T3 :: of red-headed stepchildren and rallying for visual novels

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I’m in another reading slump, you know.

Because I’m still in the throes of anime and manga. And I’ve been told that all the manga volumes I’ve been reading – although recognized by Goodreads as individual books – are actually cheating and shouldn’t count for my 100-books-a-year challenge.

Which makes me wonder if manga and comic books and graphic novels aren’t getting the respect they’re due. They’re almost like the marginalized, disenfranchised little brother to big brother novel.

And aren’t I subconsciously promoting this mindset by categorizing them as part of my “slump”?

That’s kinda sad…and really a bit unfair because anyone who regularly reads manga/graphic novels knows that the storylines and character development can be as rich and as profound as any found in novels.

Case in point: No. 6 by Atsuko Asano. I originally discovered it as an anime but was so intrigued by the world and the protagonists that I quickly hopped onto the manga-is-so-much-better-than-the-anime-adaptation bandwagon and put all nine volumes in my library queue.

I’m currently reading them as we speak and I have to admit that, in this case, the manga fans are right – there is so much more detail and back story revealed in the manga than in the anime, and I found myself even more deeply affected by the premise because of it. I’m especially drawn to Nezumi (translated as “Rat” in the licensed manga version) because he’s all kinds of cynical and scrappy and street smart, but you know he’s got that gooey, soft center that’s waiting to be discovered by the proper person.

I’m channeling my inner Nezumi, then, with today’s ensemble. I always feel cynical and scrappy and street smart when I go punk/rock, and you can’t get any more punk/rock than plaid and black and Doc Martens. I threw on a fluffy scarf to mimic Nezumi’s and also to pick up the red in the skirt.

I’m also particularly pleased to feature one of my prouder acquisitions: an Anne Fontaine button-up with oversized double lapels and cuffs. I could never afford one at full retail but managed to score this from eBay for a mere pittance. And it doesn’t matter that my ample bosom stretches the buttons something awful. As an underlayer, it works just fine.

Wanna know a fun bonus? Nezumi’s character makes a living as an actor on stage, reciting Rimbaud and Shakespeare to a captive audience. And isn’t that so serendipitously compliant with Anne’s 52 Pick-me-up theme this week?

FTW!

P.S. This was the second of the two Aly “Broadway” creations, but her’s was sans the Anne Fontaine shirt and the knee socks. When she saw my revisions, she kinda gave me the disappointed daughter look because once again, I’d not worn her exact outfit. I’m such a bad mother…

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Button-up – Anne Fontaine
Top – F21
Skirt – Boohoo
Shoes – Doc Martens

:: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ SpyGirl

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
You Make Me Feel – Cobra Starship

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12 thoughts on “T3 :: of red-headed stepchildren and rallying for visual novels

    • Anime is animated (tv/movies) and manga is text (comic books). Many anime are adapted from manga and vice versa. It’s a HUGE industry in Japan, almost akin to Hollywood for us. 🙂

  1. Lol…You and me both. I’ve been getting a lot of 11 year old eye rolls lately in the fashion arena. Doesn’t this blogging thing give us any cred?! Love this whole outfit. Everything about it is so freakin’ cool!
    Debbie
    http://www.fashionfairydust.com

  2. Who told you your manga shouldn’t count toward your 100 books challenge?!? What nonsense! It’s a personal challenge, so you’re the only one who gets to decide what counts!

    Anywoo, this outfit is so very you, and so very manga, and OF COURSE you need knee socks with Docs!

    • LOL! It was probably me, Selah! Only because when we have our students read manga, they have to read the series. Of course, that’s for a class, and this is a personal goal : ) Maricel can do whatever she’d like as I’m sure even with the manga she gets in the most reading in our department! I’m sorry, M, if my idle thought disturbed you! Normally, you are so unflappable!

  3. Stylists. They can be so moody. Haha.
    I might give this series a whirl. I’m still reading mere paragraphs in my backlog of New Yorkers (only at 1/19) before I fall asleep. Waking up at 4am will do that.
    Love the double collar detail. Classy!

    • I’m actually happy to recommend this series because it’s a) short, b) complete, c) officially translated. Most manga I follow are long, ongoing and fan translated, making them relatively inaccessible to newbies. Keep in mind, though, that I’ve only seen the anime and am in the throes of reading so if the story goes south, forgive the premature recommendation.

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