For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved reading manga. I used to spend hours at bookstores and libraries marathoning through series after series, taking out massive stacks of books from the library. When I discovered scanlations, I was hooked. I would read series after series, from the popular to the obscure. I’ve always chalked up my preference for manga over anime to how easy it is to read through a manga series, vs. watching an anime. But there’s another reason, and a far more important one: How easy it is to find diamonds in the rough.
I didn’t grow up with the Genesis sonic games, or with platformers like Super Mario 64. Rather, my introduction to Sonic and 3D platforming was playing Sonic Adventure 2 at a friend’s house. I was immediately hooked, and ended up getting my own copy which I played obsessively. Having not touched the game for years and hearing all manner of opinions about it, I decided to revisit it and see if it still held any of the magic I once felt for it.
I wanted to like Nanashi no Asterism. A lot. It had cute art, a fun cast of characters, and a likeable charm to it. I wasn’t expecting it to be high art or anything of the sort, but I was hoping for a fun little Yuri manga.
Those hopes were, regrettably, shattered.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going into Your Name. I’ve had a dubious history with Makoto Shinkai’s works, and I found his character writing to be his weak point held up purely by his emotional appeal drama appeal. Yet it was hard to ignore something when it suddenly becomes the highest-grossing anime film of all time. So I took the first opportunity I had to see it when it released in theaters near us.