So, here we are at the start of the 30 day manga challenge. For the first day I’ve got a fairly simple question – very first manga I read. It’s not a tough question and I remember my first series fondly. In light of keeping this interesting I figured I’d list a few of my first manga rather than just one.
It was on a cold autumn day, much like today, that I stumbled across the newly built manga section in my local Waterstones store. There I came across the first volume of Naruto, a series I knew of because of watching an episode of the anime, and the first volume of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventures. I’m not completely sure which of the two I read first but considering how much I love Pokémon it was probably Diamond and Pearl Adventures.
At the time I didn’t really understand what manga was. The Pokémon volume I treated like any other Pokémon despite flipping through the pages and knowing the art stood out a fair bit from anything I’d seen before. The battles were striking and really caught my attention and I knew from the first chapter I’d stumbled across something I really liked although again at the time I didn’t realise what it truly was.
That evening after finishing up my volume of Pokémon I decided to give Naruto a go. The art was much different from that in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventures, but I could tell it was the same kind of thing. It was more detailed and more striking to the eye but also evidently drawn for a slightly older audience than Pokémon was. By the time I’d reached the end of the first volume I definitely had a taste for manga and wanted to read more. It wouldn’t be more than a week before I got my hands on two more volumes of Naruto (Pokémon in any shape or form proved much harder to find generally).
I went on collecting Pokémon and Naruto for quite some time. The next manga I ended up picking up was Vampire Knight. This was to be my first step into Shojo manga something which led the way for my love of the genre. I knew from the off that this was different to the style Naruto. There was more focus on the interactions between characters than there was battles and action scenes, but I really liked that. I like Shonen manga, I really do, but there is a special place in my heart for Shojo manga that nothing can really touch. Vampire Knight is definitely a special series for introducing me to what Shojo was and chances are I’ll be talking about it more in the days to come.
I’m not all too sure what I picked up going forward. I seemed to end up with random volumes of Bleach, One Piece, Ouran High School Host Club and Black Butler laying around without really collecting anything outright. The next series I really focused on collecting was probably Full Metal Alchemist a series which has ended up very close to my heart for a number of reasons. Chances are I will be talking about this series a lot more as the days go on as well.
Overall people can slate Naruto all they want and I often don’t think too greatly of it for certain things the series does, but regardless it will always have a special place in my thoughts for introducing me to something that I’ve grown to love so deeply.