So, Publisher’s Weekly did a list of their top ten manga titles for 2008. During my perusal of this _list_,I didn’t see VAMPIRE KNIGHT by Hino (which is loaded full of angst and has a love triangle in it) or BLOOD ALONE (bittersweet love story) by Takano. No, of course not. What tepid tastes I have. Anyway, the author of the article suggests that manga isn’t just for teens anymore. What is popular among mature adults?
Awhile ago, I read VAGABOND (vol.1) by Takehiko Inoue that tells the fictionalized story of Musashi’s life and I have really enjoyed the series (or as much of it as I can find at the moment). This author also has a series that is being reprinted and is out right now that centers around a guy (he’s described as a thug) who tries _really_ hard at a sport he hates (basketball) to attract the attention of a certain female. OMG. Doesn’t this sound really, really good?
Anyway, SLAM DUNK by Takehiko Inoue sits at the top spot for most popular Japanese manga of last year (2008). As for the rest of the list – ah, never even heard of most of these titles. Must go see what my library has in stock. I wish SLAM DUNK was available digitally because then all I would need to do is pay for it and then go read in a corner somewhere. Looks like volume two is due out Feb 2009.