DeviantArt give me the power to do Journal. So I will use this space appropriately.
Some self questioning:
What are you doing? You have not upload any art this week? </b>
Me: [pissed] I'm bussy
Oh! You're just lazing around
Me: Want me to throw this to you.
It is not that I am not doing artworks this week, opposite of that I am. they are many (in my standards). I have drawn 3 images and plans to do 2 more will color it this Sunday. Guess what the day on Sunday
. I have created a 3d classroom scene and I am studying the lightning set up. I want to try volumetrics lightning on it.
So yes I am creating artworks, I have not finish them yet. But I will upload them this coming week or when I finish them.
Enough of that
Last time on Everything3D Chatroom
ask me about my style. Of course my style was of Anime/Manga that a lot of people here are doing. I am leaning more on the Manga side.
She ask me if I love Mangas and read them I told her yes but only few titles that I really like.
I know lots of people does not like this style specially mainstream anime. I can say I rarely like anything mainstream that goes to anime also.
The Mangas and Animes I like fall into the category of either Comedy-Slice of Life or Drama-Slice-of-Life. Not Shoujo or Shonen, I like the one that are slow paced that most people find boring. I like slow paced and subtle.
For example Masami Tsuda's work use blank panels, that even if they are blank there is a story being told. Takako Shimura's art is clean, simple and innocent in contrast to what the story tackles. I also like Kyohiko Azuma mega large eyes used in Yotsuba&! to portray the mind of a 5 year old kid.
I view manga not just as art style but also literary art where story is shown in panels and spoken by the characters. So what if the eye is too big if it is use properly like Yotsuba's curious eyes or Osaka's dreamy hypnotizing stare. So what if it is simply drawn and characters tend to look androgynous and same face if it used like in Hourou Musuko. What for me is important is it is used properly to tell the story. Half of a manga is art half is story.
Above all this art style is the story. I know Kiyohiko Azuma's Azumanga Daioh and Yotsuba&! are Episodic. Their stories are pretty well told for that chapter. There are no giant robot but relate-able and hate-able characters. There are no villain only themself or their environment they conflict.
I want to do a review of the Manga that I read, they will be probably be biased
because I like them. I will try to be fair in my assessment as much as possible.
Here are the list ^^ and some preview If you would like to read them.
Hourou Musuko (Transient Son/ Wandering Son)
Author: Takako Shimura
About : A boy who wants to be a girl and a girl who wants to be a boy.
Subject: Tackles Transgenderism and sexuality.
Warning : If you are uncomfortable with the topic then don't read.
Why I recommend it: Don't be turned off by the topic or the genre it is classified (gender-bender). It is a subtle and beautiful study of people who might not be born in their right places, the environment they move on, their adaptation and their friends and families reaction.
Kareji no Kanojou no Jijou (KareKano, His & Her Circumstances)
Author: Masami Tsuda
About: A girl who proclaims herself the Queen of Vanity, her quest to perfection and perfect grades and the boy who beats her to be the top of the class.
Subject: The plot is pretty Shoujoish, Boy meets girl thing. It tackles many things teens experience such as insecurity and popularity. Miyazawa's perfect face front and its opposite her ugly narcissistic self and Shuichirou's almost genuine perfection only for it to have a crack exposed by Miyazawa. It also deals with child abuse, premarital sex, teenage pregnancy and psychological struggle.
Warning: You might get annoyed by some of the opening and the subject. Just drop it ok.
Why I recommend it: It is a study, again, this time of different characters. The storytelling and the masterful use of visual gaps is a plus. It is not all pain you know first part is comedy. The most villains of villains that will appear here have their secrets and hardship.
Yotsuba&! (read as Yotsubato or Yotsuba & <whatever the topic of the chapter> i.e. Yotsuba and Electric Store)
Author: Kiyohiko Azuma
About: A green haired 5 y/o orphan girl who leaves with her in-house working father and the people around them who are pretty normal.
Subject: Fun and Play and random stuff that 5 y/o do.
Warning: If you are turned off by large eyes, go away.
Why I recommend it:
First thing do you know where this robot come from
? Answer from the Yotsuba&! manga and he is not a he, it is a she and not a robot but a cardboard box project by Miura that the lead character mistakes to be real. Like every chapter says "Today is the most wonderful day." Every
Each chapter will leave you with a smile or a grin and thinks that kids really do that. It will probably run you to those days when you yourself do all the silliness of childhood. You'll gonna scratch your head sometimes when Yotsuba ask questions or cheer her in her exploits. Oh one more thing Mr. Kowai is the most wonderful father I read in Manga even if Yotsuba is not her biological daughter.
I will close this by saying "today is the most wonderful day" even if I am tired.
I hope this Mangas are sold here. I hope to see them in MIBF so I can have my hard copies