近海る (Kin Kairu)

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Randomly Picked Manga: Some Background

When I arrived on my island, I remember asking the residents if there were any of the usual businesses that I was familiar with my first time being in the country.

“Are there any Book Offs?”

No.

“Are there any 7-11’s?”

No.

“Is there…an electronics store?”

Only the one part of the giant mini-mall.

However, when I was brought to one of the only used game, manga and DVD stores, I was in bliss. One of the many cool parts of Japan are the second-hand stores, where one can really get some prem-o things for dirt cheap, like manga. At a regular book store, a volume typically runs around 400-600 yen ($4.00-$6.00), but used easily go for 150-400 yen ($1.50-$4.00) at most. It’s easy to sort of binge on the stuff.

Since moving, I’ve frequented this particular store quite a bit and have simply been amazed at the mass of used books they have. With such a library, I wanted to branch out and see what I could find, even blind-buying if something caught my eye.

Which all leads to a new project I’m going to attempt called Randomly Picked Manga. The plan is simple: I pick a manga based on the cover and maybe a few pages I flip through and talk about it. There are some minor things to cover, though.

1) Here’s the cue to put on some thick rimmed glasses, but I’m going to try to review something that has had very little attention or not any major cross-market knowledge. This is to avoid any “Hey, I found this little know-nothing thing called Dragonball!! Nyuck, Nyuck.”
2) I will try to go into the manga as blind as possible, but of course something will have to draw me to it from initial page-flips.
3) No porn.

The plan for now is to try to do one of these per month, but, as I’m sure it’s bound to happen, there will be changes to the production of this project. Of course, recommendations are always welcome. Just send them to the email in the about page or right here in the comments.

Let’s get crackin’!

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