Introducing Mangas That I Have Read From Chinese Scans.

If you are a citizen or traveling around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, one of the most memorable places that you can go is the Suria KLCC, where the Petronas Twin Towers is located. If you are a tourist, I recommend the park outside for a clean nature experience. If you are enthusiastic about art, I recommend the Petronas Gallery where you could speculate about the reason behind the artist’s creations. If you are a business person, you might obtain some news about an industry of your liking at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Website for Suria KLCC: https://www.suriaklcc.com.my/

And if you are a person who wants to learn Japanese or an actual Japanese, or wanted to collect and read physical copies of the manga (packaged with plastic and written in Japanese) that you might be interested in the Japanese section, placed behind the graphic novel section, where you will enter a small island consisted of Japanese literature, artbook and obviously authentic Japanese manga.

Website for Kinokuniya: https://www.kinokuniya.com/

However, I’m a very frugal person and when I see the price tag of the mangas in Kinokuniya for the first time, I was like nope, just window shopping and looking at the physical covers in the future. The reason for my reluctance of being physical copies is that:

  1. For my budget (RM 100, if I’m generous), buying an official English translation of the manga is very expensive (ranged about RM50, which is very dear for me)
  2. While there is a huge section of Japanese manga placed in a space of its own (with exclusive shelves provided for the Weekly Shonen Series and shoujo mangas from different publishers), the price being reasonable (ranged about RM 20) and having even quickly axed manga in the bunch, there’s just a small problem with me (and the general Malaysian public): My Japanese is limited and I felt that money is better spent on purchasing the artbooks
  3. There is also a Chinese section, where the prices are similar to their Japanese counterpart and there is a significant Chinese population, at that point I am like: “why should I bother purchasing manga that after I’ve read it, I have to find some space to keep my purchases and I don’t want my room to be as messy as my sister”.
  4. For the potential Malay purchases, I just simply read them at the bookstore in one go. Malaysian authors and publishers, I am sorry for ruining your purchase and being so stingy that as an adult I don’t even want to purchase a volume of Keith’s Lawak Campus or Zint’s Hope.
  5. Most of all, I can simply read the manga online (both English and Chinese), so basically I am not included in their target demographic.

(BTW, in the Malaysian webpage, the biggest selling manga for April is the 5th Volume for Yugioh arc V and one of the Top 100 selling manga in Kinokuniya for this year April include 2 volumes of the canceled Cross Account)

P.S: For Malaysians, you can spend your free weekends warming your tired heart by reading the Malay translations of Bongo Stray Dogs, Yotsuba, Hyouka and the Silent Voice for a ridiculously affordable price of RM10.

After all of these self-promotive introductions that only appeals to my vanity, I’ll just move on to the main topic, as since the Western & Japanese have very different methods of obtaining the imported manga in the first place, aside from the A-List, their scanlated mangas are quite different.

One of the most striking examples for Chinese scans would be Shinobu Seguchi’s Shuujin Riku (think of Prison Break with the MC being an underaged boy), Non’s Delivery Cinderella (student by day, callgirl by night) and Toshio Sako’s Usogui (genius gambler who gambles while competing under the absolutely neutral judges). The English translations are brief (while Usogai fared better, it pales compared to needing about 300 more chapters to fully complete the entire translation), while the Chinese translations completed both of their work (with Shuujin Riku and Delivery Cinderella being rather popular with the Chinese, even if their plot development becomes weaker as time goes on).

Without further ado, these are (a small part of) my selection of the manga that I’ve read using the Chinese website, which I usually use dm5 for the mangas that are not or rarely scanlated in English.

Beware, spoilers abound since I might explain more about the plot.

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Manhwa Series That I Read All Over The Years

Definition of Manhwa: Comics or manga in Korean.

Being a 2010s manga reader, the manhwa that I have known are webtoons, usually made with color and have some spaces between each other. Usually, some of the manga I have known are dipped with the essence of real life realism in their plot. They are read from the left to right in a vertical view. Also, some of them don’t really have a volume cover for me to really judge.

Here are some examples of manhwa that I have really read (since I don’t fully read The Breaker, The God of High School, Lookism, Killing Staling, Cheese In The Trap, a lot of Koren Hentai that dominates the front page of Mangakakalot and Tower of God, I can’t include them on their list) all over the years. As a summary, this is a short description and my short thoughts on the mangas that I’ve read.

P.S: Would Boichi’s Sun-Ken Rock be included as a manhwa, despite being published in Japan?

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Manga: Three Mangas That Are Cut Short Way Too Early

Despite logging on to manga sites in order to develop some blog posts about manga, and more importantly, finishing my dissertation one week ago (the biggest factor on why I didn’t focus on writing in the blogpost for a long time), I seems that I still struggle on finding the right words to create a satisfactory blog posts about manga that I liked, focusing to writing recaps about The Apartment, even though no one really read it (I will still write about it, and at least it is not as bland as the other 2 Amazing Race knockoffs) and having 1 random guy liked my posts. So without further ado, I will present a blog post about manga as a first step before hesitating to do another. The post is about the 3 mangas that are cut short, way too early, with my requirements of an axed manga having under 5 volumes (though this requirement might as well place in successful one volume mangas since they are under 5 volumes as well).

Warning: Spoilers ahead, although with the way they ended it wasn’t really necessary.

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Kakegurui: The Franchise of Gambling Girls

Image result for kakeguruiJust a year ago in Summer 2017, the Western anime community is introduced to the world of Kakegurui (adaptation produced by MAPPA), where it was immediately compared to Kaiji (though in the manga community, I would compare it with Liar Game and especially Gamble Fish, the latter actually being in a school setting).

In MyAnimeList, it is one of the top animes of the season when it comes to anime fans taking notice of it and it attracted many due to the crazy faces when they end up gambling their inheritance & personhood away if they lose. But unfortunately, the anime is stuck with Netflix, where viewers can only watch the full series in this year (this is almost 6 months after it ended), and in Japan itself the DVD sales ended up being a flop, which is a surprise to me.

So why is it surprising? Cause (or maybe because of it) in Japan, and especially in its magazine, Gangan Joker (Square Enix being the publisher) utterly milk this series for all its worth.

How much is this milked? The legally published mangas (not those yuri fanart that the artist wanted to do) alone under the Kakegurui universe would have been comparable to an above average Shonen Jump series, and it has enough canon content in under 4 years to create an analysis that could reach 5,000 words if one is willing to become analytical or chatty.

Sit back, and watch the craziness unfold after imagining that you are watching the op of the anime while listening to the song.

Note: Since I’m just talking about the mangas of the franchise itself, I will not be talking about the anime adaptation & its original ending, the light novel where the cast went to a poolside resort, a mobile app game where you cheat to win and the upcoming live action adaptation just a year after the anime has concluded & they are adapting from the main manga instead of a spin-off that really should get some love.

Warning: Spoilers Abound, and the covers chosen are the one that I liked the most in this series.

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One Sweet, One Salty: 2 Mangas About (Allegedly) Studying, Rom Com Style

Or an alternative title: 2 Recent Studying Mangas That Reminds You To Prepare For School, Cause I’ve Just Finished My Fill Of My Coursework For My College For Now.

Studying in School, not everybody’s favorite time of their life since except for maybe languages & math, you just didn’t seem to use the knowledge learned from school that often. Even most of the Japanese manga that I’ve read skipped the time where the teacher is teaching the class, cause face it, it’s boring by itself.

Well, except for some mangas that are exclusively about studying. In my opinion for the best studying manga: In terms of technique we have Dragon Zakura by Norifusa Mita, where the cast of 2 students learns the basics of their subjects from the best of the best, hired by a failed lawyer who should have been in the education department for a very long time. In terms of performance, we have Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui, where a group of students must study from an octopus, in both academics and assassination where the octopus is the target, along with fighting their own personal demons and a very oppressive school system.

(P.S: I’ll recommend the Korean adaptation of Dragon Zakura as it improves on every aspect of the manga.)

Opinions aside, it is time for the real stars of this post, the 2 new mangas in 2017 about studying, which you might have already guessed due to one being potentially marketable in the future if the mangaka doesn’t heck everything up and one being successful in Shonen Jump.

Sidenote: Baby Steps turned out to be canceled. What? With Ahiru no Sora & potentially Ippo ending, I feel scared for the future of sports manga in this magazine that is not called Days or Daiya no Ace, the former still being the recent popular sports manga…that is going through its 5th year and lost it’s chance of initial international appeal no thanks to the anime.

Also, what a strange time to say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.

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I’m Bored: Talking about Angel Densetsu (1993)

Angel Densetsu Vol 1
The first Volume that starts it all, kinda basic actually since we don’t know what he looks like

Angel Densetsu
Author: Norihiro Yagi
Serialized: Monthly Shonen Jump (1993-2000)
Status: Completed with 15 volumes & 84 chapters

Some weeks ago, Norihiro Yagi (author of this manga & Claymore, both kinda well known, though I didn’t read the latter) finally have another manga series to be serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday (which meant that the author switched from Shueisha to Shogakukan, and from monthly to daily, a surprising choice from him given his age and what he usually works in). To celebrate in this late news, I’ve decided to talk about a work from him that I reread time to time-Angel Densetsu, and some of the strongest moments from this series.

Warning, spoilers ahead

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