Well a week’s gone by and Manga has indeed been read. After my initial impressions of the books mentioned last week I’ve managed to proceed further down the path of Manga Enlightenment. Overall the books were enjoyable to read and for the most part pretty much on par with what I expected from books about vampires and pop divas. I will be one hundred percent honest having to read from right-left proved to be a little more trying than I would have thought at first, however reading Hetalia on the app helped a little with that problem and the thoroughly thought provoking series was made all the more reader friendly.
Of the books I got to read last week an immediate stand out came in the form on Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha Vol. 1. which I will admit I was not expecting. I picked this book up without knowing a thing about it or the man who created it, needless to say I’m happy I did. For those like me who may not be familiar with the late Osamu Tezuka he is regarded by many as one of the masters of modern manga, and after reading Buddha I can see why. I devoured the first volume and even managed to squeeze in two more books over the week, making it the only Manga series I’ve managed to keep up with after the first collection. I wasn’t expecting something so epic in scale when I first picked up the book given it’s older publication date, yet right away I could not help but be swept away by the vastness of Tezuka’s adaption. Of course it may have helped that the English translation of Buddha was printed to be read from left to right.
Thus I’ve decided to explore more of Tezuka’s work during week two, only this time I promise not to cheat. I’ll get the right to left reading thing down if it’s last thing I do.
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