Posts Tagged ‘manga’

a flair for the dramatic . . . my first manga experience

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Some of my students in China introduced me to One Piece by Eiichiro Oda.  All I knew when I left China was that One Piece was about pirates with certain powers or talents who were searching for the greatest treasure of all times . . . one piece.  I knew that the captain of this band of unusual pirates was Luffy, and that he wore a straw hat.

My students seemed to really like this manga, and so I decided on my return that I would purchase and give it a try.  My initial thought was “wow, it’s harder to read back to front and right to left than I thought it would be” (I still get turned around at times).  My next thoughts were a little more complicated.  There are many scenes, unlike any American comics I’ve ever read, that I  simply find difficult to decipher.  Take for instance this image:

a screen shot from the manga One Piece depicting chaos?

Screen shot from One Piece