What manga should be licensed?
Posted 25 June 2010 - 08:58 PM
[b]Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru[/b]
If translated right, this series would displace Sgt. Frog in comedy, and Case Closed in mysteries. I hold much respect for this. Moreso than anything out in America right now. Save 20th Century Boys and Pluto.
[b]Any manga by Gotsubo Ryuuji.[/b]
The guy's got a really simple style, but it's still distinguishable and attractive. The stories aren't impressive, but Americans can't read anything groundbreaking anyways. Even considering my high standards, I've enjoyed everything I've read from the guy, as short as they are.
People like disturbing manga. If it's disturbing, and has cute and quirky characters then all the more reason people would like this.
In direct contrast to Gotsubo Ryuuji, the art by Kaoru Mori is simply stunning and detailed. The stories are really simple, but can reach a level of depth that makes me want to read it again.
Another reason for America to stop servicing the youths in America. It's a solid piece of work, with odd concepts and strange characters. I believe Genshiken did fairly well in America, despite the obvious alienation most of its readers must have felt.
As for manga with a younger target demographic. Here's the key point: By following the recent trend in American comics, and what has survived to this day. Publishers are simply taking a children's concept (like, a Fairy Tale, Superheroes) and applying them to adult situations or drama. Like murder, conspiracies, theft, puberty and the like. It's an easy enough concept, and I'm sure there are plenty of manga along that line. And no, I don't mean Fairy Tail, that piece of crap manga.
Posted 03 September 2010 - 05:19 PM
But the answer to what makes it sell is obvious, it's the connection it has with its target audience, this goes for any product you try to sell.
A story with action/romance/comedy/tragedy/style/twists generally does well, I guess because life is very much the same way and those concepts are pretty much universal. Romance would obviously appeal more to women, while comedy/action/adventure would appeal more to boys. But since Americans don't seem to want to read much, I don't know how much of a chance manga stands here. Even I don't buy much of it simply because I lack room for a big manga collection.
Posted 27 April 2011 - 03:53 PM
I live in a closet right now and I'm still buying manga. =\
Man...I got a bookshelf and it's damn near full. :(
Don't get me wrong, I will FILL it up but then I'll be stacking shit all over the place. :P
I need to finish Berserk, Trigun, Beck, and Azumanga Daioh in particular. I'd like to start One Piece...but uh....I'll be doing that until I die.
Posted 04 May 2011 - 08:04 PM
Posted 12 May 2011 - 08:48 PM
...His legs? You sicko.
Eventually the kid opens up.
Otoyomegatari got licensed by Yen Press.
Sort of sucks, because I was hoping it'd be Vertical, Inc. Right now, they are the only manga publisher with good insight when it comes to manga. But I guess they're just too small to invest into an unknown such as this.