Author discovers manga. I’m not very different from him, except I probably gave it a lot more thought. You really can’t talk about TV anime in the 21st century without talking about manga, after all. The problem for me is that there are too much stuff I enjoy about anime that’s absent in manga. My main gateway into anime has been seiyuu idols, OP/ED themes and soundtrack music. I still remember the one summer where I listened to Macross Plus soundtracks like a bijillion times. Direction and cinematography may overlap with paneling and framing the shot in manga but it’s not exactly enough to “get” it on from one format to another, even if a sharp-eyed critic can probably appreciate one going to the other. And of course, I adore animation in itself. These are not exactly why people read manga for. Maaaaybe you can say they’re in motion manga type things, but who wants to read manga in a guided mode…?
That said, it isn’t like I don’t read manga. My collection is a few times bigger than Author’s but that’s not saying much. I just can’t really call myself a fan of the categorical format, genre or medium. That said, I highly prefer reading on a portrait-mode monitor. At home, I read it using a Dell U2412m–basically that was the only way I can tolerate JManga while they were around. I just can’t stand reading manga on a tablet. The resolution is crap, either because of the display or the source files (all non-high-quality scans should DIAF). Maybe it’s okay on a Nexus 10 or the latest iPad for some, but it’s no substitute for the paper version in my opinion. Maybe this is because I do the manual “zoom” by holding it to my face, which doesn’t really work on manga on a tablet.
Because I’m not the kind of person who just want to read about “what happens next” on average. I like to appreciate the medium. Which is probably why I would rather subject myself to crap-tier light novels than high-quality, near-artbook, manga tanks that Ed is peddling.
Otakon finally has a public schedule, and that announcement brought the website down. Pretty telling about Otakon this year–it’s a little uncharacteristically late, and it’s going to be crowded. On the other hand when AX brought up theirs, it was just a PDF and it was running off of AWS. Hah. Otakon’s schedule is more like an account-based thing where…obviously some backend sharing was happening. It happened last year too but I didn’t think it was this bad.
I’m going to be there, of course. I have these iDOLM@STER tags that are burning a hole in my wallet and I would love to give them away. If you see me there, let me know if you want one. I’m probably going to ask you a couple questions in exchange, though.
More importantly, I’ll be running a panel with Wah. So if you want to catch me at Otakon you can surely find me there ;) The Panel is Tokyo Otaku Hotspots, scheduled currently for Saturday night at 7:30pm, Panel 4 (which IIRC is in the Hilton). COME ON GUYS DON’T BE SHY. (I am assuming the average reader of this blog is not the con-going type, but tell your con-going friends!) Mainly because there will be prizes.
Here goes hoping the scheduling masters of Otakon (as a press attendee that means several groups of people!) don’t swap things on me to make things difficult.