Wednesday, December 31, 2008


So I'm hosting my own challenge in 2009. I loved Dewey's graphic novel challenge in 2008 (please host it again in 2009 Dewey!). It was not my introduction to graphic novels, but it was for many who participated which was the best thing about it. In 2008 I expanded my reading to include manga (Japanese comics essentially). I know a couple of other bloggers who read manga, but thought I would see there were others who were willing to try something new.

It should be a nice easy challenge as it only takes an hour or two to read a manga novel. The rules are:

Read at least 6 manga novels in 2009 (cross overs with other challenges are fine and please feel free to rad more!).
Sign up with Mister Linky below.
I will put up a post each month with a Mister Linky for you to add your reviews to.
You do not need to set a list of books to read in advance, just fill them in as you go if it's easier.

Nymeth's boyfriend kindly made the buttons for me below. Please feel free to use them on your blog and let others know about the challenge.

To give you a taste for some manga reviews from bloggers please see the following reviews:

Darla D - Death Note v1
Becky's Book Reviews - Manga Shakespeare MacBeth
Rhinoa - Death Note v1
Rhinoa - Princess Ai v1
Rhinoa - Legends of the Dark Crystal v1
Rhinoa - Return to Labyrinth v1
Rhinoa - Vampire Doll v1
Rhinoa - Bizenghast v1

Some are serious (Death Note), some are mysterious and gothic (Bizenghast and Princess Ai), some are pure fun (Fruits Basket and Vampire Doll) and others tie in to some great films (Dark Crystal and Labyrinth).






38 comments:

Nymeth said...

Like I said, count me in! I think I'll pick my books as I go along instead of making a list, though. I'll start with Death Note, and after that we'll see!

PS: I really like the blog's new colour scheme.

Melody said...

Very cool, Rhinoa! I love the button! I'd love to join, but most of my manga collections are in Chinese. I wonder if it's ok? ;)

Kailana said...

Hi Rhinoa... I think I will probably join in. I'll let you know when it gets closer. Lack of job is not really being very helpful lately!

Alice Teh said...

This is a nice one, Rhinoa! Count me in. It's going to be my first time reading manga and I'm sure it'll be exciting. :D

Chris said...

Well, well...I said no challenges for 2009, but I'm totally blowing that! lol...I can't pass this one up. I used to love Manga and haven't read it in so long. So count me in...I want to catch up on CLAMP's stuff. I'll post in the Mr. Linky when I do my challenge post.

Susan said...

Can I ask a really lame question.....where are these sold?? I'd love to try one or two....I might be able to borrow one (if they let me!) from one of my gaming friends, but I'm not familiar at all with if it's regular bookstores or gaming stores that sell these. Does Forbidden Planet sell these? I'm going there while in London next month, so I can pick some up... any authors either I should look for? If I can find some, I will join! Just cause you make it sound fun - and I will completely blow my 20 year old son's mind! lol
Also, any chance we can get together while I'm over there? You can email me if you prefer. I'd love to meet you!

Rhinoa said...

Nymeth - Thanks fo signing up, I hope you enjoy Death Note. it's one of the top series out at the moment.

Melody - Read in whatever language you like. Will be interesting to see what Chinese manga are like.

Kailana - Sure sign up whenever you know what is going on. I am sure you will find osmething else soon.

Alice - Great to have you on board. Can't wait to see if you like Manga or not.

Chris - Yay glad you will be joining in. I have a couple of Clamp mangas to read next year too. They will be my first ones as most of the ones I have read before were Tokyopop.

Susan - They should be sold in regular bookshops (they are in the UK). I know they had a stand in Barnes and Nobel when I was in the States as I bought one out there. You can also find them online at places like Amazon and direct from one of the biggest publishers Tokyopop. Forbidden Planet have a large stock as well, but they have become much more main stream. Try looking in bookshops around the graphic novel section. Sure, my email is on my profile, let me know the dates you are in the UK and I am sure we can arrange something.

Debi said...

This sounds like like a really fun challenge! I'll be back to sign up after I put my list together.

Also, you asked on my blog if certain medical condition books would be okay. Any of those would be fine!

--Annie

Robin said...

This sounds like a lot of fun, so count me in! I think I'll put together my list as I go along, because I'm not at all familiar with the choices possible. However, I think I'll start with a Manga Shakespeare!

Bobbi said...

I'm going to have to think about this one - I've never read Manga!

Susan said...

There's a manga shakespeare? That sounds soo fun! I'll go sign up, thanks for the tips on where to find them. I'll email you, Rhinoa.

Melody said...

Thanks, Rhinoa! Although my manga collections are in Chinese, all of them are actually translated from the Japanese. ;)

katrina said...

Loved being introduced to graphic novels last year so I will give this a go, always up for a new challenge

Daisy Cat said...

Loving the new layout.

mariel said...

Does this mean I can borrow some of yours? ;)

Kailana said...

Okay, I'm in!

Rhinoa said...

Annie - Hope you do join, it should be fun. Will sign up for What's in a Name II when I am home next weekend.

Robin - I hope you sign up. I just bought my mum the Manga Shakespeare of Hamlet which she will get for Christmas. It might be interesting to show her students as it uses all the original language but reduces the story.

Bobbi - That's the whole fun of it, to try something new! Hope you do decide to join in.

Susan - Thanks for joining. Forbidden Planet in London and Waterstones are all currently doing 3 for 2 on all Manga if you make it over in time...

Melody - I will be really intersted to see what you read if you sign up.

Katrina - Glad yo uenjoyed graphic novels and I hope you enjoy manga too.

Daisy Cat - Thanks although I do miss my old template.

Mariel - I suppose so wench :p

Kailana - Yay! I hope you sort out your work situation so you are free to buy some. My local library does stock some so maybe worth checking in yours.

3M said...

I plan on participating. Just have to ponder which ones I'll read!

Darla D said...

I'm very excited about your challenge! Any excuse to read more manga is great as far as I'm concerned! And thanks for the links. :o)

I'm still trying to get caught up from being away, but I'll get a challenge post up soon. Fun!

cafeshree said...

I loved the Graphic Novel Challenge so I'm going to join this one also. I have a bunch to choose from though I don't know what I'll actually read. Thanks for doing this!

gaelleinbgk said...

I just discovered manga this year, and I love reading them. This challenge sounds really great! Thanks!

Library Mice said...

Thanks to Darla for posting on her blog about this!
I discovered Manga this year and became a real fan! I have started a manga club at my school and am hopefully organising a "manga day" there too. So any excuse to read more is welcome!

tanabata said...

I keep meaning to read some manga but then never quite getting around to it, or figuring out which ones I might like. So count me in, it'll be great to finally try some. :)

carmen alexis said...

I'm kind of a noob to blogger (it's actually my first day even having an account).
and i was wondering how i can make those challenge lists like you have on the sidebars?
btw, great challenge. i love manga. so this shouldnt be too hard for me. =)

valentina said...

how can I not join?
but then, you can't really judge a manga only by one volume, you need to read the whole series!

If you're bothered by characters who smoke a lot, I'd recommend Nana, it's huge in japan but it's not over yet.

Also, I'd suggest to add to the list some Rumiko Takahashi, ESPECIALLY Maison Ikkoku. It's full of japanese culture, it's incredibly funny (so don't read it on the train or bus!!) and romantic. I wish i hadn't read it so I could read it again...
"Inuyasha" by the same author is also good fun and very popular.

For sci-fi lover I'd recommend "Alita" and "Ghost in the shell" even though I've only seen the anime of the last one.

That's it for now. I've no idea what I'm going to read. I'll probably just pick things on the way. only one title I know for sure. I'm a huge fan of Glass-no-kame, the wonderful story of Maya and her dream to become an actress. The story was first published in the 70's (!) but the author hasn't finished it yet!she stopped writing it for many years and only recently decided to continue it. Apparently a new issue is coming out in Japan soon, and I can't wait to read it in Italian. I'm so excited!
read here if you're curious to know what I'mtalking about:P
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass_Mask
(sorry for the long post, I get carry away easily talking about mangas I love:))

valentina said...

other interesting Manga I've read:

RG Veda by Clamp - wonderful art, but morals are up to discussion.

Video Girl Ai by Masakatzu Katzura - a classic, very romantic, and slightly erotic. For eternal teenagers.

Vagabond by Takehiko Inoue. Incredible stunning artwork, very realistic. Although I didn't finish it, because it was too expensive for me.

while searching for my favourite Tsukasa hojo's Manga,"Under the dapple shade", I found it online! I'm very excited because it doesn't seem to be on amazon. It's a beautiful, moving story of a mysterious girl who can talk to trees. Highly recommended! (warning: the balloons are read from right to left!)
http://manga.animea.net/under-the-dapple-shade.html

there's millions on mangas on line on that site!

Those who hunt elves by Yu Yagami. hilarious! Fantasy comedy. Unfortunately it didn't do well in Italy so it was canceled and I never read the end.

that's it for now!

marineko said...

I'm in! As long as they're manga, they can be in any language, right?

Diana Dang said...

Cool challenge! I read much more than 6 new series a year. If you look into my blog, it is flooded with manga reviews!

jehara said...

i finally got around to posting for this challenge. this is a great idea, rhinoa!

Grilsgood said...

I have no idea what a Manga looks like or even if my lbirary will have some fo rme to read. Could be my first failure.

Lindy

jpderosnay said...

merry christmas rhinoa!! :D

Alice Teh said...

Hi Rhinoa, I have just updated my list. :D

sausconys-books said...

Hi, I'm definitely in. I have two mangas I either want to finish up or catch up on, so my list has 9 mangas on it.

sharonanne said...

This looks like fun. I've never really read any Manga.

mariel said...

Who you calling wench?! Signing up but not selecting books yet, need to peruse the bookshop first!

Kim L said...

I'm joining because I've never read any manga before (shameful I know). I am not making lists yet (toooooo much work). I think I'll look forward to what lists others come up with and copy them.

Bellezza said...

After hosting my Japnese Literature challenges, I've finally been initiated into the world of Manga. Which my third graders love. It look me awhile to get the hang of reading "backwards" but I do love this for a light change of pace. Thanks for hosting this fun challenge!

BookDiva said...

This will be a great way to motivate me to keep up my manga reading. Now to choose the titles....