Heading out shortly to the train station for travel to NYAF! I’ll be staying with a dear friend in Brooklyn, and have plans to inundate her and her daughter with anime while I am there, specifically Princess Tutu, Mushishi, and/or Kino’s Journey. I’m also trying to work on getting her daughter interested in manga (she doesn’t read a lot, but I thought maybe comics would help her enjoy it more). I guess we’ll see how it goes. I’m not exactly sure what to try to start her off with. She’s ten, but has spent a lot of her life hanging out with adults, so she’s definitely not typical ten. She’s the kind of girl who would (and did) dress up for Halloween as “Dorth Vader,” a cross between Dorothy (from The Wizard of Oz) and Darth Vader. If you have suggestions, bring ’em on!
I’ll be at the con all three days, from opening to whenever I get too tired, so if you see me wandering around, please say hello! Just got my hair cut. Look approximately like this.
Just a quick note on xxxHolic chapter 166 before I go.
I really enjoyed Doumeki’s little lesson about people’s individual quirks influencing the taste of their cooking, and was thrilled to see that go back to Mokona’s earlier statement about how Watanuki’s body remembers even the things his mind no longer does. This was a really heart-warming chapter, I thought, in terms of interaction between the three of them: Watanuki, Doumeki, and Mokona. This story’s Mokona is so much less obviously open and warm than Tsubasa‘s Mokona, but I think I’ve come to love him even more through these small, warm glimpses we get. I’m definitely intrigued by his last line as well, in response to Doumeki asking if Watanuki should not be at Yuuko’s instead of at his house.
I’ve got to run, but I’ll be checking back in when I get to New York, if anyone wants to offer speculation on any of this! :)
Lissa saysSeptember 25, 2008 at 8:41 am
I’d recommend Yotsuba because it’s a wonderful read for people of all ages with some wholesome, universal humour :) So far I’ve yet to find someone who didn’t enjoy it, new to manga or not. Hope you have a safe trip to NYAF!
Melinda Beasi saysSeptember 26, 2008 at 5:26 am
Thank you for the recommendation! Maybe I can pick it up at the con!
Ed Sizemore saysSeptember 26, 2008 at 7:42 am
The first volume of Toto was good and I think a ten year-old would enjoy it. You can never go wrong with Yotsuba. You might see if can find any Card Captor Sakura books. I think the series is currently out of print, but usually someone has few copies.
The Fullmetal Alchemist necklace rocks.
Melinda Beasi saysSeptember 27, 2008 at 12:28 am
And thanks for the recommendation too!
I actually did look today for Card Captor Sakura, but I didn’t find any. I may not have hit everywhere, though.