Yep, this column is all but done. But I make this decision not to end doing interviews, as I still like doing them. But saving them for Thursday is kind of silly, so really, you’ll just get them spread over the course of the week (and maybe more if things go right). Thanks to everyone who participated in the Thursday Lab Report though, I really appreciate it.
(Though, really, I could have shut it down after I interviewed this guy. I mean hard to come back from that…)
Title: Sherlock Bones (Tanteiken Sherdock)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Publisher: Kodansha (JP), Kodansha USA
Story/Artist: Yuma Ando, Yuki Sato
Serialized in: Weekly Shonen Magazine
Translation: Alethea Nibley, Athena Nibley
Original Release Date: September 17, 2013
It’s hard to say with a straight face if Sherlock Bones is going to become a long term favorite, but despite a few tropes that remind me shounen hasn’t really evolved in a while and attempting to figure out if I can take Sherlock Holmes — you know, that supposed famous Detective Sherlock Holmes — as a British mutt, it has a lot of potential to be a manga that you can keep on your shelf thanks to its first mystery arc, its pace between telling us needed information and not boring us with trite information, and its two likable main characters. It will have to prove it can be a bit more than that, but it’s off to a good start.
So, might as well give you a bit of update on my backlog progress. Predictably, it’s not going all that well. But I have started it. So, some quick thoughts on a few anime I have been watching and we’ll go from there, as there’s a poll below.
I have convinced my boss to finally give me an official full-time contract, YES! On the other hand, if anyone has tips on how to cram everything into my limited free-time, I’m in!
The story of Silver Spoon revolves around Yuugo Hachiken, a young and brilliant student who one day is just too tired of everything. He doesn’t know what he wants to become, he just knows that he has had enough of trying to answer his parents expectations. And thus, following the advice of one of his teachers, he registers to an agricultural boarding school. That is how his adventures start.
Title: Eat For Your Life (Kuishinbou!)
Genre: Comedy, Food
Publisher: Nihon Bungeisha (JP), Digital Manga (US)
Artist: Shigeru Tsuchiyama
Serialized in: Manga Goraku
Translation: Himawari Natsuno
Original Release Date: July 30, 2013
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When I first saw Eat For Your Life!, immediately I thought it looked familiar to a title I saw on JManga. As it turned out, I was correct. The creator of this particular manga, Shigeru Tsuchiyama, also created that prison manga series Gokudou Meshi. I only read a chapter of that, but for what it was worth, seeing prisoners have the ability to taste good food was ok in of itself. I read nine chapters of this one and was not immediately amused at anything here, aside from one literal translation that actually made me chuckle. Serialized in Manga Goraku since 2005, still ongoing now, and it won the 36th Nihon Mangaka Kyokai Awards, maybe it gets supremely better as it goes on. But this first volume involving a businessman suddenly getting embroiled into the world of competitive eating was pretty forgettable.
So, on this regularly scheduled/not so scheduled edition of Reference Resource Mondays…