Re: The evolution (or lack thereof) of your manga tastes
I discovered manga when Shounen Jump first started releasing in the US and was real big on shounen action stuff, especially Naruto (I would hav never bredicted that cukture phenomenon haha) the first individual manga volume I ever bought was King of Bandits: Jing which is the only thing I still like from the crap I used to read, and one of m favorites still. M first ever real favorite manga was Rave Master which I got through 8 volumes of (I rarely had money and i had a long time habit of buying first volumes of crap lol)
I got out of anime and manga alltogether for quite a bit, but the little bit of anime I did watch was like NGE and stuff and by the time the end of 06 rolled around I was completely off of shounen stuff. Oh I ought to mention the first thing I ever bought theat wasn't action was Chobits oume one and I was so emberassed about owning it that I never bought volume 2 XD. Also, Naruto is the manga I've owned the most volumes of having had 12 at one time, but recently sold 2-12 (I have a special edition first volume). For a long while the biggest reason I wasn't as interested in manga is because most of my favorite anime are ones with great directing style and lots of visual tricks that manga can't do.
The next manga I got into in late 06-early 07 was Death Note. I bought 8 volumes and at first loved it to death, but it got so bad by vol. 8 I didn't want to buy the next one. I borrowed 9 and 10 from a friend and never felt inspired enough to finish it. After that I got into a manga buying kick simply because manga are cheap, and since this was on the tail-end of a music-buying kick I was getting a CD and a manga olume weekly. In comes my next favorite, Gunslinger Girl, mid to late 07. I still love Gunsligner Girl though at volumes 5 and 6 the major shiftf in focus are a little disheartenening, and the pace of the manga is inceredibly slow, however it is an amazing premise, has great characters, and thanks to the way it's written it begs for multiple readings. Gunslinger Girl is also the first series I got a wallscroll of : O
So basically my tastes went from incredibly generic to overwhelmingly pretentious. In the manga realm, mostly I like to read stuff with really out there or well-conceived plots. Or basically anything psychological.
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