Filing Cabinet of the Damned

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

I Am Officially an Old Fart

Manga. Japanese comics.

The Next Big Thing. If one examines the market, it looks to be the Current Big Thing.

I don’t like it.

Not at all.

The story conventions bore me and the art doesn’t lure me in. I watched a decent amount of Japanese animation in my teens (so long ago we called it “Japanimation,” not “anime”), and that didn’t make much of an impression either.

Thus, I am officially Behind the Times.

This bothers me less than I thought it would.

Now run off and get me some absorbant undergarments, ya whippersnapper! Then I can bore you with tales of olden days, when kids had respect for their elders! Hhhnnnn!!

Kids today, with their hippity-hop music and all that folderol...

5 Comments:

  • I know I'm gonna sound like an outraged teenybopper, but there are lots of Japanese comics that don't fit within the "story conventions" of the schoolgirls-and-sci-fi books. Same goes for the art.

    I admit, the "alternative" manga don't sell so well (not even in Japan) and don't get translated or distributed so much, so if your complaint were phrased "Japanese comics that I am able to easily buy", I would have no counterargument.

    By Blogger Matt, at 9:34 PM  

  • Hey, I'm not saying it's not a rich and varied genre that may have good stuff in it. I'm just saying I don't groove on it. Maybe I came in too late, with my views already formed by American comics.

    All the stuff I've seen thus far has failed to rouse any interest, and I can't bring myself to dig deeper and hope to find something that speaks to me. No big deal. De gustibus non est disputandum, baby.

    Mostly I'm just reveling in my fogey-hood. Why, I'm so old I remember the Carter administration...

    By Blogger Harvey Jerkwater, at 11:24 PM  

  • Yeah, I know what you mean, and I'm not trying to argue that there's some obligation for everyone to find at least one comic book from every literate country that they enjoy-- but "manga" isn't a genre, not any more than "novel" (or "US comic book" for that matter). Well, not originally. I don't know, maybe the term has been artificially made more specific by marketers in the US or something.

    By Blogger Matt, at 7:19 AM  

  • Thank God I'm not the only one. The big Keene-type eyes... the titles that make no goddamn sense... the relentless use of the schoolgirl-uniform fetish to the point where it's the least-sexy thing imaginable... about the only type of manga that I can stand is the porn.

    That's a great conversation-killer, by the way. If the crowd you're with starts yammering on about Toothpaste Lettuce Convention or some other thing that you've never heard of, butt in and say, "Yeah, the XXX-rated stuff rocks! Thing is, I can't decide what's my favorite--tentacle hentai, the shemale stuff, or just plain incest!" Savor the long, uncomfortable silence, followed by the strained conversation about someone's job.

    And if they actually pick up on your comment and start comparing tentacle hentai movies, well, who knows how that evening might end up?

    By Blogger Tom, at 4:04 PM  

  • By Blogger dfadf, at 2:42 AM  

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