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My Journey with Manga

I figured, with all the manga I’ve been reading lately, I’d talk for a bit about what got me into the medium. Let’s do it!

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Last September was my first experience with manga as a medium. I read Death Note for the first time, and I loved it!

After that, I didn’t pick up another manga for a really long time, the main reason being I couldn’t find one that grabbed me the way Death Note did and I found myself bored by most I picked up.

Then the end of my semester rolled around about two weeks ago.

I’d gotten into this YouTuber named Ryan who is really into manga and has collected over 500 volumes of manga total over the course of a year.

Anyway, one of his beginner recommendations was Uzumaki by Junji Ito. So, I decided to pick it up, as there was only one omnibus volume for the entire series.

I finished the story in about three days, and it ended up being one I read to the end.

Finally, I’d found something that grabbed me again.

After that, I looked more into his recommendations and found some real gems. I read one of his recommendations – a series called Happiness – in two or three days. It’s a series about vampires, and it was really good.

I wanted to get into more work by Tsugumi Ohba as well, but admittedly I was nervous about the series I wanted to pick up.

Platinum End is a series I’d considered picking up a long time ago, but I was nervous when I read the plot synopsis for volume 1, which kind of steered me away from it, because they made it sound too much like Death Note.

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“Now Mirai is pitted against 12 other chosen humans in a battle in which the winner becomes the next god of the world. Mirai has an angel in his corner, but he may need to become a devil to survive.” *Facepalm.*

Good job, publishers, you made this kid sound exactly like Light Yagami, just replacing the shinigami with an angel. I’ll leave a link to the full summary at the end of the post.

But anyway, I finally swallowed my fear and picked it up about two weeks ago. And, surprisingly, it was nothing like Death Note. I loved it!

I blew through the entire series in a week, reading the chapters that weren’t out in physical copies yet on Viz Media’s website in order to have the entire series under my belt before writing a review.

After that, a friend of mine mentioned that there’s a manga based on Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis Moriarty coming out. Now, I love Sherlock Holmes, so this is a must-read for me!

I read the first volume of that, but since the entire series isn’t out in America yet, I’m going to hold off on reading the rest for the time being but – from what I’ve read – it seems interesting so far!

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I am also considering getting into The Promised Neverland, although I may hold off on that as well until the entire series is completed this July.

So, yeah. Most of my reading lately is made up of manga series. It’s an addicting hobby!

The combination of beautiful drawings combined with engaging stories makes it very hard to leave the medium once you’re into it.

I have so many series I want to look into!

So, that’s the story of how I got into manga. I’ve decided to dedicate most of this summer to the medium and I’m excited about what I may find in my search!

Anyway, I think that’s all for now. I don’t know what my next review will be, but like I said, I am looking into a couple of things, so I’m sure I’ll have another post up soon!

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By Amber Rizzi

I am a literature geek working toward my Bachelor's in English with a concentration in writing. I love to read, and I'm always itching to write, especially creatively. I started "The Writer's Library" about three years ago, previously working with a Blogger platform before moving over to Wordpress. While I mainly post reviews of books, occasionally I will go ahead and review works in other media forms as well, such as music and certain television shows. No matter what I'm doing on here, I love to share with anyone who is willing to listen, and I'm excited to finally be on Wordpress!