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Can anyone recommend some good Japanese manga, podcasts and / or… 
21st-Dec-2017 02:31 pm
Can anyone recommend some good Japanese manga, podcasts and / or blogs? To give you an idea of the kind of thing I'm interested in: my favourite manga is 火の鳥 by 手塚治虫 (philosophical, subversive and beautifully drawn), my favourite radio show is Jam the World on J-Wave (left-leaning discussions about politics and current affairs), and my favourite blog is イギリス毒舌日記 (I like this because it's funny and pokes fun at the UK, but also because the stuff about the blogger's family and friends is perceptive and often moving). Basically, I tend not to be interested in stuff like One Piece, DJs who talk about food all the time or celebrity blogs, but don't really know where to start when it comes to finding more interesting content. (Incidentally, I'm after podcasts as opposed to radio shows because I've realised that streaming live radio uses up my download limit really quickly!) Thanks in advance everyone!
21st-Dec-2017 07:27 am (UTC)
I don't have any suggestions, but thanks for the link to イギリス毒舌日記! Very interesting.
25th-Dec-2017 12:21 am (UTC)
Glad you like it! She's recently had a book published of a selection of past entries, and if you have the time, I would recommend looking back at the archives. I've been reading it for years and - as I suppose is the case with other good blogs - feel like I know her and her family almost as well as I know some of my own friends!
21st-Dec-2017 04:03 pm (UTC)
I also don't have any interesting recommendations, but thanks a lot for yours!
25th-Dec-2017 12:41 am (UTC)
Oh dear - it looks as though my post has backfired! Maybe I should have recommended some really tedious manga instead and waited for people to criticise my poor taste and suggest some better ones!
30th-Dec-2017 02:31 am (UTC)
Please continue to leave such backfiring posts! It's a talent that you shouldn't hide.
23rd-Dec-2017 08:33 am (UTC)
I'm a big fan of Phoenix too (though I haven't gotten my hands on the whole thing yet), so I might like some of the same manga as you. I like me some low-brow shounem jump manga too, but I'll try recommend the series I've read that I think might suit you.

History manga:

i enjoyed reading this manga about the Showa era (it's an info dump at times, but it's a great look at the era): https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Showa:_A_History_of_Japan

And this one about 7-Eleven in Japan (probably propagandist, but a fun success story):

And this one about Hitler:

Shoujo manga:

IS (about an intersex person; ongoing):

Shounen manga:

Attack on Titan (does this one need any intro?):

For me, the local library is actually the best place to find non-mainstream manga series. That's where I found all the history series I mentioned above (and Phoenix!). I live in Canada, so my access to Japanese reading material is somewhat limited, but if I really wanted to find political/historical stuff beyond manga I'd maybe ask at the Japanese cultural cities in the city, or go browse the Japanese bookstores.

If you want to find blogs and podcasts, you might also want to make an account at Lang-8.com (a journaling site for language learners from many countries) and ask there? The people who use that site are more likely to be tech-savvy than, say, a librarian.
25th-Dec-2017 12:18 am (UTC)
Hi Flonnebonne and many thanks for the reply and recommendations!

You're right about libraries vs. bookshops, even here in Japan. One manga that I've been wanting to read for ages is はだしのゲン, which literally never turns up secondhand, but is in the local library. The only trouble is, I can read stuff only very slowly and intermittently, so have yet to take the plunge and try and borrow anything...

I, too, am still part-way through 火の鳥 and buy the next volume as and when I see it secondhand. As you probably know, though, the newer editions are smaller and harder to read, and while I once saw a full set of the older, larger edition for sale, I couldn't buy it because I was on my bicycle and it was too heavy to carry!

Thanks too for the Lang-8 recommendation - as it happens another LJ user mentioned it in a different comment thread. When I tried to join the other day they weren't accepting new members, but fingers crossed that'll change soon.

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