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Why Manga is Importantant to Me: Part One

I've wanted to do a series of blogs for awhile now, and just recently I thought of a solid idea, when I thought to myself "Why do I love manga so much?" and I came up with a lot of answers in my head, and I'm going to be writing about them tonight and weeks to come. Moving on, the first topic for this absolutely epic, and never anticipated series, is manga's penchant for escapism.

es·cap·ism [ih-skey-piz-uhm]
the avoidance of reality by absorption of the mind in entertainment or in an imaginative situation, activity, etc.

Wow. I honestly didn't think the definition would be that similar to what I thought, I probably could end this article right now, but then I haven't discussed manga have I. Escapism has been a cornerstone of my life for years now, and I don't see that changing anytime soon, because I just get lost in fiction. When something new comes my way, my typical manner of enjoying it is obsessing over it, for about 2 or 3 months, and then dropping it off the face of the earth, as it begins to bore me, until I inevitably return to it, like digging up a time capsule. Now, while this obsession of sorts isn't unique to the medium of manga, this particular form of comics represents a unique crossroads in my psyche, neither interactive, nor video at all, and yet there's no text, it feeds the imagination, and yet fleshes it out with its own boosts, in the illustration.

Colors are my best example. If not for their iconic nature, I'd think Naruto had like purple hair.

Escapism is a way for everyone to escape the harshness of reality, and whether it's avoiding my homework, or cheering myself up after something bad, manga is always there for me. Tales of characters struggles, and overcoming these struggles, can be incredibly inspiring when executed well, and feel good tales like Yotsuba! can help make a bad day good again.

The inspiration in manga has also drastically changed my life, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse; after I read Hajime no Ippo I had the brilliant idea of taking up boxing, which seemed plausible because I am a black belt in karate, but that was when everyone was the same size. So boxing didn't work out, but my ideas from manga aren't always bad, Bakuman inspired me to write, Planetes made me want to study space, which is still my goal in life, and I'll hopefully keep writing too, because the characters hit me harder than almost any other series, and god only knows why it only took manga to reach me like that.

Planetes was incredible.

My last point here, is how incredible it is to see something on the page, go into motion, and the most widespread case of this, is of course anime, and this only bolsters my obsession with these works. Recently I saw a longtime favorite of mine come to life in Magi, and it looked incredibly and paced the series right for an anime adaptation of the material, but what impressed me most, was just seeing the characters move, everything flowed so well, and yet the art was still the same ol' round art of the source material, it was almost dizzying, I didn't cry or anything, but typically I didn't watch anime, just read manga, and yet now I'm watching all of this fall's new series, just to see stuff in motion, it's really incredible.

In closing, manga is important to me because it fosters my imagination, and also inspires me in significant ways that other mediums haven't, and I think that's important because youths need inspiration somewhere.

GTO even made my outlook on school positive.Powerful stuff.

Also, drop me a comment! Why is manga important to you? Should I keep this series going? Am I wrong in my opinions?
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About CharismaJusticeone of us since 7:05 PM on 09.30.2012

Hi I'm Hamilton and I have opinions on things! I'm from the south (lets keep that on the down low), I read lots of manga, and watch anime (less than I read manga), I also play way too much video games and like RPGs and Shooters.

Follow Me on Twitter @Im_Hamilton if you wish
Instagram: @hamiltonohtoole

Stuff I Like:

Some of my favorite manga(s?) I've read are(in no particular order): Berserk, Zetman, Fullmetal Alchemist, Soul Eater, Gantz, Blood Lad, Air Gear, Black Jack, Naruto, the first few Bleach arcs, One Piece, Gintama, Hunter X Hunter, Ratman, Black Cat, Gamaran, Shingeki no Kyojin, Cage of Eden, Fairy Tail, Magi, Slam Dunk, Akira, History's strongest Disciple Kenichi (I've Read way more but this list is getting long)

I like anime too!: Most Ghibli works, Eureka Seven, [C], Samurai 7, Casshern Sins, Gurren Lagann, Trigun, Hellsing, Durarara, Dragon Ball(and Z)

Music I like: Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Oberhofer, Modest Mouse, the XX, Matt and Kim, Crystal Castles, No Age, Pavement, Neutral Milk Hotel.

Games I Like: Fallout 3, Chrono Trigger, Dark Souls, Skyrim, Minecraft, Day Z, Portal 1&2, Counter Strike, Street Fighter, Marvel Vs Capcom, Assorted final fantasies.

Sorry if my lists are too long for you.