Manga Giveaway: Read or Die Giveaway Winner

And the winner of the Read or Die Giveaway is…Cassandra!

As the winner, Cassandra will be receiving a new copy of Hideyuki Kurata and Shutaro Yamada’s R.O.D: Read or Die, Volume 1. Because Read or Die features a phenomenal bibliophile, and as a librarian I love book lovers, I asked entrants to tell me about their favorite book loving characters from manga or anime. Thank you to everyone who entered and shared! I hope you’ll join me again for next month’s giveaway.

The bibliophile that got the the most mentions was, in fact, Yomiko Readman from Read or Die! Now, I’ve only read the manga so far (and I’ve gotten the impression that it is the weakest installment in the franchise) but I, too, am quite fond of Yomiko. She not only loves books, but they love her in return. I really need to watch the OVA series.

Sheska from Fullmetal Alchemist also received a mention, which I was quite happy to see. When Sheska was first introduced in the series, I assumed that she was going to be a one-off character (granted, one that was very important to the story). I was thrilled when she made her return as a recurring character. Her ability to perfectly remember and recreate anything that she has read is a very handy talent, indeed.

Shigure Sohma from Fruits Basket was outed as a book lover, too. Because he’s a novelist, this makes a good deal of sense. Shigure actually happens to be my favorite character from Fruits Basket. It never really ocurred to me before, but part of the reason I like him so well may be because of his literary bent.

Two librarians from Western comics were also declared to be favorites. First was The Librarian from Justin Jordan’s The Strange Talent of Luther Strode. I somehow complete missed this series when it was released; I’ll definitely be checking it out. The other librarian was none other than Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, arguably one of the most well-known librarians in Western geekdom. And yes, I like him, too.

Here are a few more manga series you might want to check out if you’re looking for fellow book lovers: Kiichi and the Magic Books by Taka Amano, Kingyo Used Books by Seimu Yoshizaki, Library Wars: Love & War by Kiiro Yumi, and R.O.D: Read or Dream written by Hideyuki Kurata and illustrated by Ran Ayanaga. And if you enjoy Western comics (I certainly do), give James Turner’s Rex Libris or Mike Carey and Peter Gross’ The Unwritten a try.

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  1. Thank you Ash.
    Looking forward to reading R.O.D

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