One of the things I’ve never really covered in this the space of this blog is that I do read manga. Actually a ton of it to a level that is not healthy. What do I do with this time I’m reading it? I pretty much spend it complaining about the realism in fiction.For those who want to know, it generally works like this. I go through and pretty much look for usually anything in the genres of Romance, Ecchi, Harem and School Life, the more of these the better. I then approximately catch up and as the romantic story line comes in I pretty much.
So take something recent like Nisekoi and there are just so many ways to take it apart in a logical sense. Are there even gangs of yakuza around like that anymore. Why is the best girl (Ruri) in the series not given enough time? What ever happened to the locket? And really no one is as noncommittal as Raku in real life.
Or there’s another one of my favorites Tonari no Kashiwagi-san which involves a pair of relationships. The secondary one seems just so deadly serious about everything that entering into a relationship becomes a life-long bond. It’s just the 2nd year of high school, there’s plenty to happen afterwards. And our title character doesn’t seem to quite grasp human relationships, but she’s there looking attractive half the time.
Meanwhile, Denpa Kyoushi seems to be all about making the main character into the denpa modern version of Great Teacher Onizuka. Since it hit popularity, now my biggest issues happen to be with the glacial pace the timeline in the story seems to be moving in. What happened to his popular blog? Does he simply not care enough about it anymore to be distracted by this teaching gig. I could care less about the whole being way too talented to simply be a teacher. It doesn’t pay enough either way. He’s desperately screwed in either profession, so he may as well just fail at his job and teach entirely life lessons.
Now Watamote, I can’t actually find any faults with it at all from a realism standpoint. That’s exactly what everyone’s experience in high school was like. Even the popular kids were unpopular.
Why do I bring this all up? I have this feeling that comes with reading manga that it is the fact that it feels more disposable. Chapters can be knocked off in a few minutes, so they just feel like they have less value than 20 minutes spent watching something in motion. Then again, the genres I tend to read probably don’t convey any sense of greatness. I doubt there is any great work in those genres. And before anyone tells me I’m wrong, I probably haven’t read enough for it to matter yet.