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How the Library Became My Go-to Place for Manga and Comics

July 16, 2014

narutaki_icon_4040 Lately, whenever I say to someone, “Oh, check the library.” I get this look, followed by something close to: “My library never has anything I want.” I’ve taken notice because I find myself telling people to go to the library more and more often these days. I can’t really blame them for their opinion on the library though, after all up until about a year ago I hadn’t borrowed a book in a decade.

Let’s be clear, that doesn’t mean I hadn’t read a book in decade, but simply I had been buying them instead of going to the library. Then, suddenly (sooo not suddenly), my Brooklyn apartment felt full to bursting with books and I decided I had to make a change.

I went into purge mode. I found a place to donate books. Some friends were even inspired to pare down their own collections. I set a strict rule that any book that stayed was 1) something I loveLOVED and 2) was in a desirable format; everything else had to go. And this extended to all the books in my house including graphic novels, comics, and manga; everything had to be reassessed.

After I decided to change my habits, I had to figure out a better way to acquire new material without filling up my house again. Because, let’s be honest, there was no way I could have stuck to my plans if I didn’t have a place to read new things.

The library saved the day. The library is amazing.

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Prego, Ragu, and Anime Pacing

July 9, 2014

hisui_icon_4040 If you really like arguing with people on the Internet there are a treasure trove of topics that by merely off handily mentioning them can cause a maelstrom of debate without even the smallest amount of effort. Beyond that each fandom has it own unique hot buttons that can ruffle the feathers of that group more than anyone else. Anime fandom is hardly an exception. Moe, fan service, the proper use of term otaku all come to mind as easy kegs to spark with any congregation of anime and manga aficionados. But one thing that always gets anime fandom riled up is hardly unique to the fandom but seems especially divisive among anime fans none the less.  It is constantly brought up in reviews and any discussion of a series big or small, shonen or shojo, popular or obscure. It is probably not extremely more significant in anime and manga fandom but since I am neck-deep in anime and manga fandom I see it more here. That is the issue of pacing.

Unlike art, story, music, characters, or presentation it is rarely something that is given a quantifiable number score. There might be someone out there that says Evangelion has a score of eight in pacing but Azumanga Daioh has a four but I have never seen them. More often than not it gets brought up in an overall review or around the half way mark of a series when its airing. That said I have seen it as a topic of debate as early as the first episode of a series and it usually just becomes more and more of a topic of discussion as the series goes on. The longer a series is the more the topic comes up and the deeper the arguments are. It gets to the point where it seems like you cannot bring up a long shonen series without the topic coming up.

The thing is there seems to be little consensus on any given series. Really long series tend to garner a good deal of resentment over their pacing and pacing eventually breaks down to arcs of the show being judged individually as well as pieces of a whole. Very short series tend to get off lighter with some noticeable exceptions. Everything else seems to be a tempest in a teapot. I have recently seen people call Kill la Kill perfectly paced, far too hyper, and meanderingly lethargic. I remember the debate over Penguindrum’s pace being rather fierce. People will remember the soccer episode of Eureka 7 more than the Alamo. But why? What causes such a fierce debate? I have wondered that because for all the discussion there seems to be no easy answer to why two people will have such different opinions on pacing.

It turns out tomato sauce might have the greatest insight into why this is always such a topic of debate.

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Hisui Dream Diary #4

July 8, 2014

I don’t regularly remember my dreams or keep any sort of dream journal but I have learned the trick to remembering your dreams is to repeat what happens in the dream to yourself out loud as soon as you wake up. It commits the dream to a longer term part of memory. And so I do not know how often I will be able to write posts like this but I consider this part one of an irregularly updated ongoing series. It is all dependent on when I remember dreams that are worth talking about on the blog.

It has been awhile since I have done one of these but I think the warm weather distinctly facilitates them. I’m a bit more likely to be kicked out of REM sleep and then stay awake when it is hot. I tend to stay in bed when it is cold letting me forget any dreams. Hopefully we will get one or two more of these before the end of the summer. In the end only time will tell.

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The June 2014 Line-Up

June 30, 2014

narutaki_icon_4040 It is time for all the simulcast announcements though in a weird twist they seem concentrated on a few key shows. Hopefully the first week of July will give us the rest of the new season of anime.

hisui_icon_4040 Part of me always wonders if there are two people at Discotek who have a bet with each other that they can get the most people to say, “I can’t say I expected that!” whenever they announce a title. There are hardly bad choices but you can’t say that they are in any way easily predictable.

The Line-Up is a monthly rundown of new anime, manga, light novel, artbook licenses, streaming/broadcasting announcements, crowdfunding projects, anime/manga projects, and live-action anime/manga adaptions.

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