(Apologies in advance for this petty rant. ^^ I’m just venting.)
Over the past few weeks, I’ve done a lot of googling and blog-hopping in search for this elusive thing: the manga fandom. The English speaking anime/manga fandom has always been focused on anime over manga, of course, so I’ve never really connected to it, since I prefer manga and don’t care about anime. But lately, it’s reached frustrating levels!
For example, when the new Rurouni Kenshin manga was announced, commenters on ANN and elsewhere didn’t really seem to care, but demanded a sequel to the anime instead. There’s this sad, annoying mindset in anime/manga fandom that the purpose of manga is to be a template for an anime, that a manga without an anime adaptation is not worth one’s attention at all, is somehow automatically a failure. And even the worst drivel on TV is somehow more noteworthy than literally any manga.
Very often, anime fans don’t even seem to care about the fact that many of the anime series that they consume are adaptated from a manga and not an original work. Again, look at all the Kenshin fans who desperately want to see the Jinchu arc animated, to finally see the story of Rurouni Kenshin properly concluded – but who have no intention of reading the manga! And it has been available in English for years! Yes, there are a lot of manga that you can’t easily get a hold of, or who aren’t available in English at all. But … well, often it’s like people don’t even consider the possibility that what they’re watching is just an adaptation, that there might be a longer, ongoing, better manga behind it. They don’t realize that quite often, the anime is the secondary material meant to support, not replace the manga. That mangakas create their stories to be read as manga, not used as screenplays for anime.
It’s not that I think people shouldn’t like anime. You can like whatever you want! But I’ve come across so many blogs and websites that claim to cover “manga and anime” but turn out to be about anime only, with maybe the occasional acknowledgement that manga exist. There are posts about anime that are tagged “manga” for some reason, which makes it really hard for me to find things that are relevant to my interests. It’s frustrating.
Does anybody know of any interesting manga blogs/websites? There are probably many that I just can’t find …