)
Did you read the ebook version of Crown Duel or the printed book? I'm asking because the ebook version has outtakes from Vidanric's point-of-view after the story itself.
Jul. 31st, 2010 09:08 am (UTC)
Also, a vote for Samurai Deeper Kyo - although I have only bought the anime, not the manga (so obviously don't know the real end).
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