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Title: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: Uriel on September 08, 2014, 09:14:15 AM
We're all inadvertently influenced by the anime and manga we watch and read, so which would you count amongst those that made an impact on your life?

Fruits Basket was one of the first anime series I ever watched, and it will always have a special place in my heart. Not only did it coax me into exploring and researching Japanese culture and, later on, all things "Nippon", but the main protagonist Tohru made such an enormous impression on me that it inspired me to become a better, sunnier person.

I was also quite moved by Watashitachi no Shiawase na Jikan - what an incredible story (I bawled when finished reading it), raw but undeniably life-affirming. It definitely made me re-think how I interact with people and reminded me of just how precious life is.

Most recently, Uta Koi left me feeling refreshed.. and made me want to work on my relationship with the Mr. - injecting it with a bit of fun and silliness.

 :lalalala:
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: Minelauva on September 08, 2014, 05:49:44 PM
Umm, the first two series I read, Nana and Fruits Basket definitely had a huge influence on me since they led me to start reading manga. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't have started reading scanlations neither and wouldn't be part of Stiletto Heels today. Besides, they're very good series. Although Fruits Basket is technically the first series I read, of the two, the one which marked me the most is without a doubt Nana. I still haven't gotten over its brutal stop.

But the series that influenced me the most is probably Paradise Kiss. I think I read it at the right time, when I was in my last years of high school, and it stayed with me. It's a good coming-of-age story, with a unique style and unforgettable characters that I would have enjoyed regardless, but I could recognize myself in the heroine's struggles and as a result, it moved me deeply. It didn't bring me any solutions but every time I read this series, I would feel (and still do) less lonely, would be reminded that I wasn't the only one going through similar problems, otherwise Ai Yazawa wouldn't have written Paradise Kiss, and would be urged to stop feeling sorry for myself.

Compared to Paradise Kiss, all the other series' influence can seem anecdotal. Some series were aesthetic shocks though, and even if it's difficult to measure exactly how that influenced me, I believe that's important: Honey & Clover, Blade of the immortal (Mugen no juunin), Red blinds the foolish (Oroka-mono wa Aka o Kirau), House of Five leaves (Saraiya Goyou), Kyūso wa Chiizu no Yume o Miru and its sequel are those that come to my mind.
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: Hats on September 09, 2014, 02:07:38 AM
Basically everything I read influences me in some way or another. It's so hard to pick just a select few.

But I'd have to third Fruits Basket. Honestly wish I could be as “good” as Tohru. Where else can you find such a sweet and simple soul? I'd love a friend like that, one who'd give me the clothes off her back, and you could always be 100% sure she wouldn't talk crap about you afterward, or to sound her trumpet either. Natsuki's Tohru reminded me a lot of Tokiwa Takako's Tamura Nozumi from Kabachitare! who relentlessly spouts her supremely naive motto: "Believe in people!" Even though I'd probably suspect they were slightly off their rocker if I encountered someone like that irl, at least ideally I find there is something magical about a person who has the ability to see the inherent good in others.
 
Berserk, on the other hand, created a lot of inner turmoil for me. Never has another anime/manga made me feel so utterly devastated. I can visually see myself more than fourteen years ago, filled with abject disgust when the curtains on the last episode of the anime drew to a close.  If that was what the anime could do to me, then imagine how much damage the manga could have done? I only managed to go through a few chapters before calling it quits. What makes it more disturbing is that I see parallels in aspects of Guts and Casca's life happening in all parts of the world today. I guess, rather than influence me, it certainly heightened my sense of of justice.

The only other one I can think of off the top of my head is Kawachi Haruka's fumbling, bumbling rom-com romance, Sekine's Love. It's a pretty intense character study into the lives of a few, with characterizations so artfully and adorably drawn out. I don't believe I have ever fallen so hard for a 2D character than with this bespectacled thirty-something year old man. I write as a hobby, but I don't believe I could ever create such a wonderful character as this, and so Sekine has become a sort of impetus on my writing. I want to strive to create a character people can empathize with on the same level.  :blush:
 
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: Minelauva on September 14, 2014, 07:00:23 PM
Speaking of Kawachi Haruka, I'm intrigued by the cover of her new release: http://www.yesasia.com/us/bumbougu-waltz/1036589412-0-0-0-zh_CN/info.html
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: Hats on September 17, 2014, 08:05:28 PM
I know, I can't wait to read it. I purchased it along with Sekine vol 5 and Natsuyuki Rendezvous Bangaihen.  :ohh:
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: Minelauva on September 17, 2014, 10:25:24 PM
Oh, then you will be able to tell us what it is about. The cover is so intriguing!  :ohh:
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: Lilanar on September 19, 2014, 05:41:09 AM
Pretty please...  :ohh:
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: Hats on September 19, 2014, 04:50:30 PM
I'll post up pictures and translations. :)
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: Uriel on September 21, 2014, 05:49:15 PM
Ohhh, I adored the anime version of Paradise Kiss! The edgy art style, fantastic characters and phenomenal voice acting just drew me into the story so effortlessly..there was so much to love about it. Can you imagine I never realised it was based on a manga? Now I get to relive it again, uwahh!
 :blush:

I'm finding Sekine's Love quite enjoyable too. Haruka is a phenomenal storyteller - I do agree about the loveability of Sekine and the grand-daughter is just as wonderful. How does one make a story centered on knitting so readable and acutely engaging? I can't wait for more!!
 :wahhh:

Hats - I'm looking forward to hearing about Bumbougu Waltz!! What do you think of it so far? I'd also love to read some of your writing, do you have any uploaded somewhere?
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: Minelauva on September 22, 2014, 07:22:27 PM
Oh, you haven't read Paradise Kiss? I heartily recommend it then!  :lalalala: Yazawa's style is so unique even the best anime can reproduce it perfectly (I miss her so much T_T). And if I remember right, the US editor is Vertical so the quality should be good.

Also, Hats, I agree with Uriel. Would you mind sharing some of your writing or is it private? I'm not surprised to learn that you write after having read your posts on the website for so long. I remember thinking many times that you should try writing stories  :headbite:
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: Uriel on September 23, 2014, 12:57:21 PM
Ohh, I'll definitely check out the manga version now, I'm beyond excited to read it! I can't wait to get to know Caroline and George and the whole gang from a slightly different perspective! 
:ohh:

The SH team has impeccable taste in manga, actually! Most recently, I got my teeth into Six Half at your bidding and I found myself falling for it hook, line and sinker!
:flora4u:

I think the first SH scanlation I read was & by Okazaki Mari.. it was so evocative and dreamy.. page after page of beautiful art, phenomenal panel work, characters that left me wanting more and more. It was the ultimate introduction to the Josei genre and I trawled every corner of the internet searching for another story and another and another.. Can you tell I'm a loyal fan now? *happy sigh*
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: SwirlyOwl on September 23, 2014, 07:55:43 PM
I especially love Ai Yazawa works. Paradise Kiss was awesome read (I never saw anime version, maybe someday). Nana, I was totally obsessed with that series and was devastated to find out it will never be completed. Like what Minelauva said, it was a brutal stop. And Gokinjo Monogatari was pretty good. So I definitely say, Ai Yazawa was one of those factors that influenced me into reading manga.

Ultimately, I have to say the most influential manga that I ever read and made me become a hopeless addict to "Manga World" is Please Save My Earth by Hiwatari Saki. My sister actually introduced me to that series and it stuck on me all those years, it showed that it had an impact on me. To me, it was a great read with unique storyline, good characters and interesting art.  :takemenot:

Of course there are countless great mangas out there, including Fruits Basket. I won't bore you with all details on which mangas I enjoyed over those years. I will definitely check out other mangas that you all mentioned in this topic.
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: anastella606 on October 22, 2014, 12:35:50 AM
Yeah all of Yazawa Ai's works influenced me in some way. The first work of hers I read was Paradise Kiss and I fell in love with it. Everything was so beautiful and all the characters were so interesting but flawed somehow, which made them more relateable. After that I read Nana and Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai. Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai doesnt seem as popular, but I totally related to the high school bonding.
Honey and Clover did the same thing Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai did for me, but college style (which is nice cause I'm now in college.)
REAL and Vagabond by Takahiko Inoue also changed me. REAL hit me hard. It's hopeful but it's also realistic, which means that the usual happy ending might not happen for all the characters. It really changed the way I thought about things, and it made me appreciate my life and what I do a lot more. The artwork is also fantastic. You can read so many feelings from just one character's expression.
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: Uriel on October 22, 2014, 12:09:00 PM
I've started reading Nana after hearing so many wonderful things about it and it's wonderful so far.. Yazawa Ai's writing is perfect in so many ways...  I can't wait to see how the story will develop!
:drooly:

Anastella, I've never read any works by Takahiko Inoue before but I looked over the blurbs and they look fascinating. I'll have to give them a go, thank you for the recommendation! 
:fishing:
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: Minelauva on October 23, 2014, 03:20:20 AM
Uriel, I kind of envy you. Getting to discover Nana for the first time...  :puppyeye:
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: Uriel on October 24, 2014, 03:23:34 PM
Uriel, I kind of envy you. Getting to discover Nana for the first time...  :puppyeye:

I'm 5 chapters in and am adoring every. single. page. How did I not come across Nana sooner??  :huh:
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: Minelauva on October 25, 2014, 01:40:43 AM
Haha. That's what I was wondering as well. ;D
Until it went on hiatus, it was extremely popular. When I began reading shoujo manga as a teenager, I was told: "You definitely have to read Nana and Fruits Basket". And that's what I read or heard basically everywhere when it came to shoujo manga. It was the same in the US or in the scanlation community. But things may be different in Australia, or maybe you weren't reading shoujo at the time. Ever since the author went on hiatus, media have naturally stopped talking about her and her works, since she hasn't published anything new. I'm not holding my breath but I hope she will come back. She is so talented it would be a shame if she were to stop her career here. Although Nana would be a nice legacy, even incomplete.
However, maybe that's because I'm French and not Japanese, and it's certainly due in part to my age and own experience with manga, but I feel like ever since Nana stopped and Fruits Basket ended, no shoujo manga has had the reputation, popularity and ambition of these series. They were really iconic, at least in France. That's probably why most readers talk about Nana with such nostalgia. Not only is it a genuinely good work, but it hasn't really been replaced. When Skip Beat! ends, I will feel like we have reached the end of an era. And I will feel old.  :umm:
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: Uriel on October 26, 2014, 11:07:56 AM
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh the feels! Yazawa-san is absolute maestro. She has me wrapped around her little finger.. pulling me to and fro and tugging ever so strongly at my heartstrings. She makes her genius storycrafting seem so natural and easy and it just leaves me asking "How? How? How?". Such vibrant, multi-faceted characters who become like friends to you and draw you into the drama of their lives.. It gets better and better with every chapter  :kissoboom:

I'm not really sure why I took so long to get to Nana, maybe because I was never a big participant in the manga community? I was a bit of a lone ranger reader, none of my friends are really into manga and I never came across any forums I was burning to join. But I'm happy to have found my place here now  :smiley:
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: cocoyam on January 23, 2015, 08:52:51 PM
But when you get to the part Yazawa went on indefinite hiatus for NANA..  :wahhh:

She is definitely the queen of josei, for sure.

I love josei. I love all these projects. I hardly read any seinen. But the manga that have moved me the most are pieces of seinen by Inio Asano. I'mma c/p what I wrote on surasplace since it's been some time and I can't relate my impressions of it that well any more.

I never wanted to pick up Solanin although I put it on my to-do list for a while because it's hard for me to get into slice of life pacing, which is what the summary sounded like. But by this time I finally felt I could relate to the plot synopsis as someone who is about to enter her last year in college and face similar issues ;^; It deals with some 20 year olds who have to face becoming adults and and the monotonous identity-eroding situation of entering the anonymous workforce of Japan. At times the characters are actually cute or funny, and there is an uplifting conclusion. All the same, certain crafted moments were really poignant understated revelations, although I cannot describe them as they would be spoilers. For me, I thought of them like layers: there are a few flashbacks or symbolic events in the two volumes and they reveal new understandings that weave into the larger story. And some of those moments really touched me.

As I was reading it I got the inkling that the author must have also done Oyasumi Punpun and other seinen works that I have read based on the feeling it gave me, and I was right. I read Oyasumi Punpun during a very dark and depressed period of my life and I could entirely relate to its gritty, twisted portrayal of reality and life. It seemed twistedly true to what people experience when they are at the bottom of a pit. I thought the author himself must be a crazily depressed individual. Oyasumi Punpun walks you through the childhood and adolescence of a young boy(?) who lives with his single mother and kind-intentioned but fallible uncle. I say boy, but while the rest of the characters are depicted as humans, he and his family are drawn as bird-creatures of some sort, and it ironically helps to convey their feelings of abjectness and human emotions. And God is featured as well. Asano draws God in Punpun too, until God goes away.
I probably cried multiple times nearly each chapter and I had to put it down when I was nearing the end of the current releases because I could not take how close to home it hit for me. It reminded me so much of my circumstances at that time, it physically hurt too much to continue, despite thinking that it was the greatest and most poignant masterpiece I had ever read.
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: Minelauva on January 28, 2015, 04:32:32 PM
Inio Asano's works get a lot of praise but it's not my thing. I tried reading several of his series and was repelled quite strongly. I found them particularly depressing and wasn't hooked by his writing / drawings. However, given my strong reaction, I'm not surprised some readers have an equally strong but positive reaction.
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: jyu viole grace on July 15, 2016, 09:44:27 AM
I think most of you have mentioned most of the moving great mangas...The first manga that I read was 'gakuen alice'..it introduced me to manga and got me hooked..I don't personally know anyone who reads manga..and in my country you can only buy manga online..I remember I had been delaying reading fruits basket for so long since the summary seemed kind of stupid(and I didn't know about its popularity)..one day I just started reading it and i'm glad I did..tohru is really very adorable..and I really loved the backstories of all the characters..I also think that all the mangas which I read have a profound effect on me..like the ending of anime code geass had me depressed for 3 days(the only work other than nana to have a long lasting effect on me)..watashitachi no shiawase ne jikan made me quite emotional and rethink about a lot of things..another manga which still has me personally invested a lot is '7 seeds'..there are so many characters with so many different backstories and how all of them evolve as people in such dreary circumstances..7seeds will always be one of my fav manga..oh then Ilkwon Ha's works are also amazing..they hit you right in the spot..like he(?) writes about most absurd seeming plots but behind the absurdity turns out very deep profound messages( I loved 'annarasumanara'..other than that I've enjoyed 'my heart is beating' and 'god of bath').I think his works are the only ones I've read among webtoons which have such an effect..
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: Megan on July 21, 2016, 12:32:16 AM
The two mangas for me were Skip Beat and Cheese in the Trap. Skip Beat was sort of what sucked me in so I would say that was pretty influential for me. Cheese in the Trap isn't manga but it introduced me to more mature storytelling and artistic styles outside the norm. I'm still very much in love with both.
Title: Re: Anime or manga that influenced you as a person
Post by: jyu viole grace on July 21, 2016, 04:23:43 PM
The two mangas for me were Skip Beat and Cheese in the Trap. Skip Beat was sort of what sucked me in so I would say that was pretty influential for me. Cheese in the Trap isn't manga but it introduced me to more mature storytelling and artistic styles outside the norm. I'm still very much in love with both.

Oh i love both of them...CITT is just kind of unique..and even after catching up to oddsquad's scanlations, I still can't figure Jung out. And also one of the few manga/manhwa live adaptations which is brilliantly done(the korean drama of CITT is pretty good...and the soundtracks are amazing!)