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Only clowns would play with those balloons.

  • Mar. 24th, 2008 at 8:07 PM
thinking - maya
With a look at my list over at MyAnimeList I realised I haven't read any manga at all in a really long time. I am always watching at least one anime, usually several at a time but I just haven't gotten into any manga or continued reading the ones I used to follow since.. I have no idea when, probably starting when I moved here and decreasing to practically nothing over the last year. I am always reading books, a lot more than I used to over the past years because having faster and easier access to originals of English-language ones was a big incentive in reading more and now I can't read fast enough because there are so many books I want to read at once and just not enough time. So it's not a phase of having no enthusiasm for reading. Hm, I wonder what I need as a push into the direction of getting back into reading manga. I would love to finally pick up Bleach again because it's a big favorite of mine and I used to read it for such a long time until I lost track because my life wouldn't leave me any time for it anymore. And the further ahead of me the number of chapters went the less fun it seemed to spend forever to catch up with them, never mind that I would have to go at least ten chapters back to re-read or even start over with the whole story arc I was at or else I probably wouldn't understand everything. I think I never actually even finished Fruits Basket (read up summaries and all for the last chapters but at that time I had no time to actually read them. I also have the German version of Fruits Basket and Death Note to read standing here because I still prefer the German commercial translations over the English ones, hence why I don't buy English-language ones. And I know there were a couple of animes I loved that I wanted to read the manga version of (definitely Claymore). I think I really just need to force myself to start reading Bleach again and I should eventually fall back in love with it while reading. Or pick up something that doesn't have many chapters first and then I won't be so afraid to get back to the bigger stuff anymore.

It's been so long that I wrote anything sort of "fandom"-related here that I decided to just randomly write that down although it's not interesting at all and I have other things to think about. I also want to make a few icons again, for once because there are so many things I never made any of (or not enough by far) because I do it so rarely, and also because when I was looking for some icons to update my repertoire a little and reflect stuff I like now today instead of one or two years ago I had trouble finding icons I liked. Seriously, for some things there just hardly are any at all. Ghost Hound, anyone? One of my favorite animes of the moment and there's practically nothing.. At least I found one post that had icons that I liked for Spice & Wolf which I just fell head over heels in love with - even the LJ community was apparently only recently created though. Neither of those two animes fall into the mainstream taste, it seems, despite them both being original and quite awesome. The other thing is, for things that are popular with a lot of people, I can't seem to find any icons that I even remotely like. Everyone loves Tengen Toppa but everyone also seems to make the same icons from the same pictures in the same colors of the same character (there are other characters than Yoko, people, no matter how cool or sexy she might be or how many fan service pics there are of her!). Same for D.Grayman: There is so much and you can tell people put work into their icons but everything looks the same to me and I just don't like the coloring or style.
But if you really want something just the way you like it you just have to get off your lazy ass and do it yourself.

(Real life happenings and issues to be discussed once they are figured out.)


ichiban_victory wrote:
Mar. 25th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
I haven't touched new anime or manga in forever, I've never really felt the need or want. (I tend to prefer just getting manga in Japanese anyway, since the book binding is better, and the series I like -such as manga based on games like the Zelda series- will never be translated into English anyway.) You're a better fan than I.

I feel weird taking icons made for 'general' uses. I have too much fun making icons just for me, with humor and references that amuse me, but that's just me. It is true that if you want icons to be done right, you better make them yourself.

(Where do you hear of new anime/manga series, anyway? I feel like I'm in a black hole.)
nimry wrote:
Mar. 25th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
I usually check some anime blogs every few months about when I think there should be a new anime season starting in Japan (which would be around now..), and see if I find some overviews or links to those for new ones and if something sounds interesting to me I go download it - usually the ones that are most anticipated in Japan or are adapted from successful manga should be picked up by a fansub group pretty quickly. Normally there are reviews and all of the first couple of episodes of any new series that others deemed interesting anyway so I just look at those and try it out. I am bad at saving bookmarks but some good blogs with such reviews I look at if I want to see what's "new and hot" are Memento or Wakaranai and they should have some others in their links so I just jump from place to place. Since new series are always easiest to get I prefer trying those out and just dropping them after the first two or three episodes if I don't like it instead of waiting until they are almost over but take longer to find as a download (or have been suddenly licensed and taken off most places before I got a chance to get them).

Also, I go click around MyAnimeList and look at what recommendations there are for animes I like since they have a feature where people can say "If you like this anime you will most likely like that one, too, because.." which is pretty neat. If there are twenty people recommending the same thing it definitely goes on my "To Watch"-list!

With manga though, I have no idea what people are reading. If I pick up one it's because I have seen the anime and want to read the manga for it (and know what happens after the anime stops if it only tells part of the story) or because I heard about it from other people. The manga section on MyAnimeList.com is a lot less well-maintained than the animes are, too, so it's not a big help there except for whatever is popular (pretty much just the same things that are popular as animes).

I think it's too much effort for me to make all icons "personal" but I do prefer to at least use a lot of my own ones if I am not too lazy to make them. Most icons I take from other people I don't keep for as long as my ones and replace them after a while anyway except for ones that I found and took because they made me think "Oh, this fits me perfectly! Why didn't I came up with that?" or they just reminded me of something. (I've also gotten interested in looking into certain animes because I kept seeing people post icons of them on LJ in the same posts with icons of series that I liked - like, if someone posted icons for five different series and I like four of them there is a high chance they have a similar taste and I might like the fifth one as well after all..)
nimry wrote:
Mar. 25th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
This post would be exactly what I look for and thanks to being reminded of it by you I can now go and see if there is anything among it that catches my interest. ^_^
ichiban_victory wrote:
Mar. 25th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
Ooh, that is a good rundown! ..but I don't see anything that really looks interesting... Oh well, at least I know it's there. Maybe one of these days something will catch my eye. (If not, I'm more than content with video game storylines. Fire Emblem, for instance. *hint*) ^_-
nimry wrote:
Mar. 30th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
I will definitely give some of those a chance. I see nothing that makes me immediately jump from my seat and scream "I have to see this!" but some sound like they could be good. You never know. (And I didn't find Code Geass quite as outrageous as that person describes it in that post so I was definitely going to watch the second season XD)

(Only got around to look at that post myself now...)