Tag: shounen sunday

Cross Game MMF: Living Landscapes

Have you ever thought of something so different when you see a landscape drawn in manga? Say for example, you saw this river from this page in Cross Game. Would you honestly think of what happened next just by seeing this river?

#17 – Solanin by Inio Asano

Solanin by Inio Asano Serialized in Shounen Sunday Published by Kodansha and Viz. There are times when we just want the world to stop. There are times when we try to ask the meaning of our lives. There are times when we wish to find […]

#07 – Meitantei Conan by Aoyama Gosho

Meitantei Conan / Case Closed
by Aoyama Gosho
Serialized in Shounen Sunday
Published by Shogakukan

I’m trying my best to start this review without fangirling. However, as I type the sentences, I can’t help but squee over which I should tackle first and how I should tackle this mammoth of yet another cultural icon in the world of not only manga, but of Japan, Detective Conan. In the end, I have resolved to solving this in the same manner that Aoyama Gosho starts a case with Conan: surprise.

I have been aware of Detective Conan for some while. Like most of you, I approached Detective Conan with much skepticism. For one, it was LONG and a shounen story at that (so you know that it won’t be one of those ‘in-depth’ mangas). Back then, I knew I had to struggle reading through 30 volumes and infinity to read this manga. It would require my dedication follow this manga if it reaches zeta. Nonetheless, I gave it a shot a few years back and borrowed a friend’s tankoubon to get started. And in an instant, I found myself suddenly involved in a baffling mystery that I’m just itching to solve.

#06 – Touch by Adachi Mitsuru

Touch by Adachi Mitsuru
Published by Shogakukan
Serialized in Shounen Sunday

Touch. I got into Touch one afternoon where there was nothing I could do but watch some free videos online. It was considered as the highest rated anime ever. It is so popular that it’s an institution. It is, as some have noted, a classic among all manga stories. According to my friend’s mother, it was so popular in Japan that TV stations looked for girls like Minami. Koushien became the most popular sports event over the summer. And the manga turned Adachi Mitsuru as the premier mangaka of the 80s. In short, it was the series of the decade.

Years later, a stale lunch, natsu anison, a visit to Manga Kissa 10, and a random curiosity caused me to grab the series from the shelf. So what was it in Touch that touched the hearts of many Japanese? Well… Koko de touch. lol. ^^;;