Manga With A ‘Writing’ Setting

An afternoon at Chapters usually means I’m ending up in the manga section. This particular afternoon I left with UTSUBORA The Story of a Novelist by Asumiko Nakamura, complete in one volume. I was intrigued by the idea of reading about a novelist and tried to think of any other manga I’d read that involved some-kind-of publishing setting.

I couldn’t think of any.

True, Death Note kind of fits and Lucy in Fairy Tail is a writer. But that’s not exactly what I was looking for.

UTSUBORA The Story of a Novelist is about a writer that submits to plagiarism. It’s dark and it’s seductive and it’s rich, and yet it’s also fragile: capturing an author’s greatest fears and darkest moments.

And I wanted more.

I wanted more about writers and artists and editors and publishers. So began the search.

The first manga recommended to me on the subject were Junjo Romantica and Sekaiichi Hatsukoi by Nakamura Shungiku. The first is the story of a writer, the second is the story of editors, and so long as you like your Yaoi, you’re going to find the boys lovable.

I also found:
1. The comedy, The Comic Artist and His Assistants by Hiroyuki
2. The Shoujo, Library Wars by Arikawa Hiro and Yumi Kiiro
3. The Shoujo, Fall In Love Like A Comic by Yagami Chitose
4. The Shoujo Ai, Read or Die by Yamada Shutaro and Kurata Hideyuki
5. Bakuman by Ohba Tsugumi and Obata Takeshi
6. Book Club by Cho Ju Hee and Seo Yoon Young (Horror, Mystery, Shoujo)
7. Book Girl by Nomura Mizuki, Kousaka Rito, and Takeoka Miho (Mystery, Drama, Psychological) (Bungaku Shoujo to Shi ni Tagari no Douke Manga)
8. Inugami by Hokazono Masaya (his dream is to become a poet)
9. Bronze No Tenshi by Saitou Chiho (everyone loves a poet)
10. Yuri, Indigo Blue by Yamaji Ebine
11. Also, A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

“That fear – of your pen coming to a halt
The moment you harbour doubt.”
UTSUBORA The Story of a Novelist, published by Vertical, Printed in Canada

“But writing is what living means for an author. You write because you’re alive. You’re alive because you write. Because the author is an author. An author who can’t write isn’t an author. An author who can’t write might as well be dead.”
UTSUBORA The Story of a Novelist, published by Vertical, Printed in Canada

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“Still, does living really require anything to put on a scale against itself? We simply live. We live because we’re alive. Me, I’m good with that. Because I am not an author.”
UTSUBORA The Story of a Novelist, published by Vertical, Printed in Canada

Asumiko Nakamura is a Japanese manga artist and has been called one of Japan’s ‘hidden gems.’ She is a talent, and is best known for her Yaoi. After reading UTSUBORA The Story of a Novelist, I will furiously continue to consume her works. UTSUBORA is certainly a masterpiece.

Looking for a good place to read some manga? Try:
http://mangafox.me/
http://www.mangareader.net/
http://www.mangahere.co/
http://www.mangapanda.com/

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