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03 March 2008 @ 11:44 am
Hmmm. Comic book therapy.  
Whenever I am feeling stressed or frantic I'm noticing that manga (comic books in general, actually) helps distract and calm me far more effectively than food, movies, regular books, video games, or exercise. I'm wondering if I could track the high stress points of my life by the spikes in comics purchased. For example, I've blown a lot of money on manga in the past few weeks and the last month at work has been quite stressful. Is there a correlation? I also sold a ton of books on Amazon in the past month for a hefty chunk of change, so I've also had the money to spend. So it could also be a mere coincidence that last month I've managed to:
1/ Revive my interest in Elfquest
2/ Tracked down random series I read parts of in high school but never finished
3/ Catch up on my regular series
4/ Start several new titles

Side note: I still love the art from Magic Knight Rayearth, but I honestly do not remember the translation being so awful in high school. Did they re-translate the books for a younger market?

Also: Boys Over Flowers was a fun anime to watch, but man. Tsukasa Domyoji's hair looks so weird in the manga, at least in the first volume. Bizarre faux-dreadlocks. Does he keep those the whole time? Doesn't look like it. Anyway. I have a geology test to study for, can you tell from the procrastination?
Kuruma Chidorichidorichan on March 3rd, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
MKR (and Sailor Moon), as one of TokyoPop (or Mixx Media, as it was once known)'s very first manga titles was horribly translated, flopped, etc. the whole bad deal. ;-; I know that not too long after their original unflopped manga became the standard (and props to them for that), they re-released MKR in unflopped versions (which I wanted but had already bought the flopped ones), but I don't know if they changed the translations or not.
Suzik00kaburra on March 3rd, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
I had the flipped versions of the first two volumes, but earlier this month decided to read the Rayearth II series and ended up getting the unflipped versions so I'd have a matched set. (I'm strangely OCD that way) As I was reading the unflipped volumes the conversations with Guru Clef and Presea weren't at all the way I remembered them (Alcyone seemed quite different too) but I couldn't say exactly what the differences were.
sami-pisamikitty on March 3rd, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
haha~ i'm sooooo with you on the manga reading. for some reason, when i'm feeling really blah and like i'm so tired of life/work, i purchase loads of manga. it used to be archie comics... haha... which are cheaper... but manga... they're like tv dramas, novels, cartoons, fashion mags, all rolled into one! when i first started working full time... i think that's the first time i ever bought an entire series almost all at once. ^O^;;; it was "Mars" (which i still totally love).

i've been super craving girlie shoujo romances lately. ^O^;;; reading "Kitchen Princess" and "The Wallflower"...

as regards "Boys Over Flowers", i've been told that the mangaka's artwork really does improve as the series progresses. haha.
Suzik00kaburra on March 3rd, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
Mars is one of my all-time favorites; that is such a good series! I've just started Boys Over Flowers and Tramps Like Us. I've been reading a lot of the 'Shoujo Beat'-type titles like Absolute Boyfriend, Nana, Red River, Hana-Kimi...which I've liked. Was reading W Juliet but the premise has gotten old and I'm not sure I want to continue with it.

I've been meaning to check out the Wallflower so I'll add that to my list :-p Don't recognize the name "Kitchen Princess" how's that one?
sami-pi: blisssamikitty on March 4th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
Mars really was quite breathtaking. haha!

i didn't really get into the manga for Boys Over Flowers, because my friend was reading it in chinese and she basically spoiled me for most of it. haha. i'm thinking about hana-kimi, but i'm not sure... but does it get tiring? the whole girl being disguised as a boy thing? everyone seems to like it though...

the Wallflower is pretty cute but i find that people are really polarized about it. haha. people either love it or hate it. probably you should flip through a book at the bookstore if you can before actually purchasing it. Sunako, the lead character, spends most of the time in SD form. ^O^ i find it hilarious, but a lot of people get irritated by it.

Kitchen Princess is totally girly, childish story about a junior high school girl with an amazing cooking talent... and of course there's a love triangle or two. mostly i love it because i'm obsessed with food. lol!

Suzik00kaburra on March 13th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure about Hana-Kimi, actually. I think it is great fun and don't really get tired of the premise (although I find myself wondering again and again just how stupid several cast members must be to have failed to figure out she's a girl by now) but my boyfriend insists that it isn't so great and couldn't read past the first volume. One thing that gets ridiculous is all these otherwise-straight boys keep falling in love with "him." One in particular is crazy mad for her, and I just keep thinking "Can't she just tell him she's a girl so he'll stop having an identity crisis, at least?" But it's fun in a mindless way.
当て字: 8)ateji on March 4th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
Heh. I use American comics for de-stressing. Had to take one with me today and finish it just before class; needed the mental lift up.