A few days ago, I decided to catch up on D•N•Angel thinking, “It’s been a year already, surely Yukiru Sugisaki picked it back up!”
It shouldn’t be surprising that my expectations were shot down. In typical Sugisaki fashion, the latest chapter of D•N•Angel in 2012 is exactly the same one I left of at during the beginning of 2011. Apparently she is really focusing on Ascribe to Heaven (which hasn’t gotten a translation past the first chapter) or she’s just lazing around and disappointing her fans. I mean, so far I like Ascribe to Heaven and find the art scrumptious, but I don’t have high hopes for it going anywhere seeing as Sugisaki has a track record of not finishing manga. This may sound hypocritical coming from a blog that might as well have been renamed to The Hiatus Spot in the past, but there is truth in what I’m saying here.
Sugisaki may be the worse offender of this, but there have been other manga groups like CLAMP that (despite having a number of completed works) also have quite a few unfinished works that are put on hold. Even then, they at least make an attempt to update sporadically and see it through(picking up Legal Drug again as Drug and Drop is a good example). Sugisaki, not so much. While she did pick up D•N•Angel, is putting it on hold RIGHT AT A CRUCIAL PLOT TWIST (just to focus on a NEW MANGA instead of updating her previous ones) a good strategy? Unlike me, some fans aren’t as faithful and persistent.
This is why I think mangaka should go with Kyoto Animation’s “one series at a time” philosophy, especially since it’s really just one person on the workforce plus a few assistants and editors. An advice to mangaka: Move onto a new project AFTER you’ve finished the one you’re working on now. It doesn’t matter if the art is delicious or if the writing is superb, all of it just becomes a downer if you’re going to deprive fans of it for most of the run… for nearly a decade, only for you to drop it again soon after picking it back up. For fans in places other than Japan, it hurts us even more since licensors will stop being interested in localizating their works because of their reputation of hardly finishing anything.
Do you guys agree with me on this stance? Should manga writers be limited to making one series and see it through before making a new one? If not, if you were to give the writer any suggestions on how to handle more than one series at a time, what would they be? Do you have any other examples other than the one mentioned in the post? Feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts.
Sakura: The Next Leonardo De Vinci
On this episode of Cardcaptor Sakura, MADHOUSE demonstrates the true meaning of “work of art.”
It’s a school day and writer’s block calls for fanart dump.
Bonus 4koma (Strip #1. Yes, there will be more). An inside joke between the lazy co-writer (Steven) and I.
All done with a mouse on Manga Studio EX 4.0. No tablets (everything would look better with tablets ). Lightly-colored for an extra innocent chibi effect. Enjoy.
As I thought, mirror boy turned out to be a douche that’s trying to take Daisuke’s place in the real world. When Daisuke got sucked into the world of Insomnia, I figured it was either because Insomnia was lonely or he wanted to become the new Daisuke. His motive was pretty predictable, but other than that, these recent chapters were pretty interesting reads.
I just went to get my eyes examined. Turns out my vision is so shitty I’ll have to wear glasses everyday.
If only anime tropes applied to real life; that being the case, I would either choose to be the Spectacled Sadist or Stoic Spectacles within my group of friends (or even better, within the interwebz).
Interesting to note, most of my favorite anime characters that wear glasses don’t even friggin’ need them. Yuki Nagato loses her glasses midway through the original run of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (I disagree with Kyon, she looked good with glasses). Jade Curtiss wears his glasses in order to suppress the awesome spell he casted onto his eyes in Tales of the Abyss. I don’t know why Satoshi Hiwatari/Hikari from D•N•Angel wears glasses, but he obviously doesn’t need them.
Glasses seem to either be a completely normal thing, fetish fuel, or a symbol of badassery in the world of anime, manga, and video games. Why can’t my life be like that?! Makes me feel better about my terrible vision. xD Instead of looking at it in a bad way, let’s look at the positives: I’m getting my glasses from a VERY pretty Asian lady in her early 20s (hurray for me being male estrogen brigade jailbait). btw, she smells nice.
Where have I been these past two days? I’ve been getting back into the D•N•Angel manga, along with a ton of other shoujo manga. I had to marathon a lot of D•N•Angel chapters, since it took one long ass hiatus and my memory of it is pretty iffy.
I forgot how much this manga got me high on kawaii, especially with the Daisuke x Riku pairing. <3 Very good shoujo manga. This definitely needs a new anime adaptation once Sugisaki is finished with the manga! =)