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12 Days of Anime #8: My Gateway Drug was a dickhand

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When I first got into anime, I read about as much manga as I did the cartoon versions. Back then I was a horny teenager who grabbed everything that looked like it might have cartoon ladies falling over a male character with their clothes hopefully not coming along for the ride. For some reason the shitty harem mangas I read turned me off reading manga for quite a long time, but the shitty fanservice harem anime I watched just happily morphed into actual good anime. I’d imagine I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t transition pretty quickly away from Negima and Futakoi to Full Metal Alchemist and Death Note. Manga didn’t make that transition and so I stopped reading them. At least until this year.

I got into manga because I of the fake charts I make. Doing research on the manga that didn’t have anime adaptations got me really interested in each respective manga and I wanted to try a few of them out. I could have started with a manga I didn’t like and the whole thing would have gone down the drain faster than my very brief attempt to get into visual novels (although that brief experiment was killed faster by fans of visual novels saying things like “no you don’t understand you have to expect that shitty go nowhere overly explanatory writing where nothing happens for 6 hours”). The manga I chose to start with was Parasyte.

I fucking loved Parasyte. I cried at Parasyte. A horror manga with dick hands and I cried at it. 8 chapters worth of build up and development to demonstrate a character still being in touch with their humanity and it made me break down. I loved the whole manga to be fair, but that specific moment is what has probably helped me continue reading manga ever since. It has changed my habits. I am now a manga fan. Thanks Parasyte. Thanks Dickhands.

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7 Comments

  1. gedata
    Posted December 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to here you tell us how/why the manga is sooooo much better then the anime when it comes out

    • Posted December 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

      The dickhand will probably be omitted since it’s a TV anime, so he’ll have a pretty legitimate case for his argument.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 18, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

      I’m already saying that with Arpeggio. I’ve become that guy

  2. Nagisa33
    Posted December 18, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    I’m surprised this got an anime adaptation. Anything is possible it seems. Expect the unexpected! Thanks again for posting about this manga before.

    I know I’m defining VNs loosely. I read Katawa Shoujo, which was supposed to be one of the best, and I thought it was ok. It did a lot of telling and not enough showing. There was sooo much explaining and I felt like I was being guided by Captain Obvious the whole time. Also, the harem aspect of it made me feel like a creep. I did play and love 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Phoenix Wright. They puzzle and mystery aspects got me hooked. Different

    • Scamp
      Posted December 18, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

      Well Katawa Shoujo is an amateur effort. It just got popular because it was an English language release by an indie studio set up through 4chan peeps. Less popular due to any quality

      • Nagisa33
        Posted December 19, 2013 at 4:37 am | Permalink

        Will you ever pick up VNs again or has that ship sailed? I read your previous posts on VNs and the experience didn’t seem to go well. I have many of the same complaints that you and some of the commenters pointed out. Is there a VN that’s mature, doesn’t necessarily have sex scenes, or doesn’t feel like a harem? Maybe I’ll stick to the games like Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward if I want a gripping experience. Generally, it seems like VNs don’t do it for me but who knows, I haven’t dipped in past my feet yet.

  3. Fumoffu!!
    Posted December 18, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    Days of Anime: Manga moment.

    I actually ended up reading this because of you, back when I thought I too would try breaking into Manga as you did. I completed the manga, but never started any afterwards. Ah well.

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