We’re almost at the finish line!! A few more days left to go, and today’s topic is a bit more on the self-reflective side. The topic being, “What/Who Got You Into Shoujo?”.It’d be pretty self-serving to say I got myself into shoujo. So that’s the boring answer. A more interesting answer is the manga “Alice 19th” by Watase Yuu, and then a close follow up being “Shojo Beat” the magizene.
I found out about manga pretty closely after I discovered anime. So I went to the library and pulled the first title that looked interesting to me, “Alice 19th”. It was a love story from there. I was obessed with reading and re-reading the first two volumes, while I had them. I was so convinced that manga was this magical and rare thing to be found that I ordered the full set off of ebay thanks to my Uncle. Only to realize that manga was very much a thing, after my next trip to Borders
When it came to Shojo Beat, my libaray had so many back volumes I spent literally hours borrowing, returning, borrowing and returning them. I even hid some copies under my pillow so I could read them at night. Until my mom found out and made me stop. I learned from Shojo Beat, that some series, not quite all of them get anime adaptations.
Which then set into motion if I read the manga, I wanted to watch the anime. Of course, if I watched the anime I then wanted to read the manga. It’s set up an interesting learning curb, although lately I am much more relaxed about it.
I still love “Alice 19th” with all my heart. It’s one of only two shoujo series (Fruits Basket being the other) to survive my closet deep clean before I moved to Japan.
That was a lot easier to write then most of these. Almost my own love story but for a genre instead! See you around for Day 26!