If anyone was looking forward to Flashback Friday yesterday, I apologize for missing it. I’ve been knee-deep in a bunch of stuff, and I just didn’t budget time for it, unfortunately. I may miss another Flashback Friday this week, but I promise that I have two very special Flashbacks in the works–it’ll just take some time to put them together and make them awesome, hence the potential break next Friday. 🙂

But in the meantime, let me give you some General Life Updates.

For one thing, I’m working through my feelings regarding the passing of Ray Bradbury. It’s rough. That man did more for me than any other single writer (with the possible exception of Holly Black). I’m not sure what to do with myself without him.

Another thing: I’ve started reading the Sailor Moon manga. I’m four volumes in. It’s… interesting. Honestly, I’m kind of confused. Shojo manga tends to have a lot more happening on each page than shonen (what I normally read), and it almost seems cluttered to me. I’m having a hard time keeping everything straight! Maybe I just find the anime more engaging…

In case anyone was curious, my previous experience with shojo manga includes:

  • I read the first two volumes of Rosario + Vampire, and did not like it at all. Too much fanservice, and I wasn’t all that comfortable with the way all the female characters were presented.
  • I read the first two volumes of Loveless (sensing a trend here?) and, while I was absolutely in love with the art, and I like nothing more than finding a good BL manga, I just couldn’t get into it.
  • Back in the days before OneManga.com was shut down, I read the first three chapters of Absolute Boyfriend, then skipped to the last chapter to see how it ended–and sobbed my eyes out. THE EMOTIONS.

Aaaaand, that’s all!

I’ve always been more of a shonen girl, personally. I prefer storylines with more emphasis on friendship than romance, and more fighting than flower petals. I think I might just be more accustomed to shonen: When I just a Little Kaye, there were always a few issues of Shonen Jump floating around the house, and I watched a whole lot of DBZ as a child, so I think I just naturally gravitate toward works in that vein. (My favorites include Naruto, Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist and Mushishi, among others.)

However, I’m always looking for something new to read! If you guys know of any really good shojo manga, please leave a comment and I’ll check it out! 😀

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