Volume 0: Hello There

Hello and welcome to The Manga Amateur!

My name is Joe, and welcome to a fun little experiment.

You see, I’ve been a fan of anime and manga for about fifteen years now, and I have done my best to follow otaku culture from a distance.

The main reason?

Time

As I’ve grown older, I seem to have less and less time to follow anime like I used to when I was younger. There are so many shows coming out each season, a handful of streaming platforms, and not enough hours in the day to watch the anime that I have wanted to watch.

I have fallen behind on so many great shows.

Not only that, because of a lack of time due to school and work, I have not been able to get involved with the community in a way that I would want.

There are so many interesting things in the community that I can only become involved with much later, which means I am several steps behind when the community is racing ahead.

Thankfully, I am in a situation where I do have some more time on my hands, as well as some money. Not a lot of either, but enough that I can work with.

With more time becoming available to me, it stands to reason that I can watch more anime, right?

Not necessarily.

Even if I were to binge watch a 12 episode season of anime, that roughly translates to about four and a half to five hours of content at a time. That is a lot of content.

If I were to allocate nine hours to watch anime, then I can get through two short series a day or a 24 episode series in an evening.

The thing is, I cannot feasibly do that without burning myself out. As much as I would love to spend every waking moment watching anime, I know for a fact that I would start to not enjoy anime if it were the only thing I watch.

Manga

However, anime is not the only way to be involved with the community. While my anime habits have certainly slowed down, recently I have grown an interest in manga.

I have always had an interest in manga, but I only read the occasional volume I borrowed from a friend or a random chapter on some shady website. Part of the reason is the lack of a disposable income.

Now with some spare cash in my pocket, I can afford to splurge on some manga. Better yet, since I am a fairly fast reader, I can read a volume of manga quickly and get along with my day.

There is still the issue of so many manga out there that I am behind no matter what, but to me there is less pressure to catch up on a manga then there is to catch up to an anime.

With my knowledge of manga being fairly limited, I have decided to cast a wide net on a variety of manga series and document my experiences reading what I get, seeing what I like, what I don’t like, and which series I will end up following.

Then I will write about what I read and give my overall opinion.

I won’t necessarily give them a score, because what people like is subjective, but I will give my own opinions and who I think is most likely to enjoy the manga.

So in a way it is a review of a manga, but done in a way where my opinion is clearly stated.

Just so we’re clear

Keep in mind, everything with regards to me talking about individual manga will be an opinion and not to be taken as fact. Even me giving recommendations on who I think will enjoy a manga are opinions.

I want to share my experiences to the greater void of the Internet, and you are free to agree or disagree with that opinion.

I don’t want to seem like I’m forcing people to agree with my opinion, if you disagree with my take on a manga, I want you to voice it. I enjoy constructive discourse, especially with people who have a different opinion on a piece of media than I do.

Just so long as we keep the conversation about the manga and keep it civil. Do not bring in irrelevant topics to a discussion about a manga, the last thing I want is to engage in an argument with someone about an off topic subject.

I want a conversation, not an argument.

With all that said, here’s the last bit of an already long winded first post.

Near the end

The overall structure sill be me giving an overview of the manga, meaning that there will be spoilers. I will be placing a spoiler warning for each post, but keep in mind I will be spoiling stuff.

I will then talk about what I feel are the strong points of the manga, as well as the weak points, and then an overall opinion on what I thought about the manga and who I think would enjoy that manga.

I will be doing three manga posts a week every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with a special bonus post every other Saturday. These Saturday posts will be me talking about the overall otaku culture, some hot topics in the community, and maybe an interview if I get lucky enough.

As you can tell, I am a wordy bastard so hopefully I can keep your interest long enough to enjoy my thoughts on this journey to rediscover manga.

Thank you for reading, and welcome to The Manga Amateur.

Heiwa to sayonara!

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