We've all moved on from the dark days of flipped manga, where manga publishers didn't have enough faith in Americans' ability to learn how to read comics from right-to-left. But even though years have passed since I first got the technique down pat, it still doesn't feel completely natural, and I'm sure there are some potential manga fans out there who just don't want to completely retrain the way they read a page. Flipping isn't a good answer, since many manga artists feel it skews the composition of a scene and can reveal flaws in their work. But what about redrawing it entirely?
Usamaru Furuya, perhaps best known for Lychee Light Club and Genkaku Picasso, has apparently been drawing his latest manga No Longer Human both right-to-left and left-to-right, according to Ed Chavez of Vertical, the manga's US publisher. This decision by Furuya is part of his effort to "aggressively" market his work in countries outside of Japan.
Vertical will publish Osamu Dazai's original novel that the manga No Longer Human is based on come November and has published Lychee Light Club in the past, so maybe they don't need to be sold on Furuya's work. Still, it's an interesting strategy, and Furuya is contemplating doing the same for a Lychee Light Club prequel in the future. I'd be interested in seeing a comparison of both styles to see the differences in poses and composition.
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