Manga Giveaway: Give It Your All Giveaway Winner

And the winner of the Give It Your All Giveaway is…AirCommodore!

As the winner, AirCommodore will be receiving a copy of I’ll Give It My All…Tomorrow, Volume 1 by Shunju Aono. For this giveaway, I was interested in learning two things. Because it was the Viz Signature Manga Moveable Feast last week, I asked the impossible question: What is your favorite Signature title? Be sure to check out the Give It Your All Giveaway comments for some great recommendations. I also wondered about which manga people were aware of that featured manga creators as characters—a story element that I had noticed in some of the manga I had been reading recently. Thank you to everyone who contributed and took time to enter the giveaway!

And so, because I love making lists, here is a selection of manga that have been licensed in English which are either about manga or have mangaka as characters:

20th Century Boys by Naoki Urasawa
Bakuman written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata
Bunny Drop by Yumi Unita
Comic Party by Sekihiko Inui
Disappearance Diary by Hideo Azuma
A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Dojin Work by Hiroyuki 
Dramacon by Svetlana Chmakova
Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga by Koji Aihara and Kentaro Takekuma
Fall in Love Like a Comic! by Chitose Yagami
Flower of Life by Fumi Yoshinaga
Genshiken by Shimoku Kio
Hayate the Combat Butler by Kenjiro Hata
Honey Colored Pancakes by Keiko Kinoshita
I’ll Give It My All…Tomorrow by Shunju Aono
Kingyo Used Books by Seimu Yoshizaki
Kinderbook by Kan Takahama
Kiss All the Boys by Shiuko Kano
Love Recipe by Kirico Higashizato
NG Life by Mizuho Kusanagi
NonNonBa by Shigeru Mizuki
Not Love But Delicious Foods Make Me So Happy! by Fumi Yoshinaga
Otomen by Aya Kanno
Rohan at the Louvre by Hirohiko Araki
School Rumble by Jin Kobayashi 
Secret Comics Japan edited by Chikao Shiratori
Sensitive Pornograph by Ashika Sakura
A Zoo in Winter by Jiro Taniguchi

Manga Giveaway: Give It Your All Giveaway

It’s time for the end of the month giveaway at Experiments in Manga! Since this week also happens to be the Viz Signature Manga Moveable Feast, I’ve decided that this month’s contest should feature a Signature title—I’ll Give It My All…Tomorrow, Volume 1 by Shunju Aono. As usual the giveaway is open worldwide, so I hope you’ll take the time to enter for a chance to win some brand new manga!

After reviewing Hirohiko Araki’s Rohan at the Louvre, I noticed a recurring element in some of the manga that I’ve been reading recently—they feature manga or manga creators. I don’t think that this is a recent trend, but I do seem to be noticing it more and more. I can already come up with a nice list of manga off the top of my head, but I’m also interested in learning about titles I might not be aware of that incorporate this theme. (I’ll be posting a compiled list of all these manga next week.) One example of this is the protagonist of Shunju Aono’s series I’ll Give It My All…Tomorrow, a forty-year-old salaryman who quits his job and decides to become a mangaka, except that he has absolutely no talent. It’s a humorous slice-of-life series with a complete loser for a lead, yet somehow he still manages to be likeable.

So, you may be wondering, how can you win I’ll Give It My All…Tomorrow, Volume 1?

1) In the comments below, name a manga that hasn’t been mentioned yet by either me or someone else that is either about manga or features a mangaka as a character (dōjinshi artists and aspiring creators count, too).
2) Also in the comments, you can earn another entry by briefly telling me which Viz Signature title is your favorite and why. (You can find a complete list of Signature manga here.)
3) If you’re on Twitter, you can gain a bonus entry by tweeting about the giveaway. Make sure to include a link to this post and @PhoenixTerran (that’s me).

That’s all there is to it! Each individual can earn up to three entries for this giveaway. You have one week to submit your comments. If you would prefer, or if Blogger is giving you trouble, feel free to e-mail me your entries at phoenixterran(at)gmail(dot)com. I will then post them here in your name. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on May 2, 2012.

VERY IMPORTANT: Include some way that I can contact you. This can be an e-mail address, link to your website, Twitter username, or whatever. If I can’t figure out how to get a hold of you and you win, I’ll just draw another name.

Contest winner announced—Manga Giveaway: Give It Your All Giveaway Winner

My Week in Manga: November 14-November 20, 2011

My News and Reviews

Not much news from me today; I’ve been spending most of my time reading Haruki Murakami’s most recent novel 1Q84 in order to have a review ready for later this week. It’s a long book. Although I’ve been busy reading, I also managed to post two reviews last week. The first was my second in-depth manga review for November, Natsume Ono’s House of Five Leaves, Volume 1. The review was part of the Natsume Ono Manga Moveable Feast, which was held last week. There were some great contributions for a great creator, so you should check it out! I also reviewed Otsuichi’s Shirley Jackson Award nominated short story collection Zoo. If I wasn’t an Otsuichi fan before, I certainly count myself as one now.

Oh! There is one bit of news I want everyone to know about. Bento Books‘ first release, Math Girls by Hiroshi Yuki will be going on sale this Wednesday. Appropriately enough, it’ll be Fibonacci Day. 

Quick Takes

Gin Tama, Volumes 15-23 by Hideaki Sorachi. No matter how bad of a mood I’m in, reading Gin Tama always makes my day a little better. It’s often goofy and absurd and frequently makes me laugh out loud. Sorachi makes fun of himself, the series, current events, popular culture, and even historical figures. The number of references and nods in Gin Tama is astounding. Some are fairly obvious, but I know I’m not catching them all. The cast of characters is huge, but they all get a chance to shine. It saddens me greatly that Viz Media ended the English publication of the series with the twenty-third volume; Gin Tama has reached forty volumes and is still going in Japan. Guess I’ll just have to start watching the anime.

I’ll Give It My All…Tomorrow, Volumes 1-2 by Shunju Aono. Shizuo Oguro is a loser, a likeable loser, but a loser nonetheless. He quits his job at the age of forty and decides to become a manga creator. Except that he doesn’t really have the talent or discipline to succeed. But that doesn’t keep him from trying. I’ll Give It My All…Tomorrow is a slice of life story with short story arcs that hold together well on their own. Perhaps because of this I don’t feel compelled to rush out and read more of the series, I’m not dying to know what happens next, but I really did enjoy these first two volumes quite a bit. I’ll Give It My All…Tomorrow has a subdued, self-effacing humor to it that is wonderfully effective. Plus, Shizuo gets into a fistfight with God.

Only the Ring Finger Knows written by Satoru Kannagi and illustrated by Hotaru Odagiri. So, I may have called Only the Ring Finger Knows major plot twist long before it was actually revealed (granted, there was a fair amount of foreshadowing), but I didn’t really mind because the turn of events made me happy. Senior Yuichi Kazuki is considered by most of the high school to be a perfect man—smart, popular, handsome, and nice to everyone. Everyone, that is, except junior Wataru Fujii after it is discovered that they both wear matching rings. Wataru suddenly finds himself the subject (and source) of a number of rumors, and he’s not too happy with how Kazuki is treating him, either.

To Terra…, Volumes 1-3 by Keiko Takemiya. To Terra… won the first Seiun Award that was given for manga in 1978 and went on to win the Shogakukan Manga Award the following year. After reading the first volume, I wasn’t sure why, but after finishing the series I was convinced. If you like old school space opera, which I do, To Terra… is a great example. The manga starts out a little slow, but quickly picks up the pace once the intense struggle for survival begins between the humans and the Mu—humans with mutations that give them a range of psychic abilities for which they are feared and reviled. It’s sometimes difficult to say whose actions are right and whose are wrong; each side in the conflict has legitimate justifications.

Yawara!: A Fashionable Judo Girl, Episodes 1-21 directed by Hiroko Tokita. I am really loving this series. It’s got great writing, is genuinely funny, and has wonderful characters. Yawara! is based on the manga series by the same name, created by Naoki Urasawa—easily one of my favorite mangaka. The manga by Urasawa that has been translated into English tend to be more serious than not, so I was curious to see how one of his series with a more comedic bent would turn out. Very well, as a matter of fact. Yawara is a judo prodigy, having been trained by her grandfather since she was very young. Despite her talent, she doesn’t really care about judo and would much rather lead the life of an ordinary girl.