I always think that there are so many people I admire, people whom I would like to show my respect. MAL gives us space to mark a few anime/manga industry creators as your “favorite”. It never felt satisfying to me though. And anime and manga aren’t the only entertainment I like. There also books, music, YouTube creators and others.
On the other hand, I am not fond of lists. And things like “the favorite writer” are temporal, and it would be too complicated to talk about all people whom I found interesting through my life. So, a while ago I thought I would write a post about people who influenced me in this year. And here it is, read at your discretion.
Let me start with simple things. This year I’ve read a few manga by authors I haven’t read before that I found interesting, namely Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou by Hitoshi Ashinano, Tetsuwan Atom by Osamu Tezuka and Nisekoi by Naoshi Komi. Each of these is a decent story in its own right, all in terms of art and Yokohama and Atom in terms of story too. I got an omnibus of Atom, an English translation, in a shop I walked by in Hague, just to pass time on the train; Yokohama I was able to read thanks to MangaTube, an excellent German manga translators community; and as for Nisekoi I bought one volume in Berlin a while ago, just to see if this kind of romance/comedy would maybe be my thing after all. Back then, I couldn’t even speak to the shopkeeper in her language, so buying German translations was partly about learning too.
Also, I can’t forget Hideo Azuma and his Shissou Nikki (thanks again, Shaurya! :) ).
A special mention goes to Souichirou Yamamoto, the author of Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san and to Rei Hanagata, the author of China Girl, both nice romance stories I started reading in 2017 and continued this year. Also, this year I changed my opinion of Hiro Mashima, thanks to his new manga Edens Zero, which I think is pretty good. I have also been reading Dragon Ball Super, didn’t find it too bad after understanding what kind of story it is.
Next, to anime!