This month I’ve done something new. Not something great, and probably not even good. I’ve shifted my approach to blogging to a point where I’m generating more posts in a month than ever before. And I’d like to take it even further next month, because I’d like to become better at writing and the only way to do that is to write. Hearing about the death of Ray Bradbury lit a fire under my ass, because reading Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity was an enormous influence on me when I was a scruffy high school kid who took a creative writing class three years in a row.
So this is something I’ve decided to try: to collect all the posts I’ve made over the course of a month and present them with supplementary information that takes the self-fellating nature of blogging to dizzying new heights. Let’s go!
Mixed Martial Arts in Japan
This month I’ve resumed writing about all the different MMA manga out there. These posts are meant to highlight a category of comics that’s surprisingly robust in Japan, not to serve as the definitive takes on them. But the one post I did about Tough ended up better than I would have expected, and strikes me as a not-so-bad summation of a comic I have great affection for that’s been running for almost twenty years.
It’s going to be hard once I start tackling Grappler Baki in earnest because so little has been said about the manga, and I want to get it right. Speaking of which, I rewatched the Grappler Baki OVA on VHS and talked about that! It was a fun warmup.
Takai Saito: He didn’t just create Golgo 13, you know!
I’ve tried to tone down my complaining about the selection of licensed manga and channel that energy to writing about interesting stuff that has been licensed. The Takao Saito manga selection on JManga was instantly one of the most appealing things about the site back when it launched in 2010, and now that JManga has made their monthly subscription model completely optional, I figured what better time to start collecting my thoughts on their selection? The amount of information about these titles, both on JManga and in general, is so meager that I was inspired to toss my research and opinions into the Internet void. I don’t know about you, but I like to know basic information like what year a manga was published and how many volumes it ran before I start to read it.
Milo hates video games!
I have this idea that the video game industry has harmed the vitality of anime and manga fandom by being so damned successful and sucking so many nerds’ time away from more rewarding and less hypnotic activities like reading comics and watching cartoons. Look at me, getting all high and mighty about stupid shit.
Despite myself and the barrage of lame conversations spurred on by the E3 expo, I did write about video games twice, once to mention the news that a sequel to Ken’s Rage is in development, and again to talk about Max Payne 3, a sequel to a video game I have a great deal of affection for (I was less of an acerbic asshole when it came out.) I’ve corrected and elaborated some things on the Max Payne 3 review since it first went up, but who honestly needs yet another opinion about it?
Ninja Scroll is a fun movie, and no one should ask me questions. Also, I like fantasy where everyone’s boobies are showing.
I had this loose idea for some kind of Ask John parody, but that went nowhere fast, so I decided instead to start up a ASK MILO question and answer series. If I ever want to write about something tangential and no one asks me about it, I can always lie and say someone did.
Ninja Scroll: Revisiting a Classic
ASK MILO: Is there much in the way of wrestling manga, other than Kinnikuman?
ASK MILO: Why are you so stuck in the past?
ASK MILO: Why do you talk about salarymen all the time?
A spoiler-free look at why I’m so invested in Game of Thrones