I’ll jump on the band wagon and give some of my reactions to Rin-ne, Rumiko Takahashi’s new manga.
I’m not completely sold on this one yet. It was a good introduction to the two main characters, but it didn’t really grab me. I like supernatural stories, so I’m hoping she’ll take the Shinigami concept into a different direction, though that is how it appears with her emphasis on reincarnation. It seems to have more of a Buddhist take on the afterlife, which is more interesting to me than Bleach‘s. I did like the ghost Chuhuahua. The buggy eyed dog. LOL.
Takahashi really likes red-headed protagonists too, doesn’t she?
I’m going to keep reading, and see how things go. It fits perfectly into my lunch 1/2 hour.
On the Inuyasha VIZBIG new:
YES! THEY GOT IT!! THEY FIGURED IT OUT!!!
Okay, I feel better now, and little vindicated. I am so glad that Inuyasha is coming out unflipped finally. What I have to figure out is how to justify buying 32 volumes all over again…
Now, all we have to work on is getting Ranma 1/2 and Urusei to get the same treatment.
John Jakala found the Inuyasha VizBig Edition on Amazon and noticed something that I didn’t see on Simon and Schuster; it says it will be left to right, just what I DIDN’T want. Greg McElhatton commented on that blog post saying he heard a rumor that all Takahashi manga was contracted for left to right reading. As stupid as that sounds, I wouldn’t be TOO suprised if it was true. But this brings up a new question. Will Takahashi’s new manga, to be released simultaneously with the Japanese be flipped as well?
If Viz does have this all-encompassing contract with Takahashi that keeps all her manga in L to R, then the simultaneous release will do nothing about scanalations (if that’s their reason for it). There will still be scanalators putting out the manga in it’s correct R to L orientation. And there will still be people reading them because THAT’S HOW THEY WANT THEIR MANGA! And don’t try and tell us “that’s the way Takahashi wants it”. No it isn’t. Any creator wants their work recreated as close to the original as possible, while still being sellable. R to L sells just fine. Don’t assume that just because it’s by Takahashi it’s going to get tons of sales automatically.
Come on Viz, try and think of the fans and your readers, just once. Please say when you negotiated for Rin-ne, that you got it in its proper orientation, and that you got all the other manga to go R to L as well for the BIG Editions. Please, don’t let us down.
Viz has been a great supporter of manga in the US. They were among the first companies to bring translated manga here in the form that would best reach it’s audience; flipped (read left-to-right), and in floppies. They were also smart enough to snag one of the most popular manga artists to translate; Rumiko Takahashi. Viz’s Urusei Yatsura was among the first manga-comics I ever bought. I missed out on the comic versions of Ranma 1/2 and Inuyasha, as I wasn’t reading comics at the time, but when they started to collect them as graphic novels, I gave them a serious look. The biggest problem I had, and still have, is that these titles continued to come out as flipped after they discontinued the floppies. All their other books were coming out unflipped. Dragonball and Dragonball Z, titles that also came out as floppies first, got second edition reprints as unflipped. Why not Ranma and Inuyasha?
Michelle Smith, blogger for soliloquy in blue, in her twitter feed, pointed out an entry at Simon and Schuster website for a VIZBIG edition for Inuyasha, scheduled for November 2009. All I can say is, ABOUT TIME! I dropped Inuyasha, even though I was enjoying the story, partly because it’s still published flipped. I haven’t gone beyond Ranma 1/2 volume 5 for the same reason. I want my Takahashi manga in it’s correct format! I was calling for VIZBIG editions for Inuyasha right after they announced the format, so I’m really glad they are finally getting to Inuyasha. Hopefully at SDCC or in 2010 we’ll get an announcement for Ranma 1/2 in the same format. What I would really love to see, but we probably won’t in this economy, is Urusei Yatsura as a VIZBIG, complete and uncut. I’d dedicate a whole bookshelf just to VIZBIG Takahashi volumes. Wouldn’t that look awesome?
Come on Viz, give us Takahashi fans a complete library!