I’ve come to the conclusion that Monday is link-blogging day, so I’m just going to go with it. I’ll begin with a couple of links to my own offsite reviews. First, last Monday, I reviewed volume 22 of Fullmetal Alchemist for PCS’ Manga Minis. By now I’m sure everyone knows what a huge fan I am of the series, but I find myself needing to talk about it again and again in an attempt to sway the unconvinced. At 22 volumes, this series has still not lost even a crumb of its original appeal. Wonderfully drawn and well-plotted–if you haven’t yet given this shonen epic a try, this is the time to start.
Secondly, I have a review in today’s installment of PCS’ On The Shojo Beat, for volume nine of Yuu Watase’s Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden. Better than a prequel has any right to be, this series is much more than a rehash of Watase’s original shojo classic, and in fact seems to avoid some of the original series’ less desirable traits. Though it will likely be a while before we see the next volume, it’s a series I’ve been enjoying immensely.
Enough about me. Let’s get to the real meat of the post, shall we?
First, the Hooded Utilitarian begins a xxxHolic Roundtable, starting with an introduction to the series from Vom Marlowe. The post includes some gorgeous scans from both the Japanese and English-translated books, focusing heavily on the series’ artwork. With art like that, one can hardly blame her, but I admit I’m looking forward to some more in-depth discussion of the story’s characters and themes. This is one of my favorite series of all time, as you probably know, and I’m honestly giddy with anticipation to see where this roundtable might go! Keep your eyes peeled for more!
Meanwhile, both David Welsh and Johanna Draper Carlson review Fumi Yoshinaga’s All My Darling Daughters this morning! I’ve been waiting on a review copy for the past few weeks, but after seeing a couple of scans in David’s review, I may not be able to hold out for that.
Lastly, Erica Friedman has compiled some recent discussion on blogging/reviewing along with a bit of her own wisdom in The Hows, Whats, Whys and Why Nots of Manga Blogging and Reporting. The posts includes links to words from Brigid Alverson, David Welsh, and Deb Aoki, three bloggers we can all look to with respect. ETA: Just posted, Kate Dacey takes reviewing advice one step further, with a wonderfully detailed post on Why Editing Matters.
Noah Berlatsky saysJanuary 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm
Hey Melinda. Just FYI, VM is a she, not a he.
Thanks for the link!
Melinda Beasi saysJanuary 18, 2010 at 12:39 pm
Yikes, thank you for the heads up! How embarrassing! Many apologies to VM!
Katherine Dacey saysJanuary 18, 2010 at 1:32 pm
Thanks for the link, Melinda!
I’m looking forward to seeing how the xxxHolic roundtable develops, too, though I’m a little nervous because I’m not scheduled to contribute until Thursday. Leave something for me to say, guys!
Melinda Beasi saysJanuary 18, 2010 at 9:50 pm
I’m really looking forward to your contribution!
Labo saysJanuary 18, 2010 at 4:43 pm
Hey I’ve wondered what is the appeal of yaoi manga and since I’m a man myself, could you recommend a yaoi manga that you like best or that has a story that explains the attraction of yaoi.
Melinda Beasi saysJanuary 18, 2010 at 10:01 pm
Wow, that’s quite a request! Many essays and probably academic papers have been written on the appeal of yaoi (none by me) so I won’t claim that anything I recommend can explain this fully. I do have some thoughts, thought.
1. Future Lovers by Saika Kunieda, published by Deux Press. It’s a charming (and sometimes hilarious) story about two male teachers finding happiness together. (my reviews)
2. For more of an artsy look at the subject, I recommend either Red Blinds the Foolish (Deux Press) or Age Called Blue (NETCOMICS), both by est em.
3. Finally, though it is not yaoi, this recent post by Chris Butcher makes a good case for trying out Fumi Yoshinaga’s Antique Bakery as a way of easing into the genre. It’s a wonderfully charming story, the likes of which I wish was more common in yaoi. You could also try out one of her actual yaoi works, like The Moon and the Sandals, which is one of my personal favorites.