Catching Up: Manga

I forgot to post yesterday! Don’t worry though, you didn’t miss much.

The topic was manga, chosen by Justin C at UT Austin. The reason you didn’t miss much is that I know almost nothing about manga. Which probably means I’m too Western-focused in my interests (or not).

A disclaimer before I begin: There are few things that I dislike. I usually either love something or am apathetic about it. Rarely do I ever dislike anything.

I am on the verge of disliking manga, only because I know people who will sometimes do nothing except read manga/watch anime all day. Not to say that I don’t waste a lot of time myself. But just the idea of reading (or more like viewing, as manga is heavy on the visual) and/or watching a screen seems passive and mindless compared to other forms of entertainment. If you play WoW, you’re actually DOING something, actually doing a lot of things. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather play a video game, which is interactive, than watch TV, which is usually passive (though I do like movies, as there’s normally a LOT of effort put into them, and many ARE mentally engaging). The same goes with reading a comic—it’s a lot different from reading a novel. But maybe that’s just me.

Furthermore, WoW players that I know will very often reflect upon their playing. I don’t know about manga/anime followers. Alright, enough of criticism without actually knowing any manga. Hopefully there will not be over 9000 angry manga fans that decide to bash this article.

(Ironic, eh?)

One thought on “Catching Up: Manga”

  1. ಠ_ಠ

    Well, with a name like this, I can’t exactly say I am against manga/anime. I’ll say this much, it is very easy, extremely easy to be a mindless ٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶ or ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ and just rot your brain watching/reading this shit.

    However…

    You’re neglecting it’s role as a medium for story telling. I can tell from your blogs you read a lot of books. It’s not altogether unfeasible to see and treat manga/anime as a visual story telling medium. This is very different from treating it as an ends or means in and of itself because as with any good story, it places a certain onus or burden on the reader/viewer/listener to think about what is being said, or in other words to actively peruse through and analyze what is being said. While admittedly many of the “stories” told in manga are your typical mindless shounen crap that doesn’t prevent them from probing at deeper issues.

    I am not saying I disagree that there are a bunch of dumbfags out there who watch anime and rot away, but that isn’t a reason in and of itself to disregard and/or dislike one of the more interesting forms of expression and storytelling that we have open to us. The benefit of visual media is that is more immersive and allows a greater precision in conveying some details, typically physical ones and less at others typically subtle emotions. That said it can also tap some emotions much better (e.g. sadness). I’ve never read anything in a book that made me cry, a couple of animes have made me come close (Kanon comes to mind).

    So stop herp a derping.

    Hurf durf,

    ┐( ̄ー ̄)┌

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