Making A Manga: It’s Gonna Be Awesome!

So, I know I really need to stop procrastinating and start posting those two “note-worthy” events in my life and that one review for Hetalia, but I really wanted to get this post out there just cause it’s also a note worthy event in itself:

I’m making a manga.

Hell yeah people, I’m going to make a manga with a bunch of my high school buds. Currently, there’s four of us working on this thing. But that’s ok, because we got this under control! So far there’s David and me on writing and, Jacob and Andrea are on art. Obviously David, Jacob, and Andrea are my friends. I’m not gonna say much about it other than it’s an Alternate Universe [AU] where people fight with nanite technology and doing badass shit. So far, me and David are working on the general gist of it, and it’s kinda hard working on a plotline with characters I didn’t create, but David has my back. Where I fail in working non-original characters [and no, fanfics don’t count ’cause I know a lot bout them already] David is a genius, and where he has his shortcomings, I can support him pretty well.

So you’re probably asking yourself “Ok, your making a comic; so what?” Let’s get this clear, this is not a typical American comic. It’s a manga! So it’s going to be read in the typical right-left direction, in Japanese style, with Japanese story techniques. It ain’t no slice of pie man! On a lighter note, I have already a few pages written!

Now for a random pic to make your day: Doesn’t it make your day? The pic is from the manga Black Butler, AKA Kuroshitsuji. Highly recommended.

Black Butler Demotivational Poster

Hehe, we all know what he's REALLY talking about!

Otakus, Manga, Anime, and the Revolution: An Overview

Otakus:

I would like to take you on a little overview on otakus, anime, & manga and talk a little bit on what this blog will be about. Ok, first off, to those that don’t already know by now, an otaku is the Japanese equivalent to a geek/nerd that loves anime, manga, and the Japanese culture in general. One doesn’t necessarily have to be Japanese to be an otaku, just have an appreciation for the culture. Usually us otakus just watch anime, fangirl [or fanboy, there’s a lot of male otakus that do that] over our fave characters, and read/buy manga whenever we have the chance. But enough about otakus; you’re probably bored about hearing about them over and over again, so I’ll just go on to our next subject.

Manga:

Manga is a Japanese “comic” and is traditionally read right to left, up an down. Lengths can very from just a few chapters in one volume to over than 400 chapters in more than 50 volumes. And the art styles can vary from light and airy to dark and heavy. They’re all in black and white and grey-scale with the exception of a few colored pages. Here’s an example:

Hetalia Academy

 That’s the first page [I believe] of Hetalia Volume 2 and as you can see, it’s in color. But it’s not always like that; like I said earlier, most of the times it’s in black and white. The best definition of manga I could find is this: “Manga is the Japanese comics with a unique story line and style. In Japan people of all ages read manga,manga does not target younger audiences like american comics. The genre includes a broad range of subjects.”-mangareader.net. Manga is usually classified into 2 categories: Shoujo [lit. means girl’s] and Shonen [lit. means boy’s]. So Shoujo Manga is “Girl’s Man

ga” and Shonen Manga is “Boy’s Manga”, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be a boy to like Shonen or a girl to like Shoujo. I’m a girl yet I love Naruto, a very famous Shonen manga [it’s been ongoing since 1999!!!] and my sis loves Bleach, another famous Shonen manga. Of course that doesn’t mean we don’t love Shoujo either.

Though I’m more of a Shonen type girl, there are some Shoujos that I absolutely love, like Kaichou Wa Maid Sama, which translated means Our Class President Is A Maid by: Fujiwara, Hiro. [Note: In Japan, people say their last names first, and as a true otaku, I respect that here on my blog. So the mangaka’s (author’s) first name is Hiro and their last is Fujiwara.] It’s about a high school girl that’s the first girl class president of a once all boys school working at a maid cafe and one day a boy that she particularly dislikes finds out. Not wanting to ruin her

reputation and become a laughingstock of the school, but unable to change the fact that he knows, she’s prepared what’s to come. But what happens is even more surprising, he doesn’t tell. He just comes to her job and watched her, like a total creeper. But soon they actually talk to each other and get to know each other. At first she’s pretty tsundere at him, but like all tsunderes, she eventually warms up to him; she’s also clueless on the fact that he loves her. Classic love story. It’s an ongoing manga and has been garnering increased popularity for its art and story line. Pretty good if you like romance stories were the heroine is very independent. And here’s a pic on the intro page to Kaichou Wa Maid Sama looks like:

Kaichou Wa Maid Sama

Ah, isn’t sarcasm in romance manga nice? It certainly brightens up my day. But enough about Shoujo, let’s talk about some Shonen!! So far my fave Shonen is Naruto by Kishimoto, Masashi, a manga about a boy ninja with a demon sealed within him facing daily tribulation. Some may know of it as that show in Disney XD; but let me tell you, the show has been heavily censored and “cleaned” to be appropiate for young children. Which sucks, because then Ero-Sensei [Perverted/Pervy Sage/Teacher] won’t be

 Ero-Sensei. T-T <– That’s a sad face, btw. It first started out as a oneshot [just one chapter/volume and the story is done] but when he got such great reviews, he lengthened it into an actual story. And boy is it long. From a oneshot to 539 chapters [in online manga, you count the chapters, not the volume], it’s all about Naruto [Nah-RUE-toe] and how he ties to become the next Hokage, or ninja leader. It doesn’t help that the demon that tried to destroy his village is sealed within him, his best friend Sasuke [Sah-sKEH] has left the village and gone rouge to get revenge on his older brother, and a mysterious organization called the Akatsuki [Ah-kah-tSKEE] is trying to kill him and steal the power within him for world domination. Doesn’t help at all. And now for pic number 3! The cover of chapter 4 of Naruto featuring Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura [Sah-KUH-ra] which is Team 7 [ninjas are put into three man squads usually consisting of two boys and one girl, with one Sensei, or teacher, until they all become of higher ranks].

Team Seven

Sakura is the only girl, Sasuke is the boy with black hair and Naruto is center staged. Of course there’s a boat load of other character, but I don’t think I have time for all of them. And the plot is wa-a-a-ay too intricate to write it all in one go. Maybe I’ll do another post dedicated to just a character intro of everyone and some form of a review of the anime and manga. But an

yways, I hope this covered the Manga section, it’s obviously a very weak summary, but it is just an overview. There’s so many types of manga out there, from romance, to action, to mystery, to science fiction, the list is endless. But one thing’s for sure, there’s nothing better than a good, clean [as in the artwork, no necessarily the content, AKA vulgarity], polished manga!

Anime:

Anime is Japanese cartoons, or animation, and mainly based of manga. You can’t have anime without manga. While there are some animes that aren’t based off manga, in the end, it usually has some manga based off the anime. So you can see, both go hand in hand. So far, my favorite anime that’s not Naruto is Hetalia: Axis Powers, a show about the personifications of the European countries, the Americas, and some Asian countries during the time of post WW1 and pre WW2. If you look back at the first pic that I showed you guys, you’ll see Hetalia Academy [which is kinda an omake but it’s not. Note an omake is like an little extra at the end of something. Like the Lion King 1/2 can be considered an omake of sorts], which shows Germany [the guy with the slick-backed blond hair], N. Italy [the guy with brown hair and a curl] and Japan [the guy with black hair], and Switzerland there’s too [the guy who shouted at poor Japan-kun to get his own opinion]. That was from the Hetalia Academy Christmas special [I was disappointed when Prussia didn’t come out, but then again, he’s no longer a country and mooches off Germany now].

While animes are put under Shoujo and Shonen labels, it’s not as strictly followed like manga unless it’s like extreme Shoujo/Shonen animes. There are also the dreaded fillers. Filler episodes are done when there’s a prolonged wait for the manga to be so that it can then be done into an anime. Hey, manga takes much longer than regular comics due to the detail that’s put into it. Because of this, to stay on schedule, the artists to the anime make filler episodes where the characters [in Shonen] beat up some small-time bad guy or go on a date [in Shoujo]. Some filler chapters are ok and are actually funny, like episode 101 in Naruto: “Gotta See! Gotta Know! Kakashi-Sensei’s True Face!” [Watch the episode, and click the middle video player since that one has the theme song in it. You can watch it without watching any of the other episodes’s because it’s a stand-alone filler. Plus, you’ll be laughing so hard 5 minutes in! For the barely uncensored version, click here.]but then there are the arcs.

OH GOD THE ARCS!! Arcs are a group of episodes that cover a certain period in the show/manga. So a filler arc is several filler episodes all grouped together. And rarely are they any good. Sometime’s they’re necessary though. In Naruto, episodes 200-220 are fillers, because in the manga, Jiraiya just said that he would take Naruto to train outside the village, but you never see him actually leave, and it jumps into Gaiden, Kakashi’s back story, and afterwards come back with Naruto’s homecoming. In the anime though, the last filler arc, Naruto just goes in a few missions with his friends before saving Gaara, another boy with a demon sealed within him, from rouge nin. Soon afterwards, he leaves with Jiraiya to train. So, in that sense, the fillers were there to tie together the ending of Naruto before jumping into Naruto: Shippuden [it’s the second series and starts when Naruto come’s back. Gaiden isn’t shown until much later in Shippuden instead of a prelude to it].

Also, in a way, animes are more diverse than manga. 1) Because it’s in color, 2) they’re moving pictures, so certain actions that are confusing in the manga are clarified in the anime, and 3) the VA’s and music. VA’s are voice actors and are picked on how their voice sounds in comparison on how the creator imagined the character to be. The music also helps add an appeal to the show and help with the overall experience. Like, in a Shoujo anime, that’s a melodrama, a foreboding, sad-ish song in a break-up scene highlights the drama that’s going on. In a Shonen, upbeat, rock-ish, music can liven up a fight scene and put you on the edge. Then there are the dubs and the subs. Subs is when the anime is in the original language and translators put subtitles of what they’re saying. This is good, because you can keep most of the original script and certain phrases and actions make sense. But many people don’t like subs, so they prefer the dub version, where VA’s in a certain language [i.e. English] do the voices to the character. This is also good, because certain colloquials can be substituted instead that would make more sense to a person that’s technically not an otaku, so wouldn’t really understand what they meant, but still like to watch anime. [Remember an otaku is a geek, but for anime and manga, so people can like it and still not be an otaku.] The only problem to this is that certain phrases can be colloquialize and then some actions make no sense since what the characters are saying is significantly different. Heres an example:

Japan's Hug VirginityThis motivational poster won’t make sense to Hetalia fans that only saw the dubbed version. See, in the dubbed version, N. Italy hug Japan, which he responds by pushing him away and saying that was an invasion of personal space. The next scene, though, is a little bit confusing. Japan is sitting at a traditional Japanese home, in a getup that makes him look like a housewife, and I believe he says something like “Be more curtious” or something of the like. But in the subs version, Japan says that was his first time hugging someone [hence the poster saying his hug virginity was taken by Italy], and says that he has to take responsibility [by marrying him], hence the whole getup as a housewife. So now you had your overview on anime! Next stop, the overview of this blog!

The Otaku Revolution:

My blog will be separated into a few categories. First off, my experiences. Anything that happens to me that I deem noteworthy will be put down here. Like the fact that I’m going to England next year, or that I’m going to finish my first year of high school. The next part will be basically reviews on animes and manga. After the reviews, I’ll probably do a miscellaneous posts of anything related to the Japanese culture, i.e. music, dance, news/current events, games, etc. The blog is called the Otaku Revolution because I want to spread the love of the Japanese culture or at least be the doorway for people to know a little about it. So, that’s just why I named it The Otaku Revolution. That, and I can use this for my Survey Lit. project! ^-^

Lady-Chan Out!

The Craziness of Life and Insomnia

There’s a certain craziness to life and insomnia. Especially insomnia. It’s almost 12:30 am here in Chicago, and I have done something that my cousin would call “another pendejada” [another mistake]. I have created this blog. I still have no idea what possessed me to create this thing in the first place. It’s not the same as making an anonymous account on fanfiction [a website where people write fanfics; pretty obvious, no?] where no one truly knows you except for a vague screen name and some photo you jacked of the internet; no, this, this involves talking about oneself [something I’m not good at except within a close group of people, and even then I withhold somethings], it involves detailed planning [something that can either get along with or grate on my perfectionism], and worst of all, it involves socializing.

Many of you who are still reading this are probably wondering, “Well, what’s so wrong with socializing? It’s not that hard!” Well it is for me. You try living your life generally ignored by most people your age [including my younger sister], only to suddenly be thrust upon something that involves a social savvy person’s expertise. This can only be brought on by momentary insanity; which brings me to my original point: people go crazy when they don’t sleep. I’m usually used to getting only a minimum of 4-6 hours of sleep-on school days- so my body’s used to it. But when, for once without the aid of sleep med, your body is tired and it’s 11:54 pm and for the love of God and all things holy a person might actually get a freakin’ decent night’s sleep, Murphy’s fucking Law had to come in in the form of a younger sibling! GAH! Just thinking about the possibility of sleep makes my eyes hurt and want to bang my head on the table [except I’m on the couch, not the table].

Ok, so here’s basically what happened. I was surfing the web, reading on the internet, maybe working on my novel every once in a while when suddenly I feel tired. I look at my phone to see what time it is and I see it’s 11:50 pm, and I’m like “Woah! I’m tired already? My God, this must be a gift from heaven!” So my eyes are basically bleeding from lack of sleep [I only got five hours the previous night and it’s been a stressful day for me] and I’m putting my laptop in sleep mode [I rarely ever shut it off] and I’m off to bed when my sister, who’s on the couch [I was at the recliner back then; now it’s reversed] starts laughing loudly. Our mom, also a major insomniac since like forever, shushes her and goes back to her farmville [she’s addicted]. So I turn to Michi [pronounced me-CHEE] , my sister and tell her shut up, that they’re people trying to sleep and to not laugh so loudly. She just makes a noncommittal hum that shows me she’s not even paying attention, so I ignore her and go off into my room. For about 10 minutes, I’m actually falling asleep when the laughter starts. It’s not loud enough to wake our dad [who’s NOT an insomniac, but has very little time to sleep because he goes to work early and comes home pretty late], so my mom doesn’t shush her, but it’s loud enough to wake me up. I swear to God my left eye twitched and I felt my finger aching to momentarily throttle her neck. But I ignore it, and tried to go back to sleep.

At approximately 12 in the morn, just 30 minutes prior to when I originally started this post, my sister barges into my room, half whispering-half shouting “Mabel! Mabel! Ya gotta see this hilarious video!” She goes explaining that the video are the reactions of people to some stupid video or some other shit. About 5 second into the video, I see that it’s a waste of time [not even fucking worth it man!] and that my little sis has no idea what constitutes as a “hilarious video”. I tell her so, screaming a bit on how I just want to FUCKING GO TO BED AND SLEEP FOR ONCE W/OUT WAKING UP! Of course my mother had to decide to finally come in and told me to shut up, that my dad was sleeping. Of course Michi only got a slight reprimand and a gentle reminder to be more quiet; of course. So there I am, in my small room with only a square foot of the floor showing, alone, in the dark, no longer able to sleep. That’s one of the most sadistic things my sister has ever done to me. And the child has a fucking biting fetish. A BITING FETISH! So because I got a maximum of ten minutes of light dozing, my body was tricked into thinking that it’s recharged, thus my inability to sleep. Unable to express my rage in any other form, somehow my insomnia induced temporary insanity tricked me into believing having a blog would be a good thing. Thus here I am, at 1:09 am, approx. 40 minutes after the initial start of this damn thing, unable to find a way to get out of this one since I already made the damn account, so I might as well use the fucking thing. *Sigh* Maybe it won’t be that bad in the future. Maybe.

Signing off this is Mabel E. AKA Lady-Chan

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