Wednesday, July 16, 2008

get REAL!

Real is a new manga release by Takehiko Inoe, who also created, wrote and drew Vagabond, a great samurai manga and Slamdunk, a hugely popular basketbll manga (and anime) in Japan. Real is about wheelchair basketball and is drawn in the same fine line realistic style as Vagabond. If you're in the camp that thinks that all manga is the samewith characters just having big eyes, all the characters being kids, that all manga is fantasy or science fiction based, I'd recommend Real and or Vagabond as two examples of how different manga can be. Presently Real is on volume seven in Japan and Vagabond is on volume 28 (but Viz will be releasing newer volumes of Vagabond that collect more volumes into one book).

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