For the Love of Anime and Manga

Sunday, June 30, 2013

I’ve wanted to try this for a long time.  This idea has been going back and forth, in my mind, and I’m just going to go ahead and post things about it and hope there is some great feedback on it. 

Throughout my second year in college, anime and manga have become a bigger part of my life than they ever have been before.  For those of you who may not know what anime and manga are, they are Japanese graphic novels (manga) and animated shows (anime).  Back in high school, I loved Vampire Knight but refused almost every other manga out there.  Looking back, I didn’t appreciate the art of manga and anime as much as I do now.  I needed someone, back then, to show me that manga and anime is not only wonderfully developed stories but, also, an art form.  Since then, I have read and watched quite a bit and continue to do so.

With this new-found appreciation for these types of books and shows, I wanted to bring all of that to The Bucket List.  So, here’s what I want to do:

Every other month or every two months, I will tackle a new manga (whether completed or not) and watch the anime based on the books.  Since I race through the manga so fast, I will post one review of the manga and one review for the anime (one review for each season).  Manga reviews will be structured a little differently than other reviews: there will be a rating for art rather than writing style, and a few other differences. 

Starting this month or possibly next month (since I just realized June is over), Black Butler will take over.  However, not entirely, The Bucket List will continue to run as normal as ever except that you should watch for daily posts on the anime and manga of that month.  This is where I need your help.  Eventually, I am going to run out of manga that I am familiar with to read and anime to watch.  I want some recommendations and depending how many manga are suggested, there will be a poll at the end of every other month.  Sound good?

What is your favorite manga and/or anime?

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    InuYasha the Movie: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass